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The parish was established in 1886. Prior to the formation of St. Monica’s, the nearest Catholic church was at Olvera Street inDowntown Los Angeles. The current church opened for Christmas in 1925. At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported: “The opening of St. Monica’s Church, ranked in the cathedral class and probably the finest Catholic Church of its kind on the Pacific Coast, will be celebrated with solemn high mass at 5 o’clock Christmas morning. For the first time the interior splendors of this remarkably beautitul and dignified religious edifice will be revealed to St. Monica’ parish, and many out-of-town visitors are expected.” The church was not officially dedicated until July 1926, at which time the Los Angeles Times reported: “A crowd numbering many thousands surrounded the handsome limestone structure on California avenue and Seventh street, the overflow standing under the towering eucalipti of the city park opposite the church. … Strains from the great pipe organ of St. Monica’s floated to the overflow crowd outside to give at least a hint of the sacred services within.”
In 1994, the church itself was damaged in the Northridge earthquake and Mass held in the gymnasium until repairs could be made.
Frank Gehry, a Santa Monica resident, designed an adjoining hospitality center built in 1998. In 2002, the New York Times wrote in 2002 the Gehry-designed building “contributes to the outreach efforts that, along with good liturgies and preaching, are parish hallmarks.”
In 2004, death penalty opponents, including Mike Farrell and Jesse Jackson, protested at St. Monica’s to draw attention to the refusal of Governor Schwarzenegger (a St. Monica’s parishioner) to grant clemency to a prisoner scheduled for execution. In addition to Gov. Schwarzenegger, other well-known parishioners at St. Monica include Martin Sheen,Brooke Shields, Kelsey Grammer, June Lockhart, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, as well as Chris Farley and Lawrence Welk. The church was the site of funerals forLucille Ball in May 1995, and Chris Farley in January 1998. In March 1998, Lucy Lawless of “Xena, Warrior Princess” married producer, Robert Tapert, at St. Monica’s. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen were married Feb 26, 2009 in a small ceremony.