ST. JOSEPH BASILICA E-NEWS 
August 8, 2019


Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15: Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Times
Wednesday, August 14
Vigil Mass: 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 15
Masses: 8:00am, 12:00 noon & 7:00 pm


Nineteenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings here


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Sunday Gospel Reflection: True Treasur e
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Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be." What this really boils down to is asking, "What are your priorities? What is most important in your life?" This is a very difficult challenge for people in our modern culture today because there are so many distractions and temptations that can easily take us away from what is most important. This creates difficulties in our relationships, especially with God, with family, and with those who are in need. Many people may say that they love God, but is that where their heart is, or is their heart filled and divided with many things that distract them from God and even take them away from God? Are our families where our treasure lies, or are we easily distracted by cell phones, the Internet, TV, hobbies, and so on? This Gospel reading provides us the opportunity to take stock of our priorities and to discern whether we treasure what is truly important and lasting in life-especially what lasts for eternity, the state of our soul and our relationship with God. This week's readings also call us to almsgiving, to share our treasure, most specifically our financial treasures with those who are in need. The blessings that God gives us are not to be kept for ourselves, but are to be given to the poor and those in need. When we give alms, the book of Proverbs says it is like we are giving a loan to God, to use the blessings he has bestowed on us to help others ["He who has compassion on the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his good deed." Proverbs 19:17]. The beautiful thing is that God promises to pay us back one hundredfold for our generosity and faith. The question that Jesus poses to us this week is whether we have the faith to give of our treasures and trust God in his love and generosity. 

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CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION STARTS SEPTEMBER 8
Classes for Pre-school (age 4) through Junior High to grow in our Catholic Faith, Sundays 10:45 to 11:45am in St. Joseph Elementary School.  Register here or call Anne Marie Fourré at 510-995-9409.  


Stewardship

Offertory Collection for August 3 & 4 will be  available next week.
Thank you for your patience.

Novena for Healing 
Parishioners have begun a Novena for Healing and you are invited to participate on the following in the Basilica:

Thursday, Mass at 6:00 pm - presided by Fr. Thi, followed by Holy Hour at 7:00pm (Eucharistic Adoration, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary and Novena St. Joseph)

Friday, Holy Hour will starts 6:00 - 8:00 pm, (Fr. Matthew will be in attendance - no confirmation yet if he will be celebrating Mass)

Saturday, prayers before 8:00 am Morning Mass
Sunday, prayers after 7:00 pm Mass

A Prayer For Healing
At  every moment of our existence
you are present to us God
 in gentle compassion.
Help us to be present to one another
so that our presence may be a strength
 that heals the wounds of time,
and give hope that is for all persons,
through Jesus our compassionate brother.
Amen.



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"Listening, Prayer & Healing Session"
Monday, August 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Elementary School (in the Learning Center)
Led by our Grief Ministry, we invite you to join us so we can listen, pray and heal together as family after hearing the difficult news from Bishop Barber on the allegations about Fr. George.

Save the Date!
Young Adults / Young Families Summer BBQ
Saturday, August 24, 11am-2pm
Join the Young Adults Group and Young Families Ministry for a beach barbecue and potluck at Crown Memorial Beach near the Crab Cove Visitor Center. Look for our sign on a green shade canopy. We'll do the grilling. Bring your favorite side dish or drinks to share. Contact Charlie at AlamedaYAG@gmail.com (YAG) or Claire at claireteresetoner@gmail.com (YFM).

Upcoming events at a glance:

Aug 8: Grief Support Group, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Damien Room(Link to Ministry here)
Aug 12: Special Needs Inclusion Caregivers Support Group
Aug 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Aug 17: Basilica Summer Cleaning
Aug 19: "Listening, Prayer & Healing Session", 7pm, Elementary School (Learning Center)
Aug 22: Special Needs Ministry Monthly Meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm, Mother Teresa Room
Aug 23: Taize, 8:00 pm, Basilica. (Details here)
Aug 24: Young Families & Young Adults Ministries Potluck BBQ 

Details and more events  here

Catholic Young Adults Group events and  weekly newsletter available  here.
Young Families Summer newsletter available here; monthly version will resume in Fall.

View last week's bulletin here

Tickler File

Children's Faith Formation - Registration Open. Classes for children age 4 through Junior High on Sunday mornings after 9:30 am Mass, starting September 8. For details here. Or email Anne Marie, afourre@sjbalameda.org

Youth Ministry offers a two-year program meeting once a month to prepare youth in 8th grade or high school for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Program begins in October and registration deadline is September 15. Forms and information available  here  or in the Parish Office. Any questions please contact Deacon Peter at (510) 995-9474 or  deaconpeter@sjbalameda.org

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