Name of Church St. Joseph Church

Address 837 Tennent Avenue, Pinole, CA 94564

Phone number (510) 741-4900


Mass Schedule Saturday vigil at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Spanish) Sundays, 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (youth) Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. First Fridays, 7:30 p.m.

Confessions Saturdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & 6:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Names of priests Fr. John Direen, pastor. Fr. Direen is known for his piety and orthodoxy. He was a Franciscan for six years, but did not take final vows, and opted instead for the diocesan priesthood. He has also served as a chaplain for COURAGE, the Catholic Church’s apostolate for persons with same-sex attraction. Fr. Eddie Castanas and Fr. Peter Son Vo serve as parochial vicars.

School Yes, K – 8th grade.

Special activities and groups St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cursillo, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Seniors, San Lorenzo Ruiz Society, Respect Life, Bereavement & Caring Ministry.

Music Depends on mass: choirs, cantors, piano and organ

Fellow parishioners It is an ethnically diverse parish, but predominantly English-speaking.

Parking It gets crowded on the weekend. If the church lot is full, park by the parish school or the Bank of the West.

Acoustics The sound is better in the front.

Cry room No.

Additional observations St. Joseph Church is located in the Diocese of Oakland. The first St. Joseph Church was a wooden structure built in 1881 on the site of the rectory today. It was a parish mission for many years until 1947, when it became a parish. In the early days of the church, it was located next to a dynamite factory; in 1967, the church caught fire and the fire department was called to extinguish it.