COVID-19 Update 11/18/2020

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This is the latest update to the Covid-19 restrictions in the Santa Cruz County, as per Governor Newsom. Effective Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 all Churches are closed for indoor service until further notice. This is extremely difficult and challenging for all of us especially as we are entering the Advent and Christmas seasons. Because of the unpredictability of the weather, we have decided to live stream the Mass at 7:00am and 10:00 am on Sundays. There will be no weekday daily Mass or Saturday Vigil Mass. If you participate in the Mass at home, you can come to the church from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to receive communion outside the front doors of the church by Father and an Extra Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Please wear a mask and follow the signs for safe distancing. If you are not feeling well, please receive spiritual communion at home. Offering baskets will be available for your convenience. Advent books will also be available for a donation. Thank you for your patience and support of our Parish. We will inform you of any updates or changes as soon as we hear. God’s Richest Blessings, Fr. Wayne Dawson Pastor

 

Anointing of the Sick

Pain & suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.

- Mother Teresa

Formerly known as "Last Rites" or "Extreme Unction", the Anointing of the Sick is one of the three repeatable Sacraments in the Catholic Church. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, they may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and after they have received it, if the illness worsens.

The belief that the Anointing of the Sick should be received only in the moments before death, is a misconception. The Sacrament is often received:

  1. Before surgery, or a serious medical procedure.
  2. During a long-term or terminal illness.
  3. Experiencing health issues related to old age.

The Anointing of the Sick is a prayer of healing, not only for our physical healing, but also for spiritual health, and for the strength, peace, and courage to bear the burden of illness.

As Catholics, we are asked to see our sufferings as a way of being united with the sufferings of Christ.

The Anointing of the Sick also imparts the forgiveness of sins, and therefore can only be administered by a priest or bishop.

If you would like additional information, please contact out Parish office at 831-475-8211 or stjosephs@stjoscap.org