Fr. Mark Catalana, July 15, 1963- May 2, 2013
Mark Michael Catalana was born in San Jose on July 15, 1963, one of seven children of Frank (deceased) and Wanda Catalana. He graduated from Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Los Gatos, in 1978 and Saint Francis High School, Mountain View, in 1982. He was a graduate of Saint Joseph College Seminary, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. After attending Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University, where he obtained a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master’s Degree in Theology, Bishop Pierre DuMaine ordained Father Catalana on May 18, 1991, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph.
Father Mark’s assignments in the Diocese of San Jose were as Parochial Vicar at Saint Lucy Parish, Campbell, and Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish, Cupertino. For ten years, he served as Diocesan Director of Vocations. On July 1, 2010, he became Pastor of Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish, San Jose.
Father Catalana will be remembered for his love for the Church, his generosity, and his dedication to the work of fostering priestly vocations. Many of the priests currently serving in the Diocese of San Jose found great encouragement in Father Catalana’s ministry in the Office of Vocations.
Welcome to St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church.
St. Thomas of Canterbury is a small Catholic parish that occupies a large place in the hearts of those who consider it their home.
Generous service to others, a strong emphasis on prayer, and the enjoyment of community have been the hallmarks of St.Thomas of Canterbury since its founding in 1967. In response to Jesus’ call, parishioners express love for one another as catechists, liturgical ministers, visitors to the sick, and organizers of funeral receptions. They deepen their faith through participation in Cursillo and shared scripture study. And they enthusiastically join together to celebrate events such as the Lunar New Year, the Fourth of July, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, giving everyone a sense of belonging and the opportunity to have a good time.
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