Name of Church St. Joseph

Address 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355

Phone number 209-551-4973


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.  Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Daily Mass: 8 a.m. & 5:45 p.m.  Saturdays, 8 a.m. 

Confessions Monday – Friday, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.

Names of priests Father Samuel West, pastor.  Fathers Michael Brady, Suresh Ery, Benny Kottarathil Antoney, associate pastors.  Fr. West is orthodox, and a good homilist (Listen to him on the parish YouTube channel:  He is a late vocation, coming to the priesthood after a successful business career, and encouraged to enter seminary by St. Joseph’s former pastor (also former diocesan vocations director) Fr. Joseph Illo.

School None, but the parish offers religious education classes.

Special features Military Support Ministry, TLC Ministry, Altar Guild Ministry, STJMOD Pantry and Help Line, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Legislative Network, St. Joseph’s Bread, bereavement group.

Music Depends on the Mass, cantors and choirs.

Fellow parishioners Mostly Anglo, some Hispanic and Filipino

Parking Ample parking around the church.          

Cry room None, but you can bring your children into the vestibule if they get noisy.  It has doors and is sealed from the main body of the church.

Additional observations  This is a large parish of the Diocese of Stockton.  It was established in 1967, and today serves nearly 7,000 families.  Special features include its 24-hour a day Eucharistic adoration chapel.

Listen to Father Sam’s homily