186 N Reservation Rd, Porterville


Through the missionary activity of the Church, the Native American population at Tule River was brought into the church during the nineteenth century through the work of Dominican priests stationed at St. Dominics Parish in San Francisco. While the community is to some extent Catholic, many traditional religious practices remain as ancient and deeply rooted expressions of the culture and faith of this unique and beautiful community.


Mater Dolorosa Chapel was constructed during the 1930s and remodeled in the year 2000 with the addition of a new hall, deck and bell tower, is the property of the tribal council. The priests of Saint Annes Parish, Father Eugene Buhr of Los Angeles, as well as religious women, most recently Sister Marion Morua of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence based in the San Antonio, Texas, have ministered to the people of Tule River over the years.


A communion service is offered regularly at the chapel, as well as mass when possible. Catechetical instructions are offered for both adults and children desiring the sacraments.


The Mass schedule can be found here.


For more information contact the parish office here.

Mater Dolorosa Mission

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