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


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In 1904 the Parish of Saint Joseph’s was established, having Chapel of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Aptos and Sacred Heart Chapel at Del Mar Hotel, now known as Villa del Maria, as Mission. The first pastor was Fr. Patrick J. Hennessy and during his time the Church and Rectory was built at the corner of Bay and Capitola Avenues.

Saint Joseph’s stood on that corner for the majority of the century, becoming one of the prominent landmarks of the city of Capitola. In 1970 serious preparations were made for building the new Church and Parish center on Monterey Avenue in Capitola. An architect by the name of Thomas R. Richmond was hired for the development of the new site. All parishioners were invited to a meeting at Good Shepherd School auditorium where they were given the opportunity to express what they did and did not want for their new Church and hall. The Architect was present at this meeting and listened carefully to what was said.

It was not until Mother’s Day 1972 that ground was broken on Monterey Avenue for what is now known as Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church. The last mass said at the old Saint Joseph’s was on the feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, 1973.

Opening Day of the new site was June 23, 1973. Four stained glass windows from the old Saint Joseph’s were installed in the Confessionals of the new Church. The carved wood statue of Our Lady of Carmel, that was brought from Spain in 1876, was transferred to Saint Joseph’s in the 1920’s, and now lives in the modern church in its own niche overlooking the congregation. The bell at the front of the property was also brought to the new site from the old site.

The Church was dedicated on February 24, 1974 by Most Reverend H.A. Clinch, D.D, Bishop of Monterey, for the Worship of God and in memory of a good and generous people. Saint Joseph’s Church was truly built by the community of God for the community of God.

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