Churches worth driving to

Name of Church: St. Joseph Church
Address: 582 Hope Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone number: (650) 967-3831
Mass times: Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Spanish). Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. Holy Days, 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 7 p.m. 2nd Saturday of the month, 6:45 p.m. (Tamil).
Confessions: Saturdays, 4-5 p.m.
Names of priests: Fr. Luis Vargas, pastor. Fr. Bob Moran, parochial vicar. Fr. Timothy Kidney, in residence. Fr. Vargas is new to the parish, having just been installed at the end of 2011. He is from Columbia, but is fluent in English and Spanish.
Special groups/activities: Bible studies, prayer groups, Catholic Trek (for middle-aged Catholic singles), first Saturdays rosary outside an abortion clinic (in conjunction with the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park); there are also a variety of ethnic Catholic communities, including Italian, Filipino and Portuguese groups.
Music: Most Masses have choirs.
School: Yes, K-8th grade.
Fellow parishioners: Anglo, Hispanic and Filipino are the predominant communities; many Filipinos attend the English Masses.
Parking: OK. If you’re late to a Sunday Mass and can’t find parking, park in the Kaiser lot next door.
Acoustics: OK.
Additional observations: St. Joseph’s is a historic church in the Diocese of San Jose. The original parish church was built in 1867; it was re-located to the current site in 1905, three years after Mountain View became a city (it’s near San Jose). A church was built, but burned down in 1928. The current church was built in 1929. It’s an attractive church; interior features include a large painting of the Holy Family over the altar. St. Joseph’s is also known for its many beautiful stained glass windows. The church also has a pipe organ; the organ pipes occupy most of the choir loft.


Posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:44 AM By Angelo AVP
I see this is one of the few Parishes that still have daily morning Mass, Monday thru Saturday. How I miss those days. This is a Parish I would definatley like to belong to. A few Tridentine Masses and this would be the perfect Parish in the US.