Visit the (Almost) Record-Setting St. Francis by the Sea
430 Park Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Visit the (Almost) Record-Setting St. Francis by the Sea There are a lot of places in Laguna Beach that are a really big deal, but perhaps none are bigger than one of the tiniest Catholic churches in the world. In 1983, the Guinness Book of World Records named St. Francis by the Sea the second smallest Catholic church in the world. The entire church is just 1,008 square feet, and it only has room for 42 seats at Sunday service. That certainly makes it diminutive, but it more than makes up for its size in charm. Beyond hosting regular church services St. Francis is also home to the “sick call” museum. The museum houses artifacts from the bygone days when priests would make house calls to provide parishioners with their last rites. Though the museum and the tiny church do not have regular hours during the week it can be visited following Sunday mass or as part of a larger Laguna Beach city tour.