St. Joseph Church, Clarksburg, CA

Address: 32890 South River Road, Clarksburg, CA 95612


Saint Joseph Church is located on a picturesque site surrounded by vineyards and orchards along the Sacramento River just north of Clarksburg, CA. The well-manicured grounds contain tended rose gardens and a peaceful Memorial Walk for prayer and contemplation. The red-brick church constructed in 1924 looks as if it was built much more recently. Inside the church are many statues, paintings and beautiful woodwork to enhance the sacred experience. The Portuguese-rooted parish holds Masses daily at 8:15 a.m., and there are three Sunday Masses and a Saturday vigil Mass.

Special things to see in the Church
> The adaptation of California Mission architecture covered with red brick
> The St. Joseph Memorial Walk in the front of the church with shrines and fourteen meditative Stations of the Cross
> The historic Saint Elizabeth of Portugal statue in the left corner of the nave
> Several sacred oil-paintings including a replica of Raphael’s Transfiguration; a painting of Veronica showing the veil with the face of Jesus to the Blessed Mother on the night of the Crucifixion; and an image of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
> The craftsmanship of the wood: ambo, the end-pieces of the two-toned pews, the altar table and framing throughout

Interesting Fact(s) About the Church
The St. Joseph Parish Mobile Food Locker distributes approximately 90 tons of food to approximately 4,000 families each year.
The Food Locker is an outgrowth of the Sacramento Food Bank originally started by Father Leo McAllister at Immaculate Conception Parish in Sacramento in 1974; and subsequently expanded and established as the Oak Park Food Locker in 1976 by Father Daniel Madigan. It was later renamed as the Sacramento Food Bank and is now run by the Diocese of Sacramento.

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