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.!

St. Joseph’s History

The St Joseph’s History Club has been steadfastly collecting memorabilia. The club is a group of St. Joseph’s parishioners reaching out to the diocese and its individual churches to collect memorabilia, photographs and vignettes of personal historical data on St. Joseph’s church in Capitola. You can mail your historical copies to Jean Dunn at St. Joseph’s Church, 435 Monterey Ave, Capitola California 95010 or email to [email protected]

Grief Ministry – New Support Group

The St Joseph’s Grief Ministry will be holding a grief support group that begins on Tuesday January 10th. It will be held in the Mary Room at 6:30 PM and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. The January session will meet every Tuesday for 6 weeks.

The St. Joseph’s Grief Ministry consists of 4 loving and caring parishioners who have lost loved ones and want to offer and share their hearts with others who are going through similar experiences. This active St. Joseph’s ministry has been caring for others for over 3 years.

The volunteers also have professional experience ranging from Hospice grief care and Psychology. To learn more about the group, or to participate in the group, please contact Doreen Alfaro, at 408-893-8399 or email at [email protected]

The grief ministry will continue to provide additional support groups as parish needs arise.

Perpetual Adoration

“In order to convert America and save the World what we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the

Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer.” –Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Currently vacant:  Mon 3PM, Tues 12AM (Mon midnight), Tues 3AM, Wed 7AM, Fri 2AM, Fri 3AM, Sat 12PM(noon).  Co-adorer wanted:  Mon 10AM

Is Jesus calling you to a particular hour each week?  If you cannot commit to a regular hour, would you like to try being a substitute?  Call Nina & Larry Wagner at (831) 479-8597, or email [email protected] to sign up.  (Current adorers and substitutes, please give us with your current email address. Thank you!)  May our Good God, Who cannot be outdone in generosity, reward you!

Christmas Decorations Help Wanted

Mark December 22nd at 8:30 on your calendar! St Josephs will be completing the decorations for Christmas Eve and Christmas day and we need your help. Help us make this a joyous occasion and make new friends with fellow parishioners as we bring in the celebration of the Birth of Christ.

Also make a note – the December 22nd Mass will be in the Mary room, so we can have adequate time to complete our decorations.

Team Up with Religious Ed and JMJ

Religious Education Grades K-5th are teaming up with The Jesus Mary And Joseph House to collect clothing for the families residing there.

The Jesus Mary Joseph Home (JMJ) is a shelter for homeless women, children and the terminally ill. JMJ provides a Christ centered living situation in a Catholic Christian tradition and is an additional community outreach of St. Francis Catholic Kitchen. It was founded in 1989 and provides shelter for women and children. The goal is to guide them on their road to work and permanent housing.

The always needed general supplies for Children and Adults are:

  • Socks sizes infant to adult Toothbrushes
  • Hair brushes Slippers
  • Pajamas Art Supplies

Please consider helping us by donating what you can. Donations can be put in the baskets marked JMJ House in the entrance to the church.

Giving Tree Ministry

Each advent season our generous parishioners participate in our GIVING TREE ministry. The GIVING TREE ministry of St Joseph’s is one of the outreach ministries serving our parish family and the broader community. Our GIVING TREE ministry focuses on providing much needed gift cards for members of our parish family, as well as to members of our broader community, who may be experiencing a crisis that has created a financial void prohibiting them from purchasing vital day to day resources, such as food, gas, clothing. The gift cards, from our giving parish family, are a valuable offering of help to them in a time of need.

While the GIVING TREE ministry is visible and active during the Advent season collecting your generous gift card offerings, it is very important that our parish continue our visible, active outreach efforts with gift card assistance to those in need all throughout the year.

Since we began three years ago to use the gift card donation as a way of participating in the GIVING TREE ministry during the Advent season, our parish has responded very generously. Last year, we collected $11,680.00 in gift cards. So far this year we have distributed to those in need of help $9,000.00. At this rate of giving by the end of this year we expect to have exhausted our GIVING TREE funds that assists so many individuals and families.

Your generous contribution not only supports the purchase of gift cards it also provides the opportunity for the Ministry to provide individuals with information regarding community services and resources that can assist them with on-going help if needed .

Another very valuable aspect of the ministry is that the gift card giving becomes an important pathway for providing our parish family with an opportunity to participate in the spirit of giving, caring and connection to our community that results in the extension and expansion of our vision, “All are Welcome”.

