St. Joseph Catholic Church
319 E Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Parish Office Location
440 3rd Street
Crescent City, California 95531
Phone: (707) 465-1762
Fax: (707) 465-1763
Welcome to our parish website!
I am so very happy that you are visiting our online home! We are a Bible believing community of faith! Our family strives to be a welcoming, embracing and loving community of believers announcing the Good News of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with a passion!
Our church family is very diverse reminding us that in the kingdom of God there is no division but all are one as brothers and sisters with one Father of all. We come together for the central celebration of our faith, the Holy Eucharist, to feast on the Word of God in the first part of our celebration and in the second part we feast on the body and blood of Jesus as we share Jesus’ body and blood which He left us as memorial of His passion, death and resurrection.
If you are looking for a church to call your home, please know that you are welcome at St. Joseph’s. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to serve you!
Life is beautiful when it is lived with faith. So, fear not, just believe, for the Lord is with us!
With an assurance of my prayers for you and your loved ones, I am your servant and brother in the Lord Jesus,
Father Adam Kotas
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St. Joseph Parish Spiritual Reflections
"A Christian life starts with accepting God's gift of faith with "wonder and gratitude;" but it is a journey that continues as God seeks "to transform us" to become more like Christ and share his love with others. Only then does our faith become truly 'active through love;' only then does he abide in us" ___ Pope Benedict XVI
"Faith, if it is true, if it is real, becomes love, becomes charity, is expressed in charity. A faith without charity, without this fruit, would not be a true faith. It would be a dead faith."__Pope Benedict XVI
"All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone - for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as those who do us good. " ___St.John Marie Vianney
"When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other." ____St.John Marie Vianney
"The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ." ___St.John Marie Vianney
"If we had faith, we would see God hidden in the priest like a light behind glass, like wine mixed with water." ____St.John Marie Vianney
"Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth...What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods...Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and they will end by worshiping the beasts there..The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you."___ St.John Marie Vianney
"If we only knew the precious treasure hidden in infirmities, we would receive them with the same joy with which we receive the greatest benefits, and we would bear them without ever complaining or showing signs of weariness."___St. Vincent de Paul
"Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls."___Mother Teresa
“God is not solitude, but perfect communion. For this reason the human person, the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.” ― Pope Benedict XVI
"No true penitent forgets or forgives himself; an unforgiving spirit towards himself is the very price of God's forgiving him." Cardinal Newman (19th Cent)
“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
“The community of the saints is not an "ideal" community consisting of perfect and sinless men and women, where there is no need of further repentance. No, it is a community which proves that it is worthy of the gospel of forgiveness by constantly and sincerely proclaiming God's forgiveness...Sanctification means driving out the world from the Church as well as separating the Church from the world. But the purpose of such discipline is not to establish a community of the perfect, but a community consisting of men who really live under the forgiving mercy of God.”
"Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security." Isaiah 32:17
"If you want Peace, work for Justice." __ Pope Paul VI
"Sin wants to remain unknown. It shuns the light. In the darkness of the unexpressed it poisons the whole being of a person. This can happen even in the midst of a pious community. In confession the light of the Gospel breaks into darkness and seclusion of the heart. The sin must be brought into the light. The unexpressed must be openly spoken and acknowledged. All that is secret and hidden is made manifest. It is a hard struggle until the sin is openly admitted. But God breaks the gates of brass and bars of iron (Ps. 107:16)...
The expressed, acknowledged sin has lost all its power." ____Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together
"Whatever a man seeks, honors, or exalts more than God, that is the god of his idolatry." ___Archbishop Ullathorne Humility and Patience
"We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love."
--Saint Vincent de Paul
"One must see God in everyone."
--St. Catherine Laboure
"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others. "
--St. Clare of Assisi
"What does God ask of us? Not that we should be stronger than we are, but that we should confess our weakness and accept His strength. For God has provided all things for us in great abundance."
___ Archbishop William Bernard Ullathorne 1850
"Charity gives peace to the soul. For whoever loves God above all things rests his heart on the eternal peace. "God is greater than our heart." 1John 3:20 He can fill all our desires, and when the heart knows this, the nearer it draws to the Divine Fountain of Good, the more it finds repose. But we must keep in mind that charity can never come from oneself; it can only come from God".__Archbishop William Bernard Ullathorne 1850
"When virtue in all its perfection appeared in visible form to the eyes of men, when Christ, “the wisdom of God and the power of God,” 1Cor 1:24 was seen, and heard, and touched by men, the humble alone were drawn to Him with wondering love. The sensual and the proud scorned and crucified Him. Something more than human eyes is required to love that of which there is no element within us; and as the divine grace is the principle of Christian virtue, we first require the grace of humility to open our eyes to the divine beauty of that virtue which alone is worthy of God." ___ Archbishop William Bernard Ullathorne, 1850
"He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus." __ St Faustina
"Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance."
"Humility is the mother of many virtues because from it obedience, fear, reverence, patience, modesty, meekness and peace are born. He who is humble easily obeys everyone, fears to offend anyone, is at peace with everyone, is kind with all."
--St Thomas of Villanova
"As patience leads to peace, and study to science, so are humiliations the path that leads to humility."
