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.
ALL CALLED TO ONE HOLINESS
At the beginning of the third millennium, the Holy Father, John Paul II, published a special letter. It looks back to the blessings God has poured on his Church over the centuries, mentioning in particular the Second Vatican Council, described as "the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century." It also looks to the future, trying to identify where the Holy Spirit may be leading us in the 21st century. Pope John Paul II suggested that ever since the Council, a vital truth has been maturing in the Church. "All the faithful, of whatever state or rank, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity."
Clearly, it isn't simply priests and nuns, or monks and hermits, who are called to holiness; nor is there some special kind of holiness reserved for them. There is one holiness, and to that one holiness all the People of God are called. But most of the People of God are married lay people, and therefore married life is the way to holiness for the overwhelming majority of the faithful. Pope John Paul II said that one reason why he canonized so many people during his pontificate was to show that holiness is to be found everywhere; and he spoke of the "many lay people who have attained holiness in the ordinary circumstances of life."
None of this should surprise us. Through Baptism, God made us into his very sons and daughters. We are destined to "see him as he is" and to "be like him." The fundamental calling of the Christian is that which was received at Baptism, the calling to live our lives as the children of God, as followers of Christ.
Today, the challenge to each of us is to recognize that we are very special persons, loved by God and invited to live in closeness to Him. Whatever our occupation, age, health, talents, achievements or lack of them, we are uniquely called to live close to the Lord. With a daily prayer, bonding ourselves to God and dedicating all we do throughout the day to His honor and glory, we can live the life of holiness to which we were called. Regardless of what others may or may not do, we are the special representatives of the Lord in many sequences. Our challenge is to do our best in prayerful service at all times.
LUKE: THE GOSPEL OF MERCY
BIBLE STUDY: All New CSS Bible Study is now taking place! 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 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 The Epiphany of the Lord
O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. 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.