FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MASS
Mass is the central way to worship Jesus Christ. A typical Mass lasts about an hour and includes prayer and music, scripture readings, a reflection on those readings (homily), and culminates in the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. At Mass, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is re-presented and we participate in that same sacrifice. Christ’s true Body and Blood are offered to God for our sins. And through Holy Communion, Catholics have the incredible opportunity to receive His true Body and Blood. This is the most sacred moment in the life of every Catholic.
At Mass you participate in Christ's sacrifice, offered for our sins, and re-presented at the altar during consecration. You are a witness to this sacrifice, just as Mother Mary and St. John the Apostle witnessed our Lord die on the cross at Calvary.
Throughout the Mass, to best prepare ourselves for this most sacred moment, through prayer (often sung) we adore God, repent and give thanks to Him, and ask Him to intercede for us. We hear from God the Father in the Old Testament readings, God the Son in the New Testament readings and Gospel, and God the Holy Spirit through the words of the Priest or Deacon during the Homily. And ultimately, Catholics in a state of grace, who have properly prepared themselves, have the opportunity to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at communion.
No collection is taken up during Mass. But if you'd like to make a gift, there is a collection basket right outside of the church as you walk into the gathering area. *Or click here to make your gift online (all parishioners are encouraged to set up an automatic, recurring gift).*
When it comes to financial support of our church family, the biblical ideal is a tithe—or 10%—of one’s income. Members of St. John the Baptist are encouraged to give 5% to the church and 5% to other charitable causes.
Passing on the Catholic faith to our children is the paramount project of St. John the Baptist parish. We always encourage parents to bring their children to join us for Mass.
However, everyone has their moments! If you need to go out with your children, we have a cry room and play the audio/video of our service in the gathering area. But don't feel like you have to stay out, come back when you can!