who receives the Body & Blood? Who can vote? Aptos CA Catholics & Episcopalians tighten their rules — very differently

rules tighten differently  at Episcopalian & Catholic churches in Aptos, CA

Aptos CA Catholics and Episcopalians tighten  their rules — in quite different ways.

  Episcopalians pay to pray before voting:

The laying on of hands by an Episcopalian bishop  and the payment of identifiable  money to the church are two of a number of   requirements for members  at St. John’s in Aptos, CA who want to vote Dec. 10, 2017.

  The Rector, Mother Tracy, writes in an email 12/07/2017  that  in order to be “technically” an Episcopalian,   sometime in the past an Episcopalian bishop laid hands in a church service  on the person.   All  who meet various  requirements can vote Dec. 10 for elections to the church board.

Aptos Catholic  christians also tighten their rules:  The last to receive will be first now. Different housekeeping rules will  be  enforced at  Resurrection Catholic Community. The order of who gets served  first is one change.

  Remember  the bible verse,    “The  last will be first —  and the first will be last”? [Matthew 20:16] It’s an apt summary.

   The Eucharistic Ministers at  Resurrection Catholic Community   who assist with the service  — these people  who used to be the  last persons  to receive — will now be first persons   to receive.   Each Eucharistic Minister will  receive from the  Catholic priest prior to   serving others.

It was stated that this is an “old”  Catholic rule  — one of many “shoulds” that need to  be done — that  now  goes into effect at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos, CA.    Further,   the tender  care with which any remaining Body and Blood is handled after everyone has received, those rules are tightened.

 So — are there any  Aptos Catholic christians who want to receive directly from their priest?   Ask to serve and be trained  as an Eucharistic Minister. The last to receive will now be first to receive at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos.

 At St. John’s episcopal church all attendees standing in a circle  receive the Body from the priest and then they receive the  Blood from an assisting Eucharistic Minister.

Of most importance is participation as the Body of Christ.  All are welcome at St. John’s episcopal and Resurrection catholic community.

Below are photos taken 12/10 on Voting Day at St. John’s episcopal. Great coffee! 

written by Cameron Jackson

Monerey Bay Forum

127 Jewell Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States (US)
Phone: 831 688 6002
Fax: 831 688 7717
Email: jaj48@aol.com

Protest $2 MILLION Aptos Creek Road plans — move that bus out of lane of traffic & fix ramp?

Move that bus out of the  lane of traffic?     In the proposed Aptos  Creek Road  plans  — at taxpayer expense of $2 MILLION —  the bus cannot fully exit the lane of traffic when stopped.  If the bus cannot fully exit then it sticks out in traffic.  What about the traffic behind the bus?    Those cars just  wait, right?

And the proposed  ramp hard for those with mobility problems?  So put in a ramp but don’t put in one that really works?


The info below was written by Becky Steinbrunner:

“Greetings, All, —
“I am sending this Bcc to those whom I think would be interested.  Please pass the information below to others you think would want to know, as well as on social media and NextDoor.  Sign the Online Petition  to protest using further Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) public money to pay for proposed road work at Aptos Creek Road that is to benefit the Aptos Village LLC developers, when they are paying virtually nothing: ( I could not get a photo of the Aptos Creek Rd. intersection to load onto the petition website)


“Please know that any money you donate to the website DOES NOT go to me, but rather supports Change.org.
******I saw an announcement in today’s Santa Cruz Sentinel ‘Coastlines’ that work will begin on the Trout Gulch intersection railroad crossing next Monday and continue through December 8, with expected delays of 20 minutes.  I looked on the Dept. of Public Works website and found this:


posted November 20, 2017:
 “Work is on break for Thanksgiving holiday following last week’s rain shutdown.
Work will resume on November 27, 2017 on the railroad crossing while switching to a night time schedule, 8 pm to 6 am.  One lane will remain open at all times with flaggers assisting motorists through the intersection during work hours for the safety of construction staff and the community.  A one night closure to lay down rail will need to be completed with more information forthcoming.  The detour route will be Valencia Road via Freedom Boulevard and Trout Gulch Road.
Progress on new bus shelter turnout:”

(photos of the new bus stop that will not be wide enough to allow the bus to fully exit the lane of traffic when stopped, due to required utility setbacks from the rail line)

