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New Pastor Installed in Holy Korean Martyrs Catholic Church


Holy Korean Martyrs Catholic Church (HKMCC) parishioners celebrated Mass of Installation of Father Stefano Taehoon Ko as their new pastor on March 3. The Mass was presided over by Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú. Father.Stefano Taehoon Ko belongs to the Diocese of Suwon in Korea, and he was sent to serve as the 11th Pastor in the history of HKMCC. 

This Korean Catholic community in San Jose was initially formed with 22 faithful families yearning to worship God in their native tongue, at Saint Lawrence in Santa Clara. As the community grew gradually, the place worship was moved to Archbishop Mitty High School Chapel, and then to Queen of Apostles Parish. In 1993, the community was able to establish its own church in a remodeled storage building in Sunnyvale and it was named Saints, Andrew and Paul Korean Catholic Mission. 

In 2005, the community was recognized as a parish in Diocese of San Jose with the new name of Holy Korean Martyrs Parish in remembrance of the blood shed by Korean Martyrs sowing the seeds of faith in God. Soon the community again had to relocate to accommodate the needs of a rapidly growing number of parishioners. With the guidance of Bishop McGrath, the community now resides in the current church in San Jose, serving 1200 active parishioners. HKMCC is thought to be one of the largest Korean Catholic communities outside of Korea. 

The HKMCC is greatly indebted to the Diocese of Suwon and Caritas Sisters of Jesus sending priests and sisters to meet the pastoral needs, to grow into a mature Catholic community. The HMKCC is deeply grateful to the leadership of Diocese of San Jose for having provided Sunday Mass to the 2nd generation English speaking youth and young adults. 

Currently Father Joseph Youngsam Kim from Diocese of Suwon leads the youth ministry with help from the diocesan priests: Father Steve Kim, Father Gabriel Lee, and Father Ritche Bueza. The HKMCC will continue to meet the new challenge of generation gaps and language barriers within the Korean ethnic culture, searching for a creative way to unite the community keeping faith, hope, and love, steadfast in the Lord our God, Jesus Christ.