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 the love we receive.
We meet every Monday evening in the Reconciliation Room or the Basilica from 7-9 PM. The schedule for our meetings is as follows: Rosary 7-7:30 pm., Praise and Worship, 7:30-9:00 pm. After the meeting some remain for personal prayer. There is no “attendance” requirement. Our members come and go as they need. ALL ARE WELCOME. Questions?
Ida Kempel 510-523-8741 or Jacquie Lydon 510-523-1185.
We offer several Bible Study groups to enrich our understanding of the Sacred Scriptures.
Thursday morning is for men and women, providing a combination of prayer, personal study, and group sharing (10:00 am Parish Office Dining Room). Contact
Eric Bertelsen at 510-995-9404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday evenings offer an opportunity to reflect together on the readings for the coming Sunday. 7pm in the Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St. All are welcome. In addition, you will find the readings for each day along with podcasts and reflections on the U.S. Bishops website here. Find the calendar and click on the date you want. Contact
Dr. PJ Dobbins at email@example.com or 510- 407-1236 for information.
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 celebrations each year, including the predawn Las Mañanitas (“little morning songs” to the Virgin), a bilingual Mass and a fiesta. The Ministry also shares other traditions of Catholic Latin American faith with our broader parish community.
Volunteers can assist with planning, liturgies, music or entertainment, fundraising, food or decorations, and more.
For more information, click
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 can join as an Active or Auxiliary member. As Auxiliary members of the Legion of Mary, one commits to the following: daily recitation of five decades of the Rosary and a short Legion prayer. The Active members faithfully attend the 1-1½ hour weekly meeting held either on Wednesday or Saturday at 8:45 am in the Reconciliation Room and perform 2-3 hours of apostolic work each week. The Legion of Mary is available to assist our parish priest in any Catholic Action.
For information, contact:
510-865-5509, Leonie Estigoy
510-523-6174, or Aireen Choy
at 510-501-8985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 in our daily lives. Through reading, meditation, prayer, journaling, reflection and mentoring, we restore our souls and bring balance to our lives.
For information contact
at 510-995-9409 or email@example.com.
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 the Taizé Community in 1940 in Taizé, France as a witness to peace and reconciliation, for which our community gathers in prayer.
All are welcome and any who wish to share their talents as planners, lectors, musicians, etc. are urged to contact Kathy Moran at 510-523-0165.
Most current information is always available on
See also the website http://taizeontheisland.awardspace.biz/
* 3rd Friday in November and December.
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 Junior High. We assist parents and guardians in sharing the basic beliefs and traditions of our faith. Basic CFF classes are on Sunday mornings during school year, from 10:45 to 11:45 am. We also offer Sacrament Preparation classes (part of the Sunday classes for younger children, and at an agreed upon time for older children and their families).
Catechists prepare for and lead the weekly classes, using provided texts and materials. Aides assist the catechist during class-time, helping with reading, crafts, etc. A monitor supervises the facility for safety and locks up. Volunteers must be able to communicate faith effectively in word and action, and display patience, flexibility and openness. Advance preparation time is required for catechists.
For information about CFF
Anne Marie Fourré
at 510-995-9409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Confirmation is a two-year process during which a teen is nourished in the Catholic faith and
deepens his/her relationship with God through prayers, service, celebration of
the sacraments and learning the teachings of the Catholic Church. Offered for 8th graders and high school aged teenagers. For more information about Youth Confirmation
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 received Confirmation, and now feel called to complete your Christian initiation with its celebration?
Each year starting in the fall, the Alameda Deanery offers a weeknight formation series to prepare adults for Confirmation. For current schedule and application click
Anne Marie Fourré
at 510-995-9409 or email@example.com
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 important endeavor, initiating their children into the faith. Parents are asked to attend one two-hour class and the communal baptism.
Baptism team members facilitate communal baptism six times a year. The class and the Baptism take place over two consecutive Sunday afternoons. The Baptism Team also meets twice a year for review and retreat. If you have two Sundays a year that you can give to parishioners who request baptism for their children, please think about joining us in this very important ministry.
