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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is a large Roman Catholic church located in Downtown San Jose. The minor basilica is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California. The basilica is named for Saint Joseph, patron saint of the universal church.The original St. Joseph's Church was called San Jose de Guadalupe built on the site of the current basilica in 1803, and was the first non-mission parish built in California for the benefit of Spanish settlers instead of the Mission Indians (Ohlone). The Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was connected with Mission Santa Clara by the The Alameda which was part of the historic El Camino Real.The original adobe structure was damaged by earthquakes in 1818 and 1822, and a new adobe church was built from 1835 to 1846. The second church was severely damaged by the 1868 Hayward earthquake, and work on the third church began in 1869. The third church was destroyed by fire in 1875, and a temporary fourth church was built a few blocks away while the fifth and current church was being constructed. The fifth church was dedicated by Joseph Alemany, Archbishop of San Francisco, in 1877 while construction continued. The current portico was completed in 1884, and the large dome was finished in 1885.
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  • I've only seen the basilica from the outside, but I've seen photos of the interior. The outside alone is worth a visit because of the magnificent architecture. It is easy to get to with many nearby pa...  more »
  • Most beautiful Cathedral I have ever seen here. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary here with a lot of other couples. Every year, The Diocese of San Jose celebrates an Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass f...  more »
  • Stunning, surprised at the stunning stained glass . The ceiling is a beautiful work of art. Would love to hear an organ concert here. Parking can be challenging as street parking limited to a short ti...  more »
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  • This Cathedral which is now a Basilica is beautiful. Pride of San Jose. Our soup kitchen provides their Social Ministry sandwiches and bakery products to hand to the homeless. Once a year, to honor St. Joseph they open their doors to all for a free hot lunch donated by local restaurants.
  • I was ashamed of the so called "Rite of Election" performed in 2017. None of the music was Catholic. Just watered-down Protestant pop, complete with tambourines and clapping by the rhythmically disadvantaged congregation. Francis Cilia also inserted negative commentary in regards to President Trump in his homily. Worse, is that Cilia allowed people participating in the rite to dance in the center of the church holding the books with initiates names in them. It saddened me to see such disrespect in the house of God by both Vicar General and those in attendance. A moment that should have been sober and reflective for a convert on the road to Damascus was trivialized and made meaningless. I pray for those initiates who were cheated out of an opportunity to truly connect with Christ and grow in appreciation of the One True Faith.
  • At the time I was trying to get into and R. C. I. A program because I had only been baptized as a baby. I looked at five other church but had a hard time being able to get into this program but then a student driver of mine (student) via (I'm a driving instructor at Stratford Driving School) had told me ofhiw her family had attended this church and had told me that I should try to get in their programs. The next day I went to their office lucky I was able to get in and it has been a real joy to say that: I attended R. C. I. A (first communion and confirmation adult program)at this church. During this journey I not only have learned what it is that is really going in mas but have learned soo much about the different jobs of the church, different parts of mass, chothlic calendar seasons and have learned soo much beautiful history. Everyone is soo kind hearted and at the same time down to earth and I love going to church and enjoyed celebrating ash we stay with my teachers and fellow classmates. I would say if any one has not had their first communion and confirmation completed differently take a look at this churches R. C. I. A program.
  • At the time I was trying to get into and R. C. I. A program because I had only been baptized as a baby. I looked at five other church but had a hard time being able to get into this program but then a student driver of mine (student) via (I'm a driving instructor at Stratford Driving School) had told me ofhiw her family had attended this church and had told me that I should try to get in their programs. The next day I went to their office lucky I was able to get in and it has been a real joy to say that: I attended R. C. I. A (first communion and confirmation adult program)at this church. During this journey I not only have learned what it is that is really going in mas but have learned soo much about the different jobs of the church, different parts of mass, chothlic calendar seasons and have learned soo much beautiful history. Everyone is soo kind hearted and at the same time down to earth and I love going to church and enjoyed celebrating ash we stay with my teachers and fellow classmates. I would say if any one has not had their first communion and confirmation completed differently take a look at this churches R. C. I. A program.
  • Didn't go to mass, but free entry and tours, so well worth a visit.