San Jose, California
Founded in 1961, Most Holy Trinity Church (MHT) is a rich, multi-ethnic parish community and school on the east side of San Jose, Calif. It began as a mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish run by diocesan priests until 1991, at which time the Jesuits traded St. Joseph's Cathedral with the diocese for Most Holy Trinity Church. MHT is ranked among the 300 best Catholic parishes in the United States based on research completed by the University of North Carolina.
Most Holy Trinity includes Hispanic, Vietnamese and Samoan parishioners, and approximately 7,200 people attend 10 Sunday Masses. MHT has four deacons, two for the Hispanics, one for the Filipino and Vietnamese and one in training for the Samoans. The parish recently put in a projection system to enhance the parish's multi-lingual and multi-cultural liturgies. The screens are strategically placed so that the readings, responses and songs can be translated in other languages at the same time of the delivery.
As part of its “Social Justice Triangle” of direct service, advocacy and empowerment, MHT has a pantry that helps feed 1,600 families a month and delivers meals and toiletries to the homeless living in five camps around the bridges of the freeways and river beds in San Jose.
MHT is part of PACT (People and Congregations Acting Together) and takes on issues that include divestment from predatory banks, immigration reform and raising the minimum wage. The parish also has an Employment Center, which assists in job placement, and a counseling center, which offers sliding scale therapy sessions for families or individuals, available in multiple languages to meet the needs of the community.