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


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

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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 Mary Ann Turowski, (mother of Mary Turowski) 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.

Pick up your family's CRS Rice Bowl
Feb 7-14: National Marriage Week
Feb 9: Mardi Gras; prayer service and burning of palms, 7 pm
Feb 10: Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
Feb 10: Ash Wednesday Masses at 6:30am, 8am, Noon, 5pm and 7pm
Feb 11: Feast Day of or Lady of Lourdes, Healing Masses 11am and 7pm, Basilica
Feb 11: Lenten Soup night, 6 pm, Notre Dame Hall
Feb 12: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:45am - 4pm
Feb 12: The Way of the Cross, 7:30pm
Feb 18: Lenten Soup night, 6 pm, Notre Dame Hall
Feb 19: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:45am - 4pm
Feb 19: Stations of the Cross, 7 pm
Feb 20: SJND "Denim & Diamonds" BBQ Feed & Auction
Feb 20: Mary and Mercy Day Retreat, 8:30am - 4:30 pm, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood
Feb 26-28: Retrouvaille weekend, www.HelpOurMarriage.com
Mar 4-6: St Bonaventure's Men's Retreat, San Damiano Retreat Center
Mar 5: Convalidation Preparation
Mar 5: Knights of Columbus E-Waste Collection
March 7-9: Jubilee of Mercy Lenten Mission
Mar 12: Date Night, 6:30 pm, SJES Learning Center
Mar 19: Feast of St Joseph & 130th Anniversary celebration, Mass & International Potluck at 11:am
Mar 21: Reconciliation Service, 7pm

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Statement by our Bishop Michael Barber