Nov 29,  2018

December 8, 2018
Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, December 7, 5:00 pm Vigil
Saturday, December 8, 8:00 am


This Weekend....

December 2 marks the First Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new liturgical year.  For Advent resources:
  • Learn about the Seasons of Advent and Christmas here.
  • Download a Family Advent Calendar with suggested daily activities here.
  • Sign up for daily Advent reflections for you AND your children through FORMED here.   Haven't subscribed to FORMED yet?  The parish has already paid for your subscription; register at  

Maintenance Collection: Basket will be passed a second time before pulpit announcements. Thank you for helping to defray the maintenance costs to keep our Basilica and Grounds beautiful.

Friday, November 30
Felix Marquez, Jr RIP 
Viewing at  5:00 pm in the Basilica, followed by Vigil/Rosary at 6:30 pm 

Saturday, December 1
Felix Marquez, Jr, RIP: Funeral Mass, 10:30 am, Basilica

Sunday, December 02
9:30 am, Family Mass

Breakfast with Santa in  Notre Dame Hall after all the morning Masses. Many thanks to our  Knights of Columbus for sponsoring this!   

Wildfire Relief Effort
Catholic Charities provides needed support for local communities.  To assist those affected by the wildfires in California, financial donations can be made to "Catholic Charities USA"  and   send  
to Catholic Charities USA, Attn: California Wildfires, 2050 Ballenger Ave, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.
You may visit to contribute. All (100%) of contributions to a Catholic Charities USA campaign will support those suffering from the wildfires in our state.

We pray for all those suffering from the fires in our State. For those who have lost everything, that our solidarity will show them the merciful face of Christ. We also pray for those who have died, that the Lord may welcome them in His peace, comfort their families and encourage those who are providing relief and support. We also pray for the brave women and men battling the fires and providing immediate aid to all affected, for their safety and strength.
~ Bishop Barber

Stewardship Corner....

Angel Giving Project
Thank you all who picked up an ornament last weekend to provide a gift to a family or senior who would otherwise go without. There are more available at the table by Mary's niche.  Gifts are to be returned by Dec 2.

Parish Collection: November 24/25:
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check :$8,046
Faith Direct:  $3,183
Total Giving: $11,229
Shortfall: ($2,271)

Please help our Parish to meet the weekly goal.  Thank you.

SJES Kindergarte n
Information Night
December 4 at 6:30 pm at the School's Main Building -  Learning Center

Families who have children TK/Kindergaten age are invited to our Elementary School's Open House and meet the teachers, tour the classrooms and hear all about the School's program.  RSVP recommended  or for information call (510) 995-0415.
School News

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School weekly newsletter available here .  
St. Joseph Elementary School weekly newsletter available   here.

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.  In addition to a daily Novena in Spanish starting December 3 and Ma ├▒anitas on December 12, there will be a bilingual Mass at 11:30am on December 9 including some traditional elements honoring Guadalupe, followed by a fiesta in the Quad. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Ministry is also requesting for donations of dessert for the fiesta.  To donate, or for more information please contact Patty Reynoso (510) 943-920

Download a flyer about the various celebrations  here.

Upcoming Events

Dec 2: Breakfast with Santa
Dec 3 to 11:  Novena in Spanish at 7pm for Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 5: St Joseph Notre Dame High School Open House 6 to 8pm.  Info here.  
Dec 7: Feast of Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass at 5pm
Dec 8: Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass at 8am
Dec 8: St Joseph Lighting of Christmas Tree in Gathering Space after 5pm Mass, followed by reception sponsored by SJND high school
Dec 8: SJND Concert at 7pm in Basilica
Dec 9: Guadalupe Celebration - bilingual Mass at 11:30 followed by reception
Dec 9: Basilica Christmas Concert 3pm in Basilica
Dec 11 to 23: Simbang Gabi - Mass at 5:30am followed by reception in Notre Dame Hall.
Dec 12: Las Ma├▒anitas 6am in Basilica, followed by reception in Parish Center
Dec 17: Communal Reconciliation Service at 7pm in Basilica
Details and more events  here   .

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

Readings for next Sunday  here

View last week's bulletin  here
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