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.
IT TAKES A CHURCH TO RAISE A VILLAGE
Someone once said, "It takes a village to raise a child." I can't readily recall to whom it is attributed, but there are many seeking ownership of that philosophical piece. How about upgrading the phrase now by saying "It takes a Church to raise a village to raise a child!" We are the Church raising the village, not just providing a social atmosphere, a physical environment or an educational opportunity but desirous of nurturing spiritual values which touch the very soul of every child in the village.
Ideal for raising young people is the experience of living in a loving, caring environment. Here is where the introduction to what will always be important will be most impressive. Fundamental values of love, respect, understanding, compassion, kindness and justice will take an early and solid rooting. Here is where these ideals will be slowly absorbed and developed by example, encouragement, trial and error. All immediate family members play a pivotal role in enhancing these desirable qualities. In retrospect, all of us can now see the powerful influence of adults in our past to lead us by example.
Raising a child is a multi-faceted activity. It entails responding to the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and cultural needs. All demand continuous attention if the person is to be well-rounded. But without the inclusion of the spiritual component, the development will likely be superficial. Spirituality is absolutely necessary so that a balanced person can "bring it all together" and yet this area is so frequently neglected.
Desirably, we need to introduce the young mind and heart to a love for the Holy Eucharist. Here, under the appearance of bread and wine, is the reality of the Real Presence of Jesus, the Redeemer. After the words of consecration by the priest, the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ is ours to receive. What a privilege is ours that we can have such a close encounter with our God daily. Humbly, we need to prepare ourselves for this individual audience with Our Lord and Savior. Whether child or adult, whether from a local village or the global one, we all need to see the Church as the instrument to bring the gift of the Eucharist to our daily lives. It is the Mass that matters! It is the Eucharist that will lead us to salvation. We must cherish the Eucharist as truly the "Bread of Life" and teach by example.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. 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.