9 Days for Life

The U.S. bishops’ annual 9 Days for Life novena takes
place Thursday, January 18 to Friday, January 26. Pray
for the respect and protection of all human life with new
intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download
the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email,
text message or an app. Join at www.9daysforlife.com!

Couples Retreat

Fr. Wayne will preside at a Married Couple’s Retreat on January 20th, beginning with Mass
at 8:30AM. On January 27th at the 5:00 PM Mass, married couple’s are invited to repeat their
Marriage Vows followed by a celebration including dinner and dancing in the church hall.
Please put these two important events on your 2018 calendar.

Book Club

Next meeting for discussion of Thomas Merton’s,

“Seven Storey Mountain”

is Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM in
the Mary room.

Raffle Tickets

Buy your raffle ticket in the office and become eligible for the monthly gift baskets. The sooner
you buy your ticket, the more gift basket opportunities you will be eligible for. If you win a
monthly basket, you are still eligible for the big raffle drawings!!!

Religious Education New Years Schedule

No classes for Lambs for Jesus and Children’s Liturgy of the Word – December 31st, and January 7th. Classes begin
again January 14th. No classes for Religious Education – January 4th. Classes begin again January 11th.

Prayer Corner

Often we are confronted with the need to welcome a stranger to our lives, possibly in our homes, or our workplace, or at St. Joseph’s. Jesus taught us much about how our hospitality should manifest. This prayer is a reflection on our hospitality.

Welcoming the Stranger: Prayer for Hospitality
(Catholic Household Blessing and Prayers)

Loving God, your son Jesus said your Kingdom is like a banquet:
a festive gathering for all people of every race and color
a table at which the lonely find company,
the hungry savor rich foods and fine wine,
and strangers enjoy warm family ties.
Jesus calls us to build this Kingdom here on earth.

Teach us, Lord, the ways of hospitality.
Give us the spirit of joyful welcome and the sensitivity to help people on the move to feel they belong.

Grant that our tables at home may draw our new neighbors from other lands into a loving community and that the eucharistic tables in our parishes may prefigure that banquet in heaven where all are one with you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen

Opportunities to Serve at St. Joseph’s

St Joseph’s has the following opportunities for you to participate more fully at our church. Contact the church office to learn more.

Lectors
We need readers to proclaim the word of the Lord.
Office Volunteers
We need people who can serve during the daytime office hours
Adult Altar Servers
Our Masses can use men and women who can help our Masses. Pope Francis said “you experience the intimate closeness of Jesus, the sweetness and power of his presence.”
Bulletin/Web Article Writers
If you have a talent for writing we can use people to help create inspiring articles for our web and bulletin.

St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry needs food items.

St. Vincent de Paul is one of St. Joseph’s most active ministry. Every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon pre package food, and food vouchers are given to those living in the Capitola area who need assistance.

Currently the food pantry is in need of cereal, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit, Rice-a-Roni and Top-Ramen.
The food donation bins are located in the church vestibule.

If you would like to volunteer, watch the “This Week at St Joseph’s” for the next meeting. You can also call the volunteer line at 831-423-SVDP. SVdP is dedicated to meeting the needs of the poor in Santa Cruz County in a variety of ways, and as you might expect there’s a broad spectrum of ways to get involved. Whatever your passion, whatever your availability, you’ll make a difference.!

1st Annual St. Joseph’s Community Fundraising Raffle

We are excited to announce that the biggest fund raiser of
the year will be a raffle! For a $100 tax deductible donation, you are given the chance to win $10,000 back in cash! The first prize winner will receive $10,000, and there are also three other chances to win, as the second prize winner will receive $2,000, third prize winner will receive $1,000 and fourth prize winner $500. Because there are only 500 tickets, your chances of winning are so great!

Our raffle is a chance for you to win monetary prizes and an opportunity for you to support your parish community. By participating in this raffle, you will be providing necessary financial support to our many life giving ministries. These ministries are extraordinarily important to our parish family as they are at the center of ensuring all of us are stronger together!

As we approach the Christmas Season, we ask you to join us in making our first ever parish wide community fundraising raffle a success! Purchase soon, there are less than 200 tickets left!