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.
What would you do if you heard, "Don't just do something. Stand there!" We can laugh at this reversal of the usual adage, but it has an important grain of truth. We often run around doing something, keeping ourselves busy with what we think is an important task, when we would be better off standing still. It's easy to confuse activity with accomplishment, mistaking what is really important for mere busy-work. We confound the essential with the accidental.
No one dies saying, "I wish I had spent more time at the office." Yet many people devote so much of their effort to work, to getting ahead, that they neglect the people they love. Even those with religious callings can often spend so much time in routine Church affairs that the main focus on God and helping people can be overshadowed.
In the beautiful Gospel story where Jesus visited Bethany, Martha was busy fixing up the house, preparing a special feast for the Master, getting every detail perfect. But she neglected her more important duty of personally welcoming him and listening to what he had to say. When she complained that her sister wasn't helping with the housework, Jesus mildly chided her and said that Mary had chosen the better way. Martha took this lesson to heart. When Jesus again visited Bethany after Lazarus had died, it was Martha who rushed out to greet him, despite grief over her brother's death. It was she who confessed her faith in him as the Messiah, the Son of God.
We too must learn to listen to the Word of God, to internalize it, to pray about it and then to act. It is important to distinguish between the necessary and the desirable. In our spiritual life, we have God's laws and the teachings of Jesus to guide us if we listen. In our human relationships, we have Jesus as our model. We must approach each day as an opportunity to let the Word of God by reflected in our actions. Like Him, we must put aside selfish pursuits and pursuits to devote ourselves to the interests of others, particularly those committed into our care.
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 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.