Mission San Juan Bautista is one of the most beautifully authentic California Missions in the Silicon Valley area. It is so much the case that Mission San Juan Bautista is often the destination of fourth grade field trips as students in the Golden State are required to do a Mission Project during that academic year and a better, more lovely example of a Roman Catholic Mission can’t be found so close in.
While any time is a good time to visit this historic and scenic church, Mother’s Day is an especially ideal one as the South Valley Symphony will be performing there too. Perfect day for mom: Mass, self guided tour of the mission, brunch and music! Maybe squeeze a little shopping in too.
For more information on Mission San Juan Bautista:
History of this mission
Schedule of Masses
Mission brochure in English
Mission Brochure in Spanish
You can read about the concert in the Morgan Hill Times. Happy Mother’s Day!
We are so very fortunate to have several beautiful Catholic Missions, founded by the Franciscans beginning in the 1700s, in and near to Silicon Valley. I’ll list the closest ones but all are within an hour or ninety minutes of the San Jose – Palo Alto area.
- Mission Santa Clara
- Mission San Jose (Fremont)
- Mission Santa Cruz
- Mission San Juan Bautista (Hollister)
- Mission Carmel
- Mission Dolores (San Francisco)
Today we’ll focus on the first one, and in later posts we will “visit” the rest.
Mission Santa Clara, named after St. Clare of Assisi, Italy, can be found at the heart of Santa Clara University (one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.), which is only about a mile from the Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport. Like several other missions, this one is not the original construction nor in its original location. Suffering from floods, fires and earthquakes, the mission was relocated and rebuilt a few times but with the last remodeling, this sixth church was made to capture much of the original styling.
This gracious mission serves as the university’s student chapel, is open to the public for viewing and for Mass attendance. (Check Mass times via link below. On holidays such as Easter and Christmas the times get juggled to allow 2 Masses so the usual schedule can change.)
The de Saisset Museum, just a few steps away on the SCU campus, houses some Mission artifacts and is the Mission’s museum too, in addition to other historic and art pieces to enjoy. Admission is free.
The art in this beautiful church is remarkable, as is much of the history. Please find a link to a self-guided walking tour below. It’s very worthwhile to take the time and take in the history and prayerful atmosphere of this special place.
Read about the history of Mission Santa Clara here.
Mass times for Mission Santa Clara
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Mission Santa Clara
Wikipedia article on Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050-4345