Basilica E-News
September 5, 2019 


First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
 Change in Morning Adoration Time Effective September 2019

Due to Elementary School's Liturgy every Friday at 8:45am, please note that morning Adoration now begins at 10am - 1:00pm.  Evening Adoration remains 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Children's Ministries Start This Week!

Children's Faith Formation starts this Sunday, September 8 , 10:45am in St. Joseph Elementary School.  For ages 4 through Junior High.  (8th graders have option of Youth Ministry instead.)  Information and registration online at  http://sjbalameda.org/page/childrens-programs/
 
Children's Choir for the monthly Family Mass starts practice TODAY (Thursdays at 4 - 5pm in the Basilica).  Open to children  grades one through 8.  Information here.

CIA: Christ in Action Children's Performing Arts Ministry begins Sept 10.  Tuesdays, 4 - 5pm in the Basilica.  Children 4 to 13 engage in the gospel stories through movement, music and drama, and bring the gospel to life at the monthly Family Mass.  Info here.

Youth Confirmation Prep Program
Registration deadline - September 15!

Youth Confirmation Preparation Youth Ministry is a two-year program that meets once a month to prepare youth in 8th grade or high school for the Sacrament of Confirmation. First Year meets one Wednesday a month, 4 to 5pm. Second Year meets the second Sunday of each month, 5 to 8pm (includes 7pm Mass), in addition to service opportunities and a weekend retreat. Both years also attend two Praise & Worship events. Registration fee for First Year is $100; Second Year is $200 (financial aid available). Program begins in October and registration deadline is September 15th. Download Forms and information available online or in the Parish Office. Any questions please contact Deacon Peter at (510) 995-9474 or deaconpeter@sjbalameda.org


Upcoming Collection this Weekend:
Diocesan Priest Retirement Benefit Trust
This collection allows us to express gratitude and support for our retired and soon to be retired priests, many of who are still 'laboring in the vineyard' in service to the faithful.  They now face retirement with minimal Government assistance.  Please prayerfully consider how you can match their generosity to the Church by contributing to the Retirement Fund.   (Envelopes can be found at all entrances of the Church)

Parish Collections: Week Aug 31/Sept 1 
Available next week.  Thank you for your patience.


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

St. Joseph Elementary School
Weekly newsletter - here


Legion of Mary's Auxiliary Reunion and Our Lady of Rosary Birthday this Sunday.... The Ministry invites you to celebrate with them to praise, worship and community fellowship at this special event at 1:30 pm at the Parish Center,  to honor our Divine Mother Mary.  There will also be refreshments.  All are welcome!

For upcoming Parish events  here

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

View last week's bulletin here


San Francisco ProLife 2019 Conference

T amika Bassman, a pro-life student leader and member of St. Joseph's community, is inviting everyone at St. Joseph's to attend an exciting pro-life conference hosted by her club at UC Berkeley on Saturday, September 7th. This is the second annual event Berkeley's pro-life student club has put on. Last year St. Joseph's had an amazing turnout at our first conference, and so we're hoping for the same again this year with our new line-up of speakers, which include Rev. Walter B. Hoye, Father Frank Pavone, and a dozen others from across the country!
For more details or Tickets here
 
Tamika is also asking Parish Community, families and friends,  to join our statewide Catholic Church in opposing an abortion bill, SB-24, which is currently at risk of being passed into law in California within the next couple of months. 
 
More information on both the conference and SB-24 can be found here.  For questions, contact Tamika at tamikabassman@gmail.com
 


Funeral Announcement
I t is with sadness we announced that  Josephine Esparza, beloved aunt of parishioner, Charlotte Corral, recently has passed away. As a community of faith, we offer our prayers and support to her family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

 Viewing at 5:30 pm and Vigil at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 10

  Funeral Mass at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 11.

All at St. Joseph Basilica.

Eternal rest grant unto Josephine, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
  May she rest in peace. 
Amen.     



Get In-FORMED
23rd Sunday Sunday Gospel Reflection
The Cost of True Discipleship: Luke 14:25-33
Readings here
(you can also listen to the reflection here  if you have subscribed to FORMED)

Today's Gospel reading about being Jesus' disciple is both beautiful and challenging. In it we hear that no one is worthy to be called Jesus' disciple unless he hates his mother/father/sister/brother/spouse for Jesus' sake, takes up his own cross to follow Jesus, and renounces his possessions. To modern readers, this probably doesn't sound like very good marketing on Jesus' part; all three of these requirements for following Jesus are quite challenging. We have to remember, however, that Jesus is speaking in a Jewish context. In Hebrew tradition, to hate one thing and love another simply meant to give preference to one over the other. Jesus is saying that to be his disciple one must put Jesus-that is, God-above even one's own family. If God is not in first place, then nothing is in its right place. In this Gospel reading we hear that great crowds are following Jesus. He has become very popular-everyone wants to be near him. But then Jesus turns to the crowds with the challenge to love him above all other loves. It can be easy for us to get very excited and enthusiastic about the Christian faith, but it's much harder to imitate Christ in the face of our day-to-day struggles. As you delve into this week's Scripture readings with the participants, the key question is: Are you walking in the footsteps of Christ?
(Reprinted with permission from Augustine Institute)

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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

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Interested in becoming Catholic and/or preparing for sacraments? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult (RCIA) is available year-round.  Click here for information.

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