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Old Mission San Jose
Founded 1797

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History

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.

The few

In this week's Gospel, Jesus reminds us "The invited are many, the elect are few." Mt 22:1-14

The king is adamant about filling the wedding hall with guests. His initial guest list has been carefully drawn up, but when these invited guests do not come, the king sends his servants out to invite anyone and everyone. The hall must be filled. The issue, therefore, is not who is invited, but who will choose to come. God persistently invites us to the royal banquet in the "kingdom of heaven." But the gracious invitation requires our positive and definite response.

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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