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.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY
A GOOD SHEPHERD SMELLS LIKE HIS SHEEP
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” since in the gospel Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” His sacrificial love knows no limits; he gives his all for his flock. In turn, the sheep recognize their shepherd and follow him. How blessed we are to be guided by such a Shepherd!
Pope Francis has gained a reputation for his memorable quotes. One popular phrase makes a vivid reference to today’s Gospel. He tells priests (and all who evangelize and share the Good News) that “a shepherd should smell like his sheep.” We are connected. We are family. We work together to live as Christ teaches.
Very appropriately this Sunday is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In the Diocese of Oakland, we currently have 22 men studying for the priesthood. I am happy to announce one more will be joining their number in August: our own Deacon Jimmy has been accepted by Bishop Barber to enter the seminary! He has a few years of study and formation ahead of him before his ordination as a priest, and we ask God’s blessings upon him as his journey takes him from our parish at the end of this school year into this next exciting step. Read more here
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Today the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to priesthood and religious life?
Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.
Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.
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
Anthony Sanchez Rivera: Memorial Mass, Thursday 4/30 @ 10am in the Basilica
April 27: Guadalupe Ministry Meeting
May 2: New Parishioner Breakfast
May 2: Confirmations (at Cathedral of Christ the Light)
May 3: Family Mass
May 9: First Communions: Mass @ 10am
May 9: Date Night
May 16: First Communions: Mass @11am
May 17: Beginnings
May 18: Grief Ministry
May 22: Taize
May 31: Family Mass (Note change in date)
Aug 15: Group Convalidation Mass (Note change in date)