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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.