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.
SET THE TONE
To be effective and coordinated, every project, effort, or undertaking needs a theme. Under this umbrella, the purpose, the means, and the goal are attained. Without such a thread that runs through all aspects of an undertaking, the result will not be achieved. In fact, the process may be chaotic. Thus, we need to set a tone, goal, or theme for short term, and even long term, undertakings.
I came across a family some years ago who decided at the beginning of the year to focus on a collective theme in their daily lives. With a family meeting they selected a number of topics suggested by all the participants. From this long list they reduced the choices to four: love, respect, care and family. Finally, for the first year they selected "love" as the emphasis in all their encounters with each other; parents to children and siblings to each other. The theme was posted on a card above the fireplace in the living room, a central meeting place for the family and visitors. Whenever I visited the home I was reminded of the emphasis "love" has when dealing with others.
God must have such a reminder in heaven that "love" is the basis of His dealings with human beings. He sent His Son, Jesus, out of love to redeem us. He extends His unconditional love to us during life and the promise of sharing His eternal home with us forever. Surely, love is the mark of God in His relationship with us.
What is our response to this love of God so lavishly showered upon us? It's got to be a respectful response of love on our part to our God. In its implementation it must also extend to showing love to our fellow human beings. Whether with a mythical "love" card appropriately placed to remind us of God's love for us and our expected response, or, by another tangible reminder to show love (compassion, care, concern, sympathy) to our neighbor, we need to be reminded daily of our primary reaction to all that is important.
"Love one another as I have loved you" is not just a pious wish of Jesus for all of us as much as a quality formula for living. In such, love will be the fulfillment of our existence.
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 your contact information to email@example.com.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. 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.