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Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church

There are many opportunities to become involved in St John the Baptist, connecting with others and with The Living Word in our Catholic life. Click below on an organization to learn more.

 

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Altar Servers

In keeping with traditional practices within our Church, young men and women who have received their 1st Communion are invited to assist the priest at the altar in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Altar Society

The Altar Society takes responsibility for the care of the sanctuary and its furnishings, along with the vestments and other liturgical needs.  Teams of ladies are assigned to the church on a weekly basis on Saturdays after the 8:00 AM Mass.

Alumni Association

 

This group maintains the alumni database, provides lists of alumni for reunions, and gathers updates and pictures from reunions to publish in the Lion’s Roar, the Alumni Newsletter.

Casserole Program

Once a month

For the Thursday before the third Friday of each month, salads and “cheeseburger pie” casseroles (in alternate months) are made by parishioners and brought to the rectory.  From there, other parish volunteers bring the casseroles or salads to St. Patrick’s Center to feed the homeless.  More parishioners are urged to participate.  Recipes, pans and lids are in the church vestibule.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for veneration in a chapel in the vestibule of our church. Parishioners may spend time in prayer, meditation or spiritual reading for a few minutes, an hour, or to make a regular weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle in the chapel.

Extraordinary Ministers

of the Eucharist

The Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are a group of men and women who have been invited by the pastor to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at the Eucharistic celebration.  Some of the ministers also bring Holy Communion to those who cannot attend Mass.  You must be 18 years of age or older to be a Eucharistic Minister.

Finance Committee

This is a group of parishioners that assists the pastor in planning, providing for, and supervising the financial affairs and physical properties of the parish.  It is concerned with parish resources, the budget, church support, parish fundraisers, and the effective utilization and maintenance of the parish plant.  Meetings are Quarterly in the rectory.

Funeral Choir

This is a group of men and women who volunteer their time to be present at all parish funerals and lead the singing.  This group has done much to enhance the funeral liturgies.

Garden Group

This group is responsible for the planting and watering of the annual flowers that are planted around the parish campus in the spring.  They also do some weeding, mulching and winterizing the perennial plants. The group is seeking new members to expand their parish beautification work.

Hardly Able Construction Crew

This is a group of retired men who volunteer their services every Monday working at the parish.  They do the cleaning and general repair of parish buildings and remodeling projects (in the school facilities).

Helping Hands Group

Second Tuesday of the month 9am to noon

Teacher’s Lunch Room.

The Helping Hands Handiwork Group is a group of parishioners who use their skills to help charitable causes.  Among these are the Linus Blanket Program and children at Sweet Babies.  Items are also made by machine or crocheted.  These items include lap robes for veteran and stuffed animals for Sweet Babies children. All materials are furnished but donations are welcome!

Jonah Team   

These are parishioners who have been trained to pray briefly after the Sunday 10:00 AM Mass for individuals who come forward and ask for prayer.  “Is anyone among you afflicted?  He should pray.”  (James 5:13)

Lectors

One of the principal achievements of the Second Vatican Council has been to restore the proper distinction of ministries for the celebration of the Eucharist.  The office of Lector is once again an important lay function.  Men and women of the parish are encouraged to proclaim the Word of God.

Liturgy Committee

Third Monday the month

7:00 PM

Rectory

The Liturgy Committee is primarily responsible for coordinating the liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year.  In an effort to enhance the meaningfulness of the Liturgy, the Committee works to educate and train liturgical ministers as well as offering opportunities for the entire parish to learn more about liturgy and to contribute to the liturgical life of the parish. 

The Men's Club

Every Third Tuesday

7:30 pm 

Cafeteria

The Men's Club primarily strives for the spiritual betterment of the men of the parish by mutual understanding, cooperations, and good fellowship among its members through various club social activities, as well as helping with other parish projects. 

Narcotics Anonymous

Every Friday

Noon to 1:30pm 

Parish Center.

NA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from narcotic addiction.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.  Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other addicts to achieve sobriety. 

Parish Missionary Disciples

Second Tuesday of the month

7:45pm-8:45pm

Parish Center

The Parish Missionary Disciples (PMD) are a group of parishioners that seek to answer the Lord’s call to grow as his disciples and to “go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (MT 28:19-20).  We seek to do this through prayer, study, and communal reflection.  We offer hospitality to all we meet and invite all to join in our parish community’s social, liturgical and service activities.

