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:
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)
Faith Response to Coronavirus - read here
Staying in touch:
Basilica Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/sjbalameda
St Joseph Notre Dame High School Weekly SJND Flight Plan here
St. Joseph Elementary School Weekly Newsletter - temporary unavailable.
Young Families Month Update 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.