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
Office Hours: M-F 10AM - 4PM
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
"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
"By professing the same faith, we stand firm on the same rock, we are transformed by the same Spirit of love, we radiate one light and we have a single insight into reality. Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity. Precisely because all the articles of faith are interconnected, to deny one of them, even of those that seem least important, is tantamount to distorting the whole." _____Pope Francis (Lumen fidei)
“This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”__Pope Francis
"Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage." ___Pope Francis
“And that is the temptation of falling into a state of 'spiritual well being'. We've got everything: the Church, Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, the Virgin Mary: everything. A good job from the Kingdom of Heaven. We are good, all of us. At least we must believe this, otherwise it would be a sin! But 'spiritual well being' isn't enough. Like the parable of the young rich man: he wanted to follow Jesus, but only up to a certain point. To be a real Christian you must receive the last anointment: the cross anointment, the anointment of true humiliation. He humiliated himself to the point of death. Even death on a cross. That is the cornerstone, the proof of our Christian reality: Am I a 'well being' Christian or am I a Christian that walks with Jesus towards the cross? It consists on being able to endure every single humiliation.” ___Pope Francis
“The sign of a true Christian is his ability to withstand humiliations with joy and patience; and this is something we don't like... But there are many Christians that looking towards the Lord, they ask for more humiliations to be more like Him. This is the choice. Whether to be a Christian of 'well being -and you'll go to heaven, I'm sure you'll be saved' - or a Christian close to Jesus, through His way.” ___Pope Francis
"What is then the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the life of the Church to guide us to the truth? First of all, remind and imprint on the hearts of believers the words that Jesus said, and precisely through these words, God’s law - as the prophets of the Old Testament had announced - is inscribed in our hearts and becomes within us a principle of evaluation in our choices and of guidance in our daily actions, it becomes a principle of life. Ezekiel’s great prophecy is realized: "I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. …I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them"(36:25-27). Indeed, our actions are born from deep within: it is the heart that needs to be converted to God, and the Holy Spirit transforms it if we open ourselves to Him." ____Pope Francis
"Let's ask ourselves: are we open to the Holy Spirit, do I pray to him to enlighten me, to make me more sensitive to the things of God? And this is a prayer we need to pray every day, every day: Holy Spirit may my heart be open to the Word of God, may my heart be open to good, may my heart be open to the beauty of God, every day. But I would like to ask a question to all of you: How many of you pray every day to the Holy Spirit? Eh, a few of you I bet, eh! Well, a few, few, a few, but we realise this wish of Jesus, pray every day for the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to Jesus."___Pope Francis
“Let us always ask God for this grace to know what is happening in our heart, in order always to make the right choice – the choice for the good – and may the Lord help us to love one another.” Pope Francis
“The first marker of Christian identity is the capacity to walk even where there are difficulties, to go beyond those difficulties.”
“A second feature of Christian identity is that a Christian is a lamb, and must retain this identity: the Lord sends us out as lambs among wolves. Sometimes temptation leads us to think: ‘This is difficult, these wolves are smart and I’ll be smarter than them’. But as long as you’re a lamb, the Lord will defend you, while if you’re a wolf, He won’t defend you, He will leave you alone.”
“A third feature of Christian identity is the 'Christian style', which is joy. Christians are people who exult because they know the Lord and they bring the Lord. It is not possible to walk as Christians without joy, to walk as lambs without joy. Even in the face of challenges, in the face of difficulties, in the face of our own mistakes and sins, there is the joy of Jesus, which always forgives and helps. Those Christians whose 'tempo' of life is 'adagio-complaining' are not helping the Lord or the Church. That is not the style of the disciple.” ___Pope Francis
“This first question for Peter — ‘Who am I for you?’ — can only be understood along a path, after a long path, a path of grace and of sin, a path of a disciple. Jesus did not say to Peter and to His Apostles “Know me”; He said, “Follow me!” And this following of Jesus makes us know Jesus. Following Jesus with our strength, but also with our sins, but always following Jesus. It is not a study of things that is necessary, but a life of a disciple.” Pope Francis
St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Entertainment
Saturday, March 15th at 5pm, at the Fairgrounds.
The festive evening will include Scottish dancers, Irish comedy,
and our annual Knights of Columbus corned beef &
Tickets can be purchased through the parish office, Del Norte Office Supply, and online here. Click to Purchase.
St. Joseph Youth Group
5:30-8:30pm. All youth, grades 6th-12th, are welcome!
*During Lent, Youth Group will meet at the Friday Stations; everyone is encouraged to attend!
Traditional Latin Mass
Wednesdays @ 12:10
First Friday Adoration
April 4th 4PM
Mass at 5:15 PM
Mondays at 4:30 in the church. All children grades k thru 12 are welcome. For information call Angela Mansfield at 951-8630.
For more information please talk to Bill Anderson, Linda Athey, Patrick Bailey or Becky Woods.