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.
BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO WORK
As the new school year begins, we have the annual student trauma of the return to routine, restriction of time, study, and hard work. It is the termination of the long summer vacation. Now serious application presents itself in the form of academic industry. On second thought, it is not really that bad a situation. In fact, it can be fun and most enjoyable. It must be seen, though, as productive and worthwhile.
For all of us, students, parents, grandparents, relatives, or anyone interested in our young people, another opportunity to re-emphasize the importance of education presents itself. In a sophisticated society that is culturally, economically, and educationally advancing, it is absolutely necessary that our young people be able to cope with the demands of the times. Otherwise, they are left behind and miss out on sharing the opportunities of life. The key is achieving a good education. Any investment here is well worthwhile since we are equipping the children to support themselves, instead of offering them a lifetime maintenance program.
A good education is necessary to: 1) secure the resources to survive and provide essentials of life such as food and shelter, 2) offer the choices we might desire in case we wish to modify our lifestyle, 3) achieve a fulfilling way of life, 4) face the future as informed as one can be, 5) be prepared for all eventualities and to be flexible enough to adapt, 6) if necessary, break out of poverty cycle in which one may be locked, and 7) provide an opportunity to lead and provide service to others.
Family is paramount in encouraging, assisting, assuring or demanding that children be properly schooled. Since so much of the learning process takes place in the home, all associated with the home must realize the challenge they face to nurture studious habits, disciplined approaches, consistent application and ultimately to help make students "think." All of us in society, young and old, have a grave responsibility to assure a well-educated populace. But, in addition, may we impart moral values which color all our behavior. Only we can do that as parents and influencers of children. Have a happy and productive year.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. 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.