St. Joseph Church, Crescent CityName of Church St. Joseph

Address 319 E Street, Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone number (707) 465-1762


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.  Sundays, 8 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 10 a.m., noon (Spanish).  Tuesday – Friday, 5:15 p.m.  Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Confessions Saturdays, 4:15-4:45 p.m., Sundays, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m., 11:15 – 11:45 a.m., Tuesdays, 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Names of priests Father Adam Kotas, pastor.  Father Kotas is originally from Poland, and grew up in Chicago, which has a large Polish community.  He was ordained a priest in 2010; Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa assigned him to St. Joseph’s in 2012.

Music  Choirs with guitar and piano. 

Special groups and activities Knights of Columbus; Women’s Society; Little Flowers Club (teaches virtue to girls); Filipino, Portuguese and Hispanic community groups.  St. Joseph’s serves the Catholic inmates of Pelican Bay State Prison, which houses California’s most dangerous criminals.

Fellow parishioners  Anglo and Hispanic.

Parking Plenty.

Acoustics Good.

Cry room No.

Additional observations  Crescent City is a coastal town in the diocese of Santa Rosa, not far from the Oregon border and three blocks from the ocean.  St. Joseph’s got its start in 1869, when Catholics bought an abandoned Methodist church and converted it to the city’s first Catholic church.

The church was rebuilt multiple times; twice it burned down in fires. The 5th and current St. Joseph Church was built in 1961.  A Good Friday 1964 tsunami which devastated much of Crescent City left the church untouched (and its parking lot littered with debris).

The diocese of Santa Rosa has suffered much in recent decades due to financial and sexual scandals, but has begun to reform under the leadership of its new bishop, Robert Vasa, who came to the diocese in 2011.  St. Joseph’s reflects that reform with some orthodox teaching and pious prayer (despite having such a young pastor!)