Pastoral Care Ministry

The pastoral care ministries are based on the words of Jesus to the Pharisees ("You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and First Commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."), to Peter ("Feed my Lambs, Feed My sheep."), and on the very earliest traditions of the early Christian Church, which expected its members to care for one another.

Pastoral care ministries support parishioners in times of stress and offer God's consolation.

Pastoral Care of the Sick Ministry

Pastoral The pastoral care of the sick ministry is closest to the pure ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, who throughout his life cared for the sickest and neediest among the people of his time. This ministry reaches out to the sick at private homes, convalescent centers, and local area hospitals. Ministers spend time and read the Scriptures to those parishioners who cannot attend Mass. They also conduct Holy Communion prayer services and Rosary services at convalescent homes. The time requirements are flexible and fit into anyone's busy schedule. For more information, call the parish office at 408/252-7653.

Bereavement Ministry

Our parish provides a hospitality bereavement ministry for grieving families. Teams from the parish supply food for a small group of people in the family's home after a funeral or memorial service. The food items generally include salads (greens, jello, pasta, etc.) and desserts (brownies, cakes, cookies, or pies.)


Outreach includes a variety of people-oriented services for those that cannot help themselves. These services include the collection, sorting, storing, and distribution of food. This team stocks and maintains our parish food pantry, one of the food sources for the annual Thanksgiving Baskets. In addition, this ministry visits the Menlo Park Veterans Administration Hospital and Pleasant View Convalescent Home on a monthly basis, providing food and entertainment. They also act to provide emergency transportation in coordination with West Valley Community Services.

Outreach's Annual Thanksgiving Baskets

The Thanksgiving Food Drive is co-sponsored by St. Joseph of Cupertino Outreach team and West Valley Community Services. A parish food drive along with donations from St. Joseph of Cupertino School and Outreach Collections provide the generous quantities of food for each recipient family. Typically more than one hundred volunteers assemble the food boxes on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The very next day, a frozen turkey along with fresh produce and perishables are added. Distribution to the pre-qualified recipients then takes place in SJC's parish hall.

A huge Thank You! to all who helped make Outreach's
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Contact the parish office at...
Telephone: 408/252-7653