Celebrating our catholic life
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Immaculate Conception - December 8th.
1054 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040-1502
Phone: (619) 443-3412
Fax: (619) 443-3018
Dear friends of Blessed Kateri,
We are honored that you have come to our website to seek information about our parish and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.
The following pages of our website are dedicated to the three reservations that comprise our parish. Our main office is on the Barona Reservation, located in Lakeside, California. Our other two reservations are Sycuan, located in El Cajon, California, and Viejas, located in Alpine, California. These reservations are approximately 22 miles apart. Each reservation is a unique community, with its own history and traditions. The chapels on the three reservations have their own individual style of architecture.
The three reservations have been served since the time of Father Junipero Serra by the Franciscans, diocesan priests, Comboni fathers and brothers, La Salette fathers and brothers, and currently by Fr. Herman Manuel, SVD and Pastoral Associate Edward Nolan.
Our reservations were created by Ulysses S. Grant in the late 1800s. The Sycuan Mission has its original chapel, built in the 1890s, plus a newer reservation church built in 1987. The Viejas and Barona reservations were moved in the 1930s to their current locations, Barona from the El Capitan Reservation, and Viejas from the Los Conejos Reservation. The purpose of this move was to enable the City of San Diego to build a reservoir, which happened to be located on their ancient lands.
Please browse through our website for interesting information on each of our reservations, and to see the events and celebrations of our parish.
On behalf of the staff, I wish you and your loved ones many days filled with God’s blessings.
Fr. Herman Manuel, SVD
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish