September 29th is World Day of Migrants and Refugees for the 105th Time World Day of Migrants and Refugees has been celebrated by the Church since 1914. It is always an opportunity to express concern for many different vulnerable people … Continued
Our hearts are heavy with sadness in the wake of the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of at least three innocent victims and injured several others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. I am grateful for the first responders and individual citizens whose quick thinking and professional actions saved countless lives.
I would like to bring to your attention a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe in which dioceses across our California will begin praying on August 3rd. In a special way, this novena will commend all young college-age women and unborn children to the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. Praying this novena will serve as an opportunity to join the struggle of women who feel the pressure to abort their children, and witness to the love and support these women and children have in the Church. May all women and unborn children find safety, support, and welcome in the Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) “I have called You by Name, You are Mine” … an invitation to join the journey. At Santa Teresa the entire parish is involved in the effort to bring faith-seeking persons into the … Continued
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Oscar Cantú as Coadjutor of the Diocese of San Jose It was announced on July 11, 2018, that Pope Francis has named Bishop Oscar Cantú, currently Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, as Coadjutor Bishop of … Continued
Office of the Bishop June 18, 2018 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 … Continued
The ongoing practice of separating children from their parents has already, as of May, left nearly 2000 children separated from their parents. As Bishop Vásquez, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, and Sister Donna … Continued
May is Mental Health Month The Bishops of California have issued a pastoral letter on caring for those who suffer from mental illness – Hope and Healing. “As pastors and bishops, we understand that mental health is a critical … Continued
A Reflection on Lenten Fasting — by Rev. Daniel Merz In the early Church and, to a lesser extent still today, there were two fasts. There was the “total fast” that preceded all major feasts or sacramental events. The ancient name … Continued
Clergy Study Week Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19 As all of the diocesan priests are committed to attend the Study Week May 15-May 19th, we will not be having morning Masses. The schedule is below and posted on … Continued