Advent

This weekend is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, which symbolizes Peace. The fourth candle is often referred to as the “Angels Candle”. This reminds us of the message “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

On this Sunday, the liturgical color returns to violet. Violet is a dark color, ‘the gloomy cast of the mortified, denoting affliction and melancholy’. Perhaps this is to remind us of the difficult circumstances described in this week’s Gospel.

The way that Joseph and Mary face these circumstances tells us much about these holy people and their faith in God. Joseph and Mary are betrothed to be married. Betrothal in first century Jewish culture was in fact the first part of the marriage contract. A breach of this contract was considered adultery. Mary is found to be with child. If adultery is proven, the punishment might be death. Joseph has rights under Mosaic law, but chooses to act discreetly in his plans to break the marriage contract, so as to protect Mary. Then God intervenes.

The Gospel scripture, tells us about the angelic visit to Joseph in a dream. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” This reminds us of our anticipation, as we wait to celebrate Jesus’ birth in one week. The readings during the week tell us of the visits of Gabriel, to Mary and Elizabeth.

Lets look for angels in our lives this Advent!!!

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 our outreach ministries serving our parish family and the broader community. Our GIVING TREE ministry focuses on providing much needed gift cards to members of our parish family and to members of our broader community who may be experiencing a crisis in their lives that prohibit them from purchasing vital day to day resources. 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 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 to assist 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 to assist them with on-going help.

In addition, another 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.

Our GIVING TREE ministry is 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. A time to reflect and appreciate our caring for each other and our community in a time of need.

On behalf of all those that have been helped with gift cards who continually ask how they can share their gratitude to our Parish for its generosity and kindness, Father Wayne would like to honor all of you with a special Mass of Gratitude. The last Gratitude Mass schedule is Saturday, December, 17th, 5 PM.

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.

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] pacbell.net

Christmas Book Gift from St Josephs

A special out reach gift will be given to each family at St Joseph’s on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are giving copies of Matthew Kelly’s book, “Rediscover Jesus”.

This outreach is intended to provide a loving resource to help families who have lost their connection with Jesus, to either redefine their life with Jesus, or to reconnect and re-find the life they used to have in the church.

It is our hope that families will find this inspirational special resource to revitalize their relationship with Jesus.

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]