WE WELCOME YOU A gracious welcome to all parishioners, guests, and visitors! It is a pleasure to welcome you to our Parish to share a life of faith in Jesus Christ, Our Savior. This is the House of the Lord.

ABCD Archbishop’s Charities & Development Drive for 2017 is about to begin! Please be generous in your support as our parish works to reach its annual quota! Thank you for your support Envelopes are being mailed to your homes by the Archdiocese and will be available on the tables. Please place your envelopes in the collection basket. We will process them in the rectory and submit them to the Archdiocese for proper accounting to the parish.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Classes are back in session. Our religious education classes begin with the 9:00am mass, followed by an hour of classroom instruction from 10:00am to 11:00am.

  • Our 5th Grade Religious Ed class will host the 9:00am Family Mass next Sunday, January 22nd! We invite you all to come and support these students.
  • The Annual Family Picnic will be held Sunday, January 29th, at Bayview Park beginning at 11:00am.

THANK YOU RECEPTION
We are most appreciative of all who volunteer for the caring operation of our parish. To express our gratitude, the annual Parish Volunteer Reception will be held January 20th from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the parish hall. Please join us for this opportunity for us to express our gratitude and to spend some time with your fellow volunteers. Thank you for your continued support!

MEN'S CLUB MEETING
The Men's Club will have their first meeting of the new year Tuesday, January 17. This is a change from their normal schedule of the fourth Tuesday, which will resume next month. All men of the parish are welcome to attend.

CONCERT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Join us for Concert for the Love of God. Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church Admission: $20 Adults $5 Students For information, contact Rebecca Kearney Poljak at (412) 523-2307.

TAX STATEMENTS MAILED
The donation letters for the 2016 tax year have been mailed. Thank you for your generous support throughout the year! If you require a tax receipt and did not get one, or if a correction is required, please call the parish office.

CANCER SUPPORT MINISTRY
St. Anthony Catholic Church Cancer Support Ministry
♦ Spiritual, Emotional and Informative Support
♦ Network of friends to inspire and assist you
♦ Spiritual support through prayer and meditation
♦ Information on the latest research and treatments
♦ Post-treatment info on health, nutrition and exercise
For more information contact: Rose Young at r290young@gmail.com.


Please join us for daily mass. The Rosary is shared at 8:20 AM before the 8:45 AM Mass. All are welcome to join with us in prayer and celebration of the Mass.


Our Novena and Benediction service is every Monday after the 8:45 AM Mass.


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.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

ALL CALLED TO ONE HOLINESS

At the beginning of the third millennium, the Holy Father, John Paul II, published a special letter. It looks back to the blessings God has poured on his Church over the centuries, mentioning in particular the Second Vatican Council, described as "the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century." It also looks to the future, trying to identify where the Holy Spirit may be leading us in the 21st century. Pope John Paul II suggested that ever since the Council, a vital truth has been maturing in the Church. "All the faithful, of whatever state or rank, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity."

Clearly, it isn't simply priests and nuns, or monks and hermits, who are called to holiness; nor is there some special kind of holiness reserved for them. There is one holiness, and to that one holiness all the People of God are called. But most of the People of God are married lay people, and therefore married life is the way to holiness for the overwhelming majority of the faithful. Pope John Paul II said that one reason why he canonized so many people during his pontificate was to show that holiness is to be found everywhere; and he spoke of the "many lay people who have attained holiness in the ordinary circumstances of life."

None of this should surprise us. Through Baptism, God made us into his very sons and daughters. We are destined to "see him as he is" and to "be like him." The fundamental calling of the Christian is that which was received at Baptism, the calling to live our lives as the children of God, as followers of Christ.

Today, the challenge to each of us is to recognize that we are very special persons, loved by God and invited to live in closeness to Him. Whatever our occupation, age, health, talents, achievements or lack of them, we are uniquely called to live close to the Lord. With a daily prayer, bonding ourselves to God and dedicating all we do throughout the day to His honor and glory, we can live the life of holiness to which we were called. Regardless of what others may or may not do, we are the special representatives of the Lord in many sequences. Our challenge is to do our best in prayerful service at all times.

Parish News and Notes



LUKE: THE GOSPEL OF MERCY

BIBLE STUDY: All New CSS Bible Study is now taking place! Join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen, and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke: The Gospel of Mercy. Come discover the unique insights the great evangelist St. Luke gives us into the Heart of God. Come find in Luke, the God who is rich in mercy, the God whose mercy is “from generation to generation.” Classes continue on Thursdays in the mornings (9:30am; small group format) or evenings (7:00pm; large group format). For more information or questions, contact Jo-Ann Tabry.


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for the The Epiphany of the Lord

O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. 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.