October 31, 2019
In this Issue

Class schedule for coming weeks
Sacrament Preparation Classes start Sunday
Family Mass & Saints March at 9:30
Children's Bible recommendation
Serving those with Special Needs
Junior High Update
St. Joseph Centennial Capital Campaign
"Gospel At Home" resource
Safety Information
Parish News
Daylight Savings Time Ends 

Remember to "Fall Back" and set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday.    

Class Schedule for Coming Weeks

November 3    Regular CFF classes. S acrament Preparation in Notre Dame Hall.
November 10  No class; Veterans Day holiday
November 17  Regular CFF classes.  Sacrament Preparation in Notre Dame Hall.
November 24  No class; AUSD Fall Break
December 1    No class; AUSD Fall Break
December 8    Regular CFF classes. No Sacrament Preparation (Guadalupe Celebration)
December 15  Regular CFF classes. Sacrament Preparation in Notre Dame Hall
Dec 22-29       No classes; Christmas Break
January 5        CFF class with General Assembly; Sacrament Prep families invited

Classes are 10:45 to 11:45.  Your promptness is appreciated.  
Complete class schedule for Children's Faith Formation available on our parish website here, and for Sacrament Preparation available here.   

"Growing Up Catholic" Sacrament Preparation Begins Sunday

The 40+ CFF families in their second year of Sacrament Preparation begin their sessions this
Sunday.  Come to the 9:30 Mass, quickly pick up your donut and coffee in the Gathering Space after Mass, and join us in Notre Dame Hall before 10:45.  Come early to get name tags and pick up your "Growing Up Catholic" materials, as you teach your children assisted by coaches.  (Info on our website here.)   If you can, p
lease bring a Bible from home.
The "family portrait" here shows some of the families (from both CFF and St Joseph Elementary School) who gathered together for a blessing at the 5pm Mass last Saturday followed by a potluck dinner.

Complete Sacrament Preparation schedule is available here.
Family Mass - When the Saints Go Marching In!

At the 9:30 Family Mass this Sunday, all are invited to come dressed as your favorite saint and join in the entrance procession, in honor of Friday's Feast of All Saints.  Flyer here.

If your child would like to help enact the Gospel on the December 1 Family Mass, join  the CIA: CHRIST IN ACTION every Tuesday in November, 4 to 5pm in the Basilica.  In formation  here .

Remaining Family Masses are Christmas Eve at 4pm, then Janu ary 12, February 9, March 1, April 12, May 10 and June 21 Readers and greeters are always welcome.  Please  contact Tina at  teampetrich@gmail.com  to sign up.

Children's Choir still welcomes new members, grade 1 thru 8. Practice on Thursdays 4 to 5, information  here.   

Read Any Good Books Lately?

If you don't have a "family-friendly" Bible in your home yet, the Catholic Children's Bible from St. Mary's Press is my favorite.  Large print, artwork,and explanations, full scripture references and large chapter and verse numbers combine to make it much more readable and understandable.  Available online from various sources, and at Catholic bookstores.

Junior High News

The Jr High class is planning a Reconciliation service and ice cream party for themselves and their families on Saturday November 9.  Those families are asked to respond to a short survey ASAP, available here.

Only two weeks left for Maryknoll's student essay contest with top prizes of $1000.00 in both the grades 6-8 and 9-12 divisions. The contest asks students to think of themselves as courageous missionaries and share how and with whom they share the good news of God's love. The top three essays in each division receive prize money and are published by Maryknoll  Details at www.MaryknollSociety.org/Essay.

Parent volunteers are needed at each class, since there must always be at least two adults present - and i t's fun to learn about our faith together!   Please consider joining us for at least one class this year - or even becoming a catechist aide assisting on a regular basis.  You can use  the google doc to sign up for a class  here  or tell the catechist when you sign your child in.  

Special Needs - All Are Welcome

St. Joseph's wants everyone to feel welcome and included.  

Developmental differences:  We  offer SPRED  (Special Religious Education)   providing spiritual formation and enrichment  for adults  at St. Joseph.   Our Faith Formation program can accommodate the needs of some children with developmental differences, but for others there is now a SPRED group for children age 6 to 10 at St Barnabas, in fo  here .  A caregivers support group meets monthly.  

Mobility problems?  The first pews in the front and in the rear of the Basilica are reserved for those who need that seating.  Others may sit there once Mass begins if not in use, but please yield if someone arrives late who needs it.

Did you hear that?  The Basilica has assisted listening devices available for use during Mass; ask an usher.   Choir member Liz is often present at the 9:30 Mass to "sign" the songs, so sit up front to follow her. 

The Young and the Restless:  Have you noticed the laminated "Mass guides" at the entrances of the Basilica?  The parts of the Mass are listed with words and pictures, and a paper clip slides down the page marking where we are.  This can be helpful for young children or for those who need structure. 

The Special Needs Inclusion Ministry works to address various concerns and improve awareness and outreach.  If interested in learning more, click here
Restoring Our Legacy for the Future

We are excited to announce St. Joseph's has launched the "Restoring Our Legacy Campaign" to restore our sanctuary to its original beauty and to enhance the safety of our church building for students and parishioners.  Every family is encouraged to join our campaign today, with a pledge payable over three years in whatever amount you can afford.  Our Basilica was built in 1920; help preserve it for many generations to come!  

Brochure and pledge form are available in the Basilica or can be downloaded  here.
The Gospel at Home - Resource

Would you like to better understand what your children are learning in class on Sundays, and learn how you can help reinforce the lesson?  The Gospel at Home from Pflaum's Gospel Weeklies provides a short description of each Sunday Gospel plus suggested activities and discussion starters for every age level. Enjoy easy-to-do ideas that can help your family share together what they have learned.  Click below to download the Gospel at Home for upcoming weeks, in English or Spanish.

November 3 in English or Spanish
November 10 in English or Spanish
November 17 in English or Spanish
November 24 in English or Spanish
December 1 in English or Spanish

Safety Information

Due to the large number of students and the busy parking lot, parents must sign their children into their classrooms before class each morning and sign them out at the end of class.  Junior high students may sign themselves out if the parent has signed a release. 
No food or beverages are allowed in the school building (Learning Center or classrooms), so please have your child finish any snacks before entering. 
More information here.
Parish News

Tomorrow (Nov 1) is All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation.  Mass is offered at 8am, noon and 7pm.  (7pm Mass includes incense.)  Saturday Masses for All Souls Day at 8am and 10am.

The Young Families Group is joining with the  Covenant of Love (Date Night) and the Young Adults Group for a p otluck dinner on Saturday, November 16 at 6:30pm in Notre Dame Hall.  Other information on their November newsletter here.  

View general upcoming events on our website here, or better yet, sign up for the weekly Basilica E-News here.

If you do not wish to receive Faith Formation emails, please email me and I will remove you from this distribution list.  
Anne Marie Fourre, Director of Faith Formation
510-995-9409 | afourre@sjbalameda.org