Contact: the Parish Office at 510-522-0181 or
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 of Adults is an open-ended process to warmly welcome new members and provide spiritual formation according to each person’s needs. The process includes small and large group meetings, discussion, individual and group prayer, and liturgies and rites celebrated within our faith community. Participants reflect on Scripture, uncover their faith stories and learn to recognize themselves and God’s action in their lives, while exploring the teachings of the Church and its application to their own lives.
The process is designed for catechumen (those who have never been baptized). It can also assist candidates (those baptized in another Christian tradition or Catholics who have never received Eucharist and Confirmation) in their preparation for sacraments. For information visit here.
Anne Marie Fourré
at 510-995-9409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to an “Inquiry” session offered most Wednesday nights, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. (Call first to confirm location.)
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 the journey with a special "friend," as are catechists to help plan and lead the twice-monthly sessions.
For more information about
visit here. To volunteer, contact
at 510-522-0181 (leave message).
A 24-week journey into deeper compassion and living our faith in today’s complex world, through weekly gatherings, prayer, books, videos, retreats and immersion experiences.
For details contact Anne Marie
at 995-9409 or email@example.com. Download flyer here
. General information at http://justfaith.org/.
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 month except for the summer.
or email us at
Pope Francis has called for a New Evangelization and we at St. Joseph Basilica are pleased to offer the informational material to help you grow in your faith!
The CD’s, booklets and books feature a variety of talks on topics and issues by leading Catholic theologians. They are doctrinally sound, economical and flexible for use in a parish or home setting.
Our ministry is looking for 4 people to assist in ensuring materials are available to parishioners. Please call
Dr. PJ Dobbins
at 510-747-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the parish. Training is provided and a commitment is required from the student and his or her parents. Servers unable to fulfill their assigned responsibility are asked to find a substitute.
for more information including registration form and contact information.
The members of "Joe's Angels," our Altar Society Ministry, help to keep our Basilica clean and beautiful at all times. They help to prepare a warm and inviting environment for all who gather for community worship. Ministers donate an hour of their time one Saturday a month. Please consider being part of this vital and satisfying ministry. It is truly a work of faith and love.
Duties include, but are not limited to: dusting altars, sacristy, sanctuary, kneelers, vigil lights, stands and pews, and the grotto. The angels clean glass counter tops, the sacrarium, the baptismal font and holy water fonts. They also straighten the books and clean up any debris, and make sure there are clean altar linens.
If you would like more information contact Fr. George at 510-995-9421 or
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 the church for liturgical seasons and feasts heightens the awareness of the festive, solemn, or penitential nature of these seasons. Human minds and hearts are stimulated by the sounds, sights and fragrances of liturgical seasons, which combine to create powerful, lasting impressions of the rich and abundant graces unique to each.
We are seeking ministers who have an artistic eye, a spiritual soul and a practical work ethic to bring their talents and creative instincts to our Art and Environment Team. We welcome all hearts and hands ready and eager to prepare our Basilica for worship.
For more information, please contact Eric Bertelsen at
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 for children; aides to supervise the children and lead them safely between the church and the Learning Center and back; musicians to lead the children in song; runners to advise the presenter when it's time to return to church. You can volunteer according to your availability. For information on CLW visit here.
Anne Marie Fourré
at 510-995-9409 or email@example.com
Are you looking for a real connection with your fellow parishioners?
Ministers of the Eucharist serve the assembly by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ. Sharing of the Eucharist is the heart of the Mass for all baptized Catholics. We are committed to reaffirming our parish community's faith in the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist as we celebrate the whole person of Jesus Christ.
We schedule Eucharistic Ministers in advance so you know ahead of time when you are scheduled to serve; generally no more than once or twice a month for weekend Masses. (Eucharistic Ministers are also needed for daily Mass.)
Eucharistic Ministers are asked to arrive early for Mass and find their own replacements if they are unable to serve. A list of Ministers is supplied with each schedule. Your attendance at training and periodic meetings as will as convocations in the Spring and Fall is essential for your on-going formation. Participation in this ministry is limited to Catholics who have already been confirmed.
Bartholomew N. Kinard
, 510-329-1775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 family to take an active role in a Family Mass, contact Anne Marie Fourré at email@example.com
. Learn more here
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 way with a smile at the end of Mass.
Greeters and ushers help everyone who comes to St. Joseph Community to feel welcome and free to celebrate.
