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 […]

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 […]