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.
THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
Today we celebrate the ancient feast of the Triumph (or Exaltation) of the Cross. The feast traces its beginning to the fourth century AD in Jerusalem, and is always celebrated on September 14, the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. This year, since the 14th falls on a Sunday, its celebration pre-empts what would have been the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Although its origins are in far-off Jerusalem, its significance is deeper than any city or church building. It is a sign of suffering, of love, and of triumph.
The essence of being human is to suffer. All major religions share this common understanding. But Christ, through his sacrifice on the cross, gives suffering a new meaning. His willingness to accept suffering and death inspires believers to look to the cross in times of anguish, from the hospital or the concentration camp, from the sick bed or the death bed. The cross does not take away our pain but it helps us endure. When my mother was troubled or in pain, she would grasp a crucifix in her hand. We can ask why, but no answer is given other than “surrender.” Like Jesus as he was dying on the cross, we find strength and hope in surrender- ing ourselves into God’s embrace: “Into your hands I commend my spirit.”
I invite you to think about the many times we make the Sign of the Cross. In Baptism we are marked with the Sign of the Cross, and so belong to God. We sign ourselves each time we enter a church, and at the beginning of every Mass. The catechumens are traced with the Sign of the Cross during the Rite of Acceptance. We trace the cross on the foreheads of our children. Each time we pray, we begin and end with the Sign of the Cross. When we meditate on the Stations of the Cross we pray “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.” Let us truly celebrate and give thanks for the gift and mystery of the cross today.
"How splendid the cross of Christ! It brings life, not death; light, not darkness; Paradise, not its loss. It is the wood on which the Lord, like a great warrior, was wounded in hands and feet and side, but healed thereby our wounds. A tree has destroyed us, a tree now brought us life" (Theodore of Studios).
Have a blessed week, Fr.. George Alengadan
PHOTOS! Whether you missed a celebration or want to relive the experience, enjoy a slideshow by clicking on that particular album.
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
First Fridays 8:30a.m-7:00p.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
Monday 4:30 to 7:00pm.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm