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.
WILL YOU PAY FOR IT NOW
OR PAY FOR IT LATER?
In our American culture, one of our obsessions is that we always want to rank things: to put them in order, to know what is the best, who has the most, who is the greatest. We have awards of all kinds to select what we feel merits the highest honor. The list is endless: Oscars for movies, Tony's for television shows, Nobel Prizes for a variety of accomplishments, Mother of the Year, World Series, Bowl Games. We seem obsessed to honor one winner who has surpassed all others in some way. And in doing so, we ignore all those who worked hard, but did not rise to the top. We encourage everyone to strive for the number one position. "Do whatever you want in life, but be the best there is at it" seems to be a prevalent reflection of our attitude. Of such is the kingdom of the world.
At various times the disciples asked Jesus worldly questions about heavenly subjects. They confused the two kingdoms. There is some merit to their questions. At least they were asking about the kingdom of heaven, the eternal kingdom. Too often we focus on the wrong question. When we ask who is the greatest in the kingdom of this world, we not only confuse the question, we also confuse the kingdom. If we look at how we spend our time and energy, we may conclude that we are more concerned about becoming the greatest in this world with little thought about earning our place in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus' answer to the disciples' questions brings us to the point of it all. He always seemed to have a way of turning things bottom-side-up. What he emphasized was that the one who is greatest in heaven is one who may have no status whatsoever in this world. Children had no position, no power, no authority, and no influence. That's hardly the description of the greatest according to this world. But the kingdom of heaven is different. The least shall be the greatest. Those who empty themselves shall be filled. Those who are meek shall inherit the earth. The childlike shall be the greatest.
We are challenged to look beyond the goals of this world and to invest our faith-filled energies to seek the kingdom of heaven. We are not to seek greatness as a goal but to spend ourselves serving the Master, doing the work of God, bringing about the kingdom of heaven. The question for us is not who is the greatest, but are we living our lives with the hope of being part of the kingdom of heaven?
RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION (RCIA)
Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic faith community? Are you a Catholic who desires to complete the initiation process by receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation?
If you answered Yes to one of these questions, we warmly invite you to entering the RCIA process. RCIA is designed to assist adults who have never been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian religion and want to become Catholic, or those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. 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.