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. Additional details can be found here with photographs here and here.

Kingdom of God

Jesus said to the crowds "To what shall we compare the kingdom of God? It is like a mustard seed that is the smallest of all seeds but springs up and becomes the largest of plants" Mk 4:26-34

We are small. The movements of the Spirit in us are so modest as to be nearly disregarded. Yet if we are patient and watch for growth within us, the Spirit gradually will yield much fruit.

Please join us at Mass as we celebrate this holy season and find ways we can be inspired by Jesus's love.

Please also click below
and join us in song.

Song sheet

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. During the coronavirus outbreak, please join us for Mass online.


  • Covid-19 liturgical updates
    Friends, Bishop Barber has confirmed masks are no longer required after June 15 if you are vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, masks are recommended for your own protection. The shorter pews at the left and chairs in the rear will still be spaced 6' for parishioners that wish. We will continue to post the online bulletin, worship aids and hold live-streams for our parish family members still at home.
  • Founder's Day
    Many thanks to the gifted and generous people who made Mission San Jose’s celebration of its 224th year so special. If you missed it, you can watch the live-stream recording here.
  • Neighborhood Outreach
    Friends, please see this update from Father Anthony regarding the Neighborhood Outreach ministry.
  • Financial Report
    Friends, our financial report for the 1st Quarter 2021 is here. We appreciate everyone's contributions that help the parish.
  • Job openings
    The school and mission have a variety of jobs available. Please see the full list here and share it with a friend.




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