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.

Trinity Sunday

I come from a big family. I am the eldest of eleven siblings, eight boys and three girls. Living in close proximity to each other for years and years leads to more familiar ways of dealing with each other. Many of us have nicknames, such as “Beans” or “Beeps,” which probably seem downright absurd to anyone who isn’t a part of the family. I am sure my family isn’t an exception. Families, due to the fact that they live so close together and know each other so well, just tend to have a closer way of dealing with each other.

The same is true in the family we belong to called the Catholic Church. Amongst the many family practices that have been handed down throughout the centuries by tradition, one of them is the Sign of the Cross. I think it is safe to say that every Catholic knows the Sign of the Cross. I also think it is safe to say that it is easy to forget why we make this gesture and what it means.

One of the reasons we make the Sign of the Cross is to remind ourselves that we have been called to share in the very life of God. We sign ourselves with the Persons of the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How there is one God yet three divine Persons Who share the same divine nature is beyond our ability to understand. CONTINUED

Pictures from the Mass of Confirmation, April 15 2016.


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PHOTOS! Whether you missed a celebration or want to relive the experience, enjoy a slideshow by clicking on that particular album.


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
Eucharistic Adoration
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)
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

We are sad to share that John Sullivan and Fred Leitz have returned home to God. As a community of faith we pray for the repose of their souls and offer our prayers and support to their family and friends.

May 27: Taize
May 29: Memorial Day remembrance
May 29: Deacon Matthew's first Masses
May 29: Corpus Christi Procession after 7pm Mass, Benediction follows.
May 29: Fifth Sunday - St Vincent de Paul collection
May 31: Rosary procession at 7pm, Basilica
June 5: Dr. John Rizzo (new SJES Principal) at 9:30am Mass
June 5: Family Mass planning meeting 10:45am
June 6: Guadalupe Ministry meeting
June 11: Fr. Tony Herrera 25th Anniversary of Ordination, 4:30pm, St Barnabas
June 11: Date Night, 6:30 pm
June 19: Family Mass at 9:30am
June 26: Fr Thi's farewell potluck after 11:30 Mass
July 9: Basilica Spring Cleaning, 8:45-noon, we welcome your help
July 10-13: Quo Vadis Camp
July 30: Marriage Convalidation

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