Basilica E-News
February 13, 2020

Meet Fr. Mario - February 16 !
If you missed the session on February 12, there is a repeat of the opportunity to get to know Fr. Mario Rizzo a little better  on Feb 16.  Join him and our Pastoral Council on after the 11:30 am Mass in the Elementary School Learning Center.  Fr. Mario will share a little of his story and together we can about our experiences and hopes for our Parish.  Light refreshment will be served.

Tonight...February 13

Grief Support Monthly Gathering
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Damien Room

This Weekend....

Saturday, February 15
Young Families Monthly Potluck canceled

Sunday, February 16
Meet Fr. Mario after the 11:30 am Mass at the St. Joseph Elementary School's Learning Center.

7:00pm Mass: RCIA rite of Acceptance 

February 23: Palm Burning

Did you know the ash used to mark your forehead on Ash Wednesday come from the Palms blessed on Palm Sunday the previous year? There are baskets at the doors of the Basilica which you can place last year's palms. Plan to join us after 11:30 am Mass on February 23 at the Gathering Space as the palms are burned and sifted to ash for distribution at all the Masses on Ash Wednesday, February 26.

Ash Wednesday Masses with distribution of Ashes
6:30 am, 8:00 am, 12 noon and 7:00 pm

Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  
We would invite you to attend any of the above Masses 
to begin our Lenten journey.

St. Joseph & St. Damien Award

The award continues our Parish tradition of recognizing and honoring our Parishioners who exemplify the loving spirit of St. Joseph and St. Damien - those who so generously share the spirit of sacrificial giving of their time, talent and treasure. Nominations are now being accepted. Forms can be found at all entrances to Church. Return your nominations in the Ballot Box (located in the Church) or Parish Office by March 1 deadline.  Awards will be presented on March 22.

Congratulations to Adriana and Daniel who were among the 90+ adults confirmed by Bishop Barber at the Cathedral February 8. They prepared through the Alameda Deanery Adult Confirmation Program.

The Angel Giving Project Committee Invitation

Come join us for a reception to celebrate 30 years of giving gifts at Christmas!! Most especially, we would like to say THANK YOU to the Staff and parishioners of St Joseph Basilica as it is YOU who are those ANGELS: buying gifts and gift cards, typing labels, delivering presents and helping in many other ways. Please join us in the Parish Center (St. Joseph Room) on February 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for refreshments and to say "Hello". Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support for these many years!!    God bless.

Former Administrator, Archbishop Alexander J. Burnett dies at 86.
Please pray for the repose of his soul.
For more information here

St. Joseph Basilica Stained Glass Windows Informal Tour
Sunday, February 23 at 1:00 pm

Dr. Frank DeStefano is back to conduct an tour of our Basilica's stained glass windows and will discuss the meaning and artistic significance of each window which depicts scenes from the life of Christ. Dr. DeStefano lectures and writes on the art of Italian Renaissance and believes that the windows of St. Joseph's are of an artistic treasure.
For more details our window, visit   here

Special Mass for Special Needs in this week's Catholic Voice. Read article here

Spirituality for the Second Half of Life
Becoming More of Who We Are
Registration is still Opened!

Whether you're 50+ or simply looking ahead, you are invited to a four-part series of insights into a maturing spirituality held on Saturday afternoons (2:30pm to 4:30pm) at St Joseph Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette Street.

Feb 29: "Stages of Development in the Spiritual Life" presented by Bill Kueppers, PhD.
Mar 7: "Utilizing Transitions as a Way of Spiritual Growth" led by Suzanne Morris, D.Min.
Mar 28: "The Importance of the Integration of Health and Spirituality" with David Kirkpatrick, LLB, PhD.
Apr 4: "Feelings and Emotions, a Gift from God, intended to Bring us to God " by Pamela Prime, MA.

Presenters are all members of St. Joseph, and are all professionally involved in Spirituality. Advance registration recommended due to space limitations; email or call 510-522-0181.
Mark your Calendar!
St. Patrick's Day Dinner - March 7
Join  our  Knights of Columbus as we serve you  a delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on  Saturday, March 7th at Notre Dame Hall.  Dinner will be served 5 to 7 pm, with fellowship until 9 pm.   $15 per person (half off for kids under 12)
Tickets sold at the door - first come, first serve.
Flyer here

Upcoming Events

Feb 21: Taize, Basilica, 8:00 pm. ( Here for more info)
Feb 23: Burning of Palms after the 11:30 am Mass
Feb 23: Informal walking tour of St. Joseph's Stained glass windows at 1:00 pm
March 1: 9:30 am Family Mass
March 7: Knights of Columbus - St. Patrick's Day Dinner 

News around the Block...

SJND Flight Plan weekly newsletter  here.

St. Joseph Elementary School weekly news  here.

C atholic Young Adults Group  events and weekly newsletter available  here .

Blessed Valentines Day!


I long for love and signs of love
stronger, enduring longer,
than a valentine's fading roses...

I wait for love, a word of love,
not printed on a lacy card
but etched upon my heart...

I pray for love, a taste of love,
sweeter and more nourishing
than a heart-shaped box of chocolates...

I long for your deep love, O Lord,
I pray for your enduring love,
I wait to hear your word of love,
a love that will not fade or pass away...


(Prayer and image resources : Concord

Election Season

As we enter into the election season it is important for us to remember that it is our moral and civic duty to vote.  As Catholics, we are not single-issue voters nor does our Church endorse any Party or candidate.  With that in mind, please remember that when we enter our worship space we should refrain from partisan conversations and be aware that the clothes we wear should not promote candidates or political issues that can divide us.   Below, find a guide written by the US Bishop's that encourage us to be faithful citizens
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
 Catholics Care. Catholics Vote

"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

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (see link below), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Read:  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship  : A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (in Spanish here ),
which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States. Link here

Resource: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Sunday Readings   here 

FORMED Video Pick

Saint Ignatius of Antioch referred to the Holy Eucharist as the "medicine of immortality."
In receiving the remedy for eternal life, what are we asked to give in return?

Watch the full episode from  Lectio: Eucharist here

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Worth reminding....

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,

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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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