Father Samuel Martin and Father Nathaniel Kuhn and the staff here at St. John the Baptist wish to extend a “Blessed Easter” to you and your families!
While sacramentals were present from the very beginnings of the Church, we do not have any compilation of sacramentals until the fifth century. At that time, the Roman Church began putting together all of the liturgical texts of the priest into a single volume called the “sacramentary.” This included, besides the text for celebrating Mass, “the prayers [a bishop] wants at the consecration of a church and many exorcisms, blessings, and consecrations that are now inserted in the Pontifical and Ritual.”
This type of liturgical book was generally used up until the middle ages, when the Rituale Romanum was introduced that separated the prayers at Mass from the various sacramental blessings. During the middle ages each diocese had their own Ritualand so there lacked any uniformity. That is why the Pope Paul V instituted the Rituale Romanum in 1614 that was meant to be used broadly throughout the Church. This book was then revised in 1752 and contained “a large collection of blessings for various objects.”
Youth Mass Servers: At this time the schedule for the months of May through August is being worked on. If you need to make any changes to the Mass time you serve at or if you know of any dates that you will be unavailable to serve, please call the parish office. ALSO if you would like to participate more fully in the Mass, and are in fourth grade or older, we would love to have you as a Mass Server. We are especially in need of servers for the Saturday 4:30pm and the Sunday 7:00am Masses. If you are interested, call the parish office at 715-384-9565 ext 210.
Youth Rummage Sale On May 12th & 13th the youth will be holding a rummage sale at St. John’s in the Columbia Rm. You are invited to donate your gently used items by bringing them during office hours to St. John’s Rel. Ed. Office on Wed. afternoon, May 11th from 3 - 6pm or Thur., May 12th from noon - 3pm. You are also invited to come purchase items from this sale to support our youth. Sale times are Thurs., May 12th, 3 - 6pm and Fri., May 13th, 8am - 5pm in the Columbia Room of St. John's school - 307 N. Walnut Ave. For more information, please contact Mr. Dan Kitzhaber at 715-384-4989 x3, 715-659-4480 x4 or email@example.com
Armata Bianca meaning White Army is an international movement of children to consecrate them to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to teach them to pray and do penance, and to help them realize how truly powerful their prayers are before God the Father. St. John’s welcomes all children and their parents to come to Church every Thursday from 3:15pm- 4:15pm and join them in Eucharistic Adoration. The children lead the rosary, Litany of the Blessed Virgin, the three Fatima Prayers, Consecration Prayers, song and have quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament. You may join them any Thursday to try it or call Jean at 715-387-0571 for more information. All ages are welcome!
During the Protestant Reformation, sacramentals were one of the first things the Reformers abandoned. The Reformers sought to have a church that was more centered on the Bible and so took great lengths to eliminate anything “extra.” However, as we will see, sacramentals are far from “extra” and not only have roots in Sacred Scripture, but have a long history that dates back to the very beginnings of the Church.
While sacramentals are, strictly speaking, instituted by the Church, they all have a common foundation in Sacred Scripture. In fact, in the updated Book of Blessings we read how the first part of every blessing is to have passage from Scripture. This is meant “to ensure that the blessing is a genuine sacred sign, deriving its meaning and effectiveness from God’s word that is proclaimed.” Even in theRoman Ritual we see echoes of events in Salvation History embedded in the prayers of blessing. The Church has always been mindful to not institute a sacramental without some sort of biblical basis. To help illustrate this reality, I will go through a few examples.
ST. JOHN’S EASTER TRIDUUM
Holy Thursday Mass ~ March 24th at 7:00pm
Good Friday Service ~ March 25th at 12:15pm
Easter Vigil ~ March 26th at 8:00pm
For those of you who wish to bring Easter Lilies or a spring plant in memory of a loved one to decorate our altar this Easter Season, you may bring them to the chapel after the Good Friday 12:15pm service until 5:00pm. Please be sure to include a card with the name of your loved one. If you wish to make a monetary donation you may also do so, make sure you have envelope marked Easter flowers with your name and whom it is in memory of.
Divine Mercy Sunday - April 3rd: Christ the King will offer a Divine Mercy Sunday presentation beginning with Eucharistic Adoration at 1pm. Father Kuhn will speak on the Year of Mercy at 1:15pm. Both Fr. Martin and Fr. Kuhn will hear Confessions at 1:45pm followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 2:30pm and Benediction at 2:50pm.
Evenings of Recollection: The next Evening of Recollection will be Thurs., April 7th from 6:30-8pm. Poverty, Chastity and Obedience is the theme. It will begin by exposing the Blessed Sacrament followed by a half hour meditation, time for adoration and confession. Benediction will close the evening. (To be held at Christ the King.)
Bible Study – Discover the Riches of THE MASS A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, featuring video presentations by Edward Sri. Join us for a 5 week Bible Study, starting Tuesday, April 26th. For more information or to register call Carol Jonas at 715-676-3989 by April 10th. All sessions will be held at 6:45pm in the Bride’s Room.
Save the dates: Our 4th Annual Parish Pull is scheduled for Friday, July 8th. Our 5th annual church picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th. It’s not too early to mark your calendar and imagine all the fun we’ll have together this summer!
"March 3rd is significant for us; it’s our birthday! March 3, 1868, the Diocese of La Crosse was born and in two years, 2018, we will be celebrating our 150th birthday, or our Sesquicentennial.
March 3, 1868 to March 3, 2018—a Sesquicentennial of Faith in action! I hope you’ll share as much as you can as we prepare for local and diocesan celebrations marking this landmark in our history. Watch for commemorative books and events that capture and share our past and set us free to move into our future. While looking back, we’re plugging in to the many electronic and interactive ways to discover the many treasures that make up the Diocese of La Crosse.
Thanks be to God for the time He has given us and the ways He has allowed us to use His gifts, celebrate amazing talents, and Build on a Tradition of Faith!"
Weekly H.S. Youth Group Youth Group is a great time to be with friends who want to build you up. In addition to snacks, games and social time, we’re going to ask & find answers to tough questions. These youth group nights will leave you wanting more. We’ll spend time in large group and small group. We meet from 8:00 - 9:00pm in St. Francis Hall on Wednesdays. This is an awesome program!
Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM
Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 AM
Tuesday–Friday: 6:30 - 6:50 