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 Religious Education program is back on the regular schedule. Classes begin on Sundays with our 9:00am family mass followed by an hour of classroom instruction.

GENEROSITY: IF YOU ALWAYS GIVE, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE
May we cordially invite your most generous giving to the Archbishop's Charity Drive (ABCD) now underway. Envelopes have been mailed to your homes by the Archdiocese and will also be available on the tables in church. Please place your envelopes in the collection basket. We will process them in the rectory and submit them to the Archdiocese for proper accounting to the parish. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

THANK YOU RECEPTION
We are most appreciative of all who volunteer for the caring operation of our parish. The annual reception to express our gratitude will be held on Friday, January 25th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Further information and date confirmation will be available soon. Thank you for your continued support!

MEN'S CLUB GENERAL MEETING
All men of the parish are invited to the next Menís Club meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

TAX STATEMENTS IN THE MAIL
The donation letters for the 2018 tax year have been mailed. Thank you for your generous support throughout the year! If you require a tax receipt and did not get one, or if a correction is required, please call the parish office.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS All couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50-Plus wedding anniversary in 2019 are invited to come to a Mass on February 16th at St. Mary Cathedral to receive a blessing from Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Couples interested in having their picture taken with Archbishop Wenski should arrive by 4:00pm with Mass starting at 5:30pm. Click Here to Register.

Choose Life Are you suffering from the pain of a past abortion? For confidential help, contact Project Rachel Ministry at 888-456-HOPE (4673). Individual counseling and retreat weekends are available.

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

OBEDIENCE

Today, many parents fret over the raising of their children and how strict or lenient they should be with them. We are told throughout scripture that Jesus was obedient to his parents. Certainly, if there ever existed a person who had any reason to tell their parents what to do and what was best for them, it was Jesus. Yet, we are told he was obedient to them.

Of course, this makes sense because, as children, obedience to one's parents is a hallmark of honor toward them as commanded by the scriptures. Though, as adults, formal obedience to parents' wishes and desires may no longer be required as a sign of respect. In part, this is because by virtue of their years, parents can share with their children their wisdom. This wisdom is usually gained by experience and reflection.

Obedience for the Christian requires not only compliance on the part of the child, but also an understanding on the part of the parent. The obedience called for by parents is one that is mindful: it is one based upon their children's welfare and the desire for their children to learn from them.

Obedience should lead to wisdom on the part of the child, as it is based upon wisdom shared by the parents. Scripture also tells us that Jesus was not only obedient, but also that he grew in age and wisdom. We can suppose that this is because his obedience to Mary and Joseph allowed them to share the wisdom of their life experiences with Jesus. Obedience is a characteristic of the Christian family, motivated by love on the part of parents and the desire for their children to grow in wisdom. Obedience is given by children as a sign of respect and willingness to learn and grow. 


Bible Study

LENT: THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION

The new session of Bible Study begins February 28th.

Join us this Lent as we take 6 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to accept the passion of our Lord so that we may share in his glorious Resurrection? The six weeks leading up to Easter mark our own 40 days in the desert with Jesus.

Classes are Thursdays at 9:30am or 7:00pm. Books are $15. Please make checks payable to St. John the Baptist, notating 'Bible Study Morning' or 'Bible Study Evening' in the memo.


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 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. 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.