Welcome to the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church parish family. This website is designed to help you get to know our parish and to become part of our community. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to stop in at the parish office or talk with us after mass.
We continue to deepen in the strengths of the parish: prayer, worship, and education of our members in the ways of God. The power of prayer is directed to all the individuals of the parish. Our worship deepens our contact and relationship with God: our creator, rescuer, sustainer. Our young are taught the ways of faith by the example and stories of our lives with God.
We welcome you. We hope and pray that you will grow with us as we journey on our life's road to the Lord.
"PRAISE THE LORD!"
As a very young boy, I remember my father using this expression quite frequently. Not knowing the occasions of its use, I just took it for granted when he said it in happy times, and even in sad times. It was as if he accepted whatever the Lord sent his way and he acknowledged it with gratitude. Later in life I became more aware that he reflected this praise of God when anything was done or when anything happened. Gradually it dawned on me that this expression was his acceptance of God's will and his offering thanks for whatever outcome came his way. Many years later I find myself saying and doing the same thing - praising the Lord in all things, regardless of their outcome.
In early childhood, we were all taught that one of the primary purposes of our being on the earth was to honor God our Creator by how we lived our lives. Essential to that end was accepting God as our eternal Father and acknowledging Him with respect at all times. This acknowledgment encompasses the goodness of our lives along with prayer, worship, and honor. In prayer, song or worship, we give much praise to God, which we need to do. The greatest sacrifice of praise is undoubtedly the celebration of the Eucharist in the Mass through which the bread and wine is transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. Thus it becomes the sacrifice of Christ himself.
In our weekly (or daily) participation in the Eucharist we collectively unite all our efforts of the week with the High-Priest Jesus and offer profound thanks to God Almighty. How vital it is that we keep a consciousness of how important this sacrifice of praise is for all of us! At a minimum we should seek to praise the Lord and offer all our joys and sorrows through the Sabbath Eucharist.
It is likely that as you mature in life's experiences you begin to observe patterns and distinguish between what matters and what can be unloaded. The important considerations of yesterday sometimes must yield to essential worth pursuing into eternity. One vital emphasis in all you do, however, ought to highlight the praise and honor you give to the Lord in all that you say and do. "Praise the Lord" always.
LUKE: THE GOSPEL OF MERCY
BIBLE STUDY: All New CSS Bible Study for fall 2016!! This Fall, join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen, and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke: The Gospel of Mercy. Come discover the unique insights the great evangelist St. Luke gives us into the Heart of God. Come find in Luke, the God who is rich in mercy, the God whose mercy is “from generation to generation.” Classes begin on Thursday, September 29th and will continue on Thursdays in the mornings (9:30am; small group format) or evenings (7:00pm; large group format). For more information or questions, contact Jo-Ann Tabry.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.