--St. Bernard of Clairvaux
"No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility"
"The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with the eye, heart and mouth all that happens at the Altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens on the Altar. When acting in this way you have prayed Holy Mass." ____Pope Pius X
"God’s love does not distinguish between the infant in the mother’s womb or the child or the youth or the adult or the older person. In each one God sees His image and likeness. Human life is a manifestation of God and His glory."__Pope Benedict XVI
The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. — Pope Benedict XVI
To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith; it must be "working through charity," abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church #162
“Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith ‘man freely commits his entire self to God.’ For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’ Living faith ‘work[s] through charity’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1814).
Being a Christian is not just about following commandments: it is about letting Christ take possession of our lives and transform them.____Pope Francis
"Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church's credibility. Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God!" ____Pope Francis
"We are all sinners; all of us. We all commit sins. But calumny is something else. It is of course a sin, too, but it is something more. Calumny aims to destroy the work of God, and calumny comes from a very evil thing: it is born of hatred. And hate is the work of Satan. Calumny destroys the work of God in people, in their souls. Calumny uses lies to get ahead. And let us be in no doubt, eh?: Where there is calumny, there is Satan himself. "___Pope Francis
Let us not forget: if we are to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, our lives must bear witness to what we preach. ____Pope Francis
The Holy Spirit truly transforms us. With our cooperation, he also wants to transform the world we live in.___Pope Francis
“This is happening today. If investments in banks fall, it is a tragedy and people say 'what are we going to do?' but if people die of hunger, have nothing to eat or suffer from poor health, that's nothing. This is our crisis today. A Church that is poor and for the poor has to fight this mentality.” Pope Francis
"This may sound like heresy, but it is the greatest truth! It is more difficult to let God love us, than to love Him! The best way to love Him in return is to open our hearts and let Him love us. Let Him draw close to us and feel Him close to us. This is really very difficult: letting ourselves be loved by Him. And that is perhaps what we need to ask today in the Mass: 'Lord, I want to love You, but teach me the difficult science, the difficult habit of letting myself be loved by You, to feel You close and feel Your tenderness!" Pope Francis
“The commandments thus represent the basic condition for love of neighbour; at the same time they are the proof of that love. They are the first necessary step on the journey towards freedom, its starting-point. "The beginning of freedom", Saint Augustine writes, "is to be free from crimes... such as murder, adultery, fornication, theft, fraud, sacrilege and so forth. When once one is without these crimes (and every Christian should be without them), one begins to lift up one's head towards freedom. But this is only the beginning of freedom, not perfect freedom...". John Paul II Veritatis Splendor #13
"Jesus shows that the commandments must not be understood as a minimum limit not to be gone beyond, but rather as a path involving a moral and spiritual journey towards perfection, at the heart of which is love ( Col 3:14)." ...
" 'You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'. But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Mt 5:21-22, 27-28). Jesus himself is the living "fulfilment" of the Law inasmuch as he fulfils its authentic meaning by the total gift of himself: he himself becomes a living and personal Law, who invites people to follow him; through the Spirit, he gives the grace to share his own life and love and provides the strength to bear witness to that love in personal choices and actions" (Jn 13:34-35). John Paul II Veritatis Splendor
"To imitate and live out the love of Christ is not possible for man by his own strength alone. He becomes capable of this love only by virtue of a gift received. As the Lord Jesus receives the love of his Father, so he in turn freely communicates that love to his disciples: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love" (Jn 15:9). Christ's gift is his Spirit, whose first "fruit" (cf. Gal5:22) is charity: "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us" (Rom 5:5). Saint Augustine asks: "Does love bring about the keeping of the commandments, or does the keeping of the commandments bring about love?" And he answers: "But who can doubt that love comes first? For the one who does not love has no reason for keeping the commandments".
John Paul II Veritatis Splendor
"The negative precepts of the natural law are universally valid. They oblige each and every individual, always and in every circumstance. It is a matter of prohibitions which forbid a given action semper et pro semper,without exception, because the choice of this kind of behaviour is in no case compatible with the goodness of the will of the acting person, with his vocation to life with God and to communion with his neighbour. It is prohibited — to everyone and in every case — to violate these precepts. They oblige everyone, regardless of the cost, never to offend in anyone, beginning with oneself, the personal dignity common to all." John Paul II Veriatis Splendor
Copy paper for the parish office.
Now accepting registrations for CCD year 2013-2014: Registration forms are available in the back of the
church, in the parish office, and online. Print out form here.
Filipino American Catholic Community Fundraiser
The Filipino American Catholic Community will host our parish’s first Filipino Dinner, Saturday, 24 August.
Early sitting will be 5-6pm and the late sitting will be 6:30-7:30pm. All proceeds will be donated to our parish for the gym roof. Come and enjoy wonderful Filipino cuisine! Save the date.
Tickets are available for purchase after the Sunday 10 AM Mass, the church office, and Del Norte office Supply.
Donations To St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church depends on the generous donations of parishioners and friends to support the ongoing work of our parish. Funds donated are used to support the work of evangelization and to further maintain and refurbish our parish church. To make a donation by credit card use Paypal or send your donation to: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 3rd St. Crescent City, CA 95531. Thank you for your support.