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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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Are you searching for God? Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? Do you want to complete what your baptism began, and prepare for Confirmation and Eucharist? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults may be the answer... The Rite of Christian Initiation…
Covenant of Love, Date Night
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God wants you to have a great marriage! Date Night is an opportunity to learn about God's plan for marriage, in a fun setting that allows you to meet other couples while spending quality time with the one you love. We gather the 2nd Saturday of each…
Arts and Environment
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During the liturgical year, the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from his Incarnation and Birth through his Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The tradition of decorating or not decorating…
Sacristans
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Fully initiated (confirmed) Catholics who arrive early to assist with preparing for Mass, on weekdays, Sundays or special liturgies such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. The Ministry contact is Bartholomew N. Kinard, 510-329-1775 Email: golfmastertwo@yahoo.com
Simbang Gabi Group
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Share Filipino heritage and customs with the parish through celebrations such as Simbang Gabi and the Feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz. Help with liturgies and/or receptions. Contact Alex Ramos at aramos94501@gmail.com
Basilica Choir
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It's been said that those who raise their voice in song in praise of God pray twice. That's certainly true of our highly regarded Basilica Choir, which leads the assembly in song at the 9:30am Mass every Sunday from mid-September through June.
Alameda Food Bank
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"Lord, where did we see you hungry and feed you?" "At the Alameda Food Bank." This volunteer non-profit collects and distributes donated food to supplement the diets of over 500 families resident in Alameda – the "working poor"…
Angel Giving Project
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This is an Advent Ministry that enables parishioners to anonymously provide Christmas gifts to needy Seniors, adults and children in the Alameda/Oakland community. Names of individuals are obtained by contacting organizations, e.g., convalescent hospitals…
Food Bins
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Share with those in need by depositing non-perishable food items and hotel-sized toiletries year-round in the collection bins at the church doors. Contact Eric Bertelsen at 510-995-9404 or email at ebertelsen@sjbalameda.org
Homeless-Shelter Services
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This Ministry is an excellent opportunity to help our sisters and brothers pull through some of the hardest times of their lives, and for us to share the gifts we've been freely given. Some projects that the members of this ministry are involved…
Sunday Coffee and Donuts
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This ministry is one of hospitality and welcome. Ministers provide the opportunity for community members to gather and share the gift of each other after Sunday morning Masses. Coffee and donuts provide the forum for sharing and conversation in the Gathering…
Why Go to Confession? Reconciliation and the Beauty of God
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Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Bruno Forte Together, let us try to understand what Confession is: If you really understand it, with your mind and heart, you will feel the need and the joy of experiencing this encounter, in which God, granting you his…
FAQ About Anointing of the Sick
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Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Bruno Forte Together, let us try to understand what Confession is: If you really understand it, with your mind and heart, you will feel the need and the joy of experiencing this encounter, in which God, granting you his…
Confession - The Most Difficult Sacrament
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Confession - The Most Difficult Sacrament From Bishop Philip Boyce's Homily at Knock KNOCK, Ireland, SEPT. 25, 2006 (www.Zenit.org).- Here is an excerpt from a homily delivered by Bishop Philip Boyce during the Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Marian…
All God's Children Charismatic Prayer Group
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This Prayer Group is a scripture-based Intercessory Community that meets to praise, worship and honor our God and to build up the Body of Christ, opening ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Under the Spirit's guidance we share…
Bible Study
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We offer several Bible Study groups to enrich our understanding of the Sacred Scriptures. Tuesday morning is a women's group focusing on the scripture readings for the coming Sunday (10:00 am Parish Center). For more information, please call Bertha…
La Virgen de Guadalupe Ministry
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Our Lady of Guadalupe is called the Patroness of the Americas. To honor her feast day on December 12, the Virgen de Guadalupe Ministry organizes our parish celebration each year. We offer the predawn Las Mañanitas ("little morning songs" to…
Legion of Mary
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The Legion of Mary is an international association of Catholics established in 1921, who work for the sanctification of all with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces. Parishioners…
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
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A Retreat In Daily Life Restoring balance to our lives The Spiritual Exercises were developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola over 400 years ago as a method to help us grow in our relationship with God and have a better understanding of God's presence…
Taize Prayer Around the Cross
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Every 4th Friday* at 8 p.m. Taizé: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross in the Basilica. Taizé is an ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. Brother Roger established…
Children's Faith Formation
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Our Children's Faith Formation team (catechists, co-catechists and helpers) shares the Good News with the children of our parish who do not attend Catholic school, pre-Kindergarten (age 4) though 7th grade. We assist parents and guardians in sharing…
Youth Confirmation
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Confirmation for 8th graders and high school aged teenagers is a component of the youth ministry program. The preparation for Confirmation is a process of reflection, study and service for our high school students. This two year program is integrated…
Adult Confirmation
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Are you an adult Catholic, registered and active in an Alameda parish? Do you participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion regularly? Have you accepted your baptismal responsibility to know Christ better and to make him better known? Have you never…
