Evening for the Divorced and Separated and Those Who Love Them Whether you’re divorced or separated, want to help someone you love, or are interested in working to help divorced families, join Catholic author and evangelist, Rose Sweet, for “An Evening for the Divorced and Separated and Those who Love Them” on Friday, March 27 from 6:30-8:30 PM at St. Piux X Church in Cedar Rapids. Learn more and RSVP for this FREE event at www.DBQArch.org/Divorce.
During Lent 2020, members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Mount Vernon are invited to sign up to be assigned a prayer partner. It’s simple. Beginning Ash Wednesday, you will be able to pick up an envelope that includes the name of your prayer partner and throughout Lent we ask that you pray for them daily. We’ll include a possible prayer you may include. As we enter the Easter season, we will reveal our prayer partners to one another.
Please fill out the form by February 14 to sign up. https://forms.gle/2qQcNyDGADMdGYJk9
Extra Food Pantry Hours will be on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10 am to noon. Located at the Southeast Linn Community Center, Lisbon. The Pantry is open to seniors, students and families.
We the Sisters of Mercy would like to thank the parishioners who gave to the Giving Tree this Christmas in our honor. We are so blessed by your generosity ($1,560) and commitment to the Sisters of Mercy. You are an important partner in our mission. May God’s blessings bring you joy and peace.
Women’s Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) is February 7 – 9, 2020. The weekend is a time of adult renewal held separately for woman. It is intended for anyone looking to live life more fully as a adult Christian. Call Natalie Klostermann 319-551-7650 or go to www.crcew.org
Men’s Christian Experience Weekend is Scheduled February 21 – 23, 2020. Information on this later on.
We welcome John Tesensky to our parish family. John’s previous parish was St. Henry, Watertown, WI.
2019 Contribution Statements will be mailed out the week of January 20th. If you need your statement sooner, please call the main office (319-895-6246) during office hours to speak to Loraine. We thank you for your weekly support.!
Disposable Diapers – Sizes Newborn, 1 and 2
Onesies – Sizes 3 months – 12 months
Outfits – 3 months to 12 months
Pajamas—Sizes 3 months—12 months
Baby Towels, Washcloths, Toiletries
Winter Outerwear – Hats, Gloves/Mittens
Spring/Fall Lightweight Jackets
Socks and Shoes
*NO BLANKETS OR BOTTLES NEEDED AT THIS TIME
Birthright depends on donations to help Moms and Babies in need.
If you know of anyone who has baby items to donate, please spread the word about Birthright.
All items must be new or like new.
The question this week was, “what do we believe?” We meet right after mass, so it’s easy to recognize what we believe as Catholics – our mass and certainly, what we say in our creed during that mass. Yet, the Catechism of our church is almost 700 pages long and the Bible is almost three times that!
So, the question is, what do we believe as Catholics? What do those who are not Catholic think we believe? And what are the essential elements of our beliefs? If we try to answer these question in short statements, the answers would be as varied as the people responding. Understanding the depths of our faith is a lifelong pursuit. As we learn, we might need to spend weeks or months on a single question trying to accept what the church teaches and trying to understand.
As we prepare for Confirmation, we invite the questions both so that we can work through the answers and so that we can develop a curiosity for being Catholic. Our core beliefs are expressed at mass every week and in our creed, but our doctrines and teachings take us into how we behave and how we live. What may seem like a simple teaching today may become difficult to understand when our life’s circumstances change. Likewise, we may stumble into darkness and find light in a teaching that we had previously misunderstood. Faith is a process. It is ok to ask ourselves, “what exactly do we believe” and it is also ok to struggle with the answer. Through the questioning and the learning, we grow to understand our faith and to understand the person at its heart, Jesus Christ.
Register now for the Archdiocesan Women’s Conference that will be held on January 25 at the Cedar Rapids Doubletree. The conference will feature Katie Prejeen and Archbishop Jackels. Learn more at http://https.//archwomensconference.org
Discover what it means to be saved.
Do you want to put your faith first in the new year? Would you like to learn more about Catholic teaching on salvation? Please join us for St. John’s next Bible study beginning on January 19.
Romans: The Gospel of Salvation
Paul’s letter to the Romans has been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from the very beginning. In Romans: The Gospel of Salvation, theology professor Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins provide an authentically Catholic, comprehensive, and simple way to understand the overarching theme of Romans-salvation.
