Update on Our New Parish Church
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Last June I shared with you that we had received Bishop Barber’s permission to finalize the detailed construction drawings for our new church building and complete the building permit process with the City of Fremont.

Since that time, the parish’s To Build Church committee, with the invaluable assistance of TBC member Tony Mirenda acting as our project manager, has been busy behind the scenes. The grading and landscaping plans for our new church site are nearing completion. Our design team has been updating the building drawings to incorporate construction cost savings and revisions to building and energy efficiency standards.

The parish has already received Fremont Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB), Planning Commission and City Council approval for the site plan and exterior of our new church. We will soon be submitting our updated drawings to the City of Fremont for a building permit review. This review process does not change the City approvals that we already have.

Please be aware that in the next week or so a Planning Department Courtesy Notice sign will go up on the site of our new church.

Once the City’s review is completed, the TBC committee will be putting our new church project out to bid with building contractors. This is expected to happen later this year. We have $9 million in savings at the diocese reserved for our new church. Acquiring contractor pricing will tell us the remaining amount that we will need to raise in our next parish capital campaign in order to begin construction.

The model behind the last row of pews shows our new church and the other elements of our parish Master Plan. Relocation of the rectory, a new kindergarten building for the school and purchase of land for a new gymnasium has already been completed.

When our new church is completed, the worship portion of the parish hall to be converted into parish offices and meeting spaces. This will enable us to move out of the carriage house and provide more meeting space for parish ministries.

I am so very grateful for everything so many of you have done to support our new church and parish Master Plan. This has been a lengthy journey, and I am not getting younger! But with your continued support our journey will be successful, and I look forward to the day when we will worship together in our beautiful new church.
- Fr. Manny
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Our Parish Pictorial Directory would like to include historical pictures of our parish. We would like to remember the many ways we have come together as a community. Pictures of pastors and associates (past and present), parish events, confirmations, baptisms, graduations and the pictures that we all take at these events of the clergy, our families and children. We will be getting group pictures of our current ministries and parish staff, so please do not send in those. However, if you have pictures of events organized by those ministries, they would be useful. All pictures should tell us who, what and when about each picture (to be used as captions). So, please, get out those old photo albums and see what you can find. We will scan old photos (black and white or color) and get them back to you (just make sure we know where to send them). And if you can send them digitally, great! Mail or bring pictures to the church office in an envelope marked "Parish Directory/Lauri Kaefer". Include your name, address and phone. Digital pictures should be sent to lkaefer@comcast.net. Make sure I know who is sending them and "who, what and when" for the caption. And if you have not yet had your picture taken for the directory, please call Jeff Firestone and arrange a session time and date at Firestone Photography, 139 Washington Blvd, 510-490-6789. It is around the corner from our church next to Mission Coffee.
Faith Formation News
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FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Registration forms are available online at www.saintjosephmsj.org/ff or at the Faith Formation office or at the Faith Formation Bulletin Board located at the back of St. Joseph Church.
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. We plan to distribute these items starting at the end of July. 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.
Immigration Information
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The Catholic Immigration Support Network (CISN) creates open, common spaces for learning, preparation, protection and advocacy. Both immigrant and non-immigrant parishioners are called to participate in this effort to help build a resilient and strong faith community that honors and supports one another. www.oakdiocese.org/immigration
St. Joseph Wellness Booth at St. James Festival 2017
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Where to bring your whole family to for a summer weekend? Let's visit our St. Joseph Wellness Booth at the St. James Festival on August 19-20 anytime between 9am to 6pm at St. James Church (34700 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555). It will be fun, educational and rewarding for your whole family:

1. "Growing your Baby Broccoli Sprout at Home" DIY demo
2. "Treasure Hunt" Gift Auction/Sale
3. "Know your Body" Health Check
4. "Stop the Exploding Ball!" Reaction Game
5. "Tribal Chit-Chat" with our invited guests including American Cancer Society, and Community Resources for Independent Living
6. "Are you Always Up with me?" Drone Raffle

If you are interested in volunteering either organizing and/or manning the booth together with us, please email us at SJcancer@outlook.com. Everyone is welcome!
Father Anthony's farewell Mass
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Sunday, August 27 You are invited to join Father Anthony's farewell Mass before his next ministry at St. Catherine of Siena at Martinez. The farewell Mass will be on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:30 with a light reception to follow in our parish hall.
The Sacrament of Confession
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Whether it has been a week, a month, a year, or decades - the Sacrament of Confession is always available to you. We have confessions on Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm in St. Joseph Church. Feel free to come and take advantage of this special Sacrament that helps reconcile and heal the soul.
The Capital Campaign is underway
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The “Building a People of Faith” Capital Campaign is underway and every family is asked to participate. If you would like to learn more, please click here or contact Ashley Weerpass, Coordinating Committee Chair, for more information. aweerpass@att.net
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