They assist with the collection and help distribute the bulletins after Mass. They invite a family to present the gifts of bread and wine at the Offertory. They also provide the invaluable service of being "point persons" in case of emergencies.
Ministers usually serve at the same Mass each weekend, and therefore, get to know who are parishioners and who are visitors to our community, thus sharing hospitality on all levels.
These ministers are also asked at times to serve at special liturgies, as their own schedule and preference allows.
For more information, please contact Eric Bertelsen, 510-995-9404 or
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 read themselves. We must proclaim the Word of God aloud to help God's message take a journey in our own lives.
As a lector you will attend a one-hour training session and will need to participate in a Convocation/Retreat Day twice during the Calendar Year. Scheduling is based on your availability each month. You will also be asked to renew your commitment to this ministry annually.
The Ministry contact is Karen de Robinson at
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 Tristan Flores at
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
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.
They also perform a special concert at Christmastime and an Americana Concert around the July 4th holiday each year. While being able to read music is not a requirement for choir members, it helps to have some knowledge of the mechanics of reading a score. The music ranges from Classical to Baroque to American and African Spirituals, traditional Catholic music and even some Hebrew music.
The choir members have a weekly practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm in the Basilica. David Howitt, Music Director at St. Joseph, conducts the choir.
, 510-995-9403, or Sue Spiersch
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 the soul and opens our eyes to God's abundance.
The members of the Spirit Ensemble provide musical enhancement and leadership for our 7pm Sunday liturgy. They are ethnically diverse in their membership and musicality. Combining dedicated musicianship and enthusiasm, and incorporating various musical instruments and vocalists, they lead us in praise and worship with much joy and grace.
All are welcome to join in this ministry! Practices are held each Thursday evening at 7:30 pm and on Sundays beginning at 5:15 pm leading up to the 7 pm Sunday liturgy. Interested in lending your voice and/or your instruments?
Contact: Michael Chinnavaso
The Children's Choir engages the youngsters of our community 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 the 9:30am Sunday Mass once a month and at occasional parish events. Adults help with rehearsals and performances. Registration form available here
or in the Parish Office.
Contact: David Howitt at
The Youth Choir is composed of teens who sing or play at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Information available
"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" whose incomes do not quite provide enough for their families. You can make a child smile, or an old woman weep tears of gratitude by providing the extras to make dinner tables healthy and happy.
You determine to what you are willing to commit. Collection tasks (from various farmer's markets, supermarkets and other merchants or the Alameda County Food Bank) are typically once a week on a regular schedule and require a van, lifting 30-50 lbs, and saying thank you. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week, plus one Saturday per month, people are needed to sort, bag, and distribute bags of groceries to the clients. This requires no more effort than grocery shopping for a hundred people. For information or to volunteer, please contact
David C. McGaffey
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 and homeless and children's ministries. Labels are typed with the name and wish of each person. Paper ornaments are prepared and decorated by children of the parish. On the First Sunday of Advent, a table with the ornaments bearing the first name and wish of each person is placed in the church. Parishioners take the ornaments, buy the gift, wrap it, and return it to the church. The presents are collected after each Mass and later sorted by the organization. Between 400-500 gifts are delivered before Christmas. At every step, ministers provide the hands that make what is the waiting of Advent become the joy of Christmas.
There is one planning meeting in September and one follow-up meeting in January. We also get together the day the ornaments are placed in the church (usually the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and the day the presents are sorted (usually the Second or Third Sunday of Advent.) Contact
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 of Sunday collections.
They perform a vital service and share community with each other by gathering together to count the collections one Sunday per month. Responsible, careful and conscientious persons with the gifts of confidentiality, purpose and integrity are needed to provide this service, and to record the generosity of our parishioners. Anyone willing to give a couple of hours each month to this important ministry, please contact Helene Carr at
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
Grief Ministry is for anyone seeking support whether grieving the loss of a loved one or suffering any kind of loss. Meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Damien Room, upstairs in the Parish Center at 1119 Lafayette St. All are welcome! For further information call Pamela Prime 209-814-2586 or Bill Kueppers 510-522-2270 or Patricia Reis 608-698-5998.