You will learn:
- the Catholic teaching on salvation
- How to explain salvation to non-Christians
- What is required for salvation-faith or works
- What Paul really means by “works” not leading to salvation
- How Christ’s death changed our relationship with God
- The meaning of the difficult passages in Romans
- How we can enter more deeply into a relationship with Christ
The 8-week study will begin on January 19 at 6:30 pm until 8 pm and it will run weekly. Cost of materials is $26.95 and the deadline for ordering is January 5. Contact Natalie Klostermann for more details, 319-551-7650
Faith Formation: December has been a whirlwind of activities filled with many blessings and gratefulness for the many gifts that have been shared and given. This month is reminding me of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
December 1st, the Sacramental Parent/Candidate activities took on a new format, moving from traditional activities to forming small groups. The small group formation allows for deeper conversations to take place within a small community, built on established trust as they come to know each other better.
December 4th, fourth thru twelfth graders received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Andrew, along with Fr. Jack and Fr. Richard were able to provide the sacrament to all the students in the time-framed allowed.
December 4th, St. Anne’s discussed and competed chapters 5 & 6 of “The Real Story” by Edward Sri. The Grampa’s were on hand for child-care.
December 8th, Communal Reconciliation was provided for both the St. Isidore and St. John community at St. John’s. Six priests from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and one priest from the Davenport Diocese, helped the flow go smoothly.
December 8th, was the day for the Hallmark, Cherry Ridge Christmas party and as in the past, the parishioners here at St. John outdid themselves in providing gifts for each of the residents. The staff at Hallmark and Cherry Ridge were, once again, grateful for the generosity and loving care your gifts represented.
December 11th, One-Hundred French Apple and Cherry pies were put together by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, their catechists and parishioners who volunteered to come help. The Knights of Columbus opened their freezer so that the pies can be delivered to Southeast Linn frozen, along with some parishioners who had freezer space. Following the pie-making activities, hot chocolate and cookies were provided.
December 12th, RCIA will meet and discussed the Incarnation. On December 19th, the topic will be “Mary.”
December 15th, those families who home school faith formation will meet at St. John’s following Mass and put together another forty-five pies for Southeast Linn. Following their pie-making activities, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Thank you to all the families of St. John who provided the supplies for 145 pies.
December 15th, St. Anne’s group will hold a cookie exchange and provide cookies to be shared with the parents and students at the 2nd grade’s annual Christmas parent day during their faith formation session on December 22.
December 25th: Merry Christmas. Wishing each and everyone a Christmas filled with many Blessings as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“…and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 3:15
December 11 and December 15, middle school students will be putting together 145 pies for delivery to Southeast Linn for area Christmas Meals.
St. Anne’s will be baking Christmas Cookies on December 18 to take to Hallmark and Cherry Ridge.
The Archdiocese believes that grandparents have an essential role in evangelizing their own grandchildren through word, actions and witness of faith. Grandparenting Ministry helps grandparents share their love of Jesus through their grandchildren through resources, parish offerings and gathered events. More to come about Grandparenting Ministry for St. John’s.
The Social Justice Commission would once again like to thank everyone who donated to the Backpack Program Drive that was held earlier this year in late Spring/early Summer. As we give thanks this holiday season we want to take a minute to give you an update of what your generosity is doing for our community. The Mount Vernon and Lisbon Schools have over 60 children participating in their backpack and snack pack programs. The Social Justice Commission is buying fresh fruit each week with your generous monetary donations and sending those children home with fresh fruit. The feedback from the elementary school nurses is “The kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fruit!”
Thank you, for you are what makes that gift possible each week. God Bless!
Give in thanksgiving. “The nuns left lasting impressions on me,” writes a donor. “I shall always be grateful for my Catholic education.” Please join in thanking the thousands of senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who worked tirelessly to educate the young and serve those in need. In your bi-weekly budget envelopes you will find an envelope for this next week collection for the Annual Retirement Fund for Religious, which helps hundreds of religious communities care for aging members. Please give generously.
Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Church is nothing other than “the family of God.” From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers “together with all [their] household” (Acts 18:8) (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1655).
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming.” Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called “Gaudete” Sunday; gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.
Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent. For more ideas and activities to make this the best Advent season ever go to:
On Thursday, Nov. 21, 13 high school students and 3 adults from Mount Vernon, Lisbon, and Springville will begin their journey to NCYC 2019. Our bus will leave St. John’s between 6:30 and 7am.
The 2019 NCYC theme is Blessed + Broken + Given/Bendito + Partido + Entregado. This theme is rooted in the scriptural account of Jesus meeting the two disciples on their way to Emmaus after the resurrection (Luke 24:13-35). All parishioners are invited to participate in NCYC virtually during the conference’s livestream events. These can be found at http://www.ncyc.info/livestream.
The schedule for live streaming the general sessions is below. Several breakout sessions throughout the day will also be live-streamed. Please note, if you refer to the NCYC website, that Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone; Times below are in central time.