Infant Baptism Preparation
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The Infant Baptism Preparation Program ministers to parents who request that their children be baptized at St. Joseph Basilica. The Baptismal team interviews parents and welcomes them into the parish community. We strive to support parents in their most…
Special Religious Education (SPRED)
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Special Religious Education (SPRED) is a one-on-one program in the parishes of the Alameda Deanery that assists children, youth and adults with special needs or learning disabilities in their on-going faith formation. Volunteers are welcome to share…
Altar Servers
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Catholic youth third grade and older who have already received First Eucharist are invited to assist at the liturgies as altar servers. Being an altar server offers students opportunities to grow in faith and love of God through sharing their gifts with…
Children's Liturgy of the Word
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This ministry allows the children of our community (kindergarten through 5th grade) to celebrate the first part of the Mass at their level. We invite adults and teens to serve as catechists to prepare and present the gospel story in a manner suitable…
Family Mass Ministry
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The Family Mass takes place monthly to foster community and to give children (and their families) the opportunity to be an integral part of the celebration as greeters, lectors, choir members, etc. To serve on the planning team, or for your child or…
Greeters and Ushers
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Those who serve as ushers and greeters are a special breed: welcoming, warm, always ready to help or to answer questions. They are the first people that worshipers meet when they arrive for our weekend liturgies and are the ones who send them on their…
Lectors
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Lectors clearly proclaim the readings at Sunday and weekday Masses. Lectoring is an art with historical foundations dating back to the time when the Christian community gathered to hear the Word of God, because many in the community were not able to…
7pm Spirit Ensemble
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Music Ministry leads the assembly in song. In tune with the needs of the assembly, it is unparalleled in its ability to arouse the singing voice of the faith community and to empower people to live their lives in the service of the Gospel. Music moves…
Children's Choir
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The Children's Choir engages the young people of our community (2nd through 8th grades) in the celebration of liturgy and the joy of music. Children rehearse weekly on Thursday afternoons during the school year from 4:00—5:00 pm, and sing during…
Youth Choir
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The Youth Choir is part of the confirmation program. Everyone is invited to join Youth Choir to sing at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Contact Br. Matthew Murray for more information at 510-995-9444 or mmurray@sjnd.org.
Sunday Collection Counters Ministers
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This ministry might not seem like a ministry, but it is! Ministers are needed to count and prepare our collections for banking. These men and women offer their services to help lighten the load of the parish staff and to insure the accuracy and safekeeping…
Grief Support Ministry
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A monthly support group open to anyone who is grieving. Meets the third Monday each month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in St Joseph Parish Center at 1119 Lafayette Street. (Okay to park in adjacent "Staff Only" parking lot since it's after business hours.)…
Hospitality and Social Ministry
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The purpose of this ministry is to welcome new parishioners and make them feel at home, and to find ways to create bonding opportunities among old-time parishioners. Every newcomer should feel our genuine welcome - no strangers here, only friends we…
Knights of Columbus
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Knights of Columbus – St. Joseph Basilica Council #15965 The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal organization, whose purpose is to provide spiritual support and development to its members and to aid the parish and the community through…
Ministry of Little Things
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Little things add up. Being attentive to little things results in projects moving along peacefully and in good order. This ministry was established to provide help in the parish for those many little things that crop up daily and that are not the responsibility…
Ministry of the Pastoral Care
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This ministry offers the opportunity to be ministers of laughter and joy, of concern and compassion, of hospitality and recognition. Many seniors are in need of a phone call, a visit, a caring person to listen and simply be present to them.
Parish Office Assistants
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Making a welcoming space for community members and others who come to the rectory is a vital ministry. You are the first voice a caller hears, the first face a visitor sees. By being yourself and sharing yourself and your gift of hospitality with all,…
Stewardship
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Help identify and encourage the sharing of the many gifts present in our community, of time, talent and treasure. Contact Stephen Mullin at smullin@cceb.org for more information.
St. Vincent De Paul Society
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Give the gift of immediate and personal assistance to those in need, drawing upon the resources of the community and the St. Vincent DePaul Society's organization. Make a difference in the St. Joseph Community. Make our parish a welcoming place for…
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America
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Scouting is a program that St. Joseph is pleased to support, for girls and boys.
Middle School Ministry
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A monthly social gathering grounded in our Catholic faith for parish youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. A registration form is required for safety purposes. There is no cost to participate other than for occasional supplies or to contribute to potluck…
Theology of Reconciliation
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The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers a face to face encounter with the love and forgiveness of God. Who would pass such an opportunity by? Reconciliation which is often called "Confession," is the sign of God's continuing love and forgiveness.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation Celebrating God's Forgiveness
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​by Sandra DeGidio, O.S.M. MAR. 101, 2013 (www.americancatholic.org) - The well-known Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the most strikingly powerful illustration of the human process of reconciliation, and of the theology inherent in the new Rite…
A Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the "prodigal son" and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest.
