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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.

Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lent: A Journey from No to Yes


We begin the season of Lent this Wednesday with ashes put on our foreheads and the priest saying: "Dust thou art and to dust you shall return" or "Repent and believe in the gospel." The season of Lent is best viewed as a journey, a journey from no to yes, from the dead ashes to living water. Scripture readings in Lent are on the one hand about ashes (deceit, infidelity, betrayals, broken relationships, injustice) and on the other hand about living water (gift of forgiveness of sins, eternal life, salvation).

On Easter Sunday we will be challenged to start all over again as we are asked:

Do you reject Satan? All his ways?
Do you believe in God the Father.. in Jesus Christ..in the Holy Spirit?
We get forty days to work up to our answer, to say yes.

To be sure, we all have our own Lenten plans to make the journey from no to yes. Here are a few simple suggestions:

  • No to indiscriminate TV, internet and Yes to spiritual reading and scripture reading.
  • Coffee-can the table. That is, put a coffee can or other container (RICE BOWL) on the family table. You can put here your sacrificial offerings/donations to the poor (almsgiving)
  • Reconnect basics. Spend quality time with God (prayer, daily, Mass), family and spiritual friends.

Happy Lent,

Fr. George Alengadan 

Pictures from the Marriage Convalidation Mass, July 30, 2016 


Pictures from the Mass of Confirmation, April 15 2016 


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Faith Direct- Online Giving. 

I’d like to remind you about the value of the new eGiving option through Faith Direct. It offers some important advantages over the current Sunday envelopes: It’s green. Less paper. Less postage. No need to mail envelopes every two months. It’s labor saving. Less work for those who count and deposit the collection each week; less effort for you with no need to write a check. It helps parish finances. Vacation time can cause a big drop in the Sunday offering, even though the parish expenses continue. The predictable and steady income provided by eGiving allows us to better support our ongoing parish ministries. 

You can fill out the form available at church or mailed to your home and return it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket, or register online  HERE and use our parish code CA702. They also offer personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes so you can continue to participate in the physical act of giving during Mass. Please give eGiving your prayerful consideration, and give envelopes a permanent vacation this summer. 

Fr. George Alengadan