Thursday, November 21
6:30-10:00 pm CT – Evening Opening Session— Blessed
Friday, November 22
7:30-19:45 am CT – Morning General Session – Broken
6:30 pm–10 pm CT – Evening General Session – Broken
Saturday, November 23
7:30-9:45 am CT – Morning General Session – Given
6:30 pm–10:00 pm CT – Saturday Vigil Closing Mass
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
One of the most common concerns I hear from parents and grandparents today is, “How can we raise our children and grandchildren to be Catholic?” It doesn’t begin with them, it begins with “us.” We first and foremost, must be a Christian, because it is really about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As their first teachers, parents and grandparents are the models our children will follow as they grow into adults.
· November 20: 4th– 8th grade will meet from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. High School will not meet Nov. 20th.
· November 24: “Into His Likeness” book discussion following Mass Rm. 102
· November 27: No Faith Formation Classes
· Dec. 1st Parent/Candidate First Reconciliation Meeting. We will meet in the Education wing at 4 p.m.
We opened this Confirmation session with a video from One Time Blind titled, “little Things.” The actor wanted Jesus to “do something big,” like give him water or part the Red Sea. Throughout the video, random people popped in and gave stuff to the man – a bottle of water, money – little stuff. The actor who portrayed Jesus tried to make that point that these little things were acts of God, but the man couldn’t see that.
Our discussion was around all the ways that we encounter Jesus on a regular basis. Answers varied by person but what was evident is that we can meet Jesus throughout a typical day. The key is that we have to practice recognizing Him. When we feel a stroke of good luck, or a nudge to do something better or different, that very well may be the push of the Holy Spirit moving us in the direction that God desires for us. We might experience a “Jesus moment” in our lives – a time when Jesus clearly speaks to us and changes our life, causes a conversion. And if we do, that’s great. But, a life of faithful living involves smaller, more subtle “conversion moments.” These are times when we behave as Jesus would even when we are tempted to do otherwise.
As Christians, we are called to share Jesus with others. For some that may mean, opening the Bible and preaching about it, but for most of us, sharing Jesus means we use kind words, encourage those around us, and lend a hand when we can. Our foundation for behaving as Christians all the time is our prayer life. If we pray and reflect on what God desires for us, we learn to recognize it more easily and we are more prepared to act. In Confirmation, we will receive the strength of the Holy Spirit so that we can persevere in looking for Jesus everywhere and everyday for the rest of our lives in Christ.
“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
· Mission offering: Each Sunday and Wednesday, the faith formation students in kindergarten thru eighth grade pray the Memorare and the Angelus as a class and then add their pennies and pocket change to the collection container. The monies collected with be given to Archdiocese One. This is an opportunity for our students to not only practice stewardship but have a voice in taking care of what God has asked us to care for, one another, our priest retirement, seminarian education, Catholic Charities immigration Legal Services and maintaining our beautiful Archdiocese Cathedral of St. Raphael.
· On December 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m., a Ministry Leaders Advent Retreat will be held at New Melleray Abby, Peosta. Fr. Jonah, a Trappist monk at the abbey will present two talks on Advent themes. Participants will have the opportunity to pray the Divine Office with the monks, be inspired by talks, spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrate Holy Mass, and spend time with other Ministry Leaders. Registration can be found at: https://www.dbqarch.org/events/.
· November 20: There will not be any high school faith formation sessions. Forth-eighth grade will meet as usual.
· November 27: There will not be any faith formation sessions on Thanksgiving Eve for grades 4-12th.
“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory now and to the day of eternity”. [Amen]
Hallmark/Cherry Ridge Christmas gifts:
Beginning this weekend, November 3, the requests for the client’s gifts will be available to choose and pick from. They will be displayed in the gathering space by the education wing on Sundays and in the lower level gathering spaces on Wednesday until gone. On behalf of Hallmark and Cherry Ridge and myself, thank you for your continued support and generosity in providing a gift that lets the clients know that they are thought of, prayed for and remembered on the day of Christ’s birth.
Junior High (7th and 8th Grade), have been spending their sessions learning about different aspects of Catholic Social Justice. This month includes looking at the life and dignity of the human person, along with their rights and responsibilities. On November 13, Mark Schmidt, Director of Respect Life and Social Justice from the Archdiocese will be speaking to the group about immigration and the Church’s stand on immigration.
Welcome to our parish family, John and Lindsey Logan and their two sons. The Logan family come to us from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Hiawatha.
“Things what we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.. We will not hide them from their children, but tell the coming generation, the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders he has wrought”. (Psalms 78:3-4).
