Scripture series
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Hope you can join us for our next Scripture Series with Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P. We are going to take a look at The American Religious Experience. Classes will be held on Four Monday Evenings at 7:30-9:00 pm. in our hall. Free will offering. Subjects are as follows:
  • Feb. 4, 2019 Is There an American Religious Experience? - The Nature of Native / indigenous Religious Experience
  • Feb. 11, 2019 A Summary of the American Experience 1492-1776 - The Seven Periods of the Religious Experience in America
  • Feb. 18, 2019 Meet the Puritans - The Problem of Christmas in New England
  • Feb. 25, 2019 Fundamentalism, Literalism, and Biblical Authority - The Protestant / Catholic Tension and the American Soul Questions?
Contact JoAnn at 510-656-2331
Crab Feed ~ by the Committee for the Restoration of the Mission
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Saturday, March 2 Join The Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose and the local community for our annual crab feed fundraiser on Saturday, March 2 at 6:30pm (No Host Bar) and 7:00pm (Dinner, Dessert, Raffle). Tickets are $55/person. For more information call 510-882-0527 or email chochenyo@aol.com

The Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose was formed in 1974 for the purpose of the Restoration and Maintenance of the Old Mission Church and Museum. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Saturday 5:30pm Vigil Mass will be celebrated in the Old Mission Church just before the crab feed.
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Catholic Charities of the East Bay
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Pope Francis often speaks about service to others. In fact, Pope Francis specifically stated “The credibility of the Church and of the Christian message rests entirely on how Christians serve those marginalized by society.” Catholic Charities of the East Bay provides many volunteer opportunities to serve others in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Annie Banbury, Volunteer Program Coordinator at abanbury@cceb.org or 510.768.3166.
Collecting Palm Branches!
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A basket for last year's palm branches will be in the back of church. Palm ashes are used on Ash Wednesday to bless our foreheads. Ash Wednesday begins Lent, a time when we stop and assess how we’re doing in our walk with God. Lent helps us identify spiritual areas in which we can grow and sinful areas that we need to avoid. To repent, put simply, means to turn away from sin and turn toward God. We use ashes as an outward expression of our need to begin again.
Ash Wednesday
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Wednesday March 6 Ash Wednesday is Wednesday March 6th this year. Our Mass times are at 8am in the Mission, 12 noon in St. Joseph Church, and 7:30pm in St. Joseph Church.

Click here for resources to help us on our Lenten journey
Lenten Retreat Invitation
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March 8 & 9 ~ "The Cross and Suffering in Today's World... a journey with Francis and Clare"
  • Session 1: March 8, Friday morning 9-11 (or evening 7-9PM). Soup supper begins at 6PM.
  • Session 2: March 9, Saturday morning 9-12 Church... Light refreshments @ 8:30AM
Your Lenten Retreat Leader will be with noted composer and retreat leader Franciscan Brother Rufino Zaragoza.
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Grief Ministry
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Begins Sunday afternoon, February 10 Are you dealing with the death or illness of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job or other life changing loss? Sharing your story with others may speed healing and lighten the burden. Your story is uniquely yours, but pain is universal. Our deanery sponsored bereavement support group’s next series begins Sunday afternoon, February 10, 2019. We are meeting in the Fireside Lounge at Holy Spirit Parish, from 2:30 – 3:30 PM for 8 Sundays. Information shared is strictly confidential. For more information, please contact Helen Campbell, 795-7958.

  • 2/10/19 – Sharing the Story of Your Grief
  • 2/17/19 – As You Deal with Your Loss
  • 2/24/19 – Anger and Regrets
  • 3/03/19 - Consolation
  • 3/10/19 - Maturing Grief
  • 3/17/18 - Sharing Memories
  • 3/24/19 – Ritual & Healing
  • 3/31/19 – Memorial Service
Operation Rice Bowl
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Join our faith community - and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl beginning on Ash Wednesday. After Mass Rice Bowls will be available on the back table of the Parish and made available throughout Lent. We will collect the Rice Bowls on Holy Thursday and Good Friday April 18 & 19. The CRS Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter anew ourselves, our neighbors and our God. As we the global Church prepare for the holy season of Lent it is especially appropriate to come together in prayer as a family, reflecting on the role we each have to play in building up God’s one human family. Please consider these suggestions for your family’s Lenten season:
  • Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar daily to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and alms-giving.
  • As a family, read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey - and guide your Lenten alms-giving.
  • Prepare simple meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
http://www.crsricebowl.org/ is a great resource to watch videos of the people and communities your Lenten gifts help change through your Rice Bowl donations. Thank you for considering using the Rice Bowl with your family and taking the time during the upcoming 40 Days of Lent to better prepare yourself to encounter our neighbors and our God.
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Lectio Divina - Living the Gospel
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Thursday Mornings Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours. The Latin phrase "lectio divina" may be translated as "divine reading." As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. You are invited to join our Lectio group as you can on Thursday mornings from 9:00am-10:30am in Ministry House II. Questions? call Sister Marcia at 510-502-5797
Word on Fire series
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You are invited to participate in the Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire) DVD based series on the Mass.

This is an opportunity to learn about the Mass in-depth and to reflect on its meaning and apply it to our lives. We have selected the Word on Fire series by well known Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Some details about this series:
  • It begins on October 28, 2018, meeting monthly and will end in April 2019. We will meet usually the 3rd Sunday of the month.
  • Dates: 10/28, 11/28, 12/16, 1/20/2019, 2/17/2019, 3/17/2019, 4/28/2019
  • Location on the St Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose campus to be announced.
  • Each lesson will be 90 minutes long, beginning at 10:30am and ending at 12pm
  • The format is: Watch the DVD for 20-25 minutes, break into small grous to discuss it and share two questions that apply to your life
  • Group size limited to 8-10 persons plus a group facilitator
  • Each person will need a Study Guide - Workbook ($20). If there is a financial hardship, pay what you can afford.
The series is intended to engage each perticipant through reflection and sharing.

To register call/text 510-304-4298 Dn Dick Bayless or email him at bayless2002@comcast.net or contact Sister Marcia at sistermarci@gmail.com or 510-502-5797.
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