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!

Perpetual Adoration

“Come to Me, all of you… Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart!” –Jesus, to St. Faustina

Currently vacant: Mon 5PM, Tues 3AM, Tues 9PM, Thurs 5PM, Thur 10PM, Fri 1AM, Sat 12PM(noon)

Co-adorer wanted: Mon 10AM, Mon 3PM, Wed 7AM, Thurs 6PM.  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 your current email address. Thank you!) May our Good God, Who cannot be outdone in generosity, reward you!

Finance Council Update

We are pleased to report that as a result of the proceeds received from your generous support of the Annual Ministries Appeal, we have completed the project of painting the interior of the church and installing new tile flooring in the Altar area.

The project came in slightly under budget at approximately $27,000. The remaining funds, which we will be receiving through the remainder of the year, will be reserved for future church improvements.

About All Saints Day

Tuesday November 1st, is All Saints Day, the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. The day is a Holy Day of Obligation, and celebrated at 5:00 Mass at St. Joseph’s.

It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.

The Catholic practice celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not. (From Catholic Online)

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.

Survey Update

Congratulations, and thank you to all who took the time to provide us with such in-depth thought in completing our parish wide Questionnaire, we received over 240 completed Questionnaires! The number of completions exceeded our expectations! The responses within each section of the Questionnaire were rich with valuable information. That information will enable all of us to move forward in developing our strategic direction for the future of our parish community.

As a result of such a large number of responses, with such rich in-depth information, the Pastoral Council will have to take more time to analyze and develop a report back to the parish. We will not be able to provide the Parish report back as planned by the weekend of October 23. We will report back to the parish as soon as the analysis is complete, we anticipate completion by December. Please excuse our missed deadline, we really want to ensure the quality of analysis of the Questionnaires responses is achieved.

In the meantime, the Questionnaire is still available on our website for anyone who wishes to complete it, and have their responses incorporated into our analysis. The outstanding number and depth of our parish community responses to the Questionnaire once again reminds us of how fortunate and blessed we ALL are to belong to such a beautiful faith filled family.

God’s blessings to all of you, The Pastoral Council

Religious Education

Religious Education Classes K-5th grades have started. Two free programs offered at the 11:00 am Family Mass are:

  1. Lambs for Jesus ages Toddler-Kindergarten. Drop off before 11:00 mass down stairs in the parish hall.
  2. Children’s Liturgy of the Word ages 1-5th grades. Father will call children up to the alter before the readings to go downstairs to hear the word of God on a children’s level. Children will return upstairs after the Homily.

Celebrating Sister Joan’s Jubilee!

All are invited to join us in celebrating and honoring our dear Sister Joan Derry at her Jubilee Mass on Sunday, Oct 23, at 11:00 am Mass. Please join us downstairs for a Jubilee reception in her honor immediately following Mass in our parish hall.

Sister Joan has requested no gifts please, she is humbled and grateful for our recognition of her dedication and her years of service to all of us !

Religious Education Ministry

The religious education ministry is hosting our coffee and donuts this weekend.  This ministry is a key part of our parish children’s faith formation and helps the family by reinforcing Catholic values.

The Parish aims to help families understand prayer, worship and service. This ministry works with children from 5 years to young adults. The programs vary from Sunday classes to evening teen “get togethers” to help foster community and provide an alternative to modern distractions such as TV, internet, and video games.

After the 9:00 or 11:00 masses, take some time and get to know the tireless teachers in the religious education ministry. Give them thanks,  and  perhaps find  an opportunity where you can help as well.