Basilica E-News
November 21, 2019 

Advent is coming soon!
To help prepare for Advent, read here


Special Needs Inclusion Ministry Meeting, 6:30pm, Mother Teresa

This Weekend
Saturday, Nov 23
  • Memorial Mass, 11am, Basilica (Marie Botts RIP)
  • Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs celebrated at the 5:00pm Vigil Mass, followed by Reception in Notre Dame Hall. Parish Family are invited to participate at the above event to share in the diversity of our Parish and the Vietnamese traditions. Please note that incense will be used during Mass.
Sunday, Nov 24
Preparing For Advent Party 
Advent begins December 1, so families are invited to get ready for the Advent Season on Sunday, November 24, from 10:45 to noon in Notre Dame Hall. Create a Jesse Tree or ornaments for your Christmas tree, and enjoy snacks, stories, and a blessing of Advent wreaths. Sensory-friendly spaces will be available. Feel free to bring a treat to share. All children and their families are welcome! (Children MUST be accompanied by adults.) Co-sponsored by the Special Needs Inclusion Ministry. For more info contact the Parish Office at 510-522-0181. For more details here

Parish Collections
Week November 16/17
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check : $9,028
Faith Direct: $3,245
Total Giving: $12,273
Under: ($1,227)

Thanksgiving Pies
Once again Christ Episcopal Church is hosting the Alameda Community Thanksgiving.  We are invited to donate pies, to be delivered to Christ Church (Grand Street parking lot entrance to the kitchen at Santa Clara) on Wednesday November 27, between 9am-6pm.  They would like to know in advance how many pies to expect, so if you plan to donate please email:  by November 24. Any questions can be directed there, also.  Thank you for your support!

Scout Me in... the Parish-sponsored Cub pack will be holding an open house and recruiting night in the Parish Center, Monday, Dec 2, 6 - 7 pm.
All youths (boys and girls) K-5 are welcome.  There will  be a program for kids and a presentation for the parents.

Angel Giving Project 

If you have not pick up an ornament last weekend, don't forget to pick one u this weekend.  Gifts are due Dec 1. 

Senior Luncheon.. Nov 16

On behalf of the  Pastoral Care Ministry,  a BIG THANK YOU and gratitude to clergy, staff, many volunteers and ministries who help organized the Special Mass followed by luncheon. Thank you for your contribution of time, talent and treasure!
Special thank to all the seniors and guests who attended the event. For more pictures here

Mark your calendar - All are welcome

Prayer Service - Tuesday, Nov 26, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Basilica
As we remember, honor and pray for the souls of all our brothers and sisters gone before us, St. Joseph Basilica has organized a prayer session to remember and pray for our dearly departed  loved ones and souls in purgatory. Join us and make this opportunity to pray together as a community. Please also invite your family and friends.   Light refreshment after prayer.

Christmas Tree Lighting &  Lights, Nov 30
Join us at the Gathering Space after the 5pm Vigil Mass for 
prayer and blessing

Breakfast with Santa - Sunday, Dec 1, Notre Dame Hall 
All morning Masses

For More Upcoming Parish Events  here

View last week's bulletin  here

Living Stewardship in Action!
Blessing Bags for the Homeless... thank you All who participated last weekend at the event organized by Covenant of Love,
Young Families and Young Adults Ministries

Young Families November Newsletter   here

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

"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Join with people of all faiths to discuss the transformational message of the new Mr. Rogers film (directed by St Joseph Notre Dame High School alumna Marielle Heller)  and explore how we can foster more kindness, understanding and civility in our neighborhood, our community and our world in the spirit of Mr. Rogers.  Hosted by First Congregational Church of Alameda, Sunday December 8.  Light lunch at 12:15 and discussion with interview clips beginning at 12:30. Details on the flyer here.  All are welcome, but please view film in advance.  (Opens at Alameda Theater tomorrow.)

News around the Block...

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

Visit the Winter Arts Festival at SJND
Join us for an evening of music and art at the annual Winter  Festival of the Arts on Wednesday, December 4th in the Kelly Gym, 7 to 9 p.m.
There will be performances from the bands and the musical  theater classes. In addition there will also be a slide show and an exhibition of student art work. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at intermission.
Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Joseph Elementary School weekly news    here

St. Joseph Elementary School would like to invite you to their TK/Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 pm.
Feel free to contact Carla VamDerveer at 510 995 9415 or


Sunday Reading's Reflection:   OF KINGS AND KINGSHIP
Readings  here 

Americans have an uncomfortable relationship with kings. The American Revolution was fought for independence from King George, after all. Nonetheless, today every Catholic church around the world celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today's feast invites us to look beyond our national loyalties and rejoice in our primary identity. We are children of God in Jesus, Christ the King. Our readings help us consider what it's like to belong to God's kingdom. The book of Samuel captures the deep longing of the Israelites for a king to shepherd them. Saint Paul reminds the Colossians that we belong to the kingdom of Christ, whose power he praises in a beautiful hymn. Finally, Luke's Gospel calls to mind the kind of king Jesus chooses to be-a suffering servant, a man for others. By sacrificing his life for us, Jesus throws open the gates of Paradise.
Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

Thanksgiving Day Mass at 
St. Joseph Basilica
Thursday, November 28, 2019,  10:00 am

If you would like to attend an earlier Mass, following are Masses offered by Churches within our Deanery:

St. Albert The Great - 7:30 am
St. Phillip Neri - 8:30 am
St. Barnabas -  9am

You are welcome to bring your bread and wine to be blessed for your family meal at any of the above Masses.

Parish Office will be closed:
Wednesday, Nov 27 at 12 noon and re-opens on Monday, Dec 2 at 8:30 am for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

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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