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.
Spirituality: Father Barron on Lent
What positive actions can we take to grow closer to God and to our community? The “three pillars” of Lent - prayer, fasting and almsgiving - can point us in the right direction.
In PRAYER we raise our hearts and minds to God. At St. Joseph we have daily Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, Taizé, the Parish Mission with Fr. David Tobin, Soul Food on Thursday nights and daily reflection booklets to name a few offerings that enrich our prayer life.
FASTING is a way of acknowledging our need for God. catholics are required to fast (no more than one meal plus two smaller meals that together do not equal a full meal) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to abstain from meat on those days and every Friday during Lent. Our community-building Soup Meals on Thursday evenings remind us that many in the world dine simply, if at all.
ALMSGIVING, or good works, is the third component. As in the past, we encourage your support of Catholic Relief Services "Rice Bowl" (which can incorporate the other two components as well, with the prayers and menus for simple meals that are included). This is also an opportunity to give of your time and talent, as well as your treasure. Let us make the most of this sacred time, and devote ourselves to the Lord our God, with prayer and service.
PHOTOS! Whether you missed a celebration or want to relive the experience, enjoy a slideshow by clicking on that particular album.
8:00a.m (Monday through Friday)
Saturday Vigil Mass
8:00a.m (Mass), 5:00p.m (Vigil)
7:30a.m, 9:30a.m, 11:30a.m, 7:00p.m
Sacrament of Penance
First Fridays 8:30a.m-12p.m
Monday - Saturday, 7:30a.m
Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Wednesdays, 8:30a.m. (after 8a.m. Mass)
9:00a.m to 4:30p.m
Monday through Friday
Office Closed for Lunch
Noon to 1:00p.m