In their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, a Disciple’s Response, the U.S. bishops state:
The Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.
All we are and all we have is a gift from our Creator, for us to use wisely when building up God’s kingdom here on earth.
Being active in a ministry in the parish benefits you as much as it may benefit anyone else. In the Book of Saint James, he poses the question, "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:14-17, italics added)
Indeed, words without actions are merely words. In serving one other, we become - literally and figuratively - the hands of Christ. Our actions speak louder than words and are a true testament to what we profess as our faith.
Saint John the Baptist Parish has many ways in which we serve one another and God. For a complete listing of our ministries, please download our Ministry Directory.
Liturgical Ministers are active lay Catholics in good standing with the church who help the priests during the Mass. Altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Communion, lectors,and ushers serve usually at one Mass a month. Their presence reminds us that we are all asked to actively participate in the Mass, whether in the pew or on the altar.
The Art and Environment ministry and the Music ministry play a special role in the Liturgy. Through their efforts, we are given a beautiful space in which to worship our Lord and sing praises to Him.
Social Justice ministries help others in need. Whether through participating in the Meals on Wheels program, knitting prayer shawls for those who are ill, helping to provide holiday cheer for needy families and seniors, or welcoming the immigrants among us, those who give of themselves in these ministries are working with the lonely, the poor, and the forgotten.
Our Parish Outreach ministries touch the lives of others and bring them into our community. These ministries support Catholics who are looking to become active again, those who have requested prayers, those who need comfort due an illness or to loss of a loved one.
Our youth are our future and it is our responsibility to form them in the faith so that they can face the challenges of the world. Someone once said "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything". These words have never been more true than in the world that our children walk in daily.
At Saint John the Baptist Parish, we have an active youth group for grades 6 through 12 ("YAB") as well as active Cub, Boy and Girl Scout troops. We have a thriving faith formation program for children, ages pre-school through 7th grade and 8th grade youth in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In response to multiple directives from the church and our parish survey, we have recently begun to develop our high school level faith formation program, using program materials from Ascension Press. (Adults are encouraged to participate in the studies, too!)
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