A United Catholic Community

Our Mission as a Unified Catholic Community is to Share Faith, Celebrate Traditions, and Serve Others to the Praise and Glory of God!

  • Our Parish

    Holy Redeemer (established 1925) and St. James the Less (established 1955) give unique witness to the bond of unity always present in the Roman Catholic Church. These "Mother and Daughter" parishes have been reunited (2007), to more effectively proclaim the Gospel and serve the people of the Crescenta Valley; through the shared use of resources and a more faithful stewardship of the gifts entrusted to us by God.

    Holy Redeemer Church                                            St. James Church

    2411 Montrose Ave                                                  4625 Dunsmore Ave  

    Montrose, CA 91020                                                La Crescenta, CA 91214

    Office: 818-249-2008                                         

    Office Location: 

    2411 Montrose Ave.

  • Sacramental Preparation

    While we believe that human life is infused with the sacramental goodness of God, the Catholic Church has defined seven sacraments-instuted by and through the life of Jesus Christ. It is through the experience of the sacramental ritual that we are infused with God's grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.

    At Holy Redeemer-St James Parish Community, we encourage full participation in the sacramental life of the church. We hope that the sacraments enrich your already strong faith and that they bring your family more fully into our parish family.






    Anointing of the Sick

    Holy Orders & Religious Life

    The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. 

    In our Parish Community, First Holy Communion is typically given to children in the 2nd grade and requires two years of instruction. Adults needing this Sacrament must go through the RCIA process.

  • youth in service

    In the the true spirit of Christian service, our students participate in the various acts of service throughout the year.  To name a few:

    Adopt A Family

    "Sock Drive" supporting the homeless

    Desi Geesman Fundraiser for City of Hope

    Red Cross Blood Drive

    Food drives for local food pantries

    Senior Outreach

    Blanket and Coat Drive

    Cub Scouts of America

    Boy Scouts of America


    The United Catholic Community of Holy Redeemer and St. James the Less brings you Discovering Christ, a seven-week series that includes a life-changing retreat on Saturday, November 5, 9am-4pm. Enjoy a free dinner, praise and worship, listen to a dynamic teaching and join in a small group discussion about the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. 

    The course is designed for you to revitalize your faith or to bring your friends and family who have been away from the church and are open to exploring the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. This program is provided to you at no cost.

    We invite you to watch a Discovering Christ youtube video to learn more about the course:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-QPh2_3n2k (copy and paste link into your browser)

    For more information, please email: discoverchrist.hrsj@gmail.com

  • Junior high Youth Ministry

    Edge is an opportunity for middle school students, grade 6-7-8, to begin to build their faith as they transition into their teenage years.  The program consists of bi-monthly meetings on the first and third Monday of the month at St. James in Msgr. Barry Hall from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We provide dinner, play games, do activities and most importantly we exploreto what it means to have a personal relationship with God.

Safeguard the Children

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has mandated that all adults who work with or around children in any capacity must know how to recogtnize and prevent child sexual abuse by attending a "Protecting God's Children" VIRTUS-Excellence Builds Trust awareness session. All paid staff and parish volunteers are required to attend a VIRTUS Training class as well as be fingerprinted with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles "Livescan" program. The VIRTUS class will help you be aware of the following:

Knowing Warning Signs

Controlling Access

Monitoring Programs

Communicating Concerns

Protecting God's Children -Original VIRTUS Class

The class is 3 hours. Immediately after the class, you will receive a certificate of completion (valid for four years). You are also required to submit a copy of this certificate to the parish office as well as to the head of any ministry in which you volunteer. After your class, you should register with VIRTUS Online (see link below) as eventually you may be able to complete your recertication online.

To find an upcoming VIRTUS Class in our area

Go to: www.virtusonline.com

Select "registration" on the left side of screen

Select "view list of sessions"

Select "Los Angeles-San Fernando Region" location

This will take you to all the upcoming VIRTUS classes offered in our area. It will aqlso give you the phone number to register for the class.

To register after taking the Original VIRTUS Class

Go to: www.virtusonline.com

Select "registration" on the left side of screen

Select "begin the registration process"

Follow information on screen to input your information

Keeping the Promise Alive - Recertification VIRTUS Class

This class is available to those who have taken the original class. This class lasts 1 1/2 hours. You will receive a certicate of completion and you are also required to submit a copy to the parish office as well as to the head of any ministry in which you volunteer. 

Online Recertification

If you registered with VIRTUS online immediately following your Original class, and you have kept up to date on all of your emailed on-line traing, you may not be required to take a recertication class. To find out if you qualify, please email Joan Vienna at jvienna@la-archdiocese.org. Please include your name, the name of your parish and our region (which is San Fernando), and she will respond via email. If you qualify, she will mail you a new certicate in which you'll need to provide a copy to the Parish Office.

Livescan-Fingerprinting All paid staff as well as Parish Volunteers (age 18 or over) who work directly with or around our youth are required to be fingerprinted.