Basilica E-News
October 31, 2019 

Solemnity of All Saints
Holy Day of Obligation
Friday, November 1
Masses: 8am, 12 noon and 7pm
(with incense at 7pm Mass)

Readings here

(Please note changes in time for
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
9am - 11am & 8pm - 9 pm)

Feast of All Souls
Saturday, November 2
Masses: 8am and 10 am

Memorial Candles

Candles are available at the Parish Office for a suggested donation of $5 each. You can write your loved ones' names on the candles and carry them in the procession at any of this weekend Masses (5pm or Sunday).   

St. Joseph Parish Survey is closed. Thank you for your participation. 

November Maintenance Collection this weekend.

Parish Collections
Week October 26/27
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check : $8,859
Faith Direct: $3,319
Total Giving: $12,178
Under: ($1,322)

Catholic Voice Collection: $2,484
World Mission Sunday & Catholic Home Appeal: $1,557

Thank you for your generous donation and support. God bless.

Capital Campaign Pledge Card:
 "Restoring our Legacy for the Future"

Please remember to return your filled out pledge card.  You can return it to the Parish Office, collection basket or drop it in the box that is in the Basilica. Your generosity will help make our Basilica safer and even more beautiful. Thank you.
(Here for more details)

This weekend.....

Children's Liturgy of the Word - Training New Volunteers
Saturday, November 2, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Learning Center (Elementary School)
Interested? Please contact Anne Marie (510) 995-9409 or

Fall Back...   don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night so you would not be be an hour early for Mass on Sunday, Nov 3rd!

Tootsie Roll Sales After All Masses
Support our Knights of Columbus' fundraiser this weekend.  Proceed will be in aid of SPRED Ministry

Sunday, November 3, 9:30am Family Mass
You (especially children)  are invited  to dress as your favorite saints and join the entrance procession. You are encouraged to arrive at least ten minutes early. As usual at the monthly Family Mass, young people will proclaim the readings and assist as greeters, and our new CIA CHRIST IN ACTION children's ministry unites with the Children's Choir to make the Mass come alive.
For more info on CIA  here

Welcome the Stranger Mission General Meeting,
November 7, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Notre Dame Hall
Our four-church Alameda Deanery Welcome The Stranger Refugee Committee that has helped a few refugee families resettle in the area, has now accepted an opportunity to help two more families and maybe a third. One family is from Afghanistan and two are from Guatemala. We invite all interested people to join us at a general meeting to learn what will be needed to help these families and see how you might participate. No RSVP needed. With questions, contact Anna Rossi, (510) 814-1038 or .

Covenant of Love & Young Families Ministries "Making Blessing Bags for the Homeless" & Potluck, November 16th.   Here for details
Young Families November Newsletter    here
(Note: Change in November monthly potluck schedule - please see November newsletter for details)

C atholic Young Adults Group events and weekly newsletter available here .
(Join the YAG at the 7pm Mass followed by social at Alameda Island Brewery)

For More Upcoming Parish Events  here

View last week's bulletin here

News around the Block

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


St. Joseph Elementary School weekly news    here

31st Sunday Reading's Reflection: A GREAT AND GLORIOUS GOD
Readings   here  

Our readings today ponder two powerful truths: God is infinitely greater than we are; and God provides every kind of help so we can discover and share in God's glory. The reading from Wisdom reminds us that we are tiny compared to "the LORD of the whole universe." Nevertheless, God preserves and nurtures us out of perfect love. If we feel tiny, weak, and sinful compared to God, we are blessed! God's greatness sustains and strengthens us. Saint Paul encourages the Thessalonian Christians with the same message. He reminds them that God alone makes the Church holy. He prays that everything they undertake will be for the glory of God. Luke's Gospel shows us what this looks like in real life: Zacchaeus, feeling small and excluded, looks for Jesus. Jesus finds him and gives him the strength he needs to repent of his sins and glorify God. 
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Children's Faith Formation. Classes for children age 4 through Junior High on Sunday mornings after 9:30 am Mass. For details here. Or email Anne Marie,

Enrich your spiritual life through FORMED; register at   
Downloading the app?  Use Access Code 79QKNH.  

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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