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.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
SORRY; WRONG NUMBER!
My dear brothers and sisters,
Do you ever feel that way? That they must be meaning to reach someone else, not you. Today’s readings are about calls – the call of Isaiah and the call of Simon Peter. Calls to people who were not worthy, but were indeed the ones that God was trying to reach.
In the First Reading, Isaiah exclaimed fearfully “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips.” But the Lord purified him with an ember (“See, now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged”) and so Isaiah is ready to respond to God’s call. “Here I am; send me!”
The gospel offers the dramatic story of the call of Simon Peter. When he witnessed the miraculous catch of so many fish that his nets were almost breaking, “he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’” But his imperfection does not deter Jesus, who responds “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” CONTINUED
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