St. Peter Claver Parish was established in 1972, covering the southeastern corner of Ventura County and Santa Susana. Father James McKeon of Detroit served as pastor for 19 years. In its early years, Mass was held in Father James' living room where he resided on Pittman Street. Shortly before Father James McKeon's passing in 1999, Father Dennis Mongrain, blessed the ground for a new church in 1996. By 1998 a permanent church was dedicated, replacing the parish center and church that was previously used over 23 years.
In 2007-2008 Monsignor Gary Bauler led the way in construction of our Preschool, Kindergarten, and Youth Center to meet the growing demand for Catholic schooling in the area. The Preschool and Kindergarten opened its doors on June 16th 2008 with 15 students enrolled for an eight-week summer school session. In 2012, Father Riz Carranza became pastor upon Father Monsignor's retirement.
St. Peter Claver Preschool and Kindergarten provides a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum centered in faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We endeavor to deepen a child's awareness and love of God and to nurture their natural love of learning.
We, the members of St. Peter Claver Catholic Community, acknowledge and respect the uniqueness of each child. In partnership with parents, we provide developmentally appropriate Catholic instruction in an environment which supports each child's sense of self and nurtures a love of learning. Our curriculum incorporates a variety of learning activities designed to enhance a child's love of God, and promotes problem solving, creativity, self-expression, and social skills. We seek to stimulate children's learning in all developmental areas while allowing for individual differences in learning styles. We affirm the worth and dignity of each child and foster an understanding and sensitivity to all people by encouraging reverence and respect for each person.
Purpose & Goals
- Increase a child's sense of security and self-esteem
- Promote the spiritual, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, linguistic, and artistic development of the young child through age appropriate developmental experiences and play activities
- Provide an enriching environment allowing each child to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity
- Develop a child's awareness of God in their lives and promote devotion to the faith
Father Riz Carranza
FR. RIZ J. CARRANZA, has served as Pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish since July 1, 2012. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 21, 1980. He has served at five parishes in the Archdiocese as Associate Pastor. In 1993, he served as Pastor of St. Philomena Church in Carson for one term of six years, he then moved to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Santa Maria, and served as Pastor for two terms plus an extension of one year. Now, serving St. Peter Claver Parish and most likely, his last parish to serve until his retirement. He was born and raised in the Philippines and finished his first eight years of Seminary formation there. He is the second youngest of eight children. Both of his parents are now deceased. He is very happy to have St. Peter Claver as his home and he loves his parishioners. He especially enjoys visiting the school children and shares the love of God through music with them.