Volunteer tour guides needed
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Have you thought about becoming a Mission San Jose Docent? Did you think you had to be a teacher? Our docents are computer hardware engineers, civil engineers, technical writers, chemical engineers, physical therapists, administrators, wedding coordinators, domestic engineers, and yes, we have teachers too. Are you worried that you don't know enough about the history of the California Missions? We'll train you and then you'll shadow other docents on multiple tours until you are comfortable to lead a tour on your own. Our Docent Guide is in digital form and can be printed or loaded on your computer or e-reader to read as much or as little as you need. Do you have a fear of fourth graders? Fourth graders are lively, but also inquisitive and regularly amaze us with their thoughtful questions. Their teachers and parents always accompany them. Most tours are during the school year at either 10 AM or 12:30 PM and last about two hours. Every tour is different. We guarantee that you'll never be bored! Please contact either Mindy Isham (mindyisham@comcast.net, 510-683-9564) or Dolores Ferenz (dmferenz@aol.com, 510-657-1797 x106).
Free legal representation
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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 dsalazar@cceb.org
Thanksgiving Mass Time
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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.
Christmas Eve Children's Mass
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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 Tue. Nov. 13 and continue on Mondays (Nov 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17), with a final dress rehearsal on Thu. Dec 20. This is a total of 7 practices. They will take place in the Church.

Practices for 4PM Mass:
  • Tue. 11/13 from 4pm–5pm
  • Mon. 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 3–4:30pm
  • Thu. 12/20 from 4pm–5pm
Practices for 6PM Mass:
  • Tue. 11/13 from 5pm–6pm
  • Mon. 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 4:30–6pm
  • Thu. 12/20 from 5pm–6pm
Your child will need to be available at the practices above and for either the 4pm or the 6pm Mass on Christmas Eve (children are not expected to be in both Masses). Costumes are provided. Please contact Laura Wells (past St. Joseph parent) at laurawells@sbcglobal.net 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 or another parent helper 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 your child is in the 4PM Mass rehearsals and you are unable to pick them up at the end of rehearsals, we will walk them back to Kid’s Club.
Email Scam Warning
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An email scam is being reported around the country. Typically, the victim receives an email which appears to be from a priest or other church personnel known to the victim, requesting gift cards (often iTunes) or cash. Any email requesting funds should be carefully vetted, first by reviewing the actual email address being used. Our priests at St. Joseph Parish would never request funds via email in an emergency.

Remember, our priests do not solicit via email and especially not for gift cards. Please also mark any fake emails from Fr. Manny as spam.
Chamber - Tree Lighting
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Saturday, December 1st Your family is invited to the Annual Mission San Jose Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1st at the Old School Business Center, 43575 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Music begins at 5:00pm, with Christmas caroling by Starstruck from 5:15pm until the tree-lighting at 6:00pm. And then Santa arrives. The Canyon Band rocks & rolls; and everyone enjoys hot chocolate, popcorn, and other goodies; while the kids delight in face-painting and balloon-making. Presented by the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce. More info: www.msjchamber.org
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If you didn’t have the chance to get your copy of the St. Joseph Pictorial Directory, now is a great time to pick one up at the parish office. If you had your portrait done, the price is only $10.00. For all others, it is $20.00. The book is full of historic pictures of our past events, religious and social. It’s a great resource to get to know your fellow parishioners. Don’t wait as there is only about 30 books left.
Volunteers for Abode Needed
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Our Abode dinner service group is looking for volunteers to help either cook or serve on 1st Sunday of every month beginning July 1, 2018. To sign up, please contact Greta at 510-304-3900 or email gretalaz@gmail.com.
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Adult Confirmation
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Tuesday, December 4 The Adult Confirmation program provides an opportunity for baptized Catholics who have received their First Eucharist and want to complete their Initiation into the Church. This eight-week Adult Confirmation program starts on December 4th and ends with the Rite of Confirmation on February 2, 2019 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Sessions are every Tuesday from 7- 8:30pm, except during the Christmas and New Year holiday weeks. If you’re interested or would like more information, please contact the Faith Formation office at (510) 657-0905 or Email: rciastjoseph@yahoo.com
Advent Parish Retreat ~ Register now!
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"Embrace the Joy of Live in Advent and Reawaken that True Christmas Spirit"

Make this your best Advent ever! Refreshments served in our parish hall.
  • Session 1: December 7, Friday morning 9-11:30 and evening 7-9:30pm
  • Session 2: December 8, Saturday morning 9-11:30am following the Mass @ 8:00AM in the Mission.
Retreat Leader: Paulist Fr. John Hurley, Diocese of San Jose vicar for Evangelization

For a flyer about this event, see here: Advent 2018. For more information contact Sister Marcia 510-657-0905 or eMail sistermarci@gmail.com
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