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Spiritual Events

Spiritual opportunities are offered by several departments including the Ignatian Center, Campus Ministry, Pastoral Ministries, and the Jesuit School of Theology

Month of Remembrance

During November, Catholics prayerfully remember those who died. Following All Saints Day on November 1, we celebrate All Souls Day on November 2. These days of prayer provide the opportunity for us to surround all our beloved who have passed with our prayers.  The commemoration of these days also begin a month where the Church, in communion with all the saints, pray for the dead.

To mark this time of remembrance, we invite you to share the names of your beloved who have died in the Book of Names which is displayed in the Mission on the Altar of Remembrance.  To submit names, please submit them through the online form by Friday, October 26. The All Saints Day Mass is celebrated on Thursday, November 1 at 12:05 p.m. at the Mission Santa Clara.

  • The Alumni Association

    First Friday Mass and Lunch  give alumni the opportunity to attend noon Mass in the Mission Church followed by a friendly, informal lunch in the Donohoe Alumni House. These lunches occur on the first Friday of the month from October through May. 

    St. Clare Parish YA Group Second Sunday Suppers, 2nd Sunday every month
    The St. Clare Parish Young Adult group welcomes Catholic Adults in their 20s and 30s to join us for casual Sunday Suppers on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Meet up with other Young Alumni who are already a part of this group!

    We encourage (but do not require) attendance at the 5:30pm Mass at St. Clare’s Parish beforehand and after mass (around 6:40pm) the group will head over to a local dinner location. Carpools are available or if you’d rather meet us at the restaurant, that works too!

    These casual dinners are a way to grow in fellowship and further encourage friendship between Catholic Young Adults in the South Bay. The 5:30pm Mass at St. Clare Parish also welcomes those that are interested in Liturgical ministries (such as being a Lector or Eucharistic Minister) to get involved and learn about training opportunities. Fellowship can begin with something as simple as a Sunday Supper!


    Seaside Retreat, March 8-10,2019, will take place at the Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center overlooking the ocean in Santa Cruz. Accommodations are private or shared rooms with a full bath, and time for walking on the beach will of course be available! For more information about this retreat, visit our event calendar listing.

    Young Alumni Retreat, May 10-12, 2019, will take place at Hidden Villa Hostel in Los Altos Hills.  Accommodations are dorm style with shared bathrooms.  We will be preparing our own meals in the Hostel's kitchen. For more information about this retreat, visit our event calendar listing.

    Both retreats provide an ecumenical weekend of reflecting, sharing and experiencing God’s love in community. While the retreat is grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic spirituality of SCU, ithey are open to those of all religious traditions and themed so that individuals of all backgrounds feel welcomed and comfortable. 

    There will be time for group activities, individual prayer, reflection, and exploring the beauty of the natural surroundings. Mass and confession will also be offered.  All offerings are optional, and the weekend is designed to meet each person’s needs and desires. 

    REGISTER HERE>> for the October First Friday Mass and Lunch and the Seaside Retreat.

    REGISTER HERE>> for the Young Alumni Retreat.


    Advent Day of Reflection, December 8, 2019.

    Lenten Day of Reflection, March 23, 2019. 

    Both days of reflection will be held on our beautiful Santa Clara campus and will provide a day of sharing and experiencing God's desires for us during these dedicated times in our Catholic liturgical calendar.  While the days are grounded in Jesuit, Catholic spirituality, they are open to those of all religious traditions and backgrounds. Experience different prayer styles practiced in our Christian tradition as well as other Eastern religious traditions.

  • Mission Church

    At the heart of the campus, the Mission Church serves as a gathering space for many on-campus spiritual experiences.

    To learn more about the Mission Church and spiritual offerings, please visit their website.

Mission Church at Santa Clara University

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