June 6, 2019

Happy  37th-Ordination Anniversary Fr. George!

Thank you for your devoted service to our Church and Community.  May God continue to guide and bless you!

(Fr. George was ordained on June 6, 1982)

This Sunday...   

Join us at the Mass of Healing on Sunday, June 9th at the 11:30 am Mass.
We also invite all Caregivers and our Pastoral Care Ministry ministers for a special blessing.  Light refreshment to follow after Mass in the Gathering Space.

P entecost Sunday 
Readings  here

In honor of the Solemnity of Pentecost, incense will be used at all Masses this weekend except the 11:30 am Mass.  (For the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 22/23, incense will be used at all Masses except 7:30am.)

(We encourage you to wear Red for Mass this Sunday)

Sunday Gospel Reflection

This week's first reading is an account of the Holy Spirit coming upon the apostles and empowering them to preach with confidence. One of the interesting things is the parallel between how the Spirit came down in fire, loud sound, and personal revelation to the apostles on that Pentecost day and how Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai, where similar things happened. But the most important aspect of this reading is not the extraordinary phenomena of fire, wind, and the gift of tongues. Rather, the crucial point is the transformation that took place in the lives of the apostles, who changed from timid souls cowering in a locked room to fearless witnesses of what Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection. These same changes occur today in all who receive the Holy Spirit. It is in this sense that Pentecost still happens, as those who live according to God's Spirit experience the same life-transforming power of God that changed the apostles two thousand years ago. The second reading this week ties the coming of the Holy Spirit to Baptism. Not only does everyone receive "the manifestation of the Spirit for some benefit," but all are baptized into one body, where all "drink of one Spirit." In like manner, the Gospel links the Holy Spirit with the forgiveness of sins-the sins wiped away at Baptism and the forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism. The Holy Spirit does not come only once to us but continues to dwell within our souls and transform us

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Save the Dates!
  • Saturday, June 22 - Corpus Christi Procession after the 5:00 pm Mass
  • Farewell Fr. John! Join us at an International Food Faire Reception for Fr. John on Sunday, June 23 after the 11:30 am Mass in the Quad. Everyone is invited to a reception. At all the exits, there are sign up sheets to provide refreshments for this event.  There are several categories, something for everyone's expertise.  And, please don't be shy, we need "Captains" for each category, someone to coordinate dishes with other volunteers.  There is also a sign up sheet for the important work of cleaning up.  Remember - many hands make light work. Thank you for your support as we say Good-bye to our beloved Fr. John.   Contact Eric (510) 995-9404 for details.
  • Volunteer photographer needed for both events. You can help at either dates.  Please contact Sherley Lim: or (510) 995 9420. Thanks!

Stewardship... Weekly Parish Collection 

Information for June 1/2 offertory collection will be updated next week. Thank you for your patience.

Children's Programs

Children's Liturgy of the Word is looking for a few more presenters to share the gospel with children at their level during the 9:30 Mass.  Visit our website here or contact Anne Marie at to learn how you can help this important program continue during summer and throughout the year.

Children's Faith Formation classes for children age 4 through Junior High will resume on September 8.  Register online here.  (Early registration discount through July.)

Special Needs Awareness Presentation

Liturgical ministers and other interested individuals who missed the presentation at St. Joseph in March are invited to attend a repeat this Saturday, June 8, 10 - 11am at St. Barnabas, classroom 4 of the school at 1400 Sixth St. (Parking lot entered through Taylor.) Learn how to better accompany those who are mentally or physically challenged, especially during the celebration of Mass, to remind them they are part of this living faith community. 

Parish Solidarity Initiative Spring Retreat June 15

If you care about social justice on a local and global level, this all day retreat at the Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish Hall might be for you.  Nourish your faith, reflect on our call to solidarity, and learn how to advocate and make a difference.  (RSVP requested by June 10)  More information here 

Scam Alert

Please be reminded that someone is again impersonating Father George sending emails asking for a favor or help. This phishing scam continues to be a problem.
Please be aware these emails are not from Fr. George, who has never asked for gift cards, wire transfers or cash to be sent to him personally, and never will. If you receive a fraudulent email from someone claiming to be Fr. George or another staff member using a Gmail account, please do not response, or call the Fr. George or Parish Office to clarify.

School News

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates  and all the best in your future undertakings - Go Pilots!

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
Flight Plan weekly newsletter here

Summer Discovery with SJND

Still looking for ways to engage your child this summer? SJND offers "Summer Discovery" for youth entering grades 3 through 9, with sessions on sports, art, baking and 3-D printing! Learn more  here.  


St. Joseph Elementary School
Weekly newsletter - here

Upcoming Graduation: 8th Graders - June 7
Congratulations to our graduates! Please pray for students, parents, faculty and staff.

Berkeley School of
Chess Tournament
During the Memorial Holiday weekend four of our chess club participants went to the Berkeley Chess School Berkeley Area School Team Tournament. Our team, consisting of Alfred Joyee in fourth grade, and Jack Gonzalez, Riley Duncan and Julia Macaulay in fifth grade placed 3rd in the K-5 tournament!
Congratulations Alfred, Jack, Riley and Julia! We are so proud of how you represented our elementary 

Did you know... Coffee & donuts have resumed.  Join us for some fellowship after the 7:30am and 9:30 am Masses in the Gathering Space.

More on this Weekend's and Upcoming events at a glance:
  • Incense at all Masses this weekend except the 11:30 am Mass
  • June Wedding Anniversary Blessing at all Masses this weekend, except at the 11:30 am Mass

June 6: Guadalupe Ministry Monthly Meeting, 6:30pm, St. Joseph Room
June 7: Eucharistic Adoration, 7:00 - 9:00 pm (please note the morning Adoration is canceled due to Elementary School's Baccalaureate Mass at 9:00 pm)
June 8: Special Needs Awareness Training at St. Barnabas (Classroom 4 of School), 10am
June 8: Young Families Potluck, 10 am Doherty Park (moved from 3rd Saturday for the month of June)
June 9: Mass of Healing, 11:30 am, Basilica (light refreshment to follow)
June 13: Grief Ministry Monthly Meeting. 6:30 pm, Damien Room
June 19: Young Adult Bi-Monthly Meeting, 7:30 pm, Damien Room
June 22: Memorial Mass (Karen Eikeland RIP), 9:30am, Basilica
June 22: Corpus Christi Procession after 5:00 pm Mass
June 23 - Farewell to Fr. John Reception after 11:30 am Mass 
June 27: Special Needs Inclusion Ministry Meeting, 6:30, Mother Teresa Room
June 28: Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Eucharistic Adoration in the Basilica,  starting at 12 noon to 7:00 pm, with Benediction at 7:00 pm
June 28: Taize, 8:00 pm, Basilica
June 30: Townhall Meeting (Q & A 2018 Parish Report), 12:30 pm, St. Joseph Room

Details and more events  here

Catholic Young Adults Group events and  weekly newsletter available  here.
Young Families monthly newsletter available here.

View last week's bulletin  here

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