January 9, 2022
Termite Tenting Completed for St Joseph School – Our parish school was treated for termites the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The church and museum were also treated for termites last year. We have completed professional inspections of the buildings to document areas of damage requiring repair, and we are pleased that we caught the termites before they did much damage. The parish facilities team will be soliciting contractor bids for repairs later this year.
Repairing Erosion Damage at St Joseph Cemetery – Work to repair soil erosion along the Mission Boulevard frontage of St Joseph Cemetery was completed last week. A leaking irrigation system and unstable soil on the slope above the sidewalk retaining walls was the source of the problem. This second parish cemetery was created in the 1880’s and is located about a mile south of the parish on Mission Boulevard at Felipe Common. Drought tolerant plants will be added to help stabilize the slope later this spring.
January 2, 2022
Church Lighting Upgrade Completed – New LED ceiling lights have been installed in the ceiling of the church. As with the LED spotlights illuminating the Stations of the Cross, which were installed in November, the new ceiling lights use above-the-ceiling electrical conduits provided when the church was built in 1965, but not used until now. Many thanks to our volunteer parishioner electricians who donated their time and talents to complete the lighting upgrades to our church in time for our Christmas celebrations.
December 19, 2021
LED Lighting Upgrade – The parish and school have received $103,000 from PG&E to replace older fluorescent light fixtures with new energy efficient lighting. The new fixtures to be installed in the school, kindergarten, ministry houses and rectory garage will look the same, but they’ll be 70% more energy efficient. Our outdoor parking lot lights will also be upgraded. This project will save electricity and help us reduce our carbon footprint by 15%.
You may have noticed a shipping container (only one, not a stack like this photo!) near the parish office. EverWatt, our lighting replacement contractor, is using it to store equipment. The container will be removed at the end of the project. Work in the school will occur outside school hours. The contractor’s employees are vaccinated and will wear mouth and nose masks indoors.
December 12, 2021
Lighting the Exterior of our Church – Just in time for St. Nicholas Day December 6th, a joyful band of parishioners came together Friday evening December 3rd to hang Christmas lights from the eaves of the church and the trees at the north parking lot entrance. Our thanks to them for beautifully preparing the outside of the church for the Advent and Christmas seasons!
November 29, 2021
New Rain Gutters for Museum – The deteriorated and leaking rain gutters on the museum building have been replaced with new steel gutters painted to match the building. All the downspouts have been repaired and new downspouts added where needed. Leaf covers have also been installed on the gutters to prevent future clogs from leaves and pine needles. These repairs will prevent damage to the adobe walls from leaks and overflows. The cost of this work is $37,000. We have made a grant request to the California Missions Foundation to fund part of the cost and to the Committee for the Restoration of Mission San Jose.
November 14, 2021
November 7, 2021
November 5, 2021 Vandalism – The Mission church and museum were defaced with red spray paint around 3 a.m. Friday morning November 5, and our statue of St Serra was covered in red paint. The statue of St Dominic at the Dominicans Sisters motherhouse was also covered in red paint and the sisters experienced other damage. According to the Fremont police Mission Dolores in San Francisco was also vandalized.
Parish Facilities Team member Gary Dorighi, parish maintenance staff and volunteers were able to remove the paint covering both statues using a pressure washer and scrub brushes. We are contacting professional painters for assistance with cleaning the spray-painted adobe walls because we don’t want to damage the walls. A police report was filed, and police are reviewing security camera footage.
New Lighting for Stations of the Cross – Our new stations of the cross in the church shine brightly with new ceiling-mounted LED spotlights. The new LED fixtures use conduit and junction boxes installed in the ceiling when the building was constructed in 1965 but until now never used. Members of the parish’s Vietnamese community donated the fixtures and wiring and installed these new lights as a gift to the parish.
Adoration Chapel Dedicated – The former crying room in the church has become our beautiful Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. The Chapel was blessed at 10 am Mass on October 31. The Chapel is open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursdays adoration is in the Mission Church from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All are invited to sign up for adoration times using the parish website.
October 24, 2021
Roofers at Work – Repairs to our roofs on the church, school, rectory, and museum were completed last week. 249 broken roof tiles were replaced, and another 40 slipped and misaligned tiles were corrected. 25 linear feet of ridge line mortar was replaced and 21 roof penetrations for vents were re-flashed. This important work to protect our buildings from water damage cost $22,600 and was funded from our parish, museum and school maintenance budgets.
School Playground Construction Continues – What’s happening behind the green fence? Our old playground equipment has been removed and set aside for metal recycling. New concrete retaining walls and an access ramp are being constructed. Next steps include placing drainage rock on top of the prepared soil surface and installing a new underground electrical conduit to two light poles on the south side of the school parking lot to replace the existing sixty year old electrical connection to these lights that no longer works.
