About Us

About Us

Our Invitation

We are happy that your life’s journey has brought you here today. If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you join us in celebration and visit with our Parish Family. New to the parish or long time residents not yet registered, please contact the Parish Office so that we can register you as part of our Parish Family. Come worship with us at Mass or spent time with the Lord in Adoration. God is Good!

Our History

Currently, there are three Parishes that make up the Catholic Parishes of Penticton: St. Ann’s (on Main St.), St. John Vianney (on Wade Ave.), and Sacred Heart Mission (on Green Mountain Rd – the church building burned down in 2021). Sacred Heart Mission Church Built in 1911 While Okanagan Mission (Kelowna) was still in existence, Rev. Charles John Pandosy, O.M.I. first called on Catholics during a visit to the Indians in Penticton in 1857. The Penticton Mission was established and…

Our Locations

You can can find the Catholic Parishes of Penticton as follows: Office Address, next to St. Ann’s: 1296 Main Street Penticton, BC V2A 5G2 Pastor: Fr. Neil LustadoOffice Manager: Melinda EdisPhone: (250) 492-3169 General Enquiries Email: sa.sj.parishes@gmail.com Email for enquiries regarding live streaming, website, or Facebook: catholicpenticton@gmail.com Melinda is typically in the office Mon – Fri from 9am – 2pm. All calls, inquiries, and appointment requests should be made by calling our main number 250-492-3169 during office hours. You can…

Our School

Holy Cross School is located in the south of the Okanagan Valley in Penticton, British Columbia. It is a Catholic K-8 elementary school of the Diocese of Nelson and is an accredited and classified Group 1 independent school of The Ministry of Education in the province of British Columbia. Holy Cross School was established to provide parents of the Penticton parishes of St. John Vianney and St. Ann’s, as well as the parish of Holy Child in Summerland, with the…

Our Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nelson is located in the beautiful Okanagan and Kootenay regions of south-eastern British Columbia and covers approximate 124, 272 km (48,000 sq. mi.). Erected February 22, 1936, the Diocese currently ministers to approximately 78,000 Catholics. In the late 1830s French Canadians in the Oregon Territory petitioned the Quebec bishops to have missionary priests sent beyond the Rocky Mountains. In response to this plea, Fathers François-Norbert Blanchet and Modeste Demers were sent West to a remote…

Our Holy Father

Pope Francis The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. “My people are poor and I am one of them”, he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what…

Our Bishop

Bishop Gregory J. Bittman Bishop Bittman was appointed as Bishop of Nelson by His Holiness Pope Francis on February 6, 2018 and he was installed as Bishop of Nelson on April 25, 2018. Gregory J. Bittman was born on March 5, 1961, in Edmonton. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 15, 1996, at St. Joseph’s Basilica by Archbishop Joseph MacNeil, and served in several parishes before being appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese in 2000. He was appointed the…

Our Pastor

Father Neil Father Neil Lustado was born and raised in the Philippines and attended Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan where he received a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Philosophy and minor in psychology. He also received a Bachelors in Theology, at Maryhill School of Theology, Manila, Philippines. On completion of university, he managed an Information Technology business “Computer Café”. He continued additional studies in Canada at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta completing a Bachelor of Divinity. He…