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.
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -Year B
A reflection from our new seminarian Mathew Murray.
"I tell you one thing," Pope Francis once told seminarians in Naples, Italy. "If you do not have Jesus at the center, hold off your ordination. If you are not sure that Christ is at the center, wait a bit more time to be sure."
Challenging words, especially for someone like me who is preparing for ordination within the next few years. They cut to the heart of every ordained minister. In fact, they are a challenge for everyone who professes that he or she follows Christ. The Lord Jesus must be at the center of our lives, not because He is some domineering tyrant, but because He is our merciful Savior Who won the path to Heaven for us and knows what we need to get there.
And yet, looking back on my own path of discernment, it is painfully obvious how often I for- got this fundamental truth! Sure, I made time for prayer throughout high-school and college. But as long as God kept His distance - “my will be done” instead of “Thy will be done” – everyone would be happy. At least, so I thought. Read more here.
Happy Fourth of July!
As we celebrate Independence Day let us give thanks always to God. Click here for a clip of our Basilica Choir singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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DIRECTORY PICTURES HERE
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
Rest in Peace
Maria Roble: Vigil on July 7 @ 7pm at Greer Family. Funeral Mass at 11am, July 8 in the Basilica.
July 12-15: Vocations retreat- Young men ages 13-15 are invited. See more details here
July 15 – Golden Gate Festival Concert
Aug 1: Block Party - BBQ @6pm. For more information, click here
Aug 15: Group Convalidation Mass (Note change in date)