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.
KNOW THY SELF
How important is it to be honest with one self! Realizing our own strengths and weaknesses is a distinct advantage. Even public acknowledgment of our total selves may be appropriate, while overlooking positives and negatives can be misleading. Our ongoing good suggests we look at ourselves completely and honestly.
Pursuing this honesty to self we realize that humility places in perspective where we stand in relationship to God and others. It is based on the realization that we come from God and will someday return to Him. In between, we really depend on God for life, sustenance and hope. We assuredly owe everything to the Lord. If perchance we become somewhat conceited and act as if we are in total control, we delude ourselves. After a time the realities of life teach us who is really in charge. We function with God’s authorization even though He gives us a free will. However, He can intervene whenever and however He chooses.
Humility is not self-effacement to show others the vulnerability of our being. Rather it is the truth about ourselves. Each of us has talents, strengths, and goodness which we and others might appropriately acknowledge. We also have limitations, failures, and imperfections which may not make us proud. However, the overall value of self must be seen as being loved by God, empowered by Him to function and accountable to him always.
Beginning each day with a moment of reflection gives us a perspective of the continuing privilege we have of a new opportunity given us by God. It is not just an accidental existence that we continue but a positive gift to be used in the service of the Almighty. Today, a new day gives us awareness of God’s continued love for us and our need to respond. In humility may we acknowledge how much we depend on a loving God.
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 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. 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.