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.
GUIDEPOSTS OF OUR LIVES
How vital it is that we transmit all that is important to us to our children. At first sight this might appear to mean that we assure they will have our lifestyle, our business and professional direction or our land and hard-earned money. But upon reflection, we would wish them to have much more than these material directions which can be easily lost - we would want them to have a value system that cannot be taken from them and that can lead to eternal life. Yes, the most essential gift we can provide our children is the awareness of how precious they are in the sight of God - as loved ones who possess an immortal soul.
Befitting a person of such exalted stature, it is appropriate that we nurture in our children the qualities of life that will bring forth the very best in them. These qualities may be seen as guideposts to direct them in the turbulent times they will undoubtedly encounter.
Years ago while visiting in Colorado during the winter season, I noticed on the mountain highways five feet high posts placed every fifty feet or so on either side. When the snow gets so deep that the road width is not easily distinguished, one drives between the parallel posts which rise above the snow. In a similar vein, our moral values are the guideposts which help us on our journey through a pathway totally beset with dangers of all sorts. To wander from the proven path of moral goodness may endanger not only our emotional and physical health but also our spiritual life.
The privilege of parenthood brings with it the great responsibility of providing not only the material and social supports but also the important value-oriented guidelines. As we begin a new school year, may we consider the transmission of our religious values as being a vital part of this privileged responsibility. Together may all of us embark on a course of spiritual guide-posting.
LUKE: THE GOSPEL OF MERCY
BIBLE STUDY: All New CSS Bible Study for fall 2016!! This Fall, 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 begin on Thursday, September 29th and will 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 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. 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.