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.
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
On May 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. The children, Lucia de Santos was ten years old and her cousins, Francesco and Jacinta were eight and seven at the time. Today, Lucia is a Carmelite nun, now 93 lives in Portugal while Francesco and Jacinta died of influenza a few years after the apparitions. On May 13, 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified Francesco and Jacinta thus placing them on the path to formal sainthood.
To most of the world, even the Catholic world, this unique appearance of Mary, had and has little symbolism. It is distant from their daily demands and desires. But upon reflection, you can see that the highly respected mother of Jesus appeared in our world, in our time to show interest and concern for all people. In a way, it was a visit to caution the world and invite its peoples to voluntarily return to respect her son Jesus who came on our earth to offer eternal redemption.
Three messages were provided to the children by Mary which were intended to alert all people to impending tragedy. These prophesies, because of the magnitude of their impact though written down from the beginning, were revealed publicly only over a period of time. Two of them were released in the 1940's by Lucia de Santos. The first foretold the end of World War I and the start of World War II. The other predicted the spread, then the collapse of communism and the conversion of Russia. The third prophecy was disclosed by the Vatican Secretary of State during the Pope's visit to Fatima on May 13, 2000.
This long-awaited revelation concerned the attempted assassination attempt on the life of Pope John Paul himself. Fortunately, the life of the pope was spared and he credits this gesture to the intervention of Mary. Hence his frequent visits to acknowledge his gratitude.
Have you ever thought of the intervention of Mary in your life? Most likely it will not be in the form of an apparition as the shepherd children were privileged to have but may be in the quiet of your life, in prayer, in need, at work, you will discover that Mary, being raised to a lofty position with the Lord, has the capacity to intercede on your behalf. Somehow you must create the atmosphere for this to happen - possibly through devotion to the rosary recitation. Will there be another prophecy? Will we be affected by it? Will we be prepared for it? Invite Mary to intercede for us.
RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION (RCIA)
Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic faith community? Are you a Catholic who desires to complete the initiation process by receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation?
If you answered Yes to one of these questions, we warmly invite you to entering the RCIA process. RCIA is designed to assist adults who have never been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian religion and want to become Catholic, or those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information please email Louise McDonough or leave your name and contact information with the Rectory staff.
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.