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.
FAMILY LIFE IN GOD
I come from a big family. I am the eldest of eleven siblings, eight boys and three girls. Living in close proximity to each other for years and years leads to more familiar ways of dealing with each other. Many of us have nicknames, such as “Beans” or “Beeps,” which probably seem downright absurd to anyone who isn’t a part of the family. I am sure my family isn’t an exception. Families, due to the fact that they live so close together and know each other so well, just tend to have a closer way of dealing with each other.
The same is true in the family we belong to called the Catholic Church. Amongst the many family practices that have been handed down throughout the centuries by tradition, one of them is the Sign of the Cross. I think it is safe to say that every Catholic knows the Sign of the Cross. I also think it is safe to say that it is easy to forget why we make this gesture and what it means.
One of the reasons we make the Sign of the Cross is to remind ourselves that we have been called to share in the very life of God. We sign ourselves with the Persons of the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How there is one God yet three divine Persons Who share the same divine nature is beyond our ability to understand. CONTINUED
Pictures from the Mass of Confirmation, April 15 2016.
8:00am (Monday through Friday)
8:00am; 5:00pm (Vigil Mass)
7:30am; 9:30am; 11:30am; 7:00pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:30pm-4:30pm or by appointment
First Fridays after 8:30am Mass -6:00pm with Vespers and Benediction at 5:30pm
Monday – Saturday: 7:30am
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion
Wednesdays: 8:30am (after 8:00am Mass)
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Office Closed for Lunch
Noon to 1:00pm
Monday: 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am to 12:30pm