Mission San JoseSaint Joseph Parish
Old Mission San Jose
Founded 1797

We Welcome You to Join Us in Our Mission.


At the Ohlone Indian village of Oroysom, Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen founded this fourteenth of twenty-one Franciscan missions June 11, 1797. Taught by Padre Narciso Duran, the Ohlone orchestra and choir became famous. By 1830 almost 2,000 Indians were living at the mission. The 1868 earthquake destroyed the adobe church and most other mission buildings. The church was rebuilt in 1985. Further details about our history can be found here and additional photographs here.


On the 4th Sunday of Lent we recall that the journey from darkness to light, from blindness to sight, is found in all the readings. Samuel learns that even prophets need to have their eyesight checked. The church community in Ephesus is told by St. Paul that though they were once in darkness, now they are light in the world. And a man born blind comes to sight twice: The first time, when Jesus cures his blindness. But more importantly, the second time when he accepts Jesus as the Son of God.

The temptations that Jesus faces are those that many of us struggle with every day: materialism, ego, and power. Click here for resources to help us on our Lenten Journey.

Please join us at Mass as we celebrate this holy season and find ways we can be inspired by Jesus's love.(87B/87)

Today, Saint Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose is an active and faith filled parish with many ministries to participate in. See the vision we share in our parish family. Please join us for Mass or visit the Mission Museum open daily 10am-5pm (510-657-1797).



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