Our talents

The Gospel tells us not to squander our talents. Faithful use of one’s gifts will lead to participation in the fullness of the kingdom of heaven, lazy inactivity to exclusion from it. Mt 25:14 Please join one of our many ministries to contribute your talents as well.

Lent

On the 5th Sunday of Lent we recall the raising of Lazarus. The raising of Lazarus is the sign of a new revelation that death is not final. Life is. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes […]

Lent

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 […]

Lent

On the 3rd Sunday of Lent we recall that Jesus asks us to join him in faith like the living water offered to the Samaria woman. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him […]

Lent

As we enter this Lenten season, we recall the day Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a high mountain. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom […]

Lent

As we enter this Lenten season, we recall the 40 days of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The story of Jesus’ time in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent as a reminder that we are each called to explore our own temptations and the deserts within us that allow […]

Lenten Fig Tree

This Lenten season, we are reminded of the parable of the fig tree that bore no fruit. (Lk 13:1-9) …Then a gardner replied, “Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;it may bear fruit in the future..” This Lenten season we are reminded that God […]

Lenten Prayer

This Lenten season, we are reminded when Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. (Lk 9:28b-36) …Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” This Lenten week we are reminded to pray as a family, especially for the people of […]

Lent

As we enter this Lenten season, we recall the 40 days of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness (Lk 4:1-13) The story of Jesus’ time in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent as a reminder that we are each called to explore our own temptations and the deserts within us […]

Lent

Lent If you would like to follow me, take up your cross Lent The 40 days of Lent recall the 40 days of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness (Mt 4:1-11, Mk 1:12-13, Lk 4:1-13). The story of Jesus’ time in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent as a reminder that we are each called to […]

2023 Church Renovation

  Work to renovate St. Joseph Church began on June 26, 2023 with removal of the Blessed Sacrament and a blessing of the building. Work was completed in December 2023 with the Church dedication and first Mass in our new worship space on December 23, 2023. The Catholic Church has a provision for re-dedicating churches […]

Mission Days Festival & Concert

June 8th Mission Concert & June 9th Festival See below for the many events that are planned. All are welcome to our parish celebration of the 227th anniversary of our founding and the birth of our Catholic faith here in the East Bay. Additional details about the organ concert can be found here. There are 3 ways to enjoy […]

Facility News

  May 21, 2024 Our new painting is on its way – Each of the five 10 feet wide by seven feet tall panels of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb painting were loaded onto a truck today in Pennsylvania for their journey to our church. Each panel is braced inside a specially constructed crate […]

John 4:5-42

This week Nancy Flores reflects on her journey of faith, noting her initial mechanical adherence to Catholic practices out of fear rather than intentionality. However, she describes how encountering Jesus transformed her perspective, leading to a deepening relationship and understanding of faith as a relationship rather than mere observance of rules. She emphasizes the shift from fear to love as the driving force behind her commitment to following God’s commandments and seeking reconciliation when she falls short.

Mark 1:12-15

This week, Laurie Lopez reflects on Lent as a time of renewal, like springtime when nature blossoms. Drawing connections between the readings, they see God’s promise of salvation echoed in Noah’s story and emphasized in Jesus’ resurrection. Though faced with trials (“desert”), Lent ultimately leads to spiritual growth and fulfillment as we embrace repentance and God’s kingdom.

Mark 1:29-39

In this week’s Gospel, Aaron describes how Jesus was incredibly popular and became the most famous person in history due to his miraculous abilities and positive message. However, the Roman Empire viewed him as a threat because his non-violent message and widespread following challenged their power and authority. In the end, we won.

Ronald E. McKean, Bio

Ronald E. McKean, Director of Music Ministries   Meet Ronald E. McKean Director of Music Ministries, Organist, Choirmaster, Composer and Arranger In the heart of our Music Ministry, we are blessed to be led by the exceptionally talented and accomplished Ronald E. McKean.  As Director of Music Ministries at Saint Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose, […]

Your treasures

This week’s readings have us look at the real value of treasures. Please join one of our many ministries to contribute your talents as well. Jesus observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a […]

Matthew 25: 1-13

This week, Rowena reflects on the parable of the 10 virgins. “We are called to a joyful and intimate relationship with Jesus and to share His love with others. We must always carry with us the premium fuel of our faith to keep our lives lit. “

