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.


The 2018/19 CCD Religious Education program is underway. Classes begin on Sunday with our 9:00am family mass followed by an hour of classroom instruction. Please call the parish office for registration information.

PARISH MEN'S RETREAT Looking to get away and focus on your relationship with God? Sign up now for a Parish Men's Retreat at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach the weekend of September 21-23. Call Stephen Johnson at (828) 289-4445 or email.


Our 2018-2019 Bible Study session, Kingdom of Happiness began on Thursday, September 13th. For more information: joanntabry@gmail.com.

FIRST MEN'S CLUB MEETING
The MEN'S CLUB will be kicking off their 2018-2019 season with a Baseball Night on September 25th at 7:00pm in the parish hall. All men of the parish are welcome!

YOUTH ALTAR SERVERS TRAINING PROGRAM
Being an altar server is a special honor and privilege in the Catholic Church. By working alongside older children and adults, children can learn parts of the Mass and begin to understand the meaning behind each step of the liturgy.

We invite all interested children who have received their First Holy Communion to attend our final Altar Server Classes: Thursday, September 27 at 4:30pm.

Each Friday, August 3rd - September 28th, answer the U.S. bishops' call to pray and fast that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life. Join us!

Choose Life

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

WE ARE ONE BODY, THE BODY OF CHRIST

What is Church? Rather than identify physical structures, it would be more appropriate to ask, "Who is Church?" In this question you can get to the core of the true identity of the Catholic Church. It is neither a network of physical buildings or a structural hierarchy. It essentially consists of people, all of us.

Too often, even in our own minds, we are inclined to equate structures, locations, and temporalities as the true meaning of Church when the emphasis should be more on persons, praying, studying and serving. True, the history of the Catholic Church identifies the where, the when and the what. That is part of any entity in which we have to live, work and interact. However, it is important to see beyond the history and the structure. It is essential to see that the person, each of one of us, is the core consideration; we are the vital component.

When Jesus established the early Church with the Apostles, He provided them and their associates with a belief, a practice and a challenge. The critical part of that early commissioning was to bring the message of salvation through Him to all people. This was essentially done by giving witness, preaching and serving. With the addition of great numbers, an organizational structure was necessary and the ability to interact, live, worship and serve others became apparent. Thus emerged, even in a primitive fashion, the structure of the Church which we perpetuate today.

Periodically, we need to recall the essentials of our faith. The Church is the continuance of the mission of Christ on earth. It has gone through turbulent times in its history and is going through challenges today. The important consoling and affirming belief that is ours always is that the essentials of our faith are permanent. They were given by Jesus and regardless of the experience in any given age, they will continue until the end of time.

As the Church today, all of us are invited to renew our faith, fervor and service to Jesus. We seek to live in His love as we serve others. May His promise of eternal life be our strength at all times, especially today. Together we are the Church, the Body of Christ.


RCIA

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 church@stjohncc.org.


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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.