Once again, as in the past, our Giving Tree ministry begins on November 26/27, the first Sunday of Advent, Chaired this year by our Christians in Commerce Ministry.

During this Advent time of reflection, it is important to think about how blessed we are as a parish family. To reflect and appreciate our caring for each other and our community, how in time of need we do what we can to support and care for one another in so many ways.

To that end, on behalf of all those that have been helped with gift cards and continually ask how they can thank and share their gratitude to our Parish for its generosity and kindness, Father Wayne, on their behalf, would like to honor all of you who so unselfishly give with a special Mass of Gratitude. The Masses will be spread out and offered over the four Sunday’s of Advent.

The Gratitude Mass schedule is as follows :

  • Sunday, November 27, 9 AM Mass
  • Sunday, December 4, 5 PM Mass
  • Sunday, December 11, 11 AM Mass
  • Saturday, December, 17th, 5 PM Mass

Please know that your giving spirit has touched the lives and hearts of many members of our St Joseph’s family and our broader community God bless you and your loved ones during this Advent season.

Book Club

The next meeting of St. Joseph’s Book Club is Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Room. The selection for this meeting is “The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming” by Henri Nouwen.

“A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.” – Amazon

ALL ARE WELCOME! Questions: call Jane Salm at 476-3724 or email at [email protected]

Sacristan Ministry

Under the dedicated leadership of Paching Adolfo, a loyal group comprised of Anne Breiling, Mary Christensen, Juan & Ana Enriquez, Howard Major, Ken Mattas and Julie Szeremet have been quietly providing the preparation and set up for St. Joseph’s liturgical celebrations. Sacristans create a place for prayerful liturgy, freeing Father Wayne to give attention to the prayer and pastoral care of the people.

Anne Breiling trained as a sacristan through the encouragement of her brother Michael, but then left town for school and work. Since moving back, she has served regularly since 2009. “Being able to play a part in preparing the sanctuary and cleansing the sacred vessels after the liturgy is an incredible privilege, and as a lay contemplative and introvert I really savor the quiet time alone in the church before and after.”

Mary Christensen’s introduction to the ministry was by need. “One Sunday evening as I arrived for mass there was no Sacristan. I was asked if I knew how to prepare for mass and with the help of some Eucharist ministers we got it done. That was when I discovered I can do this, and that it is very rewarding to serve in this way.”

Juan & Ana Enriquez also recognize that “It is a privilege to serve God preparing everything for the feast together as a family in Christ.”

Howard Major and his wife Victoria returned to St. Joseph’s after a twelve year missionary stint in Mexico. “Have you ever fantasized about actually being present at one of the significant moments in the life of Jesus? Being a sacristan places me squarely at the scene of the Last Supper as one of the disciples helping to prepare the Passover meal. It is a profoundly simple and hidden ministry that epitomizes the spiritual concept of service. It also reminds me that I am the face of Jesus throughout the rest of the week as I try to live my faith walk with those I meet.”

Julie Szeremet became a sacristan after she was asked to fill in when the position was vacated by a departing church member a few years ago. “I have become closer to Christ through the Eucharist. Christ works through us to bring us closer to Him; all we have to do is say yes.”

Coordinator Paching says that back in ’95, all liturgies were taken care of by two sacristans, Sidney Dunphy in the morning and Andy Antonetti in the afternoon. When one of the sacristans died, she recalled that after a Sunday Mass, used chalices were left in the sacristy unpurified. “That was when my ‘Martha’ instincts kicked in. There never was a time since then that I have felt being a sacristan is a burden; rather, every time I serve, I feel the same gratitude as the first time.”

Any registered parishioner in good standing can be a sacristan, must be confirmed, and approved by the pastor. Training is provided.  If interested  

Donate a Frozen Turkey

This week religious ed is appealing to help the JMJ Home. In addition to the homes wonderful work, they also run a soup kitchen, and they need help.

For this year’s traditional Thanksgiving feast, St Francis Catholic Kitchen will once again need 20 turkeys to feed around 175 homeless, hungry men, women & children. To allow for preparation time, please deliver frozen turkeys to the soup kitchen by Friday, November 18. The soup kitchen is located at 205 Mora Street in Santa Cruz. Questions? Call Richard Crowe, kitchen director, at 831-459-6712. Thank you & may God bless you!