Basilica E-News
March 16, 2020
Public Masses Suspended / Remote Parish Operations
During COVID-19 Health Crisis

Bishop Barber, in response to the Mandatory Shelter in Place order from the Alameda County Health Officer has suspended all public Masses. Additionally, the office and church will be closed beginning Tuesday March 17th until the order is lifted, which will likely be no earlier than April 7th.

Although there will be no public Mass, Mass will be celebrated privately for all outstanding Mass intentions.

Also, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be available for anyone who is in serious need of it.

Per the Shelter in Place ordinance, all ministries and groups must refrain from meeting in-person. Instead, please make use of conference calls or video chat technology.

You may contact staff members directly (see list below) or call  (510) 522-0181 or email and we will respond to you within one business day. All paid staff are still on the job, in service to bringing the Kingdom of God to fruition but are working remotely.

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Team Contact information
Rev. Mario Rizzo, Parochial Administrator, (510) 995-9421,
Rev. Sunil Orathel, Priest in residence, (510) 917-9558,
Dcn. Peter Lawongkerd, Deacon, (510) 995-9474,
Sr. Asha, Pastoral Care, (510) 995-9406,
Stephen P. Mullin, Pastoral Associate, (510) 328-2905,
Sherley Lim, Secretary / Baptisms, (510) 995-9420,  
Anne Marie Fourre, Faith Formation, (510) 995-9409,
David Howitt, Music Director, (510) 995-9403,
Michael Chinnavaso, 7PM music,            
Susan Gahan, Funerals, (510) 995-9416
Eric Bertelsen, Arts & Environment / Liturgy, (510) 995-9404,
Stan Schonberg, Business and Facilities, (510) 995-9411,
Santiago Campos, Custodial, contact through
St. Vincent de Paul requests for assistance hotline (510) 995-9471

Event Cancellations

All parish events and liturgies are canceled through April 7, other than virtual meetings conducted through conference calls, video chats, etc.
This includes all public Masses, Lenten Soup, Scripture Study, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Taize, choir practices, Faith Formation & Youth Ministry classes, Confessions (except by appointment) and Deanery Reconciliation Service, etc.    
RCIA sessions will be held on a virtual basis; contact Anne Marie for details.  

Online Mass services and liturgical resources can be found on the diocesan website:
What if you thought of it...

as the Jews consider the Sabbath-
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another's hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live
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