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St. John the Baptist Church – Re-opening Information

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MASS October 17, 2020 (Recorded 4PM Mass)

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URGENT NOTICE

  • Due to the ongoing health crisis, as announced by our Diocese and Governor, everything is suspended until further notice.
  • Rectory Office is closed until further notice. If anyone is in urgent need of a priest, please leave your name & phone # with our Answering Service. Phone calls and emails will be monitored regularly.
  • Mass Intentions are being satisfied by Fr. Jerry in private. Public Worship TBA.
  • Our 4PM Saturday Mass will be streamed live on Facebook each Saturday and can be viewed on our website beginning on Sunday. Dear Padre & Bulletin Inserts are on Parish Website and/or Facebook. Our 10:15AM Sunday Mass, in Parking Lot, requires Reservations.

Together with prayer and God’s Grace, we make these adjustments and trust in the Resurrection that will arrive after carrying this cross. Prayers for safety, health, peace and a cure!



Octiber 18, 2020
Mt.
22:15-21

A fair share

Sometimes the lessons we choose to find in scripture are like false coins. Oh we grab the easy shiny coin and show it happily to our neighbors. See, I know this lesson about Caesar and God: a good Christian must obey the laws of his country, like paying taxes.

But if we scratch the surface of that shiny coin, we find the hard iron of a deeper truth. If Caesar is paid with coins minted in his kingdom, what exactly is the “coin of the realm” in God’s kingdom? Here’s the hint: give to God what belongs to God. If you’ve read your Bible or heard even one sermon you know what belongs to God: you do, body and soul. So how can you pay back God for your very existence? Service comes to mind, selfless, sacrificial service. How about sharing our wealth, our talent, our time, dedicating your life to God? You see, Jesus wasn’t really concerned with whether Caesar got his fair share of taxes, He wanted to be sure God got His fair share of you.  Has He?   

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MISSION STATEMENT

Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.