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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 Severdia at 510-523-1500 or Eleanor MacDonnell at 510-523-8042. Continue reading
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 the Virgin), a bilingual Mass and fiesta, and a play. Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 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 on weekday afternoons for older children). Continue reading
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 through the youth ministry Life Teen program, and is Eucharist focused where teens will be led closer to Christ. Continue reading
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? Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. These young women and men give example to all who worship at St. Joseph. Continue reading
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.. Continue reading
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, Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 the 9:30am Sunday Mass once a month and at occasional parish events. Adults help with rehearsals and performances. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.) Drop-ins are welcome. Those interested in helping serve in this special ministry are also welcome. Click here for flyer. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Help identify and encourage the sharing of the many gifts present in our community, of time, talent and treasure. Contact Stephen Mullin at for more information. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 refreshments. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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: Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
"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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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. Continue reading

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)