 Meanwhile, on December 7, 9am (Board Chambers @ 701 Ocean Street) the RTC Board will consider approving an additional $1.9 Million for the Phase II Aptos Village Traffic Improvement Project work at Aptos Creek Road (project application #25).  Even though the RTC has granted $1.2 million to the Phase I work already, with a contingent in last year’s grant to install bike racks, no bike racks are included anywhere in the total County Public Works project areas.  It is also unclear whether there will be Class II bike lanes on Soquel Drive in the Village, with the addition of dedicated turn lanes to accommodate the Aptos Village Project and on-street parallel parking for the existing businesses. The County has consistently ranked this project applicaton area as highest priority for the past three years

The plans for the application #25 project this year were withheld from my Public Records Act request, with Public Works staff stating it was in the best interest of the public not to do so, but I did see a diagram of the work on the screen at the two RTC Committee meetings that I attended.  I could not discern if there will be track replacement in the full Phase II project area, as there has been in the Phase I area (at huge taxpayer expense due to soil contamination problems).

Have you seen the large rail warning light system stored in the back of the Aptos Village Project construction area that is probably going up at Trout Gulch?  It is the same as what you see at State Park Drive railroad crossing.  Ridiculous and expensive.

Please feel free to pass this information on to others whom you think would be interested.  I think we need to get alot of letters to the RTC before December 7 to protest the $1.9 million grant for Phase II and to get people to show up at the December 7 meeting.  Commissioner Jacques Bertrand has already asked staff to investigate the Phase I problems with the relocated #71 Inbound bus stop in the Villag (the 100′-long 5%-grade sidewalk to access the bus stop will present problems for those with mobility challenges).

Write RTC Executive Officer George Dondero <gdondero@sccrtc.org>  Call 460-3200
    RTC Deputy Director Luis Mendez <lmendez@sccrtc.org>
     RTC Chairman Zach Friend <zach.friend@santacruzcounty.us>   Call 454-2200
You can find the e-mail addresses for all RTC Board members here: https://sccrtc.org/about/commission-members
Please speak out on this and be mindful of the upcoming delays to your travels in the Aptos Village area for the next couple of weeks.
Take care,
Becky Steinbruner

Comments:   The public aka Becky Steinbrunner  was told it was in the public’s  best interest NOT to know the proposed bus stop plans in Aptos Creek Village area.    Since when is it ever in the best interest of the public to withhold information about a proposed $2 MILLION tax burden?

Be sure to sign Becky’s Petition.  There are 111 signatures so far.  More the better.


Cleaning locally  ‘the swamp’ might start by requiring all public expenditures and the proposed plans be available via internet?

Cameron Jackson   DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

How to protest $3 MILLION for traffic light Aptos Creek Road — don’t want to pay?

$3  MILLION for traffic light at Aptos Creek Road — don’t want to pay? What to do?

Don’t want to pay $3 MILLION for proposed  traffic light at Aptos Creek Road in Aptos, CA?     What you can do  —

Call by phone.  Send emails.  Collect signatures. Tell others to protest.

 Sign  the on-line petition:

By sending email to the Regional Transportation Commission the RCC  gathers email  into a log which goes to all the commissioners.  The commissioners already know this is a HOT topic.  This is one way to let government know.
It’s also important to contact your supervisor —  that’s Zack Friend for the Aptos area.  And contact the Santa Cruz Planning Office.  The person there to contact is Steve Wiesner, Assistant Director of Public Works.   Here’s how.
 1) Regional Transportation Commission   info@sccrtc.org      2) Steve Wiesner  (831) 454-2794   with Santa Cruz County Planning Office  and 3) Supervisor  Zack Friend  zack.friend@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Steve Wiesner (831) 454-2794  — You can leave a message and ask for his e-mail address.
Call the RTC at 831-460-3200 and ask for Director George Dondero or Deputy Director Luis Mendez
Call Public Works at 831-454-2160  and ask for Director John Presleigh or Christine Berge, Information Officer
Call Supervisor Zach Friend at 831-454-2200
written by Cameron Jackson   DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Below info was written by Becky Steinbruner  —  important to collect signatures and info on meetings
Becky Steinweiner — how to  protest proposed  $3 MILLION cost for a  traffic light at Aptos Creek Road in Aptos, CA
Hi, All,
Thanks to all of you for your good work.  I want to gather petition signatures against funding that $3 million traffic light at Aptos Creek Road.  Do you want to help circulate it?  Please let me know.

We need to have a good number of signatures or letters ready by November 13 for the first of three Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)  Committee meetings where the application will be considered.  Here is the schedule of those meetings (all are at the RTC Office on 1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 95060):

Monday, November 13, 6pm Bike Committee  (Cory Caletti <ccaletti@sccrtc.org>)
Tuesday, November 14  1:30pm  Elderly & Disabled Committee  (Grace Blakeslee <gblakeslee@sccrtc.org>)
Thursday, November 16   1:30pm  Inter-Agency Transportaion Committee (Yesenia Parra <yparra@sccrtc.org>)

You can call the RTC Office at 460-3200 to express your thoughts about having to pay for a $3 million traffic light at Aptos Creek Road for Swenson.

