Special News for our Parish during Shelter in Place
Letter for the memorial of St. Junípero Serra
Fr. Manny has asked that we share this letter and prayer from Archbishop Gomez at this time.
Please click here to read the letter from Archbishop José H. Gomez. He addresses recent controversies surrounding public monuments to St. Junípero Serra and asks the faithful to invoke the saint’s “intercession for this nation that he helped to found.” Ahead of the saint's July 1 feast day, he urges prayers especially for “an end to racial prejudice and a new awareness of what it means that all men and women are created equal as children of God.” Archbishop Gomez also offers an original spiritual meditation that he composed almost entirely from words drawn from St. Junípero’s sermons and letters...
Letter from Fr. Manny
Friends, please click below to read Fr. Manny's letter to parishioners regarding returning to in-person Mass.
Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism
Fr. Manny asked that we share these prayers with you during this time:
The bishops of the California Catholic Conference released this video reenacting the Stations of the Cross to draw attention to the sin of racism and ask God’s help in eliminating it. Each station in the video was taped at a location with rich racial significance. The sixth Station of the Cross was taped at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland where Oscar Grant was killed. The Way of the Cross is an ancient prayer, allowing people to enter into Jesus’ final outpouring of love. Please join us in praying for a conversion of hearts and minds in our love for our sisters and brothers.
Fr. Manny has asked that we share this Prayer to Overcome Racism from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Prayer to Overcome Racism
Mary, friend and mother to all,
through your Son, God has found a way
to unite himself to every human being,
called to be one people,
sisters and brothers to each other.
We ask for your help in calling on your Son,
seeking forgiveness for the times when
we have failed to love and respect one another.
We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son
the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism
and to build a just society.
We ask for your help in following your Son,
so that prejudice and animosity
will no longer infect our minds or hearts
but will be replaced with a love that respects
the dignity of each person.
Mother of the Church,
the Spirit of your Son Jesus
warms our hearts: pray for us.
Statements regarding the Recent Tragic Death of George Floyd
Fr. Manny has asked that we share the following statements from our local Catholic Charities of the East Bay, the Police Chief of Fremont, and the Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Please continue to pray for all who have been touched by this tragedy, for a quick response from leaders to affect change, for an end to racism in our country, and for justice to be served to those who would destroy human life in such a callous way.
We thank those who already give during this time through EFT and mail in donations and especially to all of those that keep us in their prayers and help carry on the Gospel message with their friends, family, and neighbors. Our Diocese has set up a page to assist Parishes with online donations. Please consider supporting our Parish during this difficult time.
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Your donations go to help assist our Parish, parishioners, clergy and staff during these uncertain times and we thank you so much for your assistance. In addition, we do still receive mail throughout the week, so if you would like to mail your donation via check please make them payable to St. Joseph Parish and send to: St. Joseph Parish P.O. Box 3276 Fremont, CA 94539
Thank you so much for your thoughtful assistance. God bless you and your family.
Fr. Manny asked that we share these prayers with you during this time:
PRAYER FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (US Bishops' prayer for World Refugee Day)
Lord Jesus, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes, you provided more than food for the body, you offered us the gift of yourself, the gift which satisfies every hunger and quenches every thirst! Your disciples were filled with fear and doubt, but you poured out your love and compassion on the migrant crowd, welcoming them as brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God's family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds.
Lord Jesus, help us by your grace,
To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister;
To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs;
To realize that you call all people to your holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice;
To share of our abundance as you spread a banquet before us;
To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.
We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family a reflection of the divine unity of the one Most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our suﬀerings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
- Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis
A Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph for a Special Intention
Glorious Saint Joseph, protector of Jesus Christ,
to you I raise my heart and my hands to implore your powerful intercession.
Please obtain for me from the kind Heart of Jesus
the help and the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare.
I ask particularly for a special favor I now implore. (Make your petition here...)
Guardian of the Word Incarnate,
I ask with confidence that your prayers on my behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
O glorious Saint Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ,
and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers.