St. Joseph Basilica E-News
March 26, 2020
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
Help St. Joseph through electronic giving

A number of parishioners have asked how they can contribute financially while we are not able to meet for Mass.
 
See  a letter from Fr. Mario on how giving electronically will help our parish.

Click the button below to give with parish code CA702
Lenten Reflections Return Tonight!

The Lenten Scripture Reflection Fill Your Soul Continues via Zoom! Join your parish tonight from 7-8pm as we "gather" around the Word and experience the hope and healing that comes from being Christian Community. Below is your Zoom connection. Just go to the link below at 7pm and you will be connected with video and audio. Please share this invitation with friends. A new way to evangelize!
 
Time: March 26, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
  
Meeting ID: 124 587 892
Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent

We will celebrate Mass on Sunday, March 29, at 12pm via live-stream, likely on YouTube. We will update the community if this changes. Subscribe to our YouTube channel  here.
Parish Office Closed

The parish administrative office will continue to be closed and will be available to assist you remotely only. Click here for a list of staff contacts.
All ministries will remain cancelled, unless they are meeting remotely via video conferencing.
 
Basilica open for private prayer:
  • Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday: 9am-11am - closed from 11pm-1pm - open from 1pm-5pm
Please continue to practice the recommended hygiene and social distancing. We ask you to refrain from gathering in groups, and to avoid touching surfaces and to wash hands as often as possible.
 
The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Fr. Mario and Fr. Sunil will be hearing confessions on Saturday, March 28,
from 2pm-5pm. As the communal penance service was cancelled, we invite you to celebrate the sacrament with one of us individually to prepare yourself to better celebrate Easter.
Special Prayer from Pope Francis   Pope Francis has invited all clergy, religious and lay faithful of the world to take part in a special televised prayer service this Friday, March 27, at 1 pm EST. It will be broadcast on EWTN and live streamed on www.vaticannews.va. A plenary indulgence is attached to participation, under the usual conditions to be fulfilled "as soon as possible afterwards."
Other News from the Parish
R.C.I.A.

RCIA Inquiry meets via Zoom each week.  Invite those thinking about becoming Catholic to join us Wednesdays at 7:30pm at   https://zoom.us/j/607011076  
St. Joseph Basilica In the Catholic Voice

Read here about how an invitation to attend Christmas Mass led to entrance into the Church at Easter.

See also Bishop Barber's Column, and the spiritual power we have as Catholics. Read here
A generous offer from parishioners...
Brad and Rosanna Shook, parishioners and owners of the Bladium, offer us a gift to help us through these stressful times by sharing an online fitness link we have through our partnership with Les Mills. Feel free to share it with your families and friends.  
 
 
This platform offers 95 free workouts across 8 categories and will be available as long as the disruption from COVID-19 continues.
 
Resources  for Families During Shelter in Place

Bishop Michael Barber has requested the following resources be shared to help families grow in faith together during this challenging time. We are in this together!

For Parents, Teens, Young Adults (and family):

https://vencuentro.org/resources-for-ministry-during-covid-19-outbreak/ -
comprehensive resource with inspiration, activities, enrichment and prayers with something for everyone
www.pastoralcenter.com - A wide assortment of downloadable resources and activities for growing in faith together as a family
www.Formed.org - Access to over 600 videos, movies and resources from over 50 Catholic contributors. There are movies, short clips and programs for all ages, including many resources for Lent and Holy Week. (Free to parishioners since St. Joseph Basilica has subscribed.)
www.usccb.org - Official site of the US Bishops with daily mass readings, prayers, information and links to resources for all ages during the Coronavirus
www.catholicdoors.com - Explore prayer, Catholic traditions, learn about patron saints and much more.

For Children:

www.Catholicicing.com - Activities and resources for families with young children. Currently featuring Lenten activities to engage in at home.
www.cgsusa.org/discovercgs-approach/cgs-in-the-home-parent-resources/ Great resource with info and activities for parents of children ages 3-6 years.

Just For Teens:

www.lifeteen.com - Resources and inspiration including a link to a series of global Life Nights starting this Sunday
www.youcat.org - Has an app for daily 5 minute faith talk with activities


Get Involved
Alameda Food Bank's Response to Coronavirus
Pantry Location Moving, Volunteers and Donations Needed

The Alameda Food Bank is committed to remaining open to serve the Island community during the Covid-19 crisis. We are making significant changes to better protect our clients, volunteers and staff.   Read here ....

Assist Seniors and Isolated Parishioners 
 
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.
 
To help those parishioners who are more in need while we are sheltering in place, we would like to pick up groceries and medication that is needed.
 
Please email linda.pirrotta@gmail.com or call/text Linda at (510) 499-2531. If you, any seniors, or anyone else you know needs this kind of assistance, we have volunteers ready to help! 

We are also looking for more volunteers who want to be part of this team. Please contact Linda if you would like to join us.

Parishioner News
Recent Passing

It is with sadness we share the news of Cesaria Salindong (long time parishioner) and Elizabeth Silva (mother of parishioner Cindy Silva), have returned home to God. 

Please keep their families in your prayers. 

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

School News
If you need to contact the schools, please leave a message as there will be someone checking voice mails during school closures as mandated by the Alameda County Health Officer.

Elementary School: (510) 522 4456 / website:  here

High School: (510) 523-1526 / website:  here.
SJND's newsletter here

Old News and Reminders
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FORMED

We would like to remind you that the Parish subscribes to  FORMED, an online database full of Catholic media. If you have not signed-up, click  here  and follow the steps.  Search for St. Joseph Basilica. Registration is free. 
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.

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