Strengthen Your Marriage
How would you rate your marriage? You are eligible for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend not because you need it, but because you and your marriage deserves it! It’s a Weekend experience designed for married couples of all ages and backgrounds to enrich their marriage. Make this season special by devoting one weekend to your marriage. The next Marriage Encounter Weekends include: Nov 15- 17, 2019 in Danville, CA and Feb 21-23, 2020 in Danville, CA. For more information and/or to register for a Weekend, visit our website at: oaklandwwme.org or contact Chuck & Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org
| Begins Sunday afternoon, September 22
All of us experience heart-rending losses during our lives. These are not limited to deaths but also to loss of a job, health, a broken relationship, a home, a pet. Are you coping with such a loss? You are not alone. We all grieve differently, but pain is universal. At our support group, you will meet others who are also mourning a loss and be able to listen or express your feelings in a safe, confidential, and non-threatening environment. Through prayer and sharing, burdens may be lightened and hearts start to heal. Our deanery support group will meet for 9 weeks starting on Sept. 22, 2:30 - 3:30 PM in the Fireside Lounge at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd. This series will run for 9 consecutive Sundays. The topics are as follows:
- 9/22 Sharing the story of your grief
- 9/29 As you deal with your loss
- 10/6 Anger & Regrets
- 10/13 Consolation – Sharing a special reading
- 10/20 Maturing Grief
- 10/27 Sharing Memories
- 11/03 Grieving During the Holidays
- 11/10 Ritual & Healing
- 11/17 Memorial Service
Women of St. Joseph Meeting
|Tuesday, November 19
The Women of St Joseph invite you to attend their Tuesday, November 19th meeting at 7pm in the parish hall. Our guest speaker will be Tammy Duran, Outreach Coordinator for LIFE ElderCare?
which delivers services, support, and resources to help seniors in our area. Ms. Duran will describe and answer questions about programs provided by the organization: Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Fall Prevention and Friendly Visitors. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.
We are seeking young members of our parish community to serve as Altar Servers. Must have received First Communion and be in the 4th grade. If interested, please contact Fr. Mark at 510 656-2364 ext. 111
Dominican Holiday Boutique
The Dominican Sisters
of Mission San Jose will be having their Holiday Boutique on Nov. 23-24 from 10am to 4pm. Raffle tickets are available for $10.
Limited items available by pre-order 9/15-11/15, 2019 at www.msjdominicans.org
call (510) 933-6360 for more information.
The event will be held at the Dominican Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Boulevard, Fremont. Items will include Fruitcakes, baked goods, hand-made ornaments, plants, handcrafted gifts, paintings, babywear, knitwear, afghans, ceramics, and the Sisters’ famous extra-virgin olive oil. Call (510) 657-2468 or see more information by visiting http://www.msjdominicans.org/holiday-boutique
Thank you for your support.
St. Joseph's Players
Christmas Eve Children’s 4PM Mass - St. Joseph’s Church - If you have attended the Children’s Mass in prior years, you know that on Christmas Eve, the children enact the story of the birth of Jesus. Children (1st-8th grade) have an opportunity to participate in this special Mass. Rehearsals will begin on Thursday Nov. 14 and continue on the days and times shown below, including a final dress rehearsal on Monday Dec 23. All of the rehearsals will be from 3 – 4:30 pm. They will take place in the Church. Practices for 4PM Mass:
- Thurs. 11/14 and 11/21
- Mon. 11/25
- Tues. 12/3
- Thurs. 12/12 and 12/19
- Mon. 12/23
Your child will need to be available at the practices above for the 4pm Mass on Christmas Eve. Costumes are provided. Please contact Laura Wells (past St. Joseph parent) at email@example.com
or 510-329-8834 to confirm your child’s participation; or if you have any questions.
PLEASE NOTE: For children in St. Joseph’s Kid’s Club, Laura Wells can coordinate walking them down to the Church from the school on practice days. You will need to give permission to the School for this to occur. If you are unable to pick them up at the end of rehearsals, Laura will walk them back to Kid’s Club.
St Joseph Men's Club Annual Retreat
Our annual retreat will be at St Francis Retreat, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov 22 to 24, 2019. The retreat master is Fr Ken Laverone, OFM and our theme is the New Evangelization. Many millennials, and other fallen away Catholics, feel that all religions are the same. In one sense that is true — all religions try to connect the individual to the transcendent. Come on this retreat to find out the Catholic answer to that goal. Come for the entire weekend ($260 shared room, $340 private room), one night only ($130 shared/$170 private) or commute for the Saturday only ($75). Send in your deposit of $50 by October 5.
Here are other Men's Club
events that are coming up:
- Board Meeting - Nov-19
- St. Joseph Men's Weekend Retreat (22nd to 24th) - Nov-22
- Creche set-up - Nov-30
- Meeting, Election, Retreat Download and Discussion + Feedback for 2020 - Dec-03
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Monday, November 25 Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - Celebrating our Unity - Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:30pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church 43148 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539 Sponsored by Tri-City Interfaith Council tcicouncil.weebly.com Offerings welcomed; please make your check payable to Christ the King Lutheran Church (TCIC's fiscal agent). You are invited to bring finger food to share for the reception. Thank you!
Thanksgiving Mass Time
Please join us for Mass on Thanksgiving Day which will be at 10am in St. Joseph Church. There will be no 8am Mass in the Mission on Thanksgiving Day.
Bishop's Appeal ~ Rebuild My Church
Our goal: $72,000 Pledged/Received: $45120.07
Percent to Goal:62.67% Thank You!
To donate, visit www.oakdiocese.org/giving
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 2019 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 2019 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 “Rebuild My Church” 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 “Rebuild My Church” through the 2019 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