In response to the Archdiocese plea for mission-related needs and responding to God’s calling to be stewards, St. John grades preschool-eighth-grade will be implementing Archdiocese One as a mission project. Each week of faith formation the children/youth will have an opportunity to help fill up the collecting container with “pennies to pocket change.” No amount is too small. Every penny will help secure the future for Priest Retirement, Seminarian Education, Cathedral of St. Raphael Church and Campus repairs and Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.
Our children and youth, from preschool to eighth-grade will be adding two new prayers to their prayer repertoire this year, the Memorare and the Angelus.
Please keep our twenty-three second-graders in your prayers, as they, under the leadership of their families, prepare together for the Sacrament of Reconciliation that will take place February 29, 2020.
All parents wishing to baptize a child must register to attend baptism catechesis session in the parish prior to the baptism. To register call the main office 895-6246.
Baptism catechesis scheduled dates for:
November 12, 2019 February 11, 2020
May 12, 2020 August 11, 2020
November 10, 2020
For automatic monthly contributions, you can print out this form and return it to the office: https://stjohnmv.dbqarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/STJACH.pdf
You may also email Loraine at email@example.com and she will email or mail a form to you to fill out or call during office hours which is listed on the front cover of the bulletin.
For those who are already using the ACH monthly contribution and would like to change your contribution you may contact Loraine at the email address above or call and she will send you a change order. Thank you!
Take Away Hunger on October 9: Take Away Hunger will once again take place at St. John from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This year’s presenter will be Joe Mischka, from Cedar Rapids, who will speak about agriculture in Haiti. A seasoned Haitian traveler, Joe works and visits with the Haitian local farmers in the Notre Dame de Lourdes area to learn more about their agriculture and what their needs are. The evening is divided up into three-twenty-minute segments, 1. Joe Mischka, 2. Packaging in the lower level, or 3. Join some of the grades as they learn new facts in the education wing about Haiti and agriculture/Catholic Social Teaching. Regardless of when you arrive you will have an opportunity to listen to Joe, help package or go to class. Feel free to spend as much time as you want in any session.
RCIA will begin soon. If you, or anyone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic, or want to learn more about the Catholic faith, contact Fr. Andrew at 319-895-6246 or Linda at 319-540-1190.
Family Sacramental Interviews will begin this week for First Reconciliation and First Communion. This year we have 23 children who will be preparing to receive First Sacraments. Please hold these children and their families in prayer as their parents teach their child/children about receiving the sacraments and how they live the sacrament in their everyday lives.
2020 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference
The 2020 Men’s Conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Xavier Catholic High School, Cedar Rapids. The keynote speaker will be Patrick Madrid, with Archbishop Jackels presiding at Mass. More details may be found at www.CatholicMenOnline.com. Registration will open soon!
Confirmation is a big deal. It is the completion of an initiation process that, for most of us, began when we were infants. Looked at one way, the sacrament is meant to give a young person a voice, a decision, a choice in committing to the Catholic faith. Another way to look at Confirmation is that we were destined to be confirmed in Christ when we were baptized. God called us then – and when it comes to following God, we certainly have freewill in accepting or denying that call, but it is a call that we are born to answer. Before, during, and Confirmation, we might be confused, we might have doubts, we might even wonder what we believe. Nevertheless, we are invited to BE CONFIRMED so that we have the strength and grace to RESPOND to these emotions in a Christian way. When we were baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we became part of the Catholic Christian family. Why not accept the gift of Confirmation so that we can receive the strength of the Holy Spirit in full? It’s a big deal – can you feel it?!
The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Deacon Alan, son of Brian and Sarah who was baptized on Sunday, September 8, 2019 by Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah. May Deacon continue to grow in his faith life surrounded by the Christian example of his family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
We welcome to our parish family Ellen Beutley who comes to us from Clinton, IA
The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Josephine Rae, daughter of Joshua and Katlyn, who was baptized on Sunday, September 1, 2019 by Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah.
May Josephine Rae continue to grow in her faith life surrounded by the Christian example of her family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Please welcome Lawrence and Jessica Collins and their daughter to our parish! They have recently moved here from Sewickley, PA where they attended St. James Catholic Church.
The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Merrill Joseph, son of Blake and Sarah, who was baptized on Sunday, August 4, 2019 by Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah. May he continue to grow in his faith life surrounded by the Christian example of his family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Brynn Kathleen, daughter of Sean and Brooke who was baptized on Sunday July 7, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty. May Brynn Kathleen continue to grow in her faith life surrounded by the Christian example of her family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Are you new to the area or just have not had to time to come into the main office to register with us. All it takes is a call to the parish main office (319-895-6246) and Loraine will be happy to get you registered. A registrations form can be emailed or sent to your home. Just drop Loraine an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Bradley Patrick, son of Jeremiah and Allison who was baptized on Sunday, June 16, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty.
