February 14, 2019


ASH WEDNESDAY : March 6.   Masses with distribution of ashes at 6:30am, 8:00am, 12 noon, 5:00pm and 7:00 pm.

SOUP NIGHTS : Thursdays March 7 to April 18 at 6:00pm in Notre Dame Hall.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS :  Fridays March 8 to April 19 at 7:00pm  (except April 12 at 6:30pm and April 19 at 2:00pm)

Fridays March 8 to April 19, 8:45am to 1:00pm and 8:00pm to 10:00pm.


Friday evening April 12 and Saturday all day April 13 (schedule to follow)

HOLY WEEK : April 14 to April 20 (schedule to follow)

Presidents Day Weekend


Your Parish Office will be closed  on Monday February 18  in honor of Presidents Day.  Take a few moments this weekend to read about Faithful Citizenship here
"We need to participate for the common good. 
Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. 
This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics 
by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern."
- Pope Francis, 9/16/13

This Weekend...

Saturday, February 16
Young Adults Game Night & Potluck   In your 20's or 30's?   Come to  the  Yo ung Adults Group February Social,  6pm in St. Joseph's Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette Street.  
Bring a favorite dish or game and spend an evening with your fellow young adults.

Grief Support Group Meets Tonight
Those suffering from loss can join others for support and healing on the second Thursday of each month, upstairs in the Parish Center at 1119 Lafayette Street.  6:30pm.  
Info here.

St. Joseph - St. Damien Award Deadline Sunday

You know someone at our parish who daily demonstrates the loving commitment and compassion of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of St. Damien of Molokai, who devoted his life to caring for society's outcasts.  Nominate him or her for our "St. Joseph - St. Damien Award" to be presented on March 17.  Deadline for nominations is February 17; download form  here or pick one up in church, and return completed form to marked box at the Basilica entrance. 

Basilica Hours

As Catholics, we are fortunate to be able to spend time in church throughout the week and not just during Mass and scheduled services.  However, for safety purposes the Basilica cannot be left open at all hours.  So when can you make a visit?  
The door next to the Gathering Space is generally unlocked from 6:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 6:30am to 1:00pm and again from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  
Of course, the Basilica is open later on nights when we have special events, such as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer services or choir rehearsals.
So stop by to visit Jesus in quiet prayer when you have a chance.  

Sunday Readings:    
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  here
Questions for Reflection

For AdultsIn what way are you serving the poor, as Jesus did?

For Children: When have you helped bring God's love to someone who was sad, or hungry, or whom others made fun of?

Serving Those with Special Needs  - Special Mass on March 3

Many in our community have special needs due to developmental delays or disabilities, which can make them feel different or isolated.  Our Special Needs Inclusion Ministry works to ensure they experience welcome, support and spiritual nourishment within our faith community.  For that purpose, a 
Special Mass for Special Needs  will be offered on Sunday March 3rd at 3:00pm, here at St. Joseph Basilica.  All are welcome to attend a Sunday Mass that has been adapted to meet the special needs of those with developmental disabilities, and encourage their active participation.  It will be followed by a reception in Notre Dame Hall for families to network and share resources.   Flyer available  here

Young Families Carnival Potluck Feb 23
Families with young children - save the date for a carnival potluck brunch at St. Barnabas Church (Fr. Selhorst Hall) at 1400 Sixth Street, 10am to noon.  Sponsored by the Young Families Ministry of Alameda.  
Info here.

Parish Collection: February 9/10
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check : $10,564
Faith Direct: $3,151
Total Giving: $13,715

Thank you for all who helped us reach our goal last week!  (Unfortunately, we're still $1317 under goal month to date.)  

School News

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School 
Flight Plan weekly newsletter available  here
St. Joseph Elementary School
Weekly newslettehere

Upcoming Events

Feb 20: Young Adult Meeting: Preparing for Lent
Feb 22: Taize at 8pm in Basilica
Feb 23: Young Families Potluck Brunch at St.Barnabas
Mar 3: Burning of Palms 
Mar 3: Special Mass for Special Needs
Mar 6: Ash Wednesday
Mar 7: Lenten Soup Meal begins (every Thursday in Lent)
Mar 8: Stations of the Cross begins (every Friday in Lent)
Mar 10-18: Novena to St. Joseph
Mar 16: Mission Dolores Tour for Young Families and Young Adults
Mar 17: St. Joseph Family Day.  St. Joseph-St. Damien Awards presented at 11:30 Mass; reception follows

Details and more events  here

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

View last week's bulletin here 

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