Plans for new Catholic high school in San Jose diocese hit major roadblock

In 5-2 vote, government agency responsible for municipal boundaries won't approve annexation of land to Morgan Hill, dooming proposed school in Santa Clara County

A Catholic high school has been talked about in the Morgan Hill for nearly a decade, but the Diocese of San Jose has run into a series of setbacks getting its 40 acres of land—their preferred site of the future school—annexed into the city. The latest of these hurdles is the denial of an annexation proposal Dec. 5 by the county commission charged with authorizing city … [Read more...]

“The buck stops with the bishop”

San Jose diocese accused of under-reporting number of priests accused of sexual misconduct; diocese says "alleged incidents occurred, and the reports of abuse were made, in other jurisdictions"

The San Jose Diocese defended its initial report of 15 bad priests, countering that the extra 18 listed by a Minnesota law firm were either not connected to the diocese or, in three cases, were sent here without warning. “The alleged incidents occurred, and the reports of abuse were made, in other jurisdictions and were not shared with the Diocese of San Jose,” a diocese … [Read more...]

“This is just another one of their games”

San Jose diocese, Church blasted at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Palo Alto during first of three "listening sessions" planned by Bishop Patrick McGrath in response to sexual abuse crisis

Angry and hurt over national reports of clergy abuse that have again rocked the Catholic Church to its core, dozens of residents confronted Bishop Patrick McGrath Saturday to demand transparency as the Diocese of San Jose prepares to launch its own investigation. About 70 people — including alleged victims of abuse — gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary for a listening session … [Read more...]

Increase in vocations presents challenge for San Jose diocese

The good news is that vocations are up, the bad news is that diocese is having difficulty paying their tuition, room and board at the seminary

After years of declining numbers of priestly vocations, a growing group of men are answering the call of Jesus to serve as priests in the Diocese of San Jose. Last year, the Diocese was blessed with seven seminarians; this year it is twelve. The blessing of these many vocations presents one particular challenge: the cost of one year of priestly formation averages $50,000 for … [Read more...]

An evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform

Bishop Patrick McGrath calls on Catholics to join vigil for immigrants at Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on July 17

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the recent developments on the US ~ Mexico border with families being separated, I am calling all Catholics from our Diocese to join me in an evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform. This vigil will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on Tuesday, July 17th, from 7-8 PM. There will be … [Read more...]

“Un-American, un-Christian and inhumane”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath denounces separation of families at US-Mexico border

The following comes from Bishop McGrath’s “Message on Separated Families”:

 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are hundreds of miles from the border, yet what has happened along the US-Mexico border over the past few weeks has a direct impact on many of our own people. Images of crying children, separated from their mothers, and the anguish of mothers whose infants have been … [Read more...]

Crowds witness consecration of rebuilt Holy Cross Church in San Jose

100-year old church burned down in 2014

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne T. Sullivan. On Sunday November 16, 2014, flames began shooting up from the roof towards the front of the stucco Italianate Holy Cross Church in northside San Jose, just a few minutes after the 1:00 p.m. Mass. The day after the fire, local and national news excitedly reported the discovery of a more-than-a-century old … [Read more...]

“Narrow-minded gun supporters will be quieted”

Santa Clara University professor inspired by young people who "flooded out of their classrooms and ushered in a new dawn in the struggle against gun violence"

The following is by Father Gerald Coleman, an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University: The impact I witnessed during the “March for Our Lives” demonstration in San Francisco, CA was overwhelming: instead of crying there was speaking, instead of mourning there was protesting, in place of defeat there was drive, instead of waiting, youth made their voices heard about gun … [Read more...]

Three men to be ordained permanent deacons in San Jose diocese

They juggled their studies for the diaconate with their first vocations as husbands and fathers; each credits his wife with traveling with him on this journey

For three men and their families, the journey to the Permanent Diaconate is almost complete. On May 19, at 9:30 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, Carl A. Bugarin, Philip Andrew McCarty and Richard M. Noack will be ordained deacons for the Diocese of San Jose during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. For each of the men, the path has been different, … [Read more...]

“The answer is not more guns, not arming teachers with Oozies or AK-47s”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath addresses students at Archbishop Mitty High School before 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence

March 14, 2018 I must begin my brief words by thanking you for this observance and for inviting me to be part of it. There is absolutely no place I would rather be than to stand here in solidarity with you as you stand in solidarity with young people across our nation, and perhaps around the world. The tragedy at Parkland is not even the latest of far too many shooting … [Read more...]