May Bradley Patrick continue to grow in his faith life surrounded by the Christian example of his family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
The faith community of St. John welcomes Maverick Alison, son of Isaak and Valerie who was baptized on Sunday May 26, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty. May Maverick Alison continue to grow in his faith life surrounded by the Christian example of his family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Congratulations to the parents and families of Wyatt James and Ethan Joseph who were both baptized on the weekend of May 19, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty. May our faith community of St. John the Baptist provide Christian witness to Wyatt James and Ethan Joseph, and assist these two children to grow in their faith.
Audrey, daughter of Justin & Cara; Gabrielle, son of Kasey;
Claire, daughter of Jamie & Annalyn; Adalyn, daughter of Matt & Rachel;
Isaac, son of Keith & Janet; Tyler, son of Jeremy & Paul; Griffin, son of Tom & Kody
Brogen, son of Nick & Sarah; Lucas Allen, son of Robert & Bridget;
Daisy, daughter of Christopher & Mallory; Skyler, daughter of Rick & Katie;
Kenzi, daughter of Jesse & Ashley; and Alaina, daughter of Scott & Nicole
On April 28, 2019, First Communion was celebrated by: Tanner, son of Roger & Katie; Kayla, daughter of Shannon & Tracy; Greyson, son of Jake & Niki; Kinley, daughter of Nick & Allison; Lana, daughter of Chad & Heather; Noah, son of Kyle & Nikki; and Eden, daughter Nathan & Meredith. Congratulations!
Cynthia Marie Dake and Andrew Jon Torkelson made their profession of faith at the Easter Vigil on April 20. Welcome them into full communion of the Catholic Church!
Please welcome Peter and Garret Dietrich and their two children to our parish family!
Please welcome Kyle Stoner and Aaron Schwiebert into the community of St. John.
Kyle and Aaron were received into the Roman Catholic faith on March 3, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty.
The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Oscar Jay , son of Andrew and Katherine who was baptized on February 24, 2019 by the Rev. John R. Flaherty. May Oscar Jay continue to grow in his faith life surrounded by the Christian example of his family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
On Sunday, February 24, Linda Hansmeier will share stories and photos from her recent trip to Haiti. The presentation will be given following mass in the Gathering Space and coffee will be available.
Please Stephen and Amy Sue Poduska to our parish. Also, welcome Eric and Dana Ratliff and their 3 children.
Calen James, son of Aaron and Lisa was baptized on January 20, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty.
Marleigh Grace, daughter of Michael and Katie was baptized on January 27, 2019 by Rev. John R. Flaherty.
May Calen James and Marleigh Grace continue to grow in their faith life surrounded by the Christian example of their family/friends and all the parishioners of St. John.
Please welcome Seth and Carlie Hall and their two children to our parish. They have moved here from Great Falls, Montana.
Please welcome Cameron and Cassie Doolady and their son as well as Jim Wofford and Dawn Benson. All are new members in our parish community.
Congratulations to Lynk O’Connor and Dot Zulu, children of Travis and Ashley, who were baptized on Sunday, October 21, 2018 by Rev. John R. Flaherty. May our faith community our Christian witness to Lynk and Dot and to their parents in assisting them as they and their children grow in their faith.
Please welcome to our parish family: Ryan and Alison Weber and their son and Adam and Cindy Dake and their son!
Please welcome Michael and Kate Groen and their daughter to our parish family. The Groen family come to us from LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Joseph John was baptized was on Sunday, September 23, 2018 by Rev. John R Flaherty. Joseph’s parents are Christopher and Kayleigh. May our faith community of St. John the Baptist provide Christian witness to Joseph John and assist his parents in helping Joseph John to grow in his faith.
We welcome to our parish family, Ryan and Molly Crock and their four children. The Crocks come to us from St. Mary’s, Mechanicsville.
We would like to welcome the following families to our parish:
Tyler and Liz Cullen and their 2 children
Daniel and Mary Wegmann
Chris and Liz Van Anne
Andrew and Katherine Torkelson
We welcome William Francis son of John and Stephanie who was baptized on Sunday, September 9, 2018 by the Rev. John Flaherty. May the parishioners of St. John the Baptist provide Christian witness to William Francis and assist his parents to help him grow in his faith.
Please welcome Aaron and Lisa Schwiebert and their two children to our parish family. The Schwiebert family come to us from St. Mary’s, Williamsburg, IA.