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.
RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
A man received a great gift with which to help others. He helped - but slowly he began to hold back – reducing his ability and capacity to help. As time went on, the imbalance became obvious when he ended up using his resources more to help himself than others. Finally, the extreme occurred when very little was given to others and all was being consumed by himself. The original giver became indignant at the violation of trust and demanded an account of the distribution process over the years. As was obvious, mismanagement had occurred. In humiliation, the grandiose style was reduced to poverty and unhappiness dominated a once happy life.
Yes, that is a fictional story of this week's creation but it has been written many times over the centuries. In today's epistle, St. Paul speaks of the people having "many gifts" directed by the "same spirit" and all intended for the common good. The gifts we receive from the Lord God are given to be developed, to be conscientiously administered and to be used for the enrichment of the "one body." It was not intended that they be selfishly stored or consumed by the temporary recipient, but that they be entrusted to the care of the agent for use of those in need.
Sounds like a simple invitation to all of us, but it is a most difficult challenge to the average person. Somehow when a gift is given, we assume it is at our disposal, to use or not to use. It is our decision where, when and how it should be applied. At least it seems that way! However, upon further review, think of God giving you a gift (a talent or ability) and saying at birth, "develop it and use it for the benefit of others. That is how you will prove you are worthy of eternal reward."
Now that challenge changes the complexion of things somewhat. Instead of hoarding trinkets and toys for our own personal use in life, the challenge is to use them to help others, to honor God and to prove ourselves worthy of the kingdom of God. This feast of Pentecost invites us to be aware that there is One God who gave One Spirit to direct all things and unite us as one body in Christ.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for Pentecost Sunday
O God, who by the mystery of todayís great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. 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.