St. Joseph Basilica E-News
March 19, 2020
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Happy Feast Day of
St. Joseph!

The Basilica is open for you to come in and pray. See below for schedule.




Join us at 3:00pm for a livestream Mass from the office chapel. You can watch the Mass  here   on Facebook Live.

Pope Francis has asked the world to pray the Rosary together. He will be praying at 9pm Rome time, which means 1pm Pacific Time. Here is a link to the LA Archdiocese Facebook page, to pray with Archbishop Gomez live.
Due to the cancellation of Mass, we will be sending out the Sunday bulletins via the E-News. Click the image below to read.
Recent News and Updates
The Basilica will be open for personal prayer

Although public Masses are canceled (see announcement from March 16,  here), the Church will be opened for personal prayer on the following days: 
  • Thursday, March 19 (Feast of St. Joseph), until 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 20, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm.
  • Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Sunday, March 22, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Please continue to practice the recommended hygiene and social distancing. We ask you to refrain from gathering in groups.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Available

The communal reconciliation service on April 6 is now cancelled. After consulting together, Fr. Mario and Fr. Sunil would like to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) available at the following times. Please note that similar times will be offered in the future:
  • Saturday, March 21 from 9-11am and 3-5pm
  • Sunday, March 22 from 9-11am
Spiritual Resources during Shelter-in-Place

The following resources can be of support to you and your spiritual life as we shelter-in-place.

Daily Mass from Bishop Robert Barron



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Volunteers Needed to Assist Seniors and Isolated Individuals

Our parish has a high number of seniors. During these uncertain times, please keep in contact with them; a simple phone call is often more than enough.

For those who are more in need we would like to pick up groceries and medication that is needed.  If you, any seniors, or anyone else you know needs this kind of assistance please email  linda.pirrotta@gmail.com or call/text Linda at (510) 499-2531.

We have volunteers ready to help, but we are a lso looking for more volunteers who want to be part of this team. Please contact Linda Pirrotta if you would like to join us.

Parishioner News
Funeral Mass Updates

Roland Minot

Scheduled for Friday, March 20 is canceled.
(Memorial Mass is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 1:30 pm.)

Kathy Phelan
Memorial Service for Katalin "Kathy" Phelan, originally scheduled for next week, will be rescheduled some time in the future. 

Please keep their families in your prayers. 

In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brother and sister. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest.

School News
St. Joseph Elementary and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School are closed effective March 18 until further notice.  If you need to contact the schools, please leave a message as there will be someone checking voice mails.

Elementary School: (510) 522 4456 / website:  here
High School: (510) 523-1526 / website:  here

Old News and Reminders
Phishing by Scammers
Please be wary of scammers who make attempts  to take advantage of our willingness to help the Church and those in need. The scam involves someone impersonating a priest or other members of staff by email, asking for you to purchase gift cards and then transmit the codes back to the scammer.  
 
Please know Fr. Mario or staff will ever solicit gift cards or ask you to wire transfer money. Always take care in sharing personal information by email or online. For more information about this and other scams, the Federal Trade Commission gives more details about the scam and how to protect yourself.

Census 2020
In mid-March homes in the whole country will receive invitations to participate in the Census 2020. Participation in the Census is required by law, and people will be able to respond online, by phone or by mail. If there is no response, a census worker will pay the home a visit to collect the information.

We are hoping to provide guidance to all of our parishioners on how to participate as well as how to ensure that everyone gets counted. According to Census.gov, communities at higher risk of not being counted could include: Asian-American/ Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Farmworkers, Homeless, Immigrants & Refugees, Latinos/as with limited English Proficiency, Middle Eastern & North African and Parents of Children 0-5 years.

Official Census page  here
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