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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.

Message from Fr. George: 

St. Joseph Family Day

Ohana...Rodzina...Familia...Family.  Whatever language, whatever country FAMILY is the glue that holds people together.  At Saint Joseph nothing describes us better than as a  family.  We are a family of God. We pray together, we grow together, we argue together and we love together just like families do. Where two or three are gathered in His name, Christ is Alive! 

We celebrate St. Joseph Family Day this Sunday March 18 one day before the feast of our patron Saint Joseph (March 19). We welcome in a special way the head of our diocesan family, Bishop Michael Barber who has a special love for us. We come together, from the pillars of our church to the youngest baptized children, to celebrate with Jesus. We are blessed to have members of our parish who have celebrated our faith for well over 50 years within our parish. May the ardent faith of our pillars continue to inspire our younger generation.

St. Joseph Family Day is an opportunity to count one by one the many blessings that God has brought to our community for the past 133 years. I am deeply grateful to God for the faith-filled people of our parish, “saints in our midst” who in giving countless hours of labor of love, build up the Body of Christ. Truly, there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit that spurs us on.

On behalf of Father John and the parish staff, I thank you for your continued gifts of time, talent and treasure to our family. May God hold our family in His hands always.


Sacrament of ReconciliationCommunal  Reconciliation Services (with individual Confession) Saturday March 24 at 10am and Monday March 26 at 7pm.  Individual Confession Saturday March 24 3:30 to 4:30pm and daily during Holy Week (March 26 through March 31) at 8:30am.  No 3:30 Confession on Holy Saturday.

TRIDUUM Schedule:

Holy Thursday:  8 am Morning Prayer;  7 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper followed by Adoration (in Elementary School) until midnight.

Good Friday:  8 am Morning Prayer; noon Celebration of the Lord's Passion*; 2 pm Stations of the Cross; 7 pm Celebration of the Lord's Passion*  (*includes Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Communion)

Holy Saturday:  8 am Morning Prayer; 10 am Blessing of Easter food; 8 pm Easter Vigil followed by reception in Notre Dame Hall.  (No 3:30 Confessions and no 5 pm Mass on Holy Saturday)

Easter Sunday Masses at 7:30 am, 9:30 am (Family Mass) and 11:30 am.  No 7 pm Mass on Easter.

Other Upcoming Events here

Contact Info.

1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-0181
Parish Office Hours:
           8:30 am to 5pm (closed noon to 1) 
           8:30 am to 12:30pm (volunteer staffing) 
           8:30am to 1:00pm. (volunteer staffing)