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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.

Parish Office Hours 

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm 

Office Closed for lunch: Noon to 1:00pm 

Volunteer Coverage Sat. 8:30am - 12:30pm 

Sun. 8:30am - 1:00pm 

"Restoring Our Legacy For The Future

Capital Campaign Information and Brochure here

Honoring Our Patron, St. Joseph

We are privileged to have St. Joseph as our Patron here in Basilica. St. Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church! In our Basilica’s centennial year we are starting a special devotion to St. Joseph every Thursday, with consecration on the first Thursday of the month and on his feast days (May 1 and March 19).  Please join in the prayers after the 8am Mass every Thursday to praise our Patron, lift our petitions to him and obtain blessings personally and as a community.   St. Joseph, pray for us!


St. Joseph Basilica Stained Glass Windows

The large colorful stained glass windows of St. Joseph Basilica are interesting examples of Christian iconography, as well as a kind of window into the art history of the early twentieth century in America. The original Gothic church in Alameda, that dated back to the latter half of the nineteenth century, burned to the ground in 1919. Back then the church primarily served Alameda’s Irish community and it would appear that they lost little time in rebuilding. The new church was built in California Mission style and the new windows reflected a mixture of traditional Catholic themes as well as a hint of the liturgical reform movement that had been launched by Pope Pius X a decade earlier. See a discussion of them here.

View upcoming events here

Staying in touch:

View the current issue of the electronic Basilica Weekly here. To receive each week's via email as soon as it's published, sign up here.

Want to what's happening at St Joseph Elementary School?  Here to read more.

St Joseph Notre Dame High School through their weekly SJND Flight Plan here.

Read the current newsletter for our Catholic Young Adult Group here.  Or sign up to receive the weekly newsletter directly by registering here.

Find the monthly newsletter for our Young Families Group here

A gift for you!  Grow in your faith with FORMED at home, in groups or on your smart device.  Register at www.sjbalameda.formed.org for access to videos, e-books, audio talks and more, in English and Spanish, for adults, teens and children.  Subscription provided by St. Joseph for your enjoyment and spiritual enrichment.  

2018 Parish Report here

Contact Info.

1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-0181
Parish Office Hours:
           8:30 am to 5pm (closed noon to 1) 
           8:30 am to 12:30pm (volunteer staffing) 
           8:30am to 1:00pm. (volunteer staffing)