St-John Local News
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Catholic Church

120 Russell Avenue
Corner of Hw 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-4657

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September 20, 2022

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

On March 20, 2020, due to the pandemic and our inability to join in our public celebration of the Eucharist in person, I granted a Dispensation from the Obligation to celebrate Sunday Eucharist. Beginning the weekend of October 8 /9, 2022, The Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the dispensation is lifted.

As is the case with any illness, if you are sick, you do not have to go to Sunday Eucharist. This has always been the teaching of the Church. Live-streaming for the celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist was never meant to be a replacement for being in person. So, if you have not begun to return to Mass at your local parish, I invite you to return to Mass because you are important to the celebration.

Lastly, I announce that as of October 7, 2022, Memorial of our Lady of the Rosary, the offering of the Chalice to the people of God is to be resumed. The General Instruction to the Roman Missal is clear that the fullest expression Communion is when both the Body of Christ and the Precious Blood is offered at every celebration of the Eucharist. Please be assured of my prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia
Bishop of Monterey

No on Proposition 1

Proposition 1 would enshrine the explicit right to abortion in our state constitution, setting a nationwide precedent. It is the most egregious expansion of abortion this country has ever seen, far beyond Roe, and will likely cost taxpayers millions as it is challenged in court.

No on Prop 1 - A message from Bishop Daniel E. Garcia

September 29 - October 7

As we are approaching October, the Respect Life Month, the bishops of California are inviting all Catholics to engage in prayer and fasting to end abortion and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to form the minds and hearts of California citizens to defeat Prop 1. With that in mind, our bishops are hosting a Novena to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary to Defeat Proposition 1 from September 29 to October 7—see the Novena flyer [here] and visit for more information.


Santa Cruz #95 Y.L.G.I invites you to our Fall Luncheon and La "Ruma" gee Fashion Show.

Saturday November 5th, 2022
Time: 12:00 noon.
Place: Our Lady Star of the Sea Hall,
    515 Frederick St. Santa Cruz 95062.
Price: $25

This will help with our ongoing charities:
Nuns, Siena House, JMJ House and many others.
Great Raffle Prizes: 3 for $5.
Bring a friend, a sister, or someone from church.
RSVP by November 3rd at 831-423-8141.

Parish Hall renovation

The painting phase is in progress and should be done by next week. The next phase will be a new floor in October.

August 6, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Grace of Our Lord be with you all!

It has barely been a month since we started and have now completed the FIRST PHASE of our Hall Renovation. The results are really amazing and surprisingly unexpected. Everyone who is able to see the results appreciates very much the new atmosphere the Hall now provides. It will now give us more space for weekly activities and future events.

In this letter I would like to appeal to your generosity to raise the amount of $23,840.00 so that we can proceed to the SECOND PHASE (interior painting) of this project. A majority of that amount will be spent on labor for painting preparation and minor repairs of the ceiling. Once we have completed this stage of the renovation, we will be able to resume our weekly activities and enjoy the Hall's new ambiance that everyone is looking forward to.

Any amount you can contribute towards the SECOND PHASE of this project is greatly appreciated! It will immediately give us the opportunity to resume our social, religious and community gatherings that are essential to our life in our parish.

Fraternally yours,

Fr. Roy

July 7, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace Be With You!

Despite the many challenges we have been faced with during the pandemic, our life in St. John was never put to a full stop. We continued to celebrate our faith life in the midst of the lockdowns and emergency evacuations. We all made it through because we continued to hold on to our faith and never showed any signs of discouragement.

As parishioners of St. John, you continually show active support to our church either by remotely participating in the liturgies or actively joining in-person in all of our liturgical celebrations and some recently held social events.

It is our common prayer today that Our Lord will fully free us from the Covid-19 virus and its variants. In the meantime, I can only count the blessings our church continues to receive even during this pandemic.

I am personally and sincerely grateful to all of you for your generous support in which we have been able to accomplish the projects necessary for the upkeep and maintenance of our church. There have been two major accomplishments that are notable to mention:

First is the exterior repainting of our church building. It was during the lockdown that we completed this project.

Second is the solar energy panels. They are now up and running and giving us an efficient supply of electricity on a daily basis.

Meanwhile our Finance Council and I have been deeply concerned about the conditions of our Church Hall. Even before the pandemic started, we had been planning to improve its deteriorating conditions. To realize our plan, we came up with the following proposals that are strategically broken into sub-proposals to spread out the cost of the entire project:

First Phase - Removal of classroom panels; tear down the dividing walls on the ceiling to open up the beams. Total estimated amount - $8,500.00

Second Phase - Interior repainting; this includes labor intensive preparation for the walls, beams and minor replacements of the tiles in the ceiling. This will include the kitchen, bathrooms and the Fran Regain Room. Total estimated amount - $ 23, 840.00

Third Phase - Replacement of the flooring; this will include the bathrooms, kitchen and the Fran Regain Room. Total estimated amount - $34,822.00

Grand Total - $ 67,162.00

And lastly we will also be upgrading all of our lightings to LED.

You may have noticed that we already started the First Phase since it does not need a huge amount to cover its cost. With your generous support we can raise the amount of funds needed to proceed to the repainting of the walls and beams.

We are hoping to implement all of the proposals as soon as we are able to gather the necessary amount of funds towards the completion of our Church Hall.

Fraternally yours,

Fr. Roy

Catechism Class Notes for September 4th

We meet on Sunday at 9:45.

Catechism students are asked to bring their sprouted plants and old blankets and towels to class with them

When we have a sufficient number of towels for the SPCA, we will set a date to deliver them and to walk the dogs.

We should have enough plants to sell in October.

Thank you for your efforts.

There is great joy in serving others.

Help for the Home Bound

Some parishioners are not able to attend Mass because they need transportation to Church.

Do you need a ride to Church?

Are you able to provide a ride for someone else?

If enough people respond perhaps we could put together a directory so the person offering a ride lives in the neighborhood of the one who needs to be picked up.

Call or email Judie 336-1516 <j.kolbmann at>
( in order to prevent SPAM to the above email address, replace the " at " with "@")

Eucharistic Ministers

We are also looking for Eucharist ministers who would be available to bring the Eucharist to homebound parishioners to their homes on sunday mornings. Training will be available.
Contact Tom Howser

Weekly Schedule

3:30pm: Confession
4:00pm: Indoor Mass


8:30am: Indoor Mass
11:30am: Indoor Mass
For all weekend Masses, if you listen on the radio (87.9FM) Communion will be distributed in the rear parking lot

Weekday Mass

Wednesday: 8:30am
Thursday: 9:30am
Friday: 10:00am Adoration
11:30am Mass

Mass Intentions

Oct 8 4:00 Wanda and Steve Nyarady
by Marie Sikora
Oct 9 8:30 Joseph Trang by
Thien & Lan Nguyen Pham
11:30 Diane Pola (alive)

Financial Corner

Monthly Plate Budget: $7032
Plate Collection for August $10,190.17
The Lord bless your generosity

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