Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
(10 reads)
Cathedral of Christ the Light - Bishop Barber cordially invites all the Faithful of the Diocese to join him to celebrate the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. A solemn Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Monday, July 31 at 5 p.m. The guest homilist is Father Michael Czerny, SJ, Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Office of the Vatican.
Suicide Awareness & Prevention Workshop
(8 reads)
Tuesday, August 1 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm - St. Augustine Church & Hall, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton - www.CatholicsOfPleasanton.org - All are welcome to this workshop for teens from middle through high school age and their parents, guardians or loved ones. We will have 2 workshops running simultaneously. In St. Augustine Church will be a workshop for adults on Suicide Prevention and Awareness. In St. Augustine Hall will be a workshop for teens. This program is being presented by the Crisis Support Services of Alameda County and hosted by the Catholic Community of Pleasanton.
Update on Our New Parish Church
(67 reads)
Last June I shared with you that we had received Bishop Barber’s permission to finalize the detailed construction drawings for our new church building and complete the building permit process with the City of Fremont.

Since that time, the parish’s To Build Church committee, with the invaluable assistance of TBC member Tony Mirenda acting as our project manager, has been busy behind the scenes. The grading and landscaping plans for our new church site are nearing completion. Our design team has been updating the building drawings to incorporate construction cost savings and revisions to building and energy efficiency standards.

The parish has already received Fremont Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB), Planning Commission and City Council approval for the site plan and exterior of our new church. We will soon be submitting our updated drawings to the City of Fremont for a building permit review. This review process does not change the City approvals that we already have.

Please be aware that in the next week or so a Planning Department Courtesy Notice sign will go up on the site of our new church.

Once the City’s review is completed, the TBC committee will be putting our new church project out to bid with building contractors. This is expected to happen later this year. We have $9 million in savings at the diocese reserved for our new church. Acquiring contractor pricing will tell us the remaining amount that we will need to raise in our next parish capital campaign in order to begin construction.

The model behind the last row of pews shows our new church and the other elements of our parish Master Plan. Relocation of the rectory, a new kindergarten building for the school and purchase of land for a new gymnasium has already been completed.

When our new church is completed, the worship portion of the parish hall to be converted into parish offices and meeting spaces. This will enable us to move out of the carriage house and provide more meeting space for parish ministries.

I am so very grateful for everything so many of you have done to support our new church and parish Master Plan. This has been a lengthy journey, and I am not getting younger! But with your continued support our journey will be successful, and I look forward to the day when we will worship together in our beautiful new church.
- Fr. Manny
Bishop's Appeal ~ All God’s People - United in Faith
(1105 reads)
For most of us, our experience of Church is at our parish. The Church is, however, much more than that. We are all called in mission to serve the Church and its people through our parish, our diocese, and universally.

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal in the Diocese of Oakland is but one way to serve our fellow parishioners and the broader community as we demonstrate our unity as Catholics of the Diocese of Oakland. We are asked to pray for our fellow parishioners, our clergy and leadership, for those who are served by the many ministries and programs offered by the Church, and for the success of the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal.

Every member of the faith community of our local Church is also asked to participate in whatever way possible by making a gift. All gifts to the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal are equally important. As responsible stewards of our faith and the many gifts that God has generously bestowed on each of us, we are asked to make a sacrificial, proportionate and thoughtful gift. Those who are blessed with more are challenged to give more, but everyone is asked to respond. Imagine what can be done in the name of our local faith community if every parishioner were inspired by “All God’s People – United in Faith” and participated in our annual Bishop’s Appeal.

While parishes rely on the financial support of parishioners through weekly offertory collections, the diocese also relies on these same parishioners to make possible the many services it provides to literally thousands of individuals each year. The Bishop’s Appeal supplies annual funding to many ministries which provide services throughout the Diocese of Oakland.

