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.
PREPARE, IT'S THE CHANCE
OF YOUR LIFETIME
The obvious message from the Scriptures during these Advent days is: "Prepare the way of the Lord." Repeatedly we are advised to be vigilant, be on guard, be watchful since we do not know the time of the coming of the Lord. How liturgical and how "churchy" this message is! It seems that only those who attend church would hear it, and of those who hear it, only those who have inner conviction will abide by it. But the message of the Scriptures to be on notice is for everyone, whether you pay heed or not to the cautions of the prophets of old.
In a very dramatic way today, the prophets of news casting are telling us the same thing although in a very secular fashion. They report daily on the unreliability of life, most recently with a reduction in life expectancy right here in the U.S. We see headlines of violent deaths in car accidents, in plane crashes, in natural disasters. We are shocked when someone in our area is killed watching television at home. Drug related killings, robbery, homicides and sex-related crimes all caution us to the proximity of someone taking another's life. Regrettably, we seem to be moving to a point in our society where the respect for human life has diminished dramatically. Is anybody safe? Not really, but we must take every precaution possible to protect our own lives and the lives of others.
It is an advisable to heed to the Scriptures to be on guard, to be prepared. But these cautions refer not only to our personal safety, but more importantly to our inner peace with God. Not knowing the moment in which we will meet him as we terminate this life, we must constantly make our peace with God. We must attempt on a daily basis to be in the state of grace with nothing to separate us from him. We, as it were, need to have our bags packed at all times. When he does come eventually, we will be happy at the union. After all, that's why we have lived the life he gave us, so that we could prove ourselves worthy of our eternal place with him. "Prepare the way of the Lord."
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 Second Sunday of Advent
Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.