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.

First Sunday of Advent

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions. Feast Day: November 24

“The blood shed by the martyrs is the seed of faith for many believers.” 

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Happy New Year! Today we begin a new liturgical year. When you enter the church, you see right away the change of the environment. You see something new, something different. You see an evergreen Advent wreath, which stands for life. You see four candles that represent the four weeks of Advent and also represent four centuries of waiting between the last prophet of the Old Testament, Malachi, and the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. You see the color purple, which gives us a sense of anticipation. The Church begins Advent with this changing of the environment to remind us of our spiritual wake up. Jesus says in today’s Gospel: Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. During this season of Advent, let us be mindful that when we go shopping for Christmas, we don’t forget to do our spiritual shopping to prepare our hearts for Jesus to come.
This weekend our community gathered together to share our joy with the Church in Vietnam in honoring their heroes of faith who gave up their lives to the Lord. On this occasion, I would like to share with you some of my insights on the martyrdom, which the Church in Vietnam has undergone when Christianity first arrived in this country. Continued....



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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

Nov 26: Thanksgiving Mass at 10 a.m.
Nov 28: Vietnamese Martyrs
Nov 28-29: Bake Sale
Nov 29: Deadline to sign up for Christmas Eve Family

Dec 6: Family Mass, 9:30 a.m.
Dec 7: St. Joseph Elementary School Kindergarten Information Night, 510-522-4456
Dec 8: Immaculate Conception
Dec 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe Bilingual Mass (Spanish / English) 5 p.m.
Dec 13: Christmas Concert
Dec 14: Reconciliation Service
Dec 16: Simbang Gabi begins
Dec 18: Middle School Ministry
Dec 18-20: Las Posadas
Laudato Sí Study Groups


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Statement by our Bishop Michael Barber