Our New Altar

  Saint Joseph Parish has a new altar for the upcoming renovated Church.  What is an altar?  An altar is a table made from stone or solid wood which is dedicated for the sole purpose of celebrating the Holy Eucharist. A dedicated altar represents Christ and His sacrifice. It permanently signifies Christ Jesus, the Living Stone (1 […]

Holy Week

Palm Sunday signals the upcoming end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. The day commemorates the spreading of palms and clothing in Jesus’ path as He entered Jerusalem prior to His crucifixion: They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd […]

Prepare the heart

This week as Ash Wednesday approaches, let’s prepare our hearts for the coming of Lent… a period for all of us to reflect more deeply upon the saving presence of Jesus in our lives and to weed out everything that stands between us and Jesus. Please click here for an on-line reflection to help us […]

Parish Office

  PARISH OFFICE The Parish Office staff keeps St Joseph organized!  The Parish Office staff provides the behind the scenes support  our clergy and ministries need to be successful.  Can you volunteer to answer phones, make photocopies, schedule and organize meetings, help with writing, editing, or publishing newsletters and parish website content?  The parish office […]

How to Volunteer

  “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17).  “Show, by your life, that it is worth giving your time and talents in order to attain high ideals, it is worth recognizing the dignity of each human person, and it is worth taking risks for Christ and his Gospel.” Pope Francis (7/28/13). Good stewards live with joy […]

Stewardship

  Stewardship at St Joseph St Joseph Parish is working to become a stewardship parish. As good stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them in a responsible and accountable manner, share them in justice and love with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. “As each one has received a […]

St Joseph Church

  Our renovated parish church From June to December 2023 our parish church underwent major renovation, the most significant since the structure was first built in 1965. Click Here to learn more about the 2023 renovation.  Originally intended to be a school gym and temporary church, it has become a unique and special church.  Click […]

Mass live-streams – previously recorded

Mass live-streams – previously recorded We look forward to having you join us Our LIVE STREAM channel is at https://www.youtube.com/SaintJosephParish We will live-stream the 10am Mass in English, 3pm Mass in Vietnamese, and 5pm Mass in Mandarin. We look forward to having you join us online. St. Joseph Parish Mass live-streams –  previously recorded Masses recorded […]

Synod

SYNOD-SYNOPSIS FOR REPORT On March 19, 2022 our parish community participated in the Synod which was opened by the Holy Father Pope Francis on October 10, 2021. The Synod is a process rooted in the history of the Catholic Church and can be interpreted as “walking together” or as “the path along which the people […]

ADULT SPIRITUALITY 2021-2022

SISTER MARCIA KRAUSE – ADULT SPIRITUALITY COORDINATOR 2021-2022                                                                                                LECTIO DIVINA FOR UPCOMING SUNDAY            VIRTUAL   (SEPTEMBER-JUNE)     WEEKLY            APPROXIMATELY 12 PARTICIPANTS   EMAIL  TO 48 PEOPLE BIBLE STUDY FOR UPCOMING SUNDAY               VIRTUAL    (SEPTEMBER-JUNE)    WEEKLY            APPROXIMATELY 14 PARTICIPANTS    EMAIL  TO 48 PEOPLE RESOURCES FOR BIBLE STUDY AND LECTIO DIVINA PUBLISHED ON THE PARISH WEBSITE WEEKLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADVENT […]

Holy Week

Palm Sunday signals the upcoming end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. The day commemorates the spreading of palms and clothing in Jesus’ path as He entered Jerusalem prior to His crucifixion: They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd […]

Sleeping Saint Joseph

Sleeping Saint Joseph   Our parish has two of the largest Sleeping St. Joseph statues in the world.  One Sleeping St. Joseph is located inside the Mission Blvd entry vestibule of the church and is surrounded by votive candles.  The second is outdoors adjacent to the Holy family Picnic Area.  Both are illuminated at night.  […]

Forgiveness

This Lenten season, we are reminded when the Pharisees brought a woman accused of adultery to Jesus. (Jn 8:1-11) He told the crowd “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”.One by one they left and Jesus forgave the woman. This Lenten season we are […]

Infinite love

This Lenten season, we are reminded of the parable of the Prodigal Son who returned to his father. (Lk 15:1-3, 11-32) …Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found…” This Lenten season we are reminded that […]

