On January 2, 2012, Bishop McGrath elevated our San Jose Chinese Catholic Community to the canonical status of a mission, effective July 1, 2012.
This means that we have received an official apostolic commission from Bishop McGrath to reach the Chinese people in the Diocese of San Jose. In order to continue to carry out and fulfill Christ’s work for us, Fr. Olivera has been appointed as our pastor and a Pastoral Council and Finance Council has been elected to assist him. Under this guidance, the existing ministries will be unified and supported through a Shared Ministry Council.
This is a very significant period in the life of our community and will touch all members including the youth.
On July 8th, which is also the feast day of the Martyrs of China, the Bishop will come to officially bless our Mission. In the next few weeks, we need to work together as a community to formulate our mission statement and select a patron saint for our Mission.
The saint(s) that we pick can act as our intercessors, and assist us and pray for us. We encourage you, along with your families, to pray and think about a fitting saint for our Mission.
On June 10, 2012, we will announce the final decision. This will be a wonderful event as we will be able to entrust our Mission to our patron saint for the first time!
We encourage all members of our community, no matter what age, to get involved!
Here are some things you can do:
- Do some research on the proposed saint names.
- Pray for the future of our Mission with your families: May God bless and help us focus, and lead us to do His will, glorify His name, and bring more people into His family.
- Think about how we can continue to grow our ministries and serve our community.
- Provide your feedback and ideas for a patron saint on the SJCCC website or Facebook.