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.
THE BATTLE OF GOOD OVER EVIL
There always appears to be a war between good and evil. Books, movies, and fables embark on a foundational conflict of whether good will overpower evil. Obviously it depends on the author or interpreter as to whether and when good ultimately prevails as it usually does.
The difficulty arises when there is some confusion as to who or what is good and who is bad. Wars have been fought, crimes committed, lives lost, all with the intent of defeating the bad element. Who decides what is good or bad? Is it the most vociferous in self-proclamation? Society has quite frequently "muddied the waters" to make it difficult to tell the good guys from the bad.
If there was objectivity in every intention, effort or cause, we might be able to discern what is good or bad. Following God's laws would surely be the ideal way to begin. The problem is that people interpret such objective rules to their own liking. Hence, there can be differing opinions on the same issue.
Assuming that good and evil do exist, is it possible for such good and evil to coexist in the same person? Realizing that all of us are sinners or potential sinners, we must assume that sin has or does touch our lives. Does this duality make all we do unacceptable to God? Our God is a forgiving God who loves us unconditionally. He just wants us to repent whenever we do evil. But the good we have done in the meantime is a measure of our overall intent.
So as not to be presumptuous in our assumption that we are a balance of good and evil, we must realize that all depends on the grace of God. Without this saving grace we would surely lose the battle. But, with God's love and forgiveness, we will always prevail. We continue to fight the good fight until we join Him in eternal life.
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 First Sunday of Lent
O God, whose providence never fails in its design, keep us, we humbly beseech you, all that might harm us and grant all that works for our good. 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.