Behold! The Lamb of God
Dear Saint Joseph parishioners,
On Saturday January 21, 2017, the Walk for Life West Coast will take place in San Francisco. During this annual event, thousands of people from the Bay Area and beyond gather together to walk from Civic Center Plaza to Justin Herman Plaza, peacefully proclaiming that life is sacred at every moment, from conception to natural death.
This year the Saint Joseph Basilica community will be participating in the Walk in a way bigger than ever before. Realizing that all of our efforts to promote a culture of respect for the dignity of human life are strengthened by Christ, Who said “without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), we will be having five nights of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed for adoration from January 16 to January 20. Each evening of the novena, we will have exposition from 7pm to 9pm, with the exception of January 20, which will be from 7pm to midnight. We would like to ask you, your families and friends, to join us in praying for the protection of the dignity of human life by spending one or more hours of prayer and adoration. During that hour you can join the different parish ministries and pray with them the prayers provided by the parish or of your own choosing. This can be a perfect opportunity to gather together as family, group or community in prayer and adoration. This time can also be an excellent moment for silence to allow for personal prayer. As a parish that seeks to live as Jesus teaches, let us gather around the Lord in prayer, asking that, with His help, we might be a people that loves and respects every human life.
On January 21, if you plan to participate at the Walk in San Francisco, we will gather at the Basilica at 9:30am for the “Blessing of Pilgrims” before going to the Civic Center Plaza. You could carpool from the Basilica to the Fruitvale Bart Station. Please email Deacon Matthew Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know if you will be coming. Sign-up sheets will be available in the church and at the Parish Office. Our goal is to gather a hundred or more participants in the Walk to represent St. Joseph Basilica parish. You will be notified of the meeting place in Civic Center Plaza as the event comes closer. We will also be using our parish banners.
We thank you in advance for your prayerful support during these days of preparation for the Walk for Life. It is yet another expression of the vibrancy of the Saint Joseph Basilica community. May Saint Joseph, our patron, continue to pray for you and for each member of your ministry and your family.
Father George Alengadan,
Father John Carillo,
Deacon Matthew Murray
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