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.
STANDING IN THE HALL OF FAME
As Christians, we are called to live counter culturally. This has been so since the foundation of the Church. Our values, for the most part, are not the same as those of the society in which we live and sometimes our differences are readily apparent. Great value is often placed on titles, degrees and salaries and people often define their own value by these criteria. They describe themselves in a way that leads us to believe that their accomplishments are more of greater significance than might actually be the case.
Once the mother of two of the disciples, James and John, approached Jesus asking for a special place of favor in the eternal kingdom for her sons. Jesus' response was that such a desired status comes, not from requests but from service to others. Likewise, in today's gospel Jesus suggests that greatness comes from being servant to all.
In any culture, this would likely not be the avenue to achieving greatness. More commonly, to arrive at the point of being great in the estimation of humankind, one must be powerful or influential or wealthy or brilliant, etc. On the other hand, Jesus offers us, his followers, a different style of leadership that is shown in service to others. He gave a vibrant example when, as the son of the all-powerful God, he came to be the servant of all. This was undoubtedly a dramatic paradox for all the people of his day, both the powerful and the underling. Little did Jesus' contemporaries realize that eternal acknowledgement is not based on conventional wisdom.
Greatness comes from service! Maybe you don't even wish to be "great" in the estimation of the world, but such a designation is applied to us in regard to eternal life whether we are conscious of it or not. We are all called to serve in countless capacities. How we respond to these challenges will determine our situation hereafter. May we take time each day to explore ways of how we might be of service to others and thus serve the Lord conscientiously.
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 email@example.com.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. 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.