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There's still time to register! The Office of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry is still accepting late registration for your children. However, registration will definitely CLOSE on October 31, 2014. Don’t miss the deadline!! Please go to our Web Page and click on Faith Formation and download the registration forms and turn them into our Faith Formation office. For more information, please call Grace, Faith Formation Secretary at (510) 657-0905 or email: gracestjoseph@yahoo.com.
  • RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS - COME AND SEE- Never been baptized? Come and see how to allow Jesus Christ into your life in a deeper way. Come and learn more about the Catholic faith, and discuss and share faith around a particular topic. We meet every Sunday morning in Ministry House 2. Call to find out more about this life changing process. (510) 657-0905 or E-mail: msjfaithformation@gmail.com
  • ADULT CONFIRMATION - The Adult Confirmation program is an opportunity for Catholics who have received their Baptism and First Eucharist and want to complete their three Sacraments of Initiation. This 17 week Adult Confirmation program will start on September 17th and will emphasize the basics of Catholic teaching using appropriate adult learning methodologies. The topics include the Trinity, Sacraments, Prayer, and Morality. The last session is a mini-retreat evening of prayer, reflecting on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sessions are weekly on Tuesdays from 7pm- 8:30pm. The Confirmation celebration will take place at Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland. Please contact us at (510) 657-0905 or email msjfaithformation@gmail.com
  • RCIA ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN: RCIC - If you have a child (7 -17 years of age) that has not been baptized Catholic, now is the time to enroll them in our RCIA for Children. Please call us at (510) 657-0905 or email: msjfaithformation@gmail.com
Questions? Call (510) 657-0905 or email: msjfaithformation@gmail.com
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Grief Support Group
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Sunday, September 21 Are you in pain over the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, loss of health, career or satisfying work loss, loss of home or pet? 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.

The first meeting of the Bereavement Support Group series will be held on Sunday, September 21st, 2:30 - 3:30 PM in the Fireside Lounge at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd. This series will run for 7 consecutive Sundays. The topics are as follows:
  • 9/21 - Sharing the Story of Your Grief
  • 9/28 - As You Deal With Your Loss
  • 10/5 - Sharing of a Special Reading Which Consoled You
  • 10/12 - How Are You Moving Forward?
  • 10/19 - Sharing Memories
  • 10/26 - Understanding of Ritual and Healing
  • 11/2 - Memorial Service.
You are welcome to join at any point.
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All Souls' Day
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Sunday, November 2nd During the month of November the Church especially remembers those who have gone before us and now rest in God's loving embrace. Please write the names of your beloved deceased in the books provided on the table in the rear of the church. The books will be included in the presentation of gifts at all liturgies on Sunday, November 2nd, All Souls' Day and will rest in the Sanctuary during the month of November. We invite you to bring a photo of your deceased loved ones to Sunday Mass on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, and place it at the foot of the altar during Liturgy as we celebrate the lives of those we love who are now gone from our sight.
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California Catholic Bishops Endorse Proposition 47 on November 2014 Ballot
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On behalf of all 12 California dioceses, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops announced their endorsement of “The California Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which will appear as Proposition 47 on the November General Election Ballot. The statement represents the unanimous endorsement of the state’s Catholic bishops and will be distributed to 10 million Catholics throughout California.

"The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47) will provide educational support and treat mental illness where it can yield the best results for the communities of California. Prop 47 will eliminate the disparities in sentencing for certain non-violent crimes. It addresses prison overcrowding and sentencing discrepancies in constructive ways, and uses the savings for victims’ assistance, mental health programs, public education, drug treatment, and inmate rehabilitation. This will make our communities safer."

For more information click here
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
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Thursday, Nov 6 Every Thursday before the first Friday of the month, our Parish has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament located in St. Joseph Church. All are welcome to join fellow adorers and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord Jesus Christ, this coming Thursday. Share in this reverent & fulfilling event. Adoration begins after the 8am Mass and concludes with Evening Prayer & Benediction at 5pm.
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Casino Night Under the Stars
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Saturday, November 8 Reserve Your Spot/Tickets NOW!!! Get your event tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/casino-night-under-the-stars-tickets-13076966559

Our fall Parish and School Fundraiser is on Saturday November 8 from 6.30pm to 10:30pm Texas Hold'em Tournament with 1st place Winner $100 Amazon Giftcard. Raffles. Auctions & Door Prizes. Contact Faith Formation, WOSJ or Men's Club Members for Event & Raffle Tickets. Grace Lichauco@ gracestjoseph@yahoo.com, or Joanna Diaz Yoshioka @ jdiazyoshioka@comcast.net 510-304-1220
Discernment Retreat
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November 7-9 Is God calling you to consider consecrated life as a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose? You are invited to our RELIGIOUS LIFE DISCERNMENT RETREAT: Nov. 7- 9, 2014 (Fri. 6pm to Sun.2pm) with the Dominican Sisters of MSJ at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5829 (For single, Catholic women college-40) Register BY MON. Nov.3, 2014 www.msjdominicans.org. For more information call Sister Marcia Krause at 510-502-5797. Free will offering appreciated.
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Update from St. Joseph COR
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During this Ministry Fair weekend at St. Joseph’s, the COR group wants to update you on its activities. COR has joined a coalition, called RISE, of other groups interested in preserving a place in Fremont for all. The efforts are focused on the transit oriented development around the Warm Springs BART station. The emphasis of the group’s work is on the community benefits that the city can achieve with the development around the BART station. The benefits include at least 35% affordable units in the housing, a more definite commitment to build the school in the development, a job training center/job placement center, rent stabilization and a local hire policy for a percentage of the jobs created in the building of the development. As the specific developments are presented to the planning commission and the city council, RISE will attend these meetings to push for the benefits outlined above. RISE members will continue to meet with city council members, city staffers, developers, school board members and other stakeholders to present our vision for a Fremont responsive to the needs of all residents. Want to become more involved? Have questions? Contact Kathy Bray at 510 659-6374 or katherinebray@sbcglobal.net
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Old Mission Gift Shop Sales Clerk Opening
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There is an immediate opening in the Mission Gift Shop for a part time sales clerk. Candidate must be at least 16 years old and willing to work every other weekend 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. No experience necessary. If interested, please stop by the Gift Shop between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and fill out an application. You will be called for an interview.
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Dominican Holiday Boutique
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November 22-23 The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose will be having their Holiday Boutique on Nov. 22-23 from 10am to 4pm. Raffle tickets are available for $5 or $10.

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. Beginning October 15 you can also pre-order Dominican olive oil or our famous fruitcake. Call (510) 657-2468 or see more information by visiting http://www.msjdominicans.org/ Thank you for your support.
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