October 17, 2021
New Carpet and Wood Flooring in the Sacristy and Church – All the old, worn carpet in the church has been replaced. The new carpet is deep red to match the covering of our refurbished kneelers. Red reminds us of Jesus’ Eucharistic sacrifice which we celebrate at every Mass. Portions of the sacristy are now covered in high grade, low maintenance, wood grain patterned vinyl planks that match the golden oak color of our pews. Gold is the color that represents heaven! The new carpet and flooring are gifts to the parish from generous parishioners. And the carpet and flooring contractors deeply discounted their prices as gifts to us. We are blessed!
Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Completed – The conversion of the church’s crying room into our new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel has been completed with new chairs, carpet, tabernacle, and statuary. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is present in body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host which will be on display. The chapel is available for quiet contemplation and adoration throughout the day and evening when the church is open. We are grateful for the generous donors who funded this project.
Roof Work Begins Monday – Work to repair missing, damaged, and misaligned tiles on the roofs on the church, museum, rectory, and school roofs begins October 18th. Our roofing contractor will be onsite starting at 7:30 am Monday through Friday. Roof tiles are heavy! Please take extra care near these buildings and avoid contractor vehicles, ladders, and equipment. Work is expected to take about a week to complete.
October 10, 2021
Carpet Replaced in the Church – Thanks to some generous donors, this week the old grey carpet in the church was replaced. It was showing its age, damaged in places, and could no longer be cleaned or repaired. Even the Holy Spirit said it was time for replacement when hot coals accidently fell and burned the carpet on Pentecost Sunday! Enjoy our new carpeting and sacristy flooring at Mass this weekend!
October 3, 2021
September 26, 2021
September 19, 2021
Goodbye termites! The parish church and mission museum building were tented and fumigated for termites Monday through Wednesday of this past week after termites were discovered in both buildings. The cost is $25,000 and will be paid from the parish maintenance budget, which is supported by the weekly offertory. The next step will be detailed building inspections to identify any wood damage needing repair.
AUGUST 29, 2021
August 15, 2021
New School Playground Coming Soon! – Work began this week on the new playground for our school. The current play area is too costly to maintain and no longer safe for our children to use. Our contractor has fenced off the work area and begun demolition of the old playground. The area will be re-graded, and a new retaining wall constructed prior to installation of new playground equipment later this year. For your safety, please watch for construction vehicles, follow all posted safety notices, and avoid the contractor’s work areas. This project is being funded by generous contributions from school families, a foundation grant, and school savings. Our special thanks to Kelly Mendoza, our former (now retired) school principal, for leading this project for our school.
August 8, 2021
New flooring and lighting – The church sacristy has new flooring and lighting thanks to the generous contribution of six parishioners who provided the materials and donated their time and skilled labor to install them. They’ve asked to remain anonymous, but their love of God and our church speaks loudly! The linoleum that ran the length of the sacristy has been replaced with Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). The “sea salt hickory” LVT looks like planks of wood and is tougher than the old linoleum. The old light fixtures have been replaced with new, energy-efficient LED lighting. Our parishioners’ work brightens the room and updates the sacristy.
August 1, 2021
Beautification Continues – Meet Ruben Martinez who maintains our parish grounds and Ramiro Trujillo. They pulled out all those old junipers along the church building, installed a water system and planted the roses. Currently they are building a beautiful retaining wall around the Birds of Paradise and olive tree outside the choir room/sacristy door. Thank you Ruben and Ramiro!
July 18, 2021
Notice Anything New In These Pictures? – New kneelers have been added for the comfort of those attending mass in our Mission church! Many thanks to the generous donor who also thoughtfully included repairing the kneelers that need attention in our main church. We are blessed to have so many benefactors at St. Joseph / Mission San Jose.
July 11, 2021
Mission Wall Repair – Time has taken its toll on our Old Mission Museum. Dating back to 1809, much of the building has been repaired, repainted, and seismically retrofitted. However, some of the walls of original adobe construction need repair. Proposals from general contractors have been solicited to investigate and recommend a repair solution for the stone and dirt-filled foundation at the southwest end of the Mission Museum building.
June 27, 2021
Let There Be Light Outside! – The old lights outside of the kitchen and St. Vincent de Paul were ancient, dirty and brown giving off not enough yellow light to work with when events were held at night. Now, thanks to our benevolent electrical donor, the lighting is a clean, bright white light that will add to the safety for all who park there.
