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.
KEEP THE WEEDS UNDER CONTROL
The presence of evil in the world cannot be denied; we have only to watch the nightly news or read the morning newspaper to recognize the evil in our society. Much has been said and written about the problem of evil. We wonder why God allows it; we wonder how evil could have intruded into a world that God created. Scripture tells us that evil has been present since the beginning of time and will be present until the end. Wondering about evil has no effect on its presence. Ignoring evil allows it to gather strength. Recognizing and acknowledging its presence in our lives is one way to begin to control its effects.
In the Gospel story of the sower seeding the field, Jesus explains to his disciples that the owner of the field warns his workers not to pull up the weeds lest they harm the wheat. Likewise, it is not always possible to identify the weeds in our lives. Grievous sins, such as abortion, adultery or slander, are easily recognized as harmful weeds in the field of God's kingdom. But how many of us would be surprised to discover little weeds growing right at the heart of our good intentions? For example, how many of our good deeds have at their root a desire for recognition? Does that mean that we should stop doing good deeds? Not at all. If we try to eradicate this very human and understandable weed by waiting until our intentions are pure before we do good, not much good will ever be done. Evil will have yet a larger field in which to grow. It is far better to cultivate the intention to do good deeds, while asking the Eternal Gardener to help us control the weeds that have been planted within us. If we become aware that the weeds of self-interest have become too large in our lives, perhaps spiritual redirection is needed to help us use our gifts to accomplish something good, while at the same time keeping the weeds of pride under control.
The people in the Old Testament times had allowed their own false gods to tum them away from their true calling as God's holy people. The prophet, Jeremiah, is given the terrible task of making people acknowledge the weeds that had grown up in their midst, but pride and self-interest prevented them from understanding. They refused to see themselves in the words of warning that Jeremiah was directed to speak. We, too, are capable of fashioning our own personal gods, and, whether it is pride, envy, or perhaps misguided ambition, we can lose our way to the eternal kingdom as our good deeds become choked with weeds and we become blind to our own spiritual predicament.
We all must learn to step back from our activities, no matter how good or well-intentioned, and examine our underlying objectives. Pray that we may see ourselves not only as others see us, but, more importantly, as God sees us. Listen to the prophet within and read the signs, as God gives us the grace to see them, allowing us to keep the weeds of our lives under control.
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 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands 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.