Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s Statement on Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Tolerance is one of founding principles of the United States.  It is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, which declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  […]

Statement on Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale Update

As you are aware, it was announced on June 30, 2017 that The Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale would not reopen for the 2017-2018 school year due to a significant decline in enrollment. It was the intent of the Diocese at the time of this announcement to maintain the operation of the Toddler and Pre-K programs […]

Father Jon G. Pedigo Appointed to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Father Jon G. Pedigo Appointed to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Effective July 1, 2017, Bishop McGrath has appointed Father Jon Pedigo to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara, where he has assumed the role of Director for Advocacy and Community Engagement.  In doing so, Father Pedigo continues his work on behalf of projects for […]

Statement on Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale

It is with great regret that the Diocese of San Jose announces that Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale (CAS) will no longer be operating as an elementary school, K-8, due to insufficient students enrolled. We are deeply sorry for the disruption to our community of families and staff, and most particularly our students. THE PRESCHOOL IS […]

Appointment of Diocesan Chief Development Officer

Spanish MEMORANDUM To:         Clergy, Religious and Lay Leaders From:    Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Re:        Appointment of Diocesan Chief Development Officer Date:     June 28, 2017 I am pleased to announce that Joseph Naylor will join the Diocese of San Jose as the Chief Development Officer (CDO) on July 24, 2017. With Bill Matthews’ […]

U.S. Bishops Chairman Calls Senate to “Reject Changes” to Social Safety Net

June 27, 2017 WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has provided a more detailed critique of the Senate “discussion draft” health care bill, dubbed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA). “Removing vital coverage for those most in need is not the answer […]

Letter from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath – Department for Evangelization

March 31, 2017 Dear Friends, The mission of the Church is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all peoples, inviting them into a relationship with the Lord. Every disciple is baptized into this mission of Evangelization, which we have been exploring here so that we can better engage in our common mission. […]

Diocesan Pastoral Response for Immigrants facing Expedited Removal

Dear Brother Priests, Deacons and Ministerial Colleagues, Attached is the Diocesan Pastoral Response for our immigrant brothers and sisters who may be facing “expedited removal.” Many of you have called asking about what should and can we do to help people facing imminent deportation. This document will help you, your staff and parish leadership discern how […]

Disposing of Old Holy Oils

Ideally, the Holy Oils given to each parish by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass are completely consumed through their normal use in anointings during the year. The new oil received at the current year’s Chrism Mass replaces the oil from the previous year. When there is Holy Oil left over from the previous year, […]

2017 Easter Triduum Schedule

Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. John 20:8-9 2017 Easter Triduum | Holy Thursday – April 13| Good Friday – April 14 | Easter […]