Mission San JoseSaint Joseph Parish
Old Mission San Jose
Founded 1797

We Welcome You to Join Us in Our Mission.


At the Ohlone Indian village of Oroysom, Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen founded this fourteenth of twenty-one Franciscan missions June 11, 1797. Taught by Padre Narciso Duran, the Ohlone orchestra and choir became famous. By 1830 almost 2,000 Indians were living at the mission. The 1868 earthquake destroyed the adobe church and most other mission buildings. The church was rebuilt in 1985. Further details about our history can be found here and additional photographs here.


From today's Gospel Reading Jesus said to the rich man: "You are lacking in one thing. Go sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have riches in heaven; then come, follow me."

Each of us will have to ask for the gift of wisdom to know how to respond concretely to Jesus' call to "sell what you have." Wisdom will help us discern what exterior possession, or interior disposition, we must put aside to follow Jesus and receive life. The story of the rich man makes it clear that even living an upright life is not enough to enter the reign of God - for that we must rely completely on God.

Please join us at Mass as we celebrate this holy season and find ways we can be inspired by Jesus's love.
Today, Saint Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose is an active and faith filled parish with many ministries to participate in. See the vision we share in our parish family. Please join us for Mass or visit the Mission Museum open daily 10am-5pm (510-657-1797).



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