COVID Update: The State of California announced on September 8 that Santa Clara County moved to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the State’s new COVID-19 blueprint with reduced restrictions.  However, Santa Clara County continues to prohibit Indoor Masses under the local Risk Reduction Order of July 2.  The Diocese is obligated to follow the stricter County Public Health Order. Parishes will continue to provide livestream Masses as well as outdoor Masses for up to 60 people or drive-in Masses for up to 100 cars, following county public health guidelines. The Bishop continues discussions with key County officials about allowing indoor worship, ensuring safety and health requirements.

 40th Anniversary Logo Contest: The Diocese of San José is looking forward to celebrating its 40th Anniversary in March 2021. As a part of our preparations, we invite all parishioners and friends to participate in designing a logo that will be identified with the upcoming anniversary celebrations.   See and share the official contest rules


Welcoming and Commissioning: Come and pray with Bishop Cantú as he affirms and commissions our Parish Catechetical Leaders as his delegates serve the Church.

A Message from Second Harvest

Distribution Sites Low Volunteer Turn Out

Hello Church Community,

I am contacting you because there is a great opportunity for volunteers living in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County to address a desperate need of hunger in your community by providing a healthy meal to anyone who needs one. Many individuals, families and senior citizens in your community have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Specifically, over 500,000 people are dealing with food insecurity. This is up from 250,000 pre-pandemic numbers. The good news is that Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has been able to respond to this need with healthy meals for anyone who needs them. However, we cannot meet this increased demand without the help of volunteers, who help us sort and distribute the food to the communities who need it. The greatest ask at Second Harvest is found at distribution sites in Santa Clara County specifically those listed below, providing healthy food to clients on a week or monthly basis.

Please visit our website at to view all food distributions occurring in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County. Also if you know of a friend/family/neighbor interested in volunteer please feel free to share this information.

Thank you.


Sign up today to be an Accompaniment Volunteer to provide deep social, emotional and spiritual support and service navigation.  Bilingual volunteers are highly encouraged. Training is provided over the course of 4 sessions in September.

If interested, email to register. Click here for the flyer. 


If you missed the Ordination on September 7th, you can access the video here.

40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Get involved in your community from Sep 23-Nov 1.

Across the country, the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign runs

September 25 through November 3. In this campaign, our active campaign site is Planned Parenthood, 1641 The Alameda, San Jose, 95126

We are grateful for your past participation, and hope you will join us there in peaceful prayer. We are operating a prayer vigil there from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, every day of the campaign.

Please visit to agree to the statement of peace and find helpful suggestions for parking and more. 




Marriage & Family virtual Teaching Series
September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Recurring Event (See all)
You are invited!

This virtual series is hosted by the Office of Family Life & Spirituality and Couples for Christ.

When: Wednesdays (Aug 12 – Dec 30) at 7:00 PM
Where: Diocese of San Jose Family Life Facebook




FROM GRIEF TO HEALING: A group for the grieving, who seek consolation after the death of a loved one be the death recent or not.

A six-week series -October 13 to November 17, 2020: Tuesdays at 1:00 pm The gathering will be held on-line via Zoom. Participants must be pre-registered in order to receive the Zoom link. No cost to the participants.

Join other people who are mourning for Scripture, prayer, faith sharing and telling your story. Come and be comforted . . .Please call one of the volunteer facilitators listed below to pre-register:

Kathy Myers: Santa Teresa Catholic Church -(408) 476-1514 or email

Dolores Davis: Holy Family Catholic Church -(408) 365-1148 or email

Trinie Gutierrez: Church of the Transfiguration- (408) 267-4248 or email

Food Distribution

The City of San José has launched an online map of food distribution sites in Santa Clara County to ensure there is food for those in need. Due to changes and the timeliness required to provide accurate information, residents can access up-to-date information regarding food distribution every Monday by using the City’s Food distribution map Call 2-1-1, a 24- hour, multi-lingual service  • Text your zip code to 89821  • Call 800-984-3663, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s toll-free hotline  or  • Text GETFOOD to 408-455-5181 to request assistance  from Second Harvest.

Information on the All Ages Meals can be found at:

Please note Spanish, Vietnamese and Traditional Chinese versions are all on the same PDF file. To use Virtual Local Assistance Center for food information, go to: https:// For more information on staying safe, how to get food, and how to help including volunteering and donating, please visit

8-week Virtual Study on Racism, Justice, and Equality

Observing the unprecedented level of protests demanding racial equality, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Santa Teresa Church is calling all Catholic Christians to educate ourselves about racism.

Santa Teresa Parish will be offering an 8-week program beginning August 12th at 6:45 pm via Zoom, based on the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Document – “Open Wide Your Hearts” addressing racism and the need to eliminate it.  Each session will be about 90-minutes and offer opportunities to learn, ask questions, share experiences, pray, sing, hear scripture, and reflect.

Racism is not easy for most of us to talk about, know what to say about it and, to be truthful, even want to talk about it at all.  We aim to make this series a safe place to explore our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions and faith beliefs about this touchy subject.  We urge you to seriously consider joining us as we begin this faith journey.

To join this conversation please All are welcome!

Celebrating the Spirit of Pentecost Video from the Diocese:

Or on Vimeo:  

Download via Vimeo

A Letter to Parishioners on the Occasion of My First Year

as Bishop of San José By Bishop Oscar Cantú



Please check the Diocese of San Jose website for cancellations:


The Valley Catholic

While the print edition of The Valley Catholic is temporarily suspended, the Diocese invites you to explore other avenues to stay connected and informed: news Online—; Website—; Twitter or Instagram—@DioceseSanJose.

 How do we talk to teenagers about the goodness of their bodies, sex, and chastity?

Echoes of Worth is a non-profit ministry in the SF Bay Area geared to help teens love themselves and understand their worth and echo it to their peers.

For more information: