San Jose bishop issues Christmas message

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "As 2017 draws to a close, we entrust ourselves and all peoples to the Lord, knowing that He is particularly close to those who continue to seek refuge from 21st Century Herods"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During Advent, we celebrate the in-breaking of the Lord into human history – anticipating His Coming at the end of time as we reflect upon His Birth long ago. As we approach Christmas, we remain watchful that, while looking to the events of Bethlehem long ago, we may not overlook the many ways God is present today in our world and in our lives. When … [Read more...]

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San Jose Christmas tree display mired in controversy

This year, there's a tree erected by the Satanic Temple, one that celebrates Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the football field, and a section set aside for LGBT activists

Catholic League president Bill Donohue discusses a controversy over this year's San Jose Christmas tree display: Every year since the 1950s, San Jose has had a proud record of honoring Christmas with a grand display of Christmas trees. This year, however, a controversy has arisen over some trees. San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez is the site of approximately 500 Christmas … [Read more...]

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St. Patrick’s Seminary installs Reverend George E. Schultze as 17th president-rector

Seminary begins school year with 20 new seminarians, the largest class since 2013

On Monday, August 21, 2017, St. Patrick’s Seminary & University celebrated the installation of Reverend George E. Schultze, SJ, as the institution’s 17th President-Rector. The Mass was celebrated by The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, who also delivered the homily and performed the Rite of Installation before a gathering of an estimated … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop issues statement on Charlottesville fracas

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "The hate-driven speech and actions of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK are rooted in a racism that can find no home in this country or our world"

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.”  Sadly, we have not always lived up … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop plans ‘town hall’ with young adults

Bishop Patrick McGrath will field questions at St. Martin of Tours parish on Aug. 2

All young adults in the Diocese are invited to a Summer Discussion Night, featuring Bishop Patrick McGrath at St. Martin of Tours church. Bishop McGrath has graciously offered to make himself available for an evening to listen to ideas and answer questions from young adults. Therefore, we will be presenting this discussion night as a Town Hall style (Q&A) session focused … [Read more...]

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San Jose Catholic church publicizes employee’s gay marriage on parish website

"John and his husband Willie are the parents of twin third graders at St. Clare School"

A parish in the San Jose diocese in California is openly employing a gay married man, who is an active member of the parish council. Saint Clare parish in Santa Clara has posted on its parish website brief biographies of their parish council members. On a page titled "Meet the St. Clare Parish Council," the biography of parishioner John Sullivan ends with the following: "John … [Read more...]

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San Jose diocese announces closing of Catholic school

Low enrollment cited for closure of Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale K-8 program, but pre-school remains open

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 … [Read more...]

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“We will not refuse sacraments or Christian Burial to anyone who requests them in good faith”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath re-asserts diocese's pro-gay stance

A California bishop has written a letter instructing clergy and religious in the diocese to be compassionate and inclusive when it comes to pastoral care, a direct repudiation of last month’s alienating directives from an Illinois bishop. Bishop Patrick McGrath Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose sent the letter on June 29, 2017. While it doesn’t specifically mention … [Read more...]

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Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish receives honor from city

The parish operates a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provides vouchers for groceries and gasoline, as well as monetary assistance for the payment of rent, utilities, or other necessities

Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish has been serving the local community since the parish was founded in 1913. Back in the 1970s, building on the good work of the long-established Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the parish started an outreach program that today continues to operate a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provide emergency aid in the form of vouchers for … [Read more...]

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Faith Formation Conference returning to Santa Clara Convention Center

Joining San Jose in sponsoring the event is the Monterey diocese in collaboration with the San Francisco archdiocese and the dioceses of Stockton and Oakland

A year after it was held simultaneously with the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry and at the San Jose Convention Center, the Faith Formation Conference will return to its original format; but not quite! Recently twenty-five representatives from the Diocese of Monterey, Diocese of San Jose (DSJ), Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland gathered for … [Read more...]

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