Special intercession for Good Friday 2017

Each Triduum, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath offers a special intercession to be used during the Good Friday liturgy. This year, he asks that all parishes in the Diocese of San Jose include the following intercession in the Solemn Intercessions for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. This […]

An Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration from the California Catholic Conference of Bishops

Sacramento, CA – Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, a time when Christian people devote ourselves more intentionally to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in an earnest effort to reform our lives in the image of Jesus Christ.  We use this occasion to call upon Catholics and all people of good […]

Coordinating a Response and Resources for the Immigrant Community

Greetings from Father Jon Pedigo, Director of Projects for Peace and Justice May the God of Journey and Conversion bless you this Lenten Season. I want to get right to the point: many of our sisters and brothers in the immigrant community are feeling incredibly threatened. One of several catechists from in the diocese remarked, […]

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s Statement on Immigration (Spanish)

No es exagerado decir que la mayoría de los estadounidenses son descendientes de inmigrantes o refugiados. De hecho, muchos de nuestros conciudadanos fueron inmigrantes. La historia de Estados Unidos es una historia de bienvenida y de nueva esperanza. Ya sea para los de Europa, Asia, África, Oriente Medio, o las Américas, esta nación ha sido […]

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s Statement on Immigration

It is not an overstatement to say that the majority of Americans are descendants of immigrants or refugees.  Indeed, many of our fellow citizens were once immigrants.  The story of the United States is a tale of welcome and of new hope.  Whether for those from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or the Americas, […]

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s Announcement on Diocese of San Jose Seminarians

As some of you might know, some time ago, I established a commission to study and recommend to me which seminary would best serve our local Church in the preparation of our seminarians for ordination to the priesthood. The commission has recently completed its work. Today, I want to share with you that I have […]

President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees

“When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?” Matthew 25:38 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement regarding the recent executive order on the new […]

Sister Mary Claude Power, PBVM – First Superintendent of the Diocese of San Jose

Entered eternal life on January 29, 2017, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. A native of San Francisco, California, Sister Claude was born on April 27, 1926, and was a Sister of the Presentation for seventy-two years having entered in 1945. She was predeceased by her loving parents, Virginia Boyce and William Power, her […]

Muslim-Catholic Community Event Produces Partnership Between Two Faiths

(SAN JOSE, CA, 01/17/17) Over 750 Muslims and Catholics from the surrounding area gathered at the SABA Islamic Center on Monday, January 16, for a community event of hope and solidarity. Following the event, leaders from the two religious communities have agreed to form a local Muslim-Catholic Council. “Let us commit to move forward together […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s McDonnell Hall Named National Historic Landmark

On January 11, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s McDonnell Hall was designated as National Historic Landmark by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well […]