Sept 20,  2018

The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection,
has a kind of power to soften the heart.    - St. Philip Neri

Thank you Parish Community for the warm welcome, hospitality and generosity extended to the Salesian priests at last Sunday Masses and reception.  St. Joseph is truly blessed by their visit, especially Fr. Tom, who shared his inspiring story of courage, faith and forgiveness.  Please continue to pray for the Salesians Missions and all missionaries.
From left: Fr. Sunil Orathel (Missionary from Sudan), Fr. Jose Koyickaal (Bangalore Vice Provincial), Fr. Tom Uzhunallil, Fr. George, Fr. Shalbin Paul (Bangalore Vice Provincial) and Fr. John. (Picture credit: Alfonso Ramirez)

This weekend.. 

Let's party! We are looking for fun, energetic, creative, innovative, self-starting individuals to be part of our new SOCIAL COMMITTEE.
* Willing to have fun and create joyful experiences.
* Willing to say "Yes" and be open to new possibilities of celebrating.
* Willing to share your gifts of time and talent with the people of St. Joseph.

If you have what it takes to accomplish these qualifications,
contact Eric Bertelsen at email:


2:30 - 4:00pm: Altar Servers Training, Basilica
An invitation is extended to all 3rd Graders through High School Seniors who have already received First Eucharist and who would like to deepen their presence during mass as an Altar Servers. 
For questions, email Tristan Flores at


1:30 - 2:30pm: St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Junior Unity Mass, Basilica

1:30 -2:30pm: Legion of Mary Annual Auxiliary Reunion Meeting, Parish Center 
All are welcome!   For details contact: Dr. Terecita Dean:
or Hermie Camerino:

October, the Month of the Holy Rosary
We have prepared several events for you and your family to help us renew our love and devotion to Mary. 

1) 31 Days of the Rosary - The Legion of Mary normally recites the Rosary at 7:30 am. We will have an additional Rosary at 7 pm Monday to Friday, and 20 minutes before each weekend Mass.

2) 33 Days to Morning Glory Book - A do-it-yourself retreat. Weekly prayer and reflection every Friday after Daily Mass, ending with a mini-retreat Saturday, October 27. Minimum donation of $5 per book will be accepted.

3) Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima will travel between five selected families each week.

4) Our Lady of Fatima procession on Saturday October 13th after the 5 pm Mass, followed Eucharistic Exposition and blessing.

If you wish to volunteer to help with any of these events, please contact:
T ristan Flores at (510) 260-4002 or; Felix Marquez at (510) 207-5094 or; Regina Smith-Parker at (510) 461-2854 or
September 23, 2018 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let's not be too hasty in defining who is "the wicked one" and who (namely us) is just! We are very quick to label others as evil, because we tend to label ourselves as good guys. We don't like it when we are brought up short by a prophetic voice that brings us some bad news about our own behavior. We don't like to be reproached for transgressions of the law or charged with violations of our training.
We may condemn and abuse those who bring us up against these truths about ourselves when, if we were really good, we would thank them for helping to keep us on the right path. This is the way they treated the prophets and the way they treated Jesus. Is this also the way we treat those whose message we don't like?
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Sunday Readings  here
First Reading -- The wicked say: With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test 
(Wisdom 2:12, 17-20).
Psalm -- The Lord upholds my life (Psalm 54).
Second Reading -- The wisdom from above is full of mercy and good fruits (James 3:16 -- 4:3).
Gospel -- Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me (Mark 9:30-37).

 Adult Confirmation Classes

The Alameda Deanery (St. Joseph Basilica, St. Barnabas & St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great) offers formation series on Thursday evenings starting October 18, 2018 in preparation for the celebration of Confirmation at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in February 2019.  We invite practicing Catholics who have received the Eucharist but never received Confirmation and now feel called to complete the Christian initiation with its celebration.
To register or for more more information, visit our website here or  contact Anne Marie at 510-995-9409 or
 Bible Studies for Parents

Strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you seek to understand more fully the Catholic Faith and your role as a Catholic mother or father. Groups meet weekly and use resources on FORMED (register at  Bible Studies are open to mothers and fathers of all generations. Please come share your wisdom and friendship with us!

For  Moms: Weekly Tuesdays at 10am beginning September 18 - Dec 4 at the Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St.
Children are welcome to join. Contact Claire at

For Fathers: Weekly Wednesdays at 8:15pm, 'off-site'. Contact James at


Children's Choir
The Children Choir resumed last Thursday but it's not too late to join!
We welcome all children who enjoy singing and are in Grades 1 through 8, to join our wonderful Children's choir. The Children's Choir will sing at the Family Masses during the school year an in the "Yuletide at the Basilica" concert in December. Registration for m here or in the Church's 
Vestibule or Parish Office.

Fundraising Committee and Grounds & Building Committee
The Parish invites  anyone who would like to be part of these two important committees to contact Eric Bertelsen at

Car Donations
Our Seminarian Patrick has requested for urgent help  if any one would like to donate a second-hand car to help him get around especially to classes.

Fr. Sunil Orathel is a Salesian missionary serving in Sudan who is at St Joseph temporarily while pursuing his Masters in Education at St. Mary's College, Moraga, is  also in need of of a second-hand car to enable him to be more mobile.

Please call the Parish Office  510-522-0181 if you would like to help.  

Office Volunteers Needed!

The Parish Office needs  volunteers in the front office with reception and light admin duties on a regular basis  Mondays through Thursdays 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  If you can contribute your time and talent on a regular basis,  please contact  Sherley Lim (510) 995-9420 or email:

Parish Collection: Sept 15/16
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check :$9,603
Faith Direct: $2,792
Total Giving: $12,395
Shortfall:   ($1,105)

Diocesan Priest Retirement Benefit Trust Collection: $2,408
Thank you for your generous donations toward the needs of our retired priests.

Safe Environment Training - Live or Online
By popular demand, we will offer a live training in Notre Dame Hall on Saturday October 27, from 9 to 11:30am.  Advance registration required - go to, register  and select that option for your training.
For those who prefer the convenience of online training, go to and select the online training option (in English or Spanish).  Training takes about 90 minutes, and you can start and stop at your convenience.  
A reminder that ALL volunteers must complete training through VIRTUS by October 31.  If you have already trained on VIRTUS (ie after July 2016) do NOT train again.  You will be notified when it is time for you to retrain.
Annual Thanksgiving Mass for Healthcare Providers
Sept 29 at 10am at the Cathedral of Christ the Light
We encourage all who provide healthcare services, direct and administrative, to attend the multicultural Mass  to celebrate your dedication and generosity.  A reception and mental health resources fair will follow afterwards.

Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz, September 30th
Please join us in celebrating the feast of the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila at the 11:30am Mass. The Simbang Gabi Ministry will host a reception afterwards at the Gathering Space and Lower Parking Lot where there will be lots of food and festivities! You are encouraged to dress in traditional Filipino attire. If you would like to share your favorite dish or help in any way, please contact Alex Ramos at All are welcome!

Upcoming Events
September 22: Young Adults potluck & game night
September 23: Legion of Mary - Auxiliary Reunion
September 28: Taize at 8:00pm
September 30: Family Mass at 9:30am
September 30: Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz Reception - after the 11:30 am Mass
Details and more events here  .

View last week's bulletin  here
School News

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School weekly newsletter available here.  
St. Joseph Elementary School weekly newsletter available   here.
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Children's Faith Formation classes started September 9, but it's not too late to register.  Register here or visit for more information.
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