Some Silicon Valley Roman Catholic parish communities enjoy really beautiful stained glass windows, while some with newer construction, (I think unfortunately) do not. My own parish, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Los Gatos, recently cleaned and restored its stained glass windows. You can appreciate them without leaving home if so desired – they have a wonderful photo album online:
Stained glass windows at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Los Gatos
Each image can be enlarged, so be sure to click on any which really appeal to you. Of course, to get the full effect, you really should consider visiting it in person!
Another place to check out…
When our kids were little we sometimes visited other parishes (at times this was for purely practical reasons involving scheduling and at others it was to provide a little diversity to help them with new things to look at in church). One of our favorites was St. Christopher in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. St. Christopher was the patron saint of travelers (at some point it was thought that he was not an historical person, so I’m not sure if he is no longer that patron but I believe so) and at the back of the parish church there’s a really lovely, large stained glass collage of various things representing travel, including a steam ship, a train and an airplane. Our son, when a toddler, called it something like the “airplane church”. As a young boy, he thought that it was a pretty good thing to find in a church.
If you are Catholic and moving to the San Jose – Silicon Valley area, you’re in luck and we hope you’ll feel right at home. We enjoy a very vibrant Catholic community here, with lots of parishes, Masses in a many languages and several Catholic rites, and of course tons of opportunity for involvement in spiritual and volunteer activities.
Find a church: You can find a list of Roman Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of San Jose (which covers Santa Clara County and is most of “Silicon Valley”) on the diocesan website:
Find a Mass: About one-third of Silicon Valley happens to be Catholic (yes, that is a high percentage), and there are both a lot of churches and a lot of Masses. (I like to joke that when you’re Catholic here you have no excuse for missing Mass because there are a ton of opportunities, beginning late on Saturday afternoon, to attend.) Please check the diocese’s website for a list of parishes. From there, click on one near you (the map function is interactive!) and from there you can click on the parish link to see when Mass is offered.
What about Mass in another language? Finding Mass in languages other than English is not too hard in Silicon Valley. Here are the other languages, which you can find in the area:
- all parishes except the Latin-only
Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel
- Offered at 19 parishes in and near San Jose, including the Cathedral, Christ the King, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Athanasius, St. Catherine of Alexandria (Morgan Hill), St. Clare, St. Cyprian, St. Elizabeth, St. John Vianney, St. Joseph, St. Julie Billiart, St. Leo the Great, St. Maria Goretti, St. Mary’s (Gilroy), St. Patrick Proto-Cathedral, and St. Thomas Aquinas
- Offered at 6 parishes: Most Holy Trinity, St. Elizabeth’s, St. John the Baptist, St. Maria Goretti, St. Martin’s, St. Patrick’s
- St. Mary of the Assumption Croatian Mission
- St. Brother Albert Chmielowski Polish Mission
- Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
- St. Clare’s
- Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel
- Holy Korean Martyrs Parish