Basilica E-News
December 5, 2019 

What is Advent... a video here

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 

While traditionally recognized on December 8, this year the feast is moved to Monday, Dec 9 which is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe (Rosary in Spanish) continues in the Parish Center at 7pm  through Dec 11.  Join us tonight.

This Weekend....

Friday, Dec 6
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration: 10 am - 1 pm & 7 - 9 pm

Saturday, Dec 7
Enrichment Day for Liturgical Ministers
9am - 12 noon, Learning Center

Note: Pastoral Care Ministry Monthly Meeting Canceled.

Sunday, Dec 8
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated at 11:30 am Mass (Bi-lingual)
followed by Fiesta  in Notre Dame Hall.  All are invited.  
Donation of desserts for the Fiesta is most welcome.  Please drop them off to Notre Dame Hall at 9 am. 

Serve the Homeless at the Alameda Warming Shelter
The City of Alameda opened a Warming Shelter last year at Christ Episcopal Church to provide homeless adults with a  warm place to sleep on cold or rainy nights. Last year, many of our parishioners helped prepare and serve meals to these men and women, and we have been invited to serve again this year. This is an opportunity for the whole family - children are welcome to help as long as they are supervised by an adult. "Team St Joseph" will be serving meals every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from now through mid April. If you'd like to volunteer, please sign up at the back of the church this weekend. Contact Claire Toner at (408) 621-2900 or with any questions. More information about the shelter is available at here

Young Families December Newsletter   here
Note: December Potluck canceled

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

All are welcome!

Deanery Reconciliation with Individual Confession
Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm,  Basilica

Spread the Faith, Not the Flu

The flu season is upon us and with it comes the need for all of us to adapt our behavior to help prevent the spread of gems. Please remember:

.. please stay home if you are sick and/or have a fever.  If you are unable to participate at Mass due to illness and would like to receive Communion, call the Parish Office (510) 522-0181

.. if you are may be sick or recovering from an illness, at Mass refrain from shaking hands with people at the greeting,  at the Our Father and the Kiss of Peace.  Since in our American culture a handshake is the normal gesture, we advise that you inform people you are not having physical contact because you don't want to spread germs.  This will prevent people feeling slighted

.. it is strongly advised that you don't receive from the Cup at Communion if you are not feeling well (fever, running nose, a cough).  Instead you should acknowledge the Body and Blood of Christ by stopping and bowing to the Cup.

Parish Collections
Week November 23/24
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check : $9,292
Faith Direct: $3,245
Total Giving: $12,537
Under: ($963)

Week Nov 30/Dec 1
Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check : $8,711
Faith Direct: $2,903
Total Giving: $11,614
Under: ($1,886)

Consider signing up with Faith Direct here

 Jingle & Mingle Christmas Potluck Party with
 Knights Of Columbus!
Thursday, Dec 12, 6:30 pm, Notre Dame Hall

Bring your favorite dish and a gift for raffle for party.  Invite your family and friends for some festive fun - games, music and Santa.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Dec 12, Las Mañanitas -  Join us at 6 am in the Basilica to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and share in the wonderful diversity of our Parish Community.

Sunday, Dec 15 - 23: Simbang Gabi "Dawn Masses"  - a nine-day devotional series of Masses practiced by Catholics in the Philippines in anticipation of Christmas.  At St. Joseph we celebrate this special tradition with Mass at 5:30 am daily, with singing in Tagalog and traditional lanterns or 'parol' lighting up the Church.  All are invited to join for Mass followed by Breakfast in the Notre Dame Hall
For more Events  here

View last week's bulletin  here

News around the Block...

SJND Annual 5k fun run (or walk) kicks off on Saturday, Dec 14, 8:30 am at Crab Cove. Proceeds are in aid of SJND Athletics and the Alameda Food Bank.  To register or details here

Read more on SJND Flight Plan weekly newsletter  here

St. Joseph Elementary School weekly news  available next week.

Second Sunday of Advent Reading's Reflection: The Long Awaited One
Readings here 

As the Sundays of Advent unfold the scriptures shift focus from the final coming of the Lord to his historical birth. Today's scriptures blend the two. Isaiah's disillusionment with the kings of his own day led him to envision an ideal king who would rule with divine approval and be led by divine wisdom. For centuries the Jewish people anticipated the arrival of that Messiah, who would usher in a blessed age when the whole world would finally dwell in justice and peace.
After centuries of such growing expectation, the preaching of John the Baptist about the imminent arrival of the Messiah could not help but provoke intense interest. The Baptist's message about preparation for "the one who is coming" (Matthew 3:11) makes clear that Jesus is, in fact, the long-awaited one who is ushering in the new age foretold by Isaiah and all the prophets.
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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,

Enrich your spiritual life through FORMED; register at   
Downloading the app?  Use Access Code 79QKNH.  

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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