Carols of Christmastide Concert
Saturday, December 7 Christmas time! Our annual Carols of Christmastide concert will be presented Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. in our main Church, following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is an All Church choir concert featuring the Parish Children’s choir, The Schola Cantorum, Youth choirs, Mandarin and Filipino Choir, the Bell Choir, and our Adult Choir. You will hear Christmas songs from all over the world! This concert is FREE and open to the public. Please bring your family and friends and join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ through song!
Join us for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
Thursday, December 12 All are invited to our Spanish bilingual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, December 12th, 2019. The Mass will be celebrated in the Mission at 8:00am with a procession that begins at 7:45am behind Old Mission San Jose. Following Mass, you are invited to join us for a reception in the Parish hall. Please bring your family and friends for this beautiful event celebrating Our Lady!
Parishwide Advent Retreat ~ Birthing the Messiah
|Saturday, December 14
Join us Saturday, December 14th for our Parish-wide Advent
Retreat featuring our Retreat Master, Michael Galvan at 9am-3pm in St. Joseph Church. Please join us in the parish hall 8:45 for refreshments. Lunch is provided.
We will have details soon on how to register. Please stop back here! Registration is requested as lunch is provided.
Dr. Michael Galvan has led St. Joseph's Bible Study Group for the last 20 years. He has extensive background in directing retreats, days of recollection, and scripture study. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) in Christian Spirituality. Currently, Dr. Galvan is the Program Director for Community Resources for Independence, a peer-based disability resource organization that advocates and provides resources for people with disabilities.
As usual our Parish Retreat is followed by our Parishwide Reconciliation Service on Monday, Dec 16. Please join us!
Christmas Toys and Gift Cards Needed!
With your help, St. Vincent de Paul
will again help 60 poor families in south Fremont enjoy Christmas by providing gifts for children and food for the family. We need your help to make this happen. We are kindly asking that you please put new, unwrapped children's toys by the creche during Advent. Based on our list of those in need, it would be helpful to get gifts especially for ages 6-12 although all ages are needed (please no stuffed animals due to allergies). We give teens gift cards for Target or Walmart. Please put these in the Sunday collection basket. We truly appreciate your efforts to help us make Christmas a special time for over 150 children. Any questions, please contact Barb Fuhs at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Deadline for gifts and gift cards is December 15 as we distribute to families on December 17. Thank you for your generosity.
Espada Court Victorian Christmas
Espada Court in Fremont, decorates their Victorian style homes the full month of December with thousands of lights and lighted figures for Christmas, collecting money and canned foods by having volunteers outside each evening, handing out candy canes and information about the charitable cause. In the past we have collected for Sister John Marie's Pantry and the Tri-City Children's coalition and made sizable donations thanks to the many people who drive and walk through our Court. We will continue this tradition as long as we have volunteers to help us collect through the month.
We need your help. Click the "Read more..." link below to learn how you can help.
Advent schedule and Christmas Mass Times
|Click here for the Advent & Christmas calendar.
Christmas Eve- Monday Dec. 24th
- 4:00 pm - Children's Vigil Mass - St. Joseph Church
- 6:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
- 9:00 pm - Youth Vigil Mass - St. Joseph Church
- 12:00 am - St. Joseph Church & Old Mission
Christmas Day - Tuesday Dec. 25th
- 7:30 am - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
- 9:00 am - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
- 11:00am - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
- 12:30pm - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
New Year Masses
- Monday Dec 31 @ 5:30pm - St. Joseph Church, followed by Dinner & Dance
- Tuesday Jan 1 @ 10:00am - St. Joseph Church (Holy Day)
Free legal representation
Catholic Charities is offering free legal representation for those interested in becoming U.S. citizens. Interested individuals can call 925.825.3099 to make an appointment for the first or third Tuesdays of each month. For more information, contact Deanna Salazar at 925.771.8254 or email@example.com
The Mass ~ DVD series
You are invited to participate in the Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire) widely acclaimed DVD-based series on the Mass
- Receive in-depth insight into the Mass,
- Reflect on its meaning and apply it to your life.
- Engage through reflection and sharing.
The 6-session series begins on September 15, 2019, meets monthly, (generally on the 3rd Sunday of the month) and will end on March 15, 2020.
- Meeting Dates: 9/15/2019, 10/20/2019, 11/17/2019 , 1/19/2020 , 2/16/2020, 3/15/2020
- Location: School Library on the St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose campus
- Format: Each lesson will be 90 minutes long, from 10:30 AM -12 PM. The DVD lesson is for 20-25 minutes, then discuss in small groups and share questions that relate to your life.
Each participant will use a Study Guide - Workbook. ($20) These books will be available for you. If there is a financial hardship, pay what you can afford.
To register call/text (510.304.4298) Dn. Dick Bayless or email him at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact Sister Marcia email (email@example.com) or call/text (510.502.5797).
Adult Spirituality Series
St. Joseph Parish Adult Spirituality 2019-2020
- Scripture background for upcoming Sundays - Sister Marcia facilitator—Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:00 Ministry House II beginning September 10
- Scripture Evenings with Michael Galvan: Wednesday 7:30- 9:00 PM Ministry House II
- Lectio Divina: Praying with the Sunday Readings. Thursday mornings 9:00-10:30 Ministry House II beginning September 12
- NEW Centering Prayer: A quieting of our being and consent to God’s presence and action in our lives. Introduction: S. Catherine Marie Bazar, OP - Beginning September 10 Ministry House II - Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:00 PM
- Mass Series with Bishop Robert Barron: Monthly Sunday morning 10:30-12 Noon - September 15, first session in School Library
- Men’s Prayer Group: 6:30 AM Wednesday mornings, Parish Hall
For information contact Sister Marcia Krause, OP 510-657-0905 or Helen Campbell 510-795-7958
Lectio Divina - Praying with Scripture
COME TO KNOW AND TO LIVE GOD’S WORD
“Lectio Divina (DIVINE READING) challenges us to hear the words of Sunday Scripture with an open, receptive mind and heart so that our lives might better reflect Gospel living. It helps us to be open to the divine presence within and to the Spirit of Jesus who wants to guide us on our journey.
COME AS YOU ARE ABLE
- St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose MINISTRY HOUSE II
- Thursday Mornings 9-10:30 AM SEPT. 12, 2019-MAY 14, 2020
- All scripture readings are provided
Contact: S. MARCIA, ADULT SPIRITUALITY COORDINATOR, 510 502-5797 or firstname.lastname@example.org