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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 

Parish Office is closed and all Masses are suspended until further notice as directed by the Diocese of Oakland. For list of Parish Staff contacts click here

 All Weekly Devotions, Ministries events or gatherings are also suspended until further notice. Read here for more details

Updated: March 29, 2020

The Basilica will be opened for private prayer on the following schedules:

Monday-Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-11am - closed from 12pm-1pm - open from 1pm-5pm 


Sunday, March 29 - Fifth Sunday of Lent Mass via Live Streamed  on YouTube at 12 Noon:


Sacrament of Reconciliation Available:

The communal reconciliation service on April 6 is now canceled.  Both Fr. Mario and Fr. Sunil would like to make the Sacrament available:  TBA


Spiritual Resources during Shelter-In-Place (click on the links)

Daily Mass from Bishop Robert Barron

The Stations of The Cross offered by Bishop Baron & Word on Fire

Daily & Sunday Mass Readings from USCCB

Faith Response to Coronavirus - read here


Staying in touch:

Basilica Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/sjbalameda

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.

St Joseph Notre Dame High School Weekly SJND Flight Plan here

St. Joseph Elementary School Weekly Newsletter - temporary unavailable.

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

Young Families Month Update here

View upcoming events here

2019 Parish Survey Results here.  For text response here

"Restoring Our Legacy For The Future"  - Capital Campaign Information and Brochure 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

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.

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)