The Mission

This week we reflect on Luke’s account ofJesus reading the scrolls at the synagogue who then said“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke tells us Jesus had a clear understanding of his mission and the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke also understood his own mission was to share this good news. […]

Sister Parish Team

Sister Parish Team   Sister Parish Team Atbil Dominic Represents the men of the parish. He is the chairman of the Sister Parish committee. Queen Mother: Pauline Azenab She represents all women of the Parish on our Sister Parish Committee. Mary Magdalene Ayoma Retired special needs teacher. She represents various societies in the parish. Fr. […]

Test Sandbox Page

Sandbox Page This non-public page is to try things out. Try to leave this heading as-is for others. Weekly Homilies in English and Chinese Following is the Chinese translation on the selected sermons of 10:00 AM English Mass of St. Joseph parish – Old Mission San Jose church in Fremont, CA. For the English speaking viewers, please […]

Vision

Vision    Our Mission:Through prayer and service, the St. Joseph family will strive to bring the community together to love, heal, and support one another as the people we are called to be in Christ. We see a Parish:– Where the Eucharist is the source and summit of all we are and all we do […]

Facility Team Members

  The Facilities Team plans for the care for our parish buildings and grounds and  identifying recommended facility improvements to support parish needs, both physical and spiritual. We strive to be good stewards of the time, talent, and treasure of past, present, and future parishioners, making the most of the facilities we already have, and […]

Adaptive Faith Formation (for Children with Special Needs)

Adaptive Faith Formation “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” Psalms 139: 13-14. All children are unique and special, and everyone is important to God because God created each one in His own image and […]

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) “Jesus said to his apostles, ‘God, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19 Welcome to the Rite of […]

Family of Faith Ministry Overview

Encountering CHRIST as A Family St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose FAMILY OF FAITH MINISTRY Encountering CHRIST as A Family WELCOME to St. Joseph Family of Faith Ministry. Families are the central focus of the St. Joseph Family of Faith Ministry (FFM). FFM is an effective family-based program that provides catechists, parents, and children with […]

Family of Faith

Family of Faith   ST JOSEPH FAMILY OF FAITH MINISTRY Encountering CHRIST as A Family Gather . Learn . Share . Live out Sharing God’s Love This past week our Family of Faith families came together and made 99 Valentine cards for our seniors and homebound parishioners. Through this corporal work of mercy they’re sharing […]

TFCSJ Sub-ministries

Filipino Community of St Joseph Catholic Church   TFCSJ Sub-ministries There are 5 Sub-ministries in all. We welcome your participation. If you’re interested please contact Grace Lichauco – (510)789-1903 / email: gracestjoseph@yahoo.com Acolyte – If your gift is proclaiming God’s word or serving at God’s table, join the Acolyte Ministry and serve in the Sanctuary […]

Indian Community

Indian Community of St Joseph Catholic Church   INDIAN COMMUNITY Saint Joseph Mission San Jose A land that’s the birthplace of many religions, as well as that embraced many religions, is India! The Apostle Thomas traveled to the land of India to spread the good news of Lord Jesus and spread across the land, especially […]

TFCSJ Past Events

Filipino Community of St Joseph Catholic Church   Our Mission:We enrich the community through liturgical, social and community outreach activities that celebrate the Filipino culture and our Catholic faith. Fun Filled Events – 2014 with TFCSJ VIVA SANTO NINO 2014 Saturday, January 25, 2014 SANTACRUZAN 2014 Saturday, May 17, 2014 SAN LORENZO RUIZ 2014 Sunday, […]

Parish Master Plan

  In 1997 we celebrated the 200th anniversary of our founding.  The parish had over 2,500 registered families and average Sunday mass attendance of 2,800. The church and hall built in 1965 was not intended to be our permanent church.  Folding chairs were set up on weekends behind the pews to provide additional seating and […]

Saint Joseph for Life

   The Respect Life Ministry office of the Oakland Diocese “seeks to help East Bay Catholics understand, value and live out the Catholic vision of respect for life” through education, spiritual formation, pastoral care and legislative advocacy“ https://oakdiocese.org/life-justice .  Parish Respect Life Contacts serve as the official liaisons between the parish and the diocesan Respect Life […]

Becoming Catholic

  Do you ever ask yourself… What is the meaning of my life? How can I become a part of something bigger than myself? How can I be a better person? Does God have something to say to me? As a Catholic, how can I celebrate the Sacramaent of Confirmation? If you are asking these […]