Mission Santa Clara de Asís
Welcome to the spiritual and historic heart of Santa Clara University
Historic Mission Santa Clara is a consecrated Roman Catholic church situated on the campus of Santa Clara University. First established in 1777, the Franciscan Order handed the Mission over to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1851, who then started Santa Clara College, the first institution of higher education in California. The Mission has always stood at the center of the campus’ religious and spiritual life, and it continues to welcome Roman Catholic liturgy, spiritual observance, and other activities appropriate to the University’s purpose as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning. The University’s Campus Ministry and Mission Church staff, along with the Santa Clara Jesuit Community collaborate in the liturgical and pastoral activities conducted in and around the Mission Church.
Easter Sunday Sign-Ups
If you'll be worshipping at the Mission on Easter Sunday, and are available to volunteer in one of our ministries, let us know using the link below.
Easter Sunday Drop Offs
Curbside drop offs to the Mission will be allowed at both Easter Sunday Masses. We're aware that construction projects may have hampered your arrival during Christmas, so steps will be taken to alleviate any obstacles now that construction has been completed. Cars may enter the mall from Lafayette Street/Franklin Street, and will exit via Santa Clara Street back to Lafayette Street. Vehicles can drop off passengers up to 1 hour before mass begins, and pick up any passengers up to 30 minutes after mass has ended.
View or download the presider schedule, collection information, and announcements for our worshipping community. The hardcopy and digital versions of this handout are updated monthly.
Volunteer Ministry Sign-ups
Volunteer for our Christmas Masses! Our ministries are always open to students, alums, or community members that are willing to share their time, gifts, and talents. If you plan on joining us at our Christmas masses, let us know how we might be able to include you in our ministries by filling out the form below: