St Joseph, our Patron Saint


St Joseph


During March we celebrate
St. Joseph, our Patron
Saint. March is the heart of
Lent, and Joseph as The
spouse of Mary the mother


of Jesus and the legal father
of Jesus according to Jewish

law Joseph is a model of
humility and obedience
to God’s will. He followed
God’s instructions, given by
angels in dreams, and took
the pregnant Mary into his
home as his wife, protected
her and Jesus at the child’s
birth in Bethlehem through
the family’s sojourn in Egypt,
and provided for them as a
carpenter in Nazareth. This
feast, which was celebrated
locally as early as the ninth
century, became a universal
feast in the fifteenth century, when it was placed on the
liturgical calendar. Pope Pius IX named St. Joseph Patron
of the Universal Church in 1870; he is also the patron saint
of carpenters, the dying, and workers.
This year the feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on Monday
March 19th. This is a great time to reflect on St. Joseph, his
role as a father, and as a Patron Saint of our Church.

Let’s Get Ready to Raffle!

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!!

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!

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.


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.

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.!

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.