Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath

Diocese of San Jose

The news this week of the historic sexual abuse of minors in six Pennsylvania dioceses is truly horrific.  Trust was first betrayed by these attacks on the innocent; however, the systematic cover-up and reassigning of these priests by their bishops and superiors is just as unforgivable.

As I have stated on many occasions, we – the Church and its ministers – must abide by a higher standard.  We are called to protect and keep safe children, the young and all vulnerable persons.   There can be no short-cuts, nothing that can excuse immoral and sinful acts. 

The Diocese of San Jose remains committed to protecting God’s children and to fostering the safest of environments in which to worship, learn and live.

I echo the bishops in Pennsylvania who have asked for forgiveness.  Yet we know that forgiveness does not absolve perpetrators of the consequences of these grave transgressions against the defenseless.

Finally, I ask you to pray for the victims and their families. I would also request that you pray for the vast majority of priests – present and past – who have been faithful in their ministry. They, too, grieve for the terrible stain of this sin that has harmed so many. 

May God bless you all.      

 

August 15, 2018


 

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 San Jose. 

Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, S.T.D was born December 5, 1966, in Houston, TX, the son of Ramiro and Maria de Jesus Cantú, natives of small towns near Monterrey in Mexico. He is the fifth of eight children, five boys, and three girls. Bishop Cantú attended Holy Name Catholic School and St. Thomas High School in Houston, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, TX. He received his Masters in Divinity and Masters in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas also in Houston. He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Italy where he earned his S.T.L. Licentiate in Sacred Theology, as well as his S.T.D., Doctorate in Sacred Theology in Dogmatic Theology. Bishop Cantú was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Houston in 1994.

He spent his priestly career working in parishes throughout the Houston metropolitan area. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Christopher Parish. He also taught at the University of St. Thomas and at St. Mary’s Seminary. He also served as pastor at Holy Name Parish.

Bishop Cantú also participated in number of ministries and movements in Houston. He was involved in the Christian Family movement; conducted retreats with the youth of the CFM movement in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese; and worked with the Engaged Encounter ministry. Bishop Cantú was also involved in The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) that addresses social issues in the community.

Bishop Cantú was ordained a bishop in 2008 and was appointed Titular Bishop of Dardano and Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio. In 2013, Bishop Cantú was appointed as second bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM. He was installed as bishop on February 28, 2013, by Metropolitan Archbishop, Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe.

On July 11, 2018, it was announced by Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, that Pope Francis had appointed Bishop Cantú as the Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose. He will become the third Bishop of San Jose upon the retirement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.

We warmly welcome Bishop Cantú and we look forward to working with him to build up the coming Kingdom of God in this small portion of the vineyard of the Lord. 

A Mass of Welcome to the Diocese of San Jose will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph on September 28, 2018.


 

Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath
July 11, 2018

It was with great joy that I received news that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Oscar Cantú, currently Bishop of Las Cruces in New Mexico, as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose.

I congratulate Bishop Cantú on his appointment and thank him for his willingness to come west. I look forward to collaborating with him in our ministry of service to the people of this local Church.

As we prepare to welcome Bishop Cantú to San Jose, I ask the people of this Diocese and all of our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic Church to join us in praying for Bishop Cantú.

I know that the new bishop will be eager to come to know the people of the parishes, schools and other institutions of the Diocese, and that he will be as impressed with the work of the clergy, religious and laity as I am.

We will celebrate the Mass of Welcome for Bishop Cantú at the Cathedral Basilica of
Saint Joseph on September 28, 2018.


 

What is the Society of Saint Joseph?

The Society of Saint Joseph is managed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County and provides a way for our Church to celebrate and recognize these extraordinary acts of stewardship.

How do I become a member?

Joining the Legacy Society requires two steps:

Step 1: Arrange for a planned or deferred gift to a local parish, a Catholic elementary school, the Diocese of San Jose, or any ministry of the Diocese (endowed or non-endowed).

Step 2: Let us know of your plans by submitting the Confidential Legacy Intention Form. Download the form from the Foundation’s website (cfoscc.org/societyofsaintjoseph) or ask your parish to print one.

 What types of gifts qualify?

Legacy gifts take many forms. Below are some of the most common gifts that people choose.

o Bequests through wills or living trusts

o Naming as beneficiary of retirement plans

o Naming as beneficiary of insurance policies

o Naming as beneficiary of financial accounts

Please give us a call to discuss other types of gifts that might interest you.

 

Can I direct my legacy gift to a specific fund?

As a donor, you can choose how you would like the beneficiary to receive your legacy gift by designating it either as endowed or nonendowed. 

NON-ENDOWED GIFT - You may choose to allow those who will lead our Church in future years to decide how best to use your gift taking in consideration the needs in their time. After your lifetime, one hundred percent of your gift will be transferred directly to the beneficiary.

ENDOWED GIFT - You may choose to direct your gift to an endowment fund which permanently supports the parish, Catholic organization or area of ministry that is important to you. After your lifetime, one hundred percent of your gift will be transferred to The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County who will prudently invest the principal of the fund and distribute between 3-5% of earnings annually to the beneficiary that you selected, in perpetuity.

Whether you choose to make a non-endowed gift, an endowed gift or a combination of both, we can provide you with easy bequest language that your advisor can use when drafting your will or trust.

 

One in a series of Priest Interviews

is with our pastor, Father Tito

 

http://tvc.dsj.org/2018/04/10/priest-interview-father-tito-cartagenas/

 

All are welcome to attend the AL-ANON Family Group meetings that
gather here on Sunday evenings in the Yellow Room off the
Vestibule in our church. Newcomers please arrive by 7pm. The
regular meeting is from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Al-Anon is for those with
family or friends who are problem drinkers. This is a division of
Alcoholics Anonymous. The coordinator on Sunday evenings is Ed B.

Bishop McGrath Statement on Rescinding of DACA

By Diocese of San Jose on September 5, 2017

We echo the sentiments of the Bishops of California and the United States in expressing our disappointment with the decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  We call upon Congress to pass laws that protect these young people, many for whom the United States is the only place they have ever known.

We also ask Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, to fix our broken system and, in so doing, to place the unification of families as a priority.

Working with Catholic Charities, the Diocese of San Jose will continue to offer outreach, support and encouragement to all who are affected by policies and laws that touched so many of our people.

I conclude by quoting today's statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: "As people of faith, we say to DACA youth - regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you."

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath


 

From the Office of the Bishop

From the USCCB website:

USCCB President and Domestic Justice Chairman Call for Prayer and Unity in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Attack

 

August 13, 2017

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to yesterday's violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Full statement follows:

 "As we learn more about the horrible events of yesterday, our prayer turns today, on the Lord's Day, to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country. 

We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured.  At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives.  Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."