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.

Twenty-Second Sunday - Year B


“What you do speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you’re saying.” “Actions speak louder than words.” We’re all familiar with those sayings, or at least with the meaning behind them. Giving “lip service” with no follow-through on action is a reality of the human condition that transcends the centuries, and surfaces in today’s readings.
Jesus is accused that his disciples do not follow the rules about purification, to which he replies with a quote from Isaiah: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” He proceeds to deliver a scathing rebuke and a lesson in true purity and defilement. What comes from within, from our hearts, is what matters.
So often we may be physically present in church, but our hearts and minds are not engaged. We go through the motions, but our lives are not being touched by the living God. It is not enough to rattle off all the right prayers; they cannot reach God’s ears if they do not first reach our hearts. Pilgrimages make a difference only if we allow the external change in location to transform us internally. St. James in the Second Reading says it pointedly: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” We are only kidding ourselves if we think “showing up” is all it takes. What matters is whether our hearts are growing closer to God. I invite each of us to be conscious of that effort next time we come to Mass, or offer a prayer at home. May our prayers transform our hearts and our actions give witness to that transformation!
In a few weeks all will have an opportunity to “be doers of the word” in a very tangible way at our Ministry Fair. We are each invited to consider the many ministries in our parish and where God may be calling us to serve: to share the gospel with youngsters, or decorate the basilica, or answer phones at the parish office, or visit the sick or help with technology or pray daily for the needs of the church or ??? Information will be in the bulletin on September 13 and you will be asked to make a commitment on September 20. Even if health or schedule or other responsibilities interfere with participation in a particular ministry, we can each commit to prayer and being the presence of God in the world.

“One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”

Have a blessed week! Fr. George



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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


Luong Tran: Viewing from 9am to 9pm, August 28 @ Fisher Garden Grove- San Jose. Funernal Mass @ 11:15am, August 29th at St. Victor Church,3108 Sierra Rd, San Jose.

Heartfelt condolences from St. Joseph Basilica community to the Tran family. We also offer our prayers and condolences to the families and friends of Matthew Kumarthusseril (Fr. Joy's father).


Aug 28: Taize @ 8pm

Sept 12: Justfaith information session

Sept 13: Family Mass and First Day of Children Faith Formation

Sept 20: Tamales sales

Sept 19-20: Ministry Fair

Sept 21: Grief Support: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Sept 27: Pancake Breakfast

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