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 in are cooking for Midway Shelter, assisting St. Joseph Elementary School children in preparing and delivering Thanksgiving Food Baskets to families in need, sponsoring Back-To-School Drives, coordinating and organizing the Lenten Soup Meals, preparing Welcome Bags with basic necessity items for women and children coming into Midway Shelter, assisting with the Family Night program at Midway Shelter and helping the Angel Tree Committee collect wish lists from various shelters and delivering the gifts to the recipients.
For more information about this ministry you may contact
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 haven't met yet.
Members of this committee bring their ideas, support and skills to assist with different events to welcome newcomers (breakfast with the pastor, introduction during Mass, phone calls or home visits, etc.)
We will also identify ways to reach out to existing parishioners who are not yet fully connected with our parish community.
Contact Eric Bertelsen at 510-995-9404 or
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 works of charity and fundraising activities. Enrollment is open to Catholic men 18 or older.
For information contact Bart Kinard at
or 510-522-6988, or visit the national website at
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 of a specific ministry. Some examples of ways to share your gifts and talents are: preparing parish mailings, working on special photocopy projects, typing, word processing, baking, cooking, helping with social events, etc. It provides the opportunity to serve the community for those who do not have the time or the inclination to be involved in an on-going ministry. Many of the "little things" are one-time-only or short-term projects.
This ministry has very little structure and no meetings. Your name will be put on a list, with information about your preferences for types of projects and when you can serve. You will be called when help is needed. For more information you can call Pat Cronin at 510-521-0998, or
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. Often people are homebound, in nursing homes or hospitals, and unable to attend Mass but would like to receive Eucharist. Be a friendly face to visit shut-ins and the ill, or bring Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass. (To bring Eucharist, you must be a confirmed Catholic.) Contact Jacquie Lydon at (510) 523-1185
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, you can be an invaluable asset to the work of God here at St. Joseph.
Scheduled usually for one night a week, volunteers work from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm each evening except Friday, and on weekends from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Training is needed to learn the phone system and various other procedures. The front desk is a multi-task desk, and the volunteers should be able to handle incoming calls as well as answer questions when needed. Sometimes clerical tasks are assigned during the time you are here. To sign up or for more information, please call Susan Gahan, 510-995-9416 or email
Help identify and encourage the sharing of the many gifts present in our community, of time, talent and treasure.
Contact Eric Bertelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 all of its people. Live the message of Matthew 25. Regular meetings on the 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM in the Parish Center. Assist at one or more weekend Masses for the 5th Sunday collection (4 per year). Click here
for a list of activities and responsibilities.
Training is optional but available and highly recommended. For more information please contact:
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 Space, which help to build community among us. Responsibilities include making the coffee, picking up the donuts, setting up before the 7:30am Mass and putting everything away after the 9:30am Mass. Please contact Karen de Robinson email@example.com
, for information about how you can be a part of this active ministry.
"Welcome the Stranger" is a ministry of the Alameda Deanery (the Catholic parishes in Alameda) which accompanies a refugee family from their entry into the U.S. into self sufficiency as legal residents in their new home. We work closely with Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Help can be short-term (setting up an apartment) or ongoing (helping to learn English, negotiate public transit, enrolling in school, etc.). Occasionally donations of particular items or services are needed.
Youth / Young Adult Ministries
Scouting is a program that St. Joseph is pleased to support.
For information about the Cub Scout unit (1st through 5th grade) sponsored by St. Joseph Basilica, contact Kristy Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Visit www.BeAScout.org
for other locations and ages, or the Alameda Council's website at www.bsa-alameda.org
for local events and information.
For information about the Girl Scout troops sponsored by St. Joseph Basilica, for girls entering grades 6 or 7 contact Emily at email@example.com
. Or visit the Girl Scouts of Northern California website http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/
Visit the Catholic Scouts in the Oakland Diocese website at
If there is sufficient interest, a monthly social gathering grounded in our Catholic faith for parish youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades is possible. Contact Anne Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 510-995-9409 if interested. For more information visit http://sjbalameda.org/blog/middle-school-ministry/
Alameda's Catholic Young Adult group welcomes those 18 to 39. Bi-weekly prayer and discussion on first and third Wednesday nights, 7:30pm in St Joseph Parish Center, in addition to a variety of social and other events. Join their facebook page