Brushing Up on Confession
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I have heard the priests of my parish encouraging us to go to confession during Lent. I admit I have not been to confession in years because I am not sure I know how to go to confession. With all the changes that occurred in the '60s, would you please…
Rediscover the Art of Repairing!
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The Two Shall Become One Flesh Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 The topic of this 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time is marriage. The first reading (Genesis 2:18-24) begins with the well-known words: "The Lord God said, 'It is not good…
Becoming Married is Different from Getting Married
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Getting married is a pivotal event for a couple. It is the beginning of a new life, the culmination of a budding relationship. It is a profound profession that publicly reveals love that is meant to last forever. Getting married is an achievement, an…
Hints for Happy Marriages
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Interview With Father Michael Ryan, Philosophy Dean SEPTEMBER 14, 2008 (www.Zenit.org).- Within a happy marriage the positive comments should outnumber the negative about 5 to 1, says an experienced marriage counselor. Legionary Father Michael Ryan,…
Contraception: The Bitter Pill
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APRIL 5, 2009 (www.holyspiritinteractive.net) - Each month, to test our courage, my wife Lisa and I stand before an auditorium full of couples about to marry in the Catholic Church and explain to them the Church's teachings about sexuality. The crowd…
Divorce: Now What?
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Correcting misunderstood Church teachings regarding Divorce by Rebecca Teti DECEMBER 11, 2009 (www.faithandfamilylive.com) - If you've suffered a divorce or know someone who has, you might like to know about Divorced Catholic. It includes FAQs relating…
Marriage in the Church
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Two people approaching the Church with the request to be married often come with conflicting ideas. For example, some people are afraid of the church and its regulations regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony. Others are resentful that the Church would…
Spiritual Preparation
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It is the belief of the Church that when two people who are Christian marry, something distinctive happens. The man and woman, who commit themselves to a life long covenant of love, celebrate a Sacrament. And, as the Scriptures tell us, "they are…
Rationale For the Policy
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​Marriage preparation focuses on the Sacramentality of Marriage, spirituality, and human sexuality. It is a time to reflect on one's faith and its significance in married life. In choosing to be married in the Catholic Church, you are choosing…
Should You Have A Nuptial Mass?
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​This requires prayerful reflection and a lot of basic honesty. If both the bride and groom are Catholic, then - of course - they celebrate their marriage at a Nuptial Mass. But the decision to celebrate an ecumenical or "mixed" marriage (where…
Diocesan Requirements
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Two relatives (preferably parents) or friends of each party must sign individually, under oath, in the presence of a priest or a person delegated by him, the "B" Form to declare the freedom of each party to marry. All couples will take the ​FOCCUS…
Eight Months Before the Wedding
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Meet with the Director of Marriage Ministry (DMM) All couples must first meet with the Director of Marriage Ministry to begin the preparation process. Meetings with the priest or deacon who will officiate at your wedding will be scheduled after the FOCCUS…
During the Sixth Month Before the Wedding
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FOCCUS facilitating meetings are scheduled by the married couple that has been appointed to conduct the facilitation. This may require 3-5 sessions. Time and place are mutually determined by the engaged couple and the facilitation couple.). During this…
Step III: Two Month Before the Wedding
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Payment to the Church Wedding and preparation fees for active and contributing members of St. Paul Parish are $550.00 and $1,000.00 for non-members and non-contributing members of St. Paul parish. If you are having a Nuptial Mass there will be an additional…
One Month Before Wedding
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​Obtain a Marriage License A Marriage License from any county recorder's office; or the state where the wedding is to take place. You must bring a picture ID with your date of birth on it: i.e. driver's license, military ID, or passport, Social…
Guidelines for the Wedding Ceremony
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The role of the priest or deacon is to serve as the principal witness at your wedding celebration on behalf of the Christian community. The officiating priest or deacon is normally assigned to the parish. If you desire to have other clergy assist or…
​What Makes A Marriage?
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A marriage is valid when both parties have expressed their free consent to be married through the exchange of vows, even though they have not consummated their union. However, a marriage that has not been consummated may be dissolved by the Church.[1]…
A Couple's Prayer
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​Here, finally, is a short prayer which you might say together in preparation for your marriage: Good and gracious God,we praise you and we thank you ​as our wedding day draws near. ​Bless us as we prepare ​to marry in the Lord. ​May we come…
General audience: the beauty of Christian marriage
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​Vatican City, 6 May 2015 (VIS) – The beauty of Christian marriage, which is not "simply the beauty of the ceremony that takes place in church, but rather the Sacrament made by the Church, giving rise to a new family community", was the theme…
General audience: the dignity of marriage
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​Vatican City, 29 April 2015 (VIS) – Following last Wednesday's catechesis on God's original plan for man and woman as a couple, the Pope spoke at today's general audience about marriage, recalling that Jesus' first miracle took place…
Catholic Church launches media blitz to promote Marriage
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The gestures are sweet but modest: I carried my wife's purse. I made her breakfast. I taped a note to her mirror telling her I liked her haircut. Nothing earth-shattering there. And yet the Roman Catholic Church is counting on publicizing these small…

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