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'S IN A NAME?
All of us have names by which we are identified. The name evidences something of which we are: our parentage, our culture, time in history, or even religious identity. Our parents likely selected our names for us. We did not have input and their choice summarized what they wanted and thought appropriate for us. Luckily a pattern of numbers or bar-codes were not fashionable when we came on the scene. We might have been just a number! We can only imagine how those of the future will be identified.
Through the human biological system, which the Lord designed, we inherit the genes of our parents and other ancestors. The impact of that parental transference is enormous. At times we might seek or wish to break with the past for some reason, but we cannot deny our lineage. It just is and we are who we are. We are part of an ongoing family which began centuries ago. We are privileged to "carry the flag" in our day and to pass it on to the next generation in time.
In a rapidly changing world, it is essential that we have these stabilizing ties to the past. However, we require more guidance and development to ensure our happiness in the future than is provided by our heredity. It is here that we look to our fathers, who develop our spirit and mold our character. It is our interactions with each other that evolve our persons beyond our set of genes. It is the guideposts set and examples of those we admire, our dads, who lead us to be the individuals we are. May we humbly acknowledge their contribution to our spiritual essence.
On this Father's Day, we appropriately give thanks for the gift of life we receive from our parents. We recognize the example, assistance and encouragement that our fathers provide us. They, with our mothers, are our connection to our past. May we appreciatively reflect on the treasure that is our familial lineage. But more importantly, may we give thanks to our fathers for their loving support and dedication to the development of our spiritual being. God bless all our fathers!
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. 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.