Five Wounds Portuguese National Church

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Five Wounds
Portuguese National Church
Igreja Nacional Portuguesa
das Cinco Chagas
Church of the Five Wounds, San Jose, California.jpg
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church is located in San Jose, California
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
Five Wounds
Portuguese National Church
37°21′00″N 121°51′50″W / 37.350086°N 121.863931°W / 37.350086; -121.863931Coordinates: 37°21′00″N 121°51′50″W / 37.350086°N 121.863931°W / 37.350086; -121.863931
Location1375 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California
Country USA
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
FoundedNovember 8, 1914 (November 8, 1914)
DedicationFive Wounds of Jesus
Functional statusActive
DeaneryDeanery 6
ArchdioceseArchidioecesis Sancti Francisci
DioceseDioecesis Sancti Josephi in California
ProvinceEcclesiastical province of San Francisco
Bishop(s)Oscar Cantú
Pastor(s)Antonio Silveira
Chaplain(s)Rev. Canon Raphael Ueda, ICKSP
Religious education coordinatorJoseph Khanh Bui
Youth ministry coordinatorBrittany Pacheco
Susana Faria
Parish administratorMary Vargas
Anna Maria Shumard

Five Wounds Portuguese National Church (Portuguese: Igreja Nacional Portuguesa das Cinco Chagas) is parish church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in San Jose, California, in the Little Portugal neighborhood of East San Jose.

The parish and its church are under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California and Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath.[1]


Its name is derived from the Holy Wounds (Portuguese: Cinco Chagas).

Located at 1375 East Santa Clara Street in San Jose, CA (just off U.S. Highway 101) the Portuguese National Church of Five Wounds are the heart and soul of Little Portugal. On November 16, 1913, Portuguese residents of San Jose purchased the land to what became the site of Five Wounds. However, it was not until 1914 that the parish was created. In collaboration with Mr. Manuel Teixeira de Frietas, the Portuguese community asked Archbishop Patrick Riordan for the blessing to build a church. The blessing was given and in 1914 “we opened the house that today is the parish residence and the first bazaar in benefit of the church.” But in 1915, through a petition signed by the Portuguese residence of San Jose, the Archdiocese of San Francisco officially approved the parish as the National Church of Portuguese of Five Wounds. Timber and wood from the Portuguese Pavilion that was in display in the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 was used to build the church. The building material, which was brought over from Portugal to build the Portuguese Pavilion, was transported by wagon through the Camino Real. On the 15th of November “Msgr. Henrique A. Ribeiro celebrated the first mass as pastor of the new parish.”


  1. ^ "Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish". Diocese of San Jose. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-07-15.

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