I think there are other things included in the package, but the County Department of Public Works refuses to allow me to see the project plans.  Maybe you will have better luck: Christine Berge <christine.berge@santacruzcounty.us> or 454-2160.

I have been wondering if the RTC board meetings are recorded by CTV and finally looked.

Yes!  Here is the link:


You can also watch the Metro Board meeting for Sept. 22 at about marker 65 to see Metro Operations Officer Mr. Ciro Aguirre’s explanation of the expensive Aptos Village bus stop relocation.  I later recorded him at the RTC Elderly & Disabled Committe saying that the only reason the bus stop is being moved is to provide parking for the businesses.  That You/tube will be up for viewing later this week.

RTC Commissioner Bertand asked during the October 5 meeting that the RTC staff look into the problems at the Aptos Village bus stop relocation because the RTC funded the project but the 100′-long access at 5% slope is not good for disabled passengers.  That comment was omitted from the minutes, but Commissioner Bertrand agreed (at my request)  to re-state his request during the November 3 meeting and will submit that request in writing for the record before the December 7 meeting.  The RTC Board will be approving the grant applications at the December 7 meeting.



Please pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested.
Take care,

The printing press solves problems — when you can’t understand your priest or the readers….


Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of a weekly general audience at St Peter’s square.

What to do?   You can’t understand a word your  priest says? Or you can’t hear what the Readers of the Bible said?   

These problems matter.   Some people may stop attending your church. Or revenue may drop.

Face the problem directly.   There are simple solutions!

Use the printing press.  Print the Readings — so if the Reader cannot use a microphone properly  people in the pew  can still hear the message.  They can read it.

And print the sermon.  Yes I know that’s not done.  But it’s time to do it.     If your priest speaks a form of English that is hard to understand — put the sermon (or a short version of it) in the bulletin.  That way people can read the sermon then or later on.

Yes there is a growing problem of people in the pew not able to understand what the priest or readers say.

This is adapted from an article in the  Wall Street Journal titled   I Can’t Understand a Word My Priest Says  written by Marty Sherry, Oct. 05, 2017:

Today around a quarter of Catholic diocesan priests were born outside the U.S., and about 30% of priests ordained in America last year were foreign-born. Why and how did they come?  Some came after learning English as the language of commerce in their native land.  Many see opportunities for ministry in the U.S.  Some come as political refugees. Others find salaries are higher here, enabling them to send money home to support their families.  Still others find that life in the U.S. is just more comfortable.  Most see the U.S. as spiritually  needy — so privledged that its people no longer crave sacramental care.

Can’t understand the priest?   The Readers mumble or cannot use a microphone properly?  Solution:    The printing press!   Many Protestant churches routinely  print the Readings  — that way if a person is hard of hearing or the person reading does not speak clearly the congregation can still ‘read along’ and get the message.

Churches typically do not print the Sermon and include it as part of the Bulletin.  Why not do so?

Let people think about what was said on Sunday.  And for those who cannot understand the accent of the male or female  priest —  or just can’t follow along because of  the length  — there’s hope!  Use the copy  machine.  

written by Cameron Jackson    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com



Christ Heals Then & Now! Sat. Oct. 14. Come Light a candle & say a prayer .. CA

    Christ Heals Then & Now!  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

9:45 am – 11:45 am

Resurrection Catholic Community

                                                             7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos

 Come light a candle… say a prayer… for all people  harmed in recent fires in California 

Experience healing through   music, prayer,   laughter, sharing and listening


Live Music (Secular & Sacred)   with   musician Lulu Manus

  Bring an object or book to share.  Bring food to share. Bring a friend needs healing.

Christ Then and Now ….   Heals All….

www.AptosChurch.info     Cameron Jackson 688-6002    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com 

Healing Prayer Service 10 am at Aptos episcopal church Sunday Oct 15

   St. Luke the Physician Healing Prayer Service Liturgy

Sunday, October 15, 2017 —  10 am

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church,

125 Cantebury Drive, Aptos, CA


The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations remember   Saint Luke the Physician.    His feast day takes place on 18 October.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord…”

During the Oct. 15   liturgy,   some members will   briefly discuss their own healing and prayer stations will be  available to all (an opportunity for all to ask for prayers for healing).