Welcome to the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church parish family. We continue to deepen in the strengths of the parish: prayer, worship, and education of our members in the ways of 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.ALL LIVE TELECAST SERVICES TAKE PLACE ON THE SCREEN ABOVE.
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LIVING THE COVENANT
Most people have seen pictures of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. This is a sacred place to the Jewish people because it is all that remains of the temple destroyed by the Roman government in the first century. Devout Jews still go and pray before the wall. It is the closest they can come to the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant, the sacred wooden chest of God's presence to the Jews, was kept.
Solomon built that temple and prior to its construction the Ark was kept in a tent and journeyed with the people. Not only was the tent a temporary site, but as we can see, the temple itself has proven not to have been permanent.
We see all that change in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the new covenant, the perfect sacrifice - permanent and everlasting. We proclaim at our liturgy that Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again. The covenant Christ brings us is a historical fact that also transcends history. The new covenant is a past fact, a present reality, and a future hope. It cannot be held in any building or tent. Churches and temples may be destroyed, but that is not where we need to look for the reality of the new covenant of Christ. It is far more permanent than any building or human undertaking.
The truth of the new covenant calls forth in us a change, a change that those near Jesus could not see. They tried to restrict and impede him, not seeing what he was really doing. They had not yet realized that by his coming Jesus has forever changed our world. He has brought us the permanent hope of salvation and the way of living our lives in this world. We do not live our lives inside a church building, nor will we confine the new covenant to any building. We live the covenant in lives of prayer and service. We live the covenant when we reach out to the less fortunate among us. The covenant with Jesus is within us.
Father Vincent T. Kelly
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PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Ascension of the Lord
The Ascension of the Lord Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exultation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. 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.