Lectio Divina - Living the Gospel
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Thursday Mornings All are welcome to Thursday Morning Scripture Reflection on the upcoming Sunday Readings. It meets from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Ministry House II, except for the First Thursday of the month due to Eucharistic Adoration, Please contact Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510 502 5797 or sistermarci@gmail.com for more information.
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We would like to inform you that once a month our special needs adults and children, their families, caretakers and catechists will attend the 11:00 AM Mass. The routines of attending the Sunday Mass together as a group helps our special friends to feel at ease at Mass and to easily adjust and be a part of our St. Joseph community.

We want you to be aware that besides worshipping God in silence, singing and listening to the readings at Mass, our special friends also have their particular ways to communicate with God, such as clapping hands, making some noises, or covering their ears because of the music’s volume. Since our friends have their special needs, we ask for your understanding and patience with them. Please help us and together we can praise, worship and honor our gracious and loving God, who truly loves each one of us for who we are.

If you feel the gentle nudge by the Holy Spirit calling you to get more involved or to help our special friends in one of our special needs ministries, please contact Sr. Cecilia, ceciliastjoseph@ gmail.com. Through ministering to our special friends, volunteers (catechists) experience much joy in our hearts. Thank you for your love, prayers and support!
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.
Pastoral Care Corner - Senior Gifts
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As you choose gifts for family and friends, please consider a small gift for our senior parishioners. Socks, toiletries and stationery as well as gift cards from merchants and restaurants are very welcome gifts. Christmas-wrapped blue tub is located behind the last pew to accept your unwrapped, so-thoughtful donations. Please place gift cards in an envelope marked “Senior Holiday Celebration” and take to the rectory or drop in the Sunday collection basket. Thank you for your generosity! Questions? Please call Helen Campbell, 795-7958.
Las Posadas at Old Mission San Jose
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Tuesday, Dec 15 to Wednesday, Dec 23 Come sing carols and celebrate Christmas - Since 1982, Las Posadas, Mary and Joseph’s Journey to Bethlehem, has been a tradition in the Mission San Jose Neighborhood. This year our journey with Mary and Joseph begins at 6PM on the front porch of the Mission San Jose Museum, 43300 Mission Blvd.

We will sing Christmas carols and proceed to a local business within two blocks of the Mission. A family is selected to carry the beautiful hand-carved statue of Mary and Joseph. Once inside the host business, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council has arranged for a short musical program and we will then enjoy light refreshments courtesy of our host. Please wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight to read the music sheets as we proceed. We hope you will join us rain or shine for this no-cost celebration during the Christmas season!

For a complete schedule, visit http://www.missionsanjose.org/lasposadas.html . For more information contact 510-657-1797 extension 106. This newspaper article previously reviewed this event.
Holy Communion needed at Home
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If you have a loved one who is sick, homebound, or has any other need that requires Holy Communion being brought to them, please see the green forms and box on the back table to sign-up.
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What is the Best Advent Ever? Sign up for a free email program that will help you slow down and focus on what matters most during this busy season. You will experience Advent in a whole new way—leading to the best Christmas of your life! https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever/#sign-up-form
Advent schedule and Christmas Mass Times
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Advent events
  • Wednesdays - Men's Prayer meeting @ 6:30am in St. Joseph Church
  • Dec 8 - Immaculate Conception ~ Holy Day of Obligation - 8am (Mission) & 7:30pm (Church)
  • Dec 15-23 - Las Posadas at Old Mission San Jose. (See http://www.missionsanjose.org/lasposadas.html for the complete schedule)
  • Dec 16 - 6am Filipino Dawn Mass

Christmas Eve- Sunday Dec. 24th
  • 4:00 pm - Children's Vigil Mass - St. Joseph Church
  • 9:00 pm - Youth Vigil Mass - St. Joseph Church
Midnight Mass
  • 12:00 am - St. Joseph Church
Christmas Day - Monday Dec. 25th
  • 7:30 am - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
  • 9:00 am - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
  • 11:00am - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
  • 12:30pm - Christmas Mass - St. Joseph Church
  • 4:00pm - Mandarin Mass - St. Joseph Church

New Year Masses
  • Sunday Dec 31 (7:30am, 9am, 11am, 12:30am, 4pm) - St. Joseph Church (no 6:30pm Mass)
  • Monday Jan 1 @ 10:00am - St. Joseph Church
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News from the Mission Gift Shop
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Looking for that special last minute gift? Perhaps you have someone who was married in the Mission Church or will soon be married there... There is a very limited number of UNFRAMED Mission Church lithographs, signed and numbered, still available. The prints are packaged in heavy plastic sleeves with a certificate of authenticity included. They are priced at $200 plus tax. When these are sold, there will be no reprinting.
Espada Court Victorian Christmas
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Espada Court in Fremont, decorates their Victorian style homes the full month of December with thousands of lights and lighted figures for Christmas, collecting money and canned foods by having volunteers outside each evening, handing out candy canes and information about the charitable cause. In the past we have collected for Sister John Marie's Pantry and the Tri-City Children's coalition and made sizable donations thanks to the many people who drive and walk through our Court. We will continue this tradition as long as we have volunteers to help us collect through the month.

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