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.
WHEN TO BLOCK - WHEN TO LISTEN
In our busy society we are bombarded by voices and messages throughout the day: the news, radio, advertising, telephone, co-workers, family, maybe even from a stranger on the street. We might begin screening our calls for the sake of our own sanity.
How then do we know which call to ignore and which call to answer? We cannot block every message coming to us. We surely need to devise a strategy that will allow us to receive the necessary and welcome information and avoid the background noise of the rest. This selectivity will undoubtedly be of our own choosing and it is possible this decision has already been made by us.
What if the message or call comes from God? He has various ways of reflecting what he wants in our heart, mind and conscience. It is unlikely we will actually hear his voice, but the message may be delivered loudly and clearly through another person or source.
In the Old Testament, prophets uniquely heard the call of God and relayed the message to the people. In the New Testament, Jesus himself brought this message of the Almighty and this procedure continued through the Apostles and their successors.
Who are the prophets and apostles who bring the message of God to us today? Discounting the selfappointed false prophets of our time, avoiding the radicalization of the message that is presented as the mind of God, and being sensitive to the secularization and indulgence that prevails in a sophisticated society, our challenge is to be selective. Regardless of how busy our lives are, or how deserving we feel, we need to keep the line of communication open for messages from our God. He is the only voice really worth hearing. Through prayer, reflection, reading, and conversation, we must remain open to ensure that we are listening when God speaks his will to us.
THE LETTER OF PAUL
TO THE EPHESIANS
BIBLE STUDY: Join us for our next Bible Study session beginning in mid-January 2018 for 10 weeks; The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians.
We are the Body of Christ, but how often do we consider exactly what that means? What sets us apart from the rest of the world as members of Christ's own body?
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 Louise McDonough or leave your name and contact information with the Rectory staff.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. 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.