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.
TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY
What if you received tomorrow's news today? Life undoubtedly could be much different. You could know what the behavior of others would be like and plan accordingly. You could address business needs with the advantage of advance information. You could have great fun (and profitable) on the stock market and couldn't be accused of inside trading. You could project building plans, future fashions, traffic patterns, etc. You could even live longer as you could, anticipate better what was coming your way. Yes, tomorrow's news today could really give you a great edge over persons, conditions and events.
In this scenario, relationships would be strengthened or disturbed. Families could project their future better and apply time, energy and resources where a need surfaced. Plans for most directions in life could be set on a more solid basis since the additional foundation-support makes security possible. Accidents could be averted, losses avoided and energy conserved. Wish that future knowledge were around today to achieve maximum results for the energy we spend!
To a degree though, we do have tomorrow's news today. If you think only in the short term and only about material considerations, then maybe you do not know what's ahead. If you think in terms of tomorrow being only twenty four hours, then you may be preoccupied with counting the minutes. If your perspective is to indulge, consume or possess, then it is likely that your appetite will narrow your vision and you cannot benefit from future information.
But if you think of tomorrow as being a long distance tomorrow, you do have much advance information of a very personal nature which can help you organize the rest of your future. It must be apparent to you and to all of us that life is limited, that at a certain point in the future a transition will take place, that you will leave the present life structure and advance to a higher plane with the creator. You may think this advance information is the distant tomorrow - it may not be too distant for some. However, in the long or short distance some very encouraging experiences are promised you. God offers you his compassion and forgiveness if you repent. He promises you a place in the eternal kingdom if you respect his wishes and worship him. Yes, you do have tomorrow's news today - especially where it matters. Cherish it and live accordingly.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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.