Welcome to St. Joseph Basilica

Welcome to the web site of St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda, CA, a parish in the Diocese of Oakland, CA.
On this site there is information about our church and location, our schools and parish community. You will also find our history, and the most important aspect of our life together, the celebration of the sacraments.



“All who are thirsty, come to the water.  You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat…” (Isaiah 55:1)

Today’s readings, with their references to satisfying hunger and thirst in extraordinary circumstances, call us to focus on the spiritual banquet.  In the words of the psalmist, “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”  God feeds us by providing spiritual nourishment, through Eucharist and the Word, through community and prayer, through acts of loving kindness by us, or for us.  We need this spiritual nourishment like we need water to quench our thirst, or food to satisfy our hunger, or air to breath. 

Both the Old Testament (Deuteronomy) and the New Testament (Matthew and Luke) tells us that one does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.   It is part of our very being, our ultimate desire, that we yearn for spirituality, that we hunger and thirst for God in our lives. 

Our young people, too, are searching for God.  A few weeks ago you read Adam’s letter about the power of Camp Tepeyac in the lives on our teens in Youth Ministry.  This coming week, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School’s Class of 2015 will be attending the Kairos Senior Class Retreat.  Ninety-four seniors, along with Deacon Jimmy and other members of faculty and staff will participate in three days of sharing and communal worship, to strengthen their relationship with God and with each other.  A special component of the retreat is the presence of alumni who return to help and share the graces they received when they made their Kairos retreat in years past.   Please keep all our seniors and those on retreat with them in your prayers this week.

At the 11:30 Mass this weekend it is our privilege and pleasure to bless the young men and women of our parish who are heading off to college, whether for the first time, or returning.   They, too, are thirsting for God in this next stage of their life’s journey.  We keep them in our prayers, and ask that God guide and guard them in their new
experiences and new learning. 

God bless you this week,
Fr. George Alengadan




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8:00a.m (Monday through Friday)

Saturday Vigil Mass
8:00a.m (Mass), 5:00p.m (Vigil)

7:30a.m, 9:30a.m, 11:30a.m, 7:00p.m

Sacrament of Penance
Saturday, 3:30-4:30p.m or by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration
First Fridays 8:30a.m-12p.m

Monday - Saturday, 7:30a.m

Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Wednesdays, 8:30a.m. (after 8a.m. Mass)

9:00a.m to 4:30p.m
Monday through Friday

Office Closed for Lunch
Noon to 1:00p.m

Volunteer coverage:
Monday 4:30 to 7:00pm.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm


Atanacia Mueco (private services)

Aug 2: Ministry of Pastoral Care Meeting @ 8:45 am

Aug 2: St. Joseph Block Party: Celebrate the End of Summer

Aug 3: Pupusas Sale Resumes

Aug 3: Blessing of College Bound @ 11:30 am Mass

Aug 5: Baptism in Spanish Catechist Training @ 6:00pm

Aug 10: Confirmation Core Team Training at 12:45pm 

Aug 16:  Covenant of Love Beginnings: Excursion to Jack London Square. Contact Christine at Beginnings94501@gmail.com for info.  

Aug 17:  Tamales after all Sunday Masses

Aug 18: Grief Support Group

Aug 21: Twilight by the Lake

Aug 22: Friday - Taize @ 8:00pm

Aug 23: JustFaith Introductory Workshop

Sept 7: Youth Ministry/Confirmation orientation at 12:30pm

Sept 7: Family Mass Meeting at 10:45am in Parish Office (next to church). Contact Anne Marie at afourre@sjbalameda.org

Sept 13: Covenant of Love Date Night

Sept 14: Family Mass at 9:30am

Sept 14: Children's Faith Formation resumes

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