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.

ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!
Thank you to all our families and students who participated in our Religious Education program this year! Special thanks to our Catechists and other volunteers who make the program vibrant!

We offer our deepest gratitude to Louise Cole-Reeser and Catherine Myers for their dedication to the Lordís work through our program!

SPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION
Catholic Communications Campaign 50% of all funds collected remains in our diocese to fund local communications projects. The other half helps to fund national and international programs that use the media to evangelize. By supporting the CCC, you help bring the gospel message to "everyone, without exception," as Pope Francis asks.

A HEARTFELT THANKS Thank you to all our ministries as they conclude their seasons! We are blessed at St. John's to have many devoted ministers and parishioners that make this a vital community of faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior! It is through this dedication to our Lord and each other that every person has the benefit to receive and share gifts for the overall good of the souls here. May you all be blessed by the Lord!

CONFIRMATION 8th GRADE
Congratulations to our Eighth Grade students who were confirmed this week on Wednesday. May you continue your faith journey driven by the Holy Spirit! We would like to thank those on the parish team who were involved in helping to make Confirmation a beautiful faith-filled experience for our students!

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
Our parish family wishes to thank the 2016 -17 Officers of the Women's Guild and Men's Club for their dedication and service! We extend heartfelt congratulations to the 2017-18 officers!

DIVINE WILL CONFERENCE
Divine Will Conference with Fr. Carlos Massieu and Mother Marianela Perez will take place at 1:30pm on Wednesday, May 31st at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall. We hope you can join us.

GRADUATION TIME! Congratulations to our parishioners who are currently graduating from elementary, secondary or college programs. May you always be guided by the Spirit of God as you journey on life's path. Congratulations to all our parishioners who are currently graduating from elementary, secondary or college programs. Your efforts have brought you further preparedness for the challenges of life ahead. May you always be guided by the Spirit of God as you keep in touch with Him daily.

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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

LET US PRAY TO THE LORD. AMEN!

Parents have the awesome responsibility of raising children entrusted to them by God. No written manual for effective parenting accompanies a new life. To be an effective parent is an art. Part of the artistic endeavor of effective parenting is knowing when to tell a child certain things they will need to know before reaching adulthood. Children need to hear certain things at different stages of their lives. Such instruction will equip them to function in the real world and to develop a sense of their own potential. To reach such a level of maturity takes a great deal of coaching from adults who have invested time, talent and financial resources into the gradual unfolding of a child's life.

In a sense, while on earth, Jesus was "parenting" his disciples to a level of maturity that would bring them skills and knowledge for effective leadership. There were many things the disciples needed to know but, since they were not ready, they could not be told at that moment. However, Jesus did tell them that the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) would come and be their guide. They should trust the credibility of the Holy Spirit since everything he would present to them would be from Jesus himself.

In the midst of our cultural conflicts, we need the "parenting" pattern of Jesus to reveal the correct way to secure eternal happiness. Since he is not present in person to guide us, we too rely on the Holy Spirit for direction. Conscious of our need for judicious choices, we absolutely need to pray for the "Spirit's" guidance. Decisions determine our future. Before any major decision, it is crucial that we ask Divine intervention. Even in lesser issues of life, these can be upgraded by placing them in the hands of the Lord.

As mature people, we have an awesome responsibility to make decisions that will help us not only now, but in eternity. We must act as mature adults and heed the advice of the Lord Almighty. We are more than immature children. We are called to responsible decision making. Learn from the process and natural growth but in a spiritual context guided by the Holy Spirit.

Parish News and Notes


QUEEN OF HEAVEN:
MARY'S BATTLE FOR YOU

BIBLE STUDY: This year brings an all new CSS Bible Study program beginning in September 2017! Come join us for Queen of Heaven: Mary's Battle for You.

Queen of Heaven is an encounter with Mary as you have never had before. Accompany Mary from her Immaculate Conception through her Assumption and beyond. Register soon as the deadline is approaching.


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honor of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. 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.