Monthly Archives: July 2019

Fr. Joe Galang to Lead Fall Pilgrimages

Check Out These Pilgrimages with Our New Pastor, Fr. Joe

Italian Shrines Pilgrimage Monday, September 2nd – Friday, September 13th, 2019
Featuring: Rome, Monte Cassino, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte San Angelo, Lanciano, Loreto, Cassia, Siena, Florence, Montecatini Terme, Padua, and Venice.

Oberammergau Pilgrimage Sunday, September 20th – Thursday, October 1st, 2020
German Highlights with the Oberammergau Passion Play featuring: Frankfurt, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Regensburg, Altotting, Innsbruck, Ettal, and Munich.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is presented at 10-year intervals; the next one will be in 2030.

For more information, contact:
Two Worlds Travel, Helen Songco
650-906-7222 or 650-637-9838.

For more on the Oberammergau Pilgrimage, see

Walking the Mission Trail in the 21st Century

Catherine Murphy and Jill Ballard started out in September 2015 walking from Mission Sonoma to Mission San Rafael. Their intention was to walk to all 21 missions in California, with their eventual goal being to end up at Mission San Diego 800 miles away from their start.
Jill mapped out the route with the help of Butch Brierley’s California Mission Walkers guide. They walked about 15 miles a day. Where they stopped one day, they would pick up the next. They would schedule their walking time as they could fit it in between everything else that they do
They have seen all the missions now and they are all beautiful in their own way. The people at the missions are very different: some are open and inviting, others not so much. They’ve learned a lot about what was important to the missionary Friars and the Native Americans of the different areas. Jill and Catherine remarked that it’s really surprising to learn that there were many more Indian tribes (all with their own language) then there were missions. The Friars needed to learn all these different languages to be able to catechize the Native Americans.
All in all they learned a lot about our missions and our state. The entire California Camino took them on some very diverse routes. Catherine and Jill tried to stay as close as possible to the original Friars’ trail, not always easy when Hwy 101 and railway tunnels (modern day California infrastructure), are now built over parts of it. They are very happy to have had this pilgrimage experience, and the chance to walk through the vineyards and fields, along the coastline and over mountain ranges. If anyone would like to do this for themselves, talk with either Catherine at or Jill at
Religious Education News By Joan Schenck, DRE •

Senate Bill 360 is Withdrawn: Bishop Cantú’s Statement

The Diocese of San Jose has learned that State Senator Jerry Hill has withdrawn his bill, SB 360, regarding the Seal of Confession, from the California Assembly Public Safety Committee, just a day before its scheduled hearings.

I want to thank the many parishioners who made their voices heard to their Assembly representatives in opposition to SB 360, as it violates the free practice of our faith. Our priests and I are grateful that we do not have to be subject to prosecution by law for being faithful to the privacy of Confession. The Seal of Confession is sacred and should not be broken.

There is strong evidence that training priests, teachers, staff, parents, and children to recognize suspicious behavior, report any and all instances of abuse and neglect, and prioritize the safety of children is resulting in the dramatic increase of safe spaces for children and families.

The Church in San José continues to be vigilant in creating an environment which is safe and nurturing for all. The reporting requirements and protections for clergy members are already identical to the requirements and protections for other mandated reporters, except for the provision exempting information acquired during a Confession.

The Diocese of San Jose conducts background checks and requires recertification training every three years for diocesan bishops, priests, deacons, employees, and volunteers. Since 2002, approximately 52,500 adults in the Diocese have been trained to recognize and report child abuse. Working together to be vigilant and keep children safe, our Catholic community is committed to creating a safe environment for all children and families.

Gilroy Got a Good One

May the Lord bestow His good graces on Fr Michael Hendrickson and guide him in a successful ministry at St Mary’s Parish in Gilroy.
Here’s a look back at the Sendoff event June 23. See