Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church
Established In 1923 When There Were Only 20 Catholic Families In All Of Balboa, Today This Parish Serves Over 1000 Catholic Households Throughout The Balboa Peninsula.

Having just celebrated their 75th anniversary, church pastor Msgr. Daniel Murray is now preparing to publish a new book about this church's remarkable history.

Before Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church was built in 1923 Catholic worshipers had to gather in homes or take the Red Car the Huntington Beach to attend Mass.


The warm church interior invites worshipers to attend the celebration of the mass.


Stained glass windows were originally called the 'bible of the poor'.

The church's stained glass windows were commissioned in 1963 and executed by the Walter Judson Studio. Mastercraftsman Paul Phillips - whose name is etched in the window in the vestibule of the church- used a hundred yards of  lead to join the various parts of each window. Rather then using large slabs of glass for these beautiful windows, the smallest pieces were used,  some as small as a quarter inch.


Rev. Msgr. Daniel Murray, Pastor,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church standing next to a statue of 
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Msgr.  Murray is now in a desperate  search for old photos of this church's early past for the new book which has been tentatively named, "The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel," A Church On Balboa Peninsula. The publisher is The Castle Press and the book is scheduled to be released in December 2000. If you have any old photos of this church, please call Msgr. Murray at 673-3775. He'll be glad to here from you.

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Blast From
The Past

The Dredging Of
Balboa Bay 1935

A tip of the hat to Luther Crocker
for these fine old photos.


Dredger John McMullen.


Dredging near the mouth of Balboa Bay.


Dredging near what is now Lido Island

Balboa Mural Panorama

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