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Men's Club Recognizes Parish High School Senior
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The St. Joseph Men's Club is pleased to announce that Nathan Hutama, Bellarmine College Preparatory, has been awarded the Joseph Faria Memorial Scholarship for his exceptional leadership and service to the St. Joseph community during his high school years. Please join us in congratulating Nathan on his accomplishments and in wishing him great success as he continues his education in the coming year.
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School principal announcement
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A message from Father Manny:

Dear Friends,

Taking into account the interviews of the 5 applicants, the comments of the members of our Principal Search Committee and much prayer, I have selected Mrs. Patricia Calton as the next principal of our St. Joseph School.

I believe Mrs. Calton is qualified and ready "to hit the ground running." She has been in the Catholic and public school systems for over 22 years. Presently, she is interim principal at St. Francis of Assisi School in Concord.

I have every confidence that Mrs. Calton will be well received and supported by our school and parish community.

(Please read the full letter from Fr. Manny about this announcement by clicking here...)
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From Sr. Marcia: SUMMER FAITH FOOD
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Have you tried an app called My Catholic Life? My Catholic Life presents our Catholic faith in a down to earth and practical way. Included are daily reflections, Q & A, online books, prayers, inspiring quotes and more. Check out these free resources to assist you on your personal Catholic journey! Some topics included for daily spiritual growth and inspiration include: Daily Gospel reflections, Divine Mercy reflections, all daily reflections, Saint of the Day, engaging Catholic Q & A, My Catholic Life! Series – A free and complete summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Free R.C.I.A. program, Small Group Study Program for faith formation and adult education, Catholic Daily Reflections Mobile App, Books, Daily Prayers, Inspirational Quotes, Daily Catholic News Feeds, and more.
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School Maintenance Help Needed
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St. Joseph School Fremont is looking for a part-time maintenance person to help with minor repairs and ongoing maintenance around our campus facility. This is the perfect job for a retired person with handyman skills. If interested, please contact Cathy Marron at 510-656-6525. Anyone hired will have to be fingerprinted and complete an online training course in order to comply with Diocese of Oakland Safe Environment for Minors requirements.
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Bereavement Support
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Begins Sunday afternoon, May 19 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, May 19, 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.

  • 5/19/19 – Sharing the Story of Your Grief
  • 6/2/19 – As You Deal with Your Loss
  • 6/9/19 – Anger and Regrets
  • 6/23/19 - Consolation
  • 6/30/19 - Maturing Grief
  • 7/7/18 - Sharing Memories
  • 7/14/19 – Ritual & Healing
  • 7/21/19 – Memorial Service
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Scripture series
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Please join us for our next scripture series with Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP! St. Paul the Apostle Comes to America - In light of the recent controversies in both our Nation and World concerning the human rights of women, immigration policies, economic strategies, ethnic strife, and the interplay of religion and politics, we turn to the person and work of St. Paul the Apostle for guidance in more than troubled times. We will explore what the Apostle might think in light of his writings and the writings attributed to him in the New Testament literature. Four Monday Evenings in the church hall at 7:30pm
  • JULY 8: In Christ There is no Division or Separation - Pondering Galatians 3:28 in the Context of Religious Nationalism
  • JULY 15: Revisiting the Case of St. Paul and Thelca - Misogyny and the Human Rights of Women - Exploring the “Problem” Text of 1st Corinthians 14:34
  • JULY 22: It Pleases God to Reconcile All Things in Christ - How St. Paul the Apostle Might View Immigration Policies - The Vision Found in Ephesians/Colossians
  • JULY 29: He is Your Brother - An Exploration of Paul’s Letter to Philemon - Confronting Racism and the Sense of Superiority
Free will donation. For questions contact Jo Ann 510-656-2331
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SVDP needs your help
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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. 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.
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COME AND SEE - Explore the Catholic Faith
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Do you ever ask yourself...
  • What is the meaning of my life?
  • How can i become a part of something bigger than myself?
  • How can I be a better person?
  • Does God have something to say to me?

Come and see...

as we explore the answers to these and many other questions like them. For almost 2000 years, people have turned to the Catholic Church to enrich their lives. Through the Sacraments of Initiation, Jesus Christ offers a life that is everlasting; a life beyond this one. Come and see! Join us and begin your journey through the RCIA. Inquiry Sessions are ongoing.

If you or if you know of anyone who is interested in the Catholic way of life, please invite them to come and see! For more information, please call the RCIA office at 510-270-8051 or send an email to rciastjoseph@yahoo.com. Come and see!

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children

Not an adult (under age 17) and seeking the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist for your child? The RCIA’s Children’s Catechumenate is the process for a child becoming Catholic. Parents or guardians should contact the Faith Formation office by calling 510-657-0905 or email Sister Bernadette Nguyen at bernadettestjoseph2018@gmail.com or Grace Lichauco at gracestjoseph@ yahoo.com

Confirmation

But, what if I’m already Catholic but I just need Confirmation complete my initiation? - If this describes you and you are an adult (over 18 years of age), St. Joseph Parish offers a 4-week program to prepare you for the Sacrament of Confirmation! These sessions offer in-depth knowledge of the four pillars of our faith: our Belief as expressed in our Creed (holding on to faith), the Sacraments (expressing our faith), our Way of Life (living faith), and Prayer (praying faith). The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is held at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland in early February (date to be determined). For more information, please call please 510-270-8051 or email adultconfirmationsjmsj@gmail.com about this transformative program!
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Catholic TV & Radio
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Take Relevant Radio with you by downloading the FREE mobile app! The #1 Catholic Radio App Stations listed online at relevantradio.com

Catholic TV and radio is a great resource. Try it, you might love it. EWTN is carried on Comcast Ch. 229, AT&T Ch. 562, Dish Satellite Ch. 261, and DirectTV Ch. 370. You can also stream live online at www.ewtn.com Catholic Radio is available in a number of formats - our local station is 1260AM - Immaculate Heart Radio, or stream live at ihradio.org. You can also download apps to your smartphone and stream Catholic Radio live - check out your apps market/shop to see what's available.
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Bishop's Appeal ~ Rebuild My Church
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Our goal: $72,000 Pledged/Received: $21885
Percent to Goal: 30.40% 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

Visit www.oakdiocese.org/giving for more information or call the
Office for Mission Advancement at 510-267-8358

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