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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.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Luke10_39When I was younger my father and I used to go on camping trips with a large group consisting of fathers and their sons. A priest always went with us so that he could say the holy Mass for us in the forest and be available to hear confessions. I will never forget a homily that he gave on one of those trips. He told us that it is not enough to know about Jesus, we have to know Jesus. One can know every detail of all of the Gospels, pore over every Christological book, talk to a hundred biblical scholars, but still not know Jesus. If He is indeed a divine Person with two natures, divine and human, than this means that we can speak to Him. And perhaps an even more challenging and thrilling truth is that Jesus can speak to us.

In the Gospel for this Sunday from Luke chapter 10, Jesus finds rest in the house of Martha and Mary. Martha is busy about being as hospitable as possible and demands that Mary, who sits with Jesus, help her. Christ responds saying that Mary, in sitting at His feet, “has chosen the better part.”This “better part” is the mystery about which St. Paul speaks in his letter to the Colossians in the Second Reading, which “is Christ in you, the hope for glory.” Christ is the revelation of God His heavenly Father, as we read in 1 John 4:9: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (RSV). By sitting with Jesus and listening to him, Mary was able to come to know this incredible love of God our Father.  God, who is wrapped in mystery, is shown to Mary in her living room! The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting St. John Paul II, tells us that “All Christ’s riches ‘are for every individual and are everybody’s property.’”There, in Martha and Mary’s home, Christ shared with them the greatest treasure on earth: a relationship with the living God! While it is good that Martha made sure to get Jesus a good meal, it was “better” for Mary to sit down and actually listen to what He has to say, because He actually has something very important to share!

Our lives are pretty packed with many very good things, from work to school to raising kids to keeping up with relatives and friends to sports and to actually having time to rest.  continued ...

A Christian’s greatest treasure is knowing Jesus Christ. Is it your first priority?

God bless, have a great week, and may Mary and St. Joseph pray for us,

Deacon Matthew Murray


Pictures from the Mass of Confirmation, April 15 2016. 


Quo Vadis Camp- Where are you going? Vocation Discernment to priesthood

Quo-Vadis-2016Young men between the ages 13-18 are invited for a weekend dedicated to discerning their vocation and fostering their relationship with God.

Registration: Get your Pastor’s signature for endorsement to attend. Mail the registration form along with permission & health authorization/release form, and $50 check payable to the Vocations Office, Diocese of Oakland. Download registration form.

Faith Direct- Online Giving. 

I’d like to remind you about the value of the new eGiving option through Faith Direct. It offers some important advantages over the current Sunday envelopes: It’s green. Less paper. Less postage. No need to mail envelopes every two months. It’s labor saving. Less work for those who count and deposit the collection each week; less effort for you with no need to write a check. It helps parish finances. Vacation time can cause a big drop in the Sunday offering, even though the parish expenses continue. The predictable and steady income provided by eGiving allows us to better support our ongoing parish ministries. 

You can fill out the form available at church or mailed to your home and return it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket, or register online  HERE and use our parish code CA702. They also offer personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes so you can continue to participate in the physical act of giving during Mass. Please give eGiving your prayerful consideration, and give envelopes a permanent vacation this summer. 

Fr. George Alengadan