Parish History

In 1964, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles purchased land at the corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Nueva Vista. In 1969, Sunday Masses began at various places in the new community that was being built; these Masses were held in various school halls and office buildings. The priests who celebrated these Masses came from neighboring parishes, especially from St. Catherine of Siena in Laguna Beach.

The Diocese of Orange was established in June 1986 with its first Bishop William R. Johnson. On July 13, 1980 the parish was officially established in honor of Cardinal Timothy Manning of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bishop Johnson celebrated the first Mass that day at Crown Valley Elementary School. Father Hal Fumo was appointed as Administrator of the new parish.

One February 22, 1981, Bishop Johnson officiated at the groundbreaking of St. Timothy's own multi-purpose building (to be used for every sort of parish event!). The two story structure included a large hall downstairs (with a kitchen) and offices and small class rooms. The first Mass celebrated here on sight was on April 3, 1982.

In 1984, Father Des Colleran was appointed as administrator of the parish and later that year, in November 1984, Father Bruce Lavery was appointed the first Pastor.

In 1985, (later to be "Deacon") Eddie Salgado, his wife Sandy, and their children moved in to the parish. Both Eddie and Sandy have been an integral part of the parish life and growth as they directed Faith Formation and other various ministries under the direction of Father Lavery.

Through the early 1990's, many activities were in place in order to build the community of faith....and to build the community its appropriate places of Worship and gathering. Building commenced on the church in 1997 and the first Mass was celebrated in it on Palm Sunday, 1999. The Church was consecrated by Bishop Norman McFarland (retired Bishop of Orange) on May 8, 1999 who called the entire parish plant "a miracle". This referred to the small amount of land that was to be St. Timothy's, and the incredible creativity of the pastor and parishioners to build a parking structure (hence, adding square footage), an office building, a Church building, and all surrounding a beautiful plaza.

In 2004, the final phase of building was completed which included the Administration Building and the "Upper Room" (a large meeting room with a kitchen) on the second floor.

During the years, a number of associate pastors were assigned to the parish: Fr. Dave Gruver, Fr. Fred Bailey, and Fr. George Blais. Fr. Don Kolda, S.J. assisted for many years and was so appreciated by the parish for his wisdom and insight. Fr. Rosendo Silva lived in residence for some time, while serving as Chaplain at Mission Hospital.

In 2007, Father Bruce Lavery retired from the pastorate of St. Timothy. Fr. Art Holquin (pastor of Mission San Juan Capistrano) was named temporary administrator until the current pastor, Msgr. John Urell, was appointed on August 29, 2008. At the same time, Fr. Timothy Nguyen was appointed parochial vicar.

The debt on all of the parish plant was finally paid back to the Diocese in May 2009. The plans now call for increasing ministry opportunities and continual maintenance and upkeep of the buildings.

This history is not complete at all without the many men, women, and young people who are the real life history of St. Timothy Parish. Through all the years of this community of faith, countless men, women and children have been touched and changed by the preaching of the Gospel, the celebration of the Sacraments, and the fellowship and service opportunities that abound. This is where the real "salvation history" of St. Timothy Parish resides: in the hearts of the faithful people who make up "The Friendly Parish" and in their continual outreach to the larger community of Laguna Niguel.

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Mass Schedule

Saturday:
5:00 PM

Sunday:
7:00 AM, 9:00 AM
11:00 AM & 5:00 PM

Daily Mass:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM

Morning Prayer:
Sat. 8:30 AM in Chapel


Eucharistic Adoration

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Tuesday and Friday:
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Saturday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Parish Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(Closed for lunch 12:15-1:15 PM)

Faith Formation Office Hours

Monday
Closed

Tuesday - Wednesday
1:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Thursday - Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(Closed for lunch 12:15-1:15 PM)

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