Message from Father
When asked what you like best about St. John the Baptist Parish, the most common response was that it felt like “home.” This is a word with a lot of emotion. A home is a place where families grow, lessons are taught and learned and loved ones gather during times of joy and sorrow. St. John’s has been your spiritual home for over 150 years. We have built a community of faith where we celebrate baptisms and weddings, share the sorrows of loss, instruct generations of our children in the teachings and love of Christ, and share in the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Our parish has been greatly blessed, but we also have faced many challenges together. One of the challenges that remains is retiring the mortgage debt, as well as meeting the operational needs of our parish. We’ve come a long way in paying down the mortgage. We now have a choice. We can continue to dedicate every financial resource, including campaign proceeds, and slowly pay off our debt over the next nine years, leaving the burden to current and new parishioners. Or we can come together to significantly reduce and retire the debt through our special appeal. The sooner we retire our mortgage and interest costs, the sooner we can direct our vision to building our ministries and performing the good works we are called to do.
Each day Jesus Christ provides us with an opportunity to gratefully receive his gifts and to gratefully share these gifts. As you read through these pages, I invite you to reflect on what we seek to achieve in the years ahead. Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you the generosity to respond in kindness to those parishioners who will invite your participation in this effort. Please generously support this special mortgage appeal and recommit your generous help to the operational fund (funds the operation of our parish) to the fullest extent your situation allows.
I believe we have an awesome plan to help take on the challenge of our mortgage debt, and our campaign committee is excited about working with you to conquer this challenge.
Rev. Timothy Yanta
Prayer for Total Stewardship
My church is made up of people like me. I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people to its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with
a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the
task of being all the things that I want my church to be.