We will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26 with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. Please bring any UNCOOKED foods you wish to have blessed for your Thanksgiving meal in a basket. Your baskets will be placed near the altar for the Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing. There will be no 7:30am Mass on Thanksgiving Day.



On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, St. Joseph the Worker will be celebrating The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which coincides with the opening day for our Church's "Jubilee Year of Mercy."

Our special December 8th Schedule:

• 7:30am Morning Mass
• 12:10pm Lunch Time Mass

And to begin our Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy through the Intercession of our Mother Mary, please join us at St. Joseph for an Evening of Prayer, Mercy and Healing:

• 6:45pm Confessions until the last penitent in line.
• 7:00pm Candlelight Evening Mass
• 8:00pm A healing prayer service with Fr. Kenneth Nobrega. (The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics.)

The Sant'Egidio Community is coming to Oakland

By Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ
excerpted from the Catholic Voice

Some of the happiest days of my life were when I was stationed in Italy from 1987-1992. I was studying and teaching in Rome, at the Jesuit Gregorian University.

I lived in a community of 120 young Jesuit priests from all over the world. It was an experience of the "Universal Church."

It was also in Rome that I had a unique spiritual experience. It was not at the Vatican, as stunningly beautiful as it is. It was in the rustic neighborhood of Trastevere, "on the other side of the river."

Taking my evening passeggiata (stroll) I wandered into the Basilica of Santa Maria. Roman basilicas are usually frequented by tourists in baseball caps, and a few elderly women clad in black praying and lighting candles. This was different.

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A call for young people to dream and a desire to change the world

By Michele Jurich, Staff writer, Catholic Voice

When Charlie Gardner was planning to study abroad during his junior year at the University of Notre Dame, he asked his professor if it might be possible to volunteer in a soup kitchen.

"I didn't want to be just another American tourist in Rome," he said.

The professor told him about the Sant'Egidio Community, founded in Rome in 1968, in which community members gather for prayer and service to the poor.

"We have a group here in South Bend," she told him.

Gardner began his journey with the Sant'Egidio community in South Bend, Indiana, that October, visiting a nursing home. Then he went to Rome, where he became part of a vibrant community of prayer and service to the poor that goes beyond: It is the Sant'Egidio way to befriend the poor.

"I was looking for a way to connect my faith and my desire to serve," said Gardner, who, five years after graduation from Notre Dame, remains deeply involved in the Sant'Egidio community.

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