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 GOOD SHEPHERD LEADS THE WAY
Have you ever wondered why Jesus, the Son of the Eternal God, suffered and died for us so that we could one day gain everlasting happiness in heaven? Being God he could have imposed his will at the snap of his fingers. Yet, he willingly became one of us and endured much suffering on our behalf. Why? The fact is that Jesus loves us immeasurably and offered himself as a sacrifice to save us from our sin.
Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep." Jesus did not have to suffer and die. He had a choice. He chose to suffer and die because He cared about the flock God had entrusted to Him. What Jesus wants from us is not our suffering, but a life of love and service. Such a life will inevitably bring suffering. But Jesus supports all those who follow him down the road of faithful love and generous service.
When you reflect on this thought, you realize how important you are to the Lord. To others in your life you may not appear to be much appreciated, but to Jesus you are exceptional. All he asks is a return of your love—the only thing he cannot mandate since you have free will.
As we move forward through the Easter Season, may we find renewed appreciation of all Jesus did for us and may we draw closer to Jesus in our love for Him. Each day is a new opportunity to offer your love in heart, mind and deed to the Good Shepherd who will someday lead you safely home.
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 Fourth Sunday of Easter
Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.