By sharing your time, talent and treasure with our sisters and brothers and our Church of the East Bay, you are making a sacrifice and returning to God a small portion of the many gifts he has given to you. By embracing “All God’s People – United in Faith” through the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal, you are contributing greatly to building up the Kingdom of God here in the Church of the East Bay.

Your Generosity in Action: The Bishop’s Appeal provides funds to offset some of the following expenses:
  • Parishes and Schools in Need $913,000
  • Pastoral Ministries and Services $2,031,000
  • Clergy Formation and Retirement $3,511,000
  • Religious Education and Formation $1,014,000
School for Pastoral Ministry Registration Now Open
(70 reads)
Sandra Martinez 510-267-8371 smartinez@oakdiocese.org - Oakdiocese.org/spm - The School for Pastoral Ministry forms adults to be “missionary disciples,” inspired and equipped to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to their families, parishes and the wider world. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Classes begin August 12, and applications are due August 11. Register online at oakdiocese.org/spm.
(50 reads)
Our Parish Pictorial Directory would like to include historical pictures of our parish. We would like to remember the many ways we have come together as a community. Pictures of pastors and associates (past and present), parish events, confirmations, baptisms, graduations and the pictures that we all take at these events of the clergy, our families and children. We will be getting group pictures of our current ministries and parish staff, so please do not send in those. However, if you have pictures of events organized by those ministries, they would be useful. All pictures should tell us who, what and when about each picture (to be used as captions). So, please, get out those old photo albums and see what you can find. We will scan old photos (black and white or color) and get them back to you (just make sure we know where to send them). And if you can send them digitally, great! Mail or bring pictures to the church office in an envelope marked "Parish Directory/Lauri Kaefer". Include your name, address and phone. Digital pictures should be sent to lkaefer@comcast.net. Make sure I know who is sending them and "who, what and when" for the caption. And if you have not yet had your picture taken for the directory, please call Jeff Firestone and arrange a session time and date at Firestone Photography, 139 Washington Blvd, 510-490-6789. It is around the corner from our church next to Mission Coffee.
Faith Formation News
(384 reads)
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Registration forms are available online at www.saintjosephmsj.org/ff or at the Faith Formation office or at the Faith Formation Bulletin Board located at the back of St. Joseph Church.
SVDP needs your help
(315 reads)
St. Vincent de Paul is collecting school supply items such as binders, binder paper, spiral notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, rulers, erasers, scissors, etc. to distribute to our clients. We plan to distribute these items starting at the end of July. So, if you are doing your spring cleaning and have some extra unused school supplies which could be donated, please send them to SVDP. Donations may be dropped off into one the SVDP plastic collection containers located behind the last pew in our St. Joseph Church. Thank you for your generosity and for helping us help those in need.
Immigration Information
(217 reads)
The Catholic Immigration Support Network (CISN) creates open, common spaces for learning, preparation, protection and advocacy. Both immigrant and non-immigrant parishioners are called to participate in this effort to help build a resilient and strong faith community that honors and supports one another. www.oakdiocese.org/immigration
St. Joseph Wellness Booth at St. James Festival 2017
(87 reads)
Where to bring your whole family to for a summer weekend? Let's visit our St. Joseph Wellness Booth at the St. James Festival on August 19-20 anytime between 9am to 6pm at St. James Church (34700 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555). It will be fun, educational and rewarding for your whole family:

1. "Growing your Baby Broccoli Sprout at Home" DIY demo
2. "Treasure Hunt" Gift Auction/Sale
3. "Know your Body" Health Check
4. "Stop the Exploding Ball!" Reaction Game
5. "Tribal Chit-Chat" with our invited guests including American Cancer Society, and Community Resources for Independent Living
6. "Are you Always Up with me?" Drone Raffle

If you are interested in volunteering either organizing and/or manning the booth together with us, please email us at SJcancer@outlook.com. Everyone is welcome!
Page: 1/2  [next]
1  2 

St. Joseph Address

  Copyright 2006-2017 |  All Rights Reserved 2 | Saint Joseph Parish | Login | RSS Feeds: News Photos Web pages