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.
2018 SCU Liturgy Survey
A short summary and overview of the results of our Liturgy Survey are available through the link below. Campus Ministry is very grateful for those who took the time to share and participate in this crucial process.
Altar of Remembrance and Book of Names
During the month of November, Santa Clara joins many Christian Churches throughout the world to remember all those, especially relatives and friends, who have passed through death into the eternal embrace of God.
An “Altar of Remembrance” will be prepared in the Mission Church in the side chapel of the Holy Family. The preparation of such altars is a custom in many Latin American countries as a way to reverence the memories of loved ones who have passed away. We invite you to share in this celebration by bringing photos or other reminders of your loved ones who are deceased and place them at this altar throughout November. (Photos or objects placed at the altar should be labeled with your name, and be retrieved by Wednesday, November 28. Please do not leave anything of value.)
A “Book of Names” will be placed at the “Altar of Remembrance” as well. You are invited to inscribe in this book the names of deceased family and friends who will be remembered and prayed for at each of our liturgies throughout the month of November.
If you're unable to visit the Mission in person, you can also submit names through this Online Form and we will add the names for you.
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
If you're interested in volunteering in any of our Sunday Mass ministries, use the link below to signup!