Pastoral Council

Third Wednesday of the month

7pm 

Rectory

Deliberately to enhance the quality of parish life and pastoral activity is the sole purpose of the pastoral council.  A pastor establishes a council to expand and enhance the decision-making process of (1) pastoral planning and goal setting

(2) developing and implementing pastoral programs

(3) improving pastoral services

(4) evaluating pastoral effectiveness.

 

The purpose of the pastoral council is to counsel the pastor in the area of pastoral activities.  In a word, the role of the pastoral council is to

(1) help the pastor identify pastoral needs of the parish

(2) help him plan pastoral programs and improve pastoral services

(3) evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and services, with a view of their improvement or, at times, their substitution or termination.

 

Pastoral Council Membership:  Two main duties of the pastoral council members are, first and foremost, discernment, and then, only secondarily, voting.  The pastoral council must take time to discern (implying a certain church and parish sense), carefully and prayerfully, alone and corporately.  The guiding and uppermost question is, “Is this of the gospel?”

Prayer Group

2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm

 Rectory basement. 

Read Scriptures of the day, recite the Rosary, and pray for all in the parish.

Quilters

Every Thursday

8:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Cafeteria – quilter’s room

Meet for embroidery and quilting, a meal and conversation.  Please bring a sandwich.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Being Catholic is not so much a destination as it is a journey, a lifelong journey, toward salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jesus founded the Church (Matthew 16:18).  Beginning with the Apostles and continuing down to our day, the Church continues to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mathew 28: 18-20). The Lord remains with us through his Church. 

Everyone is invited to participate in the Church and to join it its mission.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through with interested adults are gradually introduced to the Catholic faith.  It is the beginning step to a journey of faith and a relationship with Jesus and His Church. 

Respect Life Apostolate

Rummage Sale

 

This annual event is the Spring.  The group begins meeting in early January on Sunday afternoons, until the sale.  They price, sort and have a good time.  We welcome new workers and you don’t not have to commit to every Sunday. This is a great event that we offer to our community.

Seniors Club

 4th Wednesday of the month

11am

Parish Hall. 

The annual dues are just $5.00 per year, and then $3.00 per month.  We have a short meeting first, then we break about 11:30am socializing, lunch and coffee. After lunch, we play 20 games of Bingo; we usually finish around 2:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

St. Ann Sodality

Every Third Sunday 

10am Mass

The St. Ann’s Sodality fosters spirituality through monthly communal Mass, works of charity, social activities, and active parish participation.  The 10:00 AM Mass is celebrated on the third Sunday of each month, followed by prayer.  Meetings are held after the 10:00 AM Mass in the Parish Center, on only the third Sundays of February, May and October.  The annual Christmas Luncheon is on a weekday in December, and St. Ann’s feast day is celebrated in July, with Mass and breakfast.  At the death of a member, the Rosary is prayed aloud before the funeral. A Day of Recollection and the annual women’s retreat weekend are promoted by the Sodality.  Smaller groups have grown from the Sodality.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Second Monday the month

1:00 PM

 West Lot Conference Room.

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is a group of men and women dedicated to the assistance of the needy of the neighborhood regardless of their religious affiliation.  Through the generosity of our parishioners, help from St. Vincent de Paul Council, other Parish Conferences and Charitable Organizations, the Society is able to provide food, clothing and other necessities.

Ushers

 

Ushers take up the collection, assist people with difficulties at Mass, pass out bulletins and newspapers, and make everyone feel welcome at Mass.  It’s a simple job, open to anyone middle school age or older, and another chance to give your time in service to your parish.

Youth Ministry

(12-19 years old)

Every Tuesday

7:00pm - 8:30 pm

In the Rectory

Parents can stay or drop off/pick up

Newly created - the Youth Group is focused on deepening the connection of our young adults to love of Jesus, growing in Faith and Community. 

The Youth Group began the journey with Fearless (John, 16:33) at the Steubenville Conference 2022.

The Youth Group is currently watching and reflecting on

The Chosen.

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