LIVE WEBCAST OF THE SUNDAY 9:00AM MASS WILL TAKE PLACE HERE.
We have installed a camera system in the back of church to telecast the Sunday 9:00am mass live on this page. We are also telecasting this mass from a different angle on our Facebook page. If you can't join us in person, please join us here.
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.
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.
BEGIN THE BEGIN
Today begins what is considered the "church year" with the First Sunday of Advent. This beginning differs from our regular calendar year by about four to five weeks even though our global calendar was developed by Pope Gregory XIII correcting the ‘leap year' in the Julian calendar. The church year revolves around two major events of Christianity and each has its own preparation (1) the birth of Christ with a four-week Advent preparation, and (2) the Resurrection of Jesus, preceded by the forty days of Lent.
To keep a proper perspective of such times it is appropriate to review the overall history of the church. Established by Jesus for the purpose of assisting the journey of people in their quest for eternal happiness, the church has endured through 2,000 years of spiritualizing, service, challenge, and renewal. The primary focus has been and is today the nurturing of faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior. Everything the church does should have some bearing on the cultivation of faith.
Issues have arisen from time to time because of the human structure and these have occupied the attention and energies of all. Events, be they heresies, scandals, political involvement, and mismanagement needed serious reflection and resolution. All such events must be kept in proper context and must come back to the litmus test: do they foster or hinder faith? Built on humans with much imperfection, the likelihood exists of the faults and failings of the leadership and membership surfacing quite frequently. However, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a renewal of emphasis and direction will always prevail in time.
It is appropriate to keep in mind the tremendous good work being done by the members of the church in every country particularly our own. Think of prayerfulness, holiness, and goodness that is being nurtured in young and old. Consider the care, service, counseling, housing, feeding, hospitals, nursing homes, and other human services provided in every area. Reflect on the dignity of life (unborn and aged), respect for the person, importance of family, need for just social structures or resolution of issues. Recall the unequaled contribution of the church in education whether in suburban or inner-city, whether at elementary, secondary, or college level. The list is endless and the good is boundless while quietly provided. This may be the best-kept secret in America and it is being done because of our faith.
During Advent, we ought to keep focus that Christ is the object of our Christmas preparation. Thus as we prepare during the coming weeks we seek to bond more and more with the Lord. Our practices and symbols ought to reflect our belief. Please make Advent meaningful – in order to be prepared to celebrate Christ's birth appropriately.
Father Vincent T. Kelly
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- No need to hassle with checks or cash
- 24/7 web-based access
- Easily schedule recurring donations to coincide with your pay period
- Allows you to give even if you are unable to attend parish services
- Contribution amount is easily adjusted as needed
- Set up scheduled giving (weekly, monthly) or just One-Time Gifts when you are able
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PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gather at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom, 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.