June 20, 2021
Let There Be Light! – Have you noticed how much better you can see the celebrant and servers on the altar? And if you sit in the alcove on the left side of the church, you can read the worship aide easier now too. All that light is thanks to a most generous electrician who has donated his time to purchase and install LED lighting. We now have energy efficient and cost effective lighting in the sanctuary as well as all the recessed lights in the side alcoves where the choir sings.
June 13, 2021
Kneelers To Be Repaired – Our church was built in 1965—the kneelers are 56 years old. They have served us well over the years. But they are coming apart (1), corners are gone and there is cracking along the edges (2). Maybe you have noticed that the padding is hardening beneath our knees. Repairs and maintenance on the hardware will be made in the near future for our comfort and safety while praying.
June 6, 2021
Guardian Angel: Pray for Us – A guardian angel is assigned to protect and guide a particular person or group. Pope Francis noted that oftentimes, we have the feeling that “I should do this, this is not right, be careful.” This is the voice of our guardian angel. God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not make a mistake’.
May 30, 2021
Saint Francis of Assisi – Recently a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi was installed at the driveway entrance welcoming everyone to our parish community. Saint Francis abandoned a life of luxury after hearing God call him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. The statue of Francis is a reminder to us of a man who devoted his life to our Lord through solitude, prayer, helping the poor and taking care of all of God’s creation. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment and a model to those who honor God first, serve the poor and care for all creation.
May 23, 2021
Roses for Mary – Why are there roses in place of the ancient junipers? On Mother’s Day, Fr. Anthony introduced the new roses and why the colors were chosen in relation to Jesus’s mother, Mary. Purple tells of Mary’s anticipation of conceiving the blessed child; white is for Mary’s purity; pink stands for her joy; red is for her sorrow and the intense love she has for us; and gold represents her crown in heaven.
May 16, 2021
Mission Patio Garden Olive Tree Work – The historic Mission Patio Garden olive trees were trimmed back in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters’ campus-wide olive tree-trimming project. Many of these trees date back to the 19th Century, and the oil from their fruit was a source of chrism used for the Sacraments. More recently, the Sisters harvest the olives each fall to produce Mission San Jose olive oil for sale at their Christmas Boutique each year.
April 25, 2021
Thank you to those who contributed for our new 14 Stations of the Cross, the Pictures of the life of St. Joseph and the Saints, and the images of the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe with our new Votive Candles. Your offerings have helped us beautify our Parish and make our Catholic devotions ever more present to all who enter.
April 18, 2021
New Stations of the Cross – We now have added new Stations of the Cross to St. Joseph Church. The previous stations we had were needing a definite upgrade and so now we have new Stations to help the devotional practices of many in our parish. Pictured to the left is Fr. Anthony and Ralph Martinez as they prepped, measured, and hung our Stations in their new placement on the walls of St. Joseph Church.
April 11, 2021
Bushes removed from Church Grounds – In our continuing effort to beautify our grounds, we have begun the process of removing the bushes from the school side of the church. This has the added benefit of being able to better see oncoming cars as we enter and exit the parking lot from St Joseph Terrace.
April 4, 2021
March 28, 2021
New Candles and Holders – We now have new candles surrounding the Tabernacle and Ambo. These candles help bring more beauty and direct our attention to the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle and the Proclamation of the Word during Mass. Our thanks go to those who helped prepare and craft the candle holders. Your generous donations and help express the love we all have for Christ.
March 21, 2021
Old Mission Facilities Update – The Old Mission Gift Shop and Museum have been closed for a year. While sad for school kids and visitors, the closure has provided an opportunity to catch up on some needed restoration. Here is a list of some projects that have been completed or are in progress.
Mission Patio Garden Wall Repair – Over the years, the plaster on the adobe wall suffered significant damage. Recently, with Committee for the Restoration of Mission San Jose funding, we were able to repair the wall to its original splendor.
Repair West Mission Museum Wall – Time has taken its toll on our Old Mission Museum. Dating back to 1809, much of the building has been repaired, repainted, and seismically retrofitted. However, some of the walls of the original adobe construction need repair. The project is being organized into small and manageable work packages for individual contractor proposals and funding.
March 14, 2021
Moving the Crucifix – Our Church has already undergone multiple efforts to beautify and focus our worship. We began with the moving of the crucifix to above the tabernacle. Details on this are explained by Fr. Anthony on our website at this link.
St. Joseph Shrine Beautification Project – Our own Maintenance person, Ralph Martinez has begun the process of painting, cleaning, and adding lights to our St. Joseph Shrine, which will be rededicated to St. Joseph on March 19th.
Carriage House – We also have cleaned and organized the Carriage House garage and thank all of those who have helped.