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.
CAN SINNERS DO GOOD?
There often appears to be a war between good and evil. Books, movies, and fables embark on a foundational conflict of whether good will overcome 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 confusion as to who or what is good or bad. Wars have been fought, crimes committed, and 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 from the bad.
If there is objectivity in every intention, effort, or cause, we ought to 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 from their own perspective and experience. 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 we are all 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? No, God is a forgiving God who loves us unconditionally. He wants us to repent whenever we do evil, but the good we do is a measure of our overall intent.
So that we not are totally presumptuous that we are a certain percentage of good mixed with a balance of 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 prevail. Hence our good extends even in our times of weakness.
THE SEASON OF LENT IS UPON US
Lent provides an opportunity of great grace in which we can highlight our personal resolve to serve the Lord through prayer, fasting and alms giving. May we foster self-discipline in whatever way we deem appropriate. Abstinence from meat is obligated to all over the age of 14 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Other Fridays of Lent are recommended for abstinence. Fasting is the ideal for the other days of Lent.
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 email@example.com.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Third Sunday of Lent
O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. 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.