Our Mission Statement
Our Creed. Our Commitment. Our Community.
We, the parish family of Our Lady of the Sierra and the Missions of St. Joseph the Worker and St. Dominic Savio, nourished and sustained by the Eucharist, continue the foundation of our faith by caring and sharing. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and guided by the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are united as an ongoing sacramental community with a spirit of profound generosity, love, and mutual respect. We bring healing to our society by welcoming all who seek God’s grace.
When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
When are services?
Sunday Liturgy: 8:00 a.m.
St. Joseph the Worker, North Fork
Sunday Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.
St. Dominic Savio, Bass Lake
Sunday Liturgy: 11:30 a.m.
Our Lady of the Sierra, Oakhurst
Weekday Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Tues-Friday)
Our Lady of the Sierra, Oakhurst
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.
How do I get to Church?
Our Lady of the Sierra is located at 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst, CA 93644
St. Dominic Savio Church is located at 40077 Road 222, Bass Lake, CA 93604
St. Joseph the Worker is located at 56522 Road 200, North Fork, CA 93644
Where should I park?
There is plenty of parking at Our Lady of the Sierra and our mission churches, St. Dominic Savio and St. Joseph the Worker. Handicap accessible parking is also available closer to the doors of each church.
Where do my children go?
During Mass, your children are welcome to stay with you and partake in the Mass. If you would like your children to continue their faith Education, please contact Andrea Rooney in the RED department. We have religion classes as well as many fun events that cater perfect for your children! (559)642-3452
I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
As a congregant or visitor, a non-Catholic is allowed to do as much as do Catholics in the pews with the exception of receiving Communion. You can make the sign of the cross, kneel, stand, etc. Non-Catholics who are guests (as distinguished from RCIA members) can also participate to the extent they feel comfortable doing so, with the exception of receiving Communion. If they are merely there as observers and do not wish to participate, they need only stand when the congregation does and otherwise sit quietly. There are prompts in the Breaking Bread Hymnal in the pews if you would like to follow along and know when to sit, stand or kneel.
I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the Body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians, who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to Our Lady of the Sierra on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving here.
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Please contact the parish office or see a friendly usher at Mass to be sure you are able to sit close to the Celebrant.