Diocese Suspends Public Masses – March 13, 2020

To Our Community in Diocese of San José:

Santa Clara County, together with the greater Seattle area, has been at the epicenter of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States. Over the past few weeks, our Diocese of San José has followed the guidance of Santa Clara County health officials in responding to the presence of the virus. The Governor of California has weighed in recently requesting that no gatherings assemble with more than 250 persons. In my recent discussions with county health officials, I have been told that we have reached the exponential phase of the epidemic, with the number of those testing positive for the virus expected to rise dramatically.

As a Diocese, our top priority remains the health and safety of our families, children, and the vulnerable of our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed all Diocesan school facilities from today, Friday, March 13, through Friday, March 27. In addition, I am requesting that all parishes, missions, and chapels in the Diocese of San José suspend all public Masses beginning Saturday, March 14, until further notice. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may be celebrated but should be limited to immediate family. Faith Formation classes also should be suspended until further notice. All parish gatherings are being suspended until further notice.

With the preceding in mind, I have issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time for all Catholics in the Diocese of San José.

Though public Masses are being suspended, I encourage parishioners to remain connected to their parish community and to pray for each other. The Diocese and several parishes will continue to livestream Sunday Masses in various languages. Information on these Masses and other spiritual resources are provided on our Diocesan Response to Coronavirus webpage at dsj.org/coronavirus.

During this difficult time, I ask that our priests, deacons, religious, and parish staffs remain attentive to the needs of shut-ins, the elderly, the sick, and the vulnerable through creative outreach. Priests will remain available for individual confessions and urgent pastoral needs, including the anointing of the sick (Last Rites). I also encourage our parishes to reach out to parishioners through phone campaigns, social media, and other methods.

We are profoundly saddened that we are not able to celebrate the Eucharist as community, but we are reminded that Christ always remains with us, especially in times of uncertainty such as these. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your families.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Oscar Cantú

TMIY! That Man Is You – March 21 & 28, 2020

  • The Wounding of the Heart (Speaker: Steve Bollman) | March 21, 2020 and The Fruitfullness of Christ (Speaker: Steve Bollman) | March 28, 2020
  • Kicks it off at 6:45AM and finishes by 8:15AM
  • 1971 Saint Lawrence Drive Santa Clara. CA 95051 – Saint Lawrence The Martyr Parish Hall

Prayer During the Coronavirus Outbreak / Oracion Durante el Tiempo de Coronavirus

Prayer During the Coronavirus Outbreak

We pray for the healing of all who are affected by coronavirus and those who are caring for them, and for the repose of the souls of those who have died from this illness.

Let us remember that our loving and merciful Father is with us in times of challenges and uncertainty as we ask him to strengthen and guide us during this time.

Together let us take a moment of silence to thank God for our health and to think of those affected by this virus before praying together. (Moments of silence)
(Adapted from a prayer by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)

Lord God, we entrust to you, the people affected by Coronavirus, the families, and communities.

We pray especially for the health care workers, that you guide and protect them.

We pray that your Spirit inspire those researching and seeking for drugs, medicines and health care systems that respond to the suffering of the people.

And in the midst of this, keep us strong in faith, hope and love.

Let the words of your Son Jesus Christ in the Our Father, be our prayer as we entrust ourselves and those affected by Coronavirus to your infinite and inscrutable power and love.


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Oracion Durante el Tiempo de Coronavirus

Oramos por la curacion de todos los afectados por el coronavirus y aquellos que los cuidan, y por el descanso de las almas de los que han muerto de esta enfermedad.

Recordemos que nuestro Padre amoroso y misericordioso esta con nosotros en tiempos de desafio e incertidumbre cuando le pedimos que nos fortalezca y nos guie durante estos momentos.

Juntos tomemos un momento de silencio para agradecer a Dios por nuestra salud y pensar en los afectados por este virus antes de orar juntos.(Momento de silencio)
(Adapted from a prayer by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)

Senor Dios, te confiamos a las persona afectadas por el coronavirus, a las familias y comunidades.

Oramos especialmente por los trabajadores de la salud, para que los guies y los protejas.

Oramos para que tu Espiritu inspire a quienes investigan y buscan farmacos, medicamentos y sistemas de atencion medica que respondan al sufrimiento de la gente.

Y en medio de esto, que nos mantengas fuertes en la fe, la esperanza y el amor.

Deja que las palabras de tu Hijo Jesucristo en la oracion del Padre Nuestro sean nuestra oracion, mientras nos encomendamos nosotros mismos y a los afectados por el coronavirus a tu poder y amor infinito e inescrutable.


Lenten Bible Study

    Delve into scriptures this lent with a short series bible study!

  • March 17, 24 & 31, 2020 (Morning Sessions with Eleanor) | March 14, 19 & April 01, 2020 (Evening Sessions with Elizabeth)
  • 9:15AM to 10:15AM | 6:30PM to 7:30PM
  • 1971 Saint Lawrence Drive Santa Clara. CA 95051 – Saint Lawrence The Martyr Parish Hall

TMIY! That Man Is You

  • Thirst of Christ (Speaker: Steve Bollman) | March 07, 2020 and Learning the secrets of God (Speaker: Steve Bollman) | March 14, 2020
  • Kicks it off at 6:45AM and finishes by 8:45AM
  • 1971 Saint Lawrence Drive Santa Clara. CA 95051 – Saint Lawrence The Martyr Parish Hall