Nov 8,  2018

This Weekend....
Veterans Day:   God bless the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.   On Monday the parish office will be open until 11am and then close until Tuesday in observance.  

Memorial Mass for Elinor Lahaie at 11am
Rite of Reception of Pilgrim Cross at 5pm Mass
Date Night at 6:30pm in Parish Center

Children's Faith Formation classes CANCELLED
Blessing of couples with November wedding anniversaries at the end of every Mass.

Monday: Funeral Mass for  Eduardo Damapias at 10am

Recent Passings
We regret to share that Peter McDonough returned home to God last month. Funeral Services will be held at St. Elizabeth Church, Oakland on Friday November 9 at 10 am. Obituary here.

Celebrating 500 Years of Filipino Catholic Evangelization
As part of the diocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, the Pilgrim Cross - a replica of the first cross that the voyager Ferdinand Magellan brought to the Philippines - is visiting each parish in the Diocese of Oakland. Tomorrow (November 9) the Pilgrim Cross will be transferred from St. Raymond, Dublin to St. Joseph Basilica.  Join us for a Rite of Reception this Saturday (November 10) at the 5pm Mass, followed by a small reception.  For a complete schedule of the prayer services at the Basilica through November 23 click  here .   

Date Night this Saturday - Helping people in need
November 10, 6:30 - 8:30pm in Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St.
Married couples and their children are invited to a night of giving back to the community. As we approach the holiday season, it is a good reminder to think about those in need. This will be a great opportunity for married couples to follow what Jesus told us   "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." 
Gather at the Parish Center to make  blessing bags for people in need, to be distributed at another date. We will reflect as couples on how  we can give back to the community.  Supplies are provided; just come and have fun while helping others!  There will be  group discussion and couple's time. 
It's potluck, so feel free to bring your favorite dish, appetizer, dessert or drink to share.
Childcare available with RSVP.   Free will offering.
US Conference of Catholic Bishops Meeting 
Interested in following the US bishops' fall General Ass embly Nov. 12-14?  View it livestreamed at News updates,  vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to     Follow the meeting on social media using the hashtag #USCCB18 a nd follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook ( and Instagram (

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
On November 17/18 there will be a special collection  for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Over 43 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at and locally at (view the videos of the recent grant awards luncheon).

Transforming Lives Tour
November 13 and December 11, noon to 1pm
433 Jefferson Street, Oakland

Catholic Charities is YOUR  nonprofit.  Want to learn more about it? Attend to a one-hour mission-based "Transforming Lives Tour" to discover how your time, talents and treasures can help children, youth and families succeed in school and in life!    To register for either date, 
please call (510) 768-3133.  
Stewardship Corner....

Parish Collection: November 3/4

Weekly Goal: $13,500
Cash/ check :$12,563*
Faith Direct:  $3,183
Total Giving: $15,746
*Special thanks to the donor of a $2,000 IRA distribution, included in the Sunday collection

Thanks to all who helped our Parish meet our goal this week.  

Pies Need for Alameda Community Thanksgiving

Christ Episcopal Church is again hosting the annual Alameda Community Thanksgiving, and needs LOTS of pies.  If you would like to donate a pie (or several!), please deliver it directly to Christ Church located on Santa Clara at Grand  on Wednesday November 21, between 9am-6pm.  (Use the  Grand Street parking lot entrance to the kitchen.)   They would like to know in advance how many pies to expect, so if you plan to donate please email by November 15. Any questions can be directed there, also. Thank you for your support!

Safe Environment Update

Many thanks to the 230 parish volunteers who have completed "Protecting God's Children" training on VIRTUS.  We're more than half way to compliance!  If you have NOT yet trained on VIRTUS (2016 or later), there are live trainings being offered in Union City this Sunday afternoon and next Thursday night, and in Hayward on December 1.  Also other dates, in Spanish.   Register at for details and to sign up for an onsite training, or complete your training online.

Readings for next Sunday  here

View last week's bulletin  here
School News

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School weekly newsletter available here .  
St. Joseph Elementary School weekly newsletter available   here.

Upcoming Events

Nov 8: Grief Ministry 6:30pm upstairs in Parish Center
Nov 9: Pilgrim Cross arrives
Nov 10: Covenant of Love Date Night 6:30pm in Parish Center
Nov 11: Veterans Day
Nov 16: Taize at 8pm in Basilica
Nov 17: Young Families Potluck Brunch 10am in Notre Dame Hall
Nov 17: Vietnamese Martyrs honored at 5pm Mass followed by reception
Nov 18: Tamales sale after all Sunday Masses

Details and more events  here  .

Catholic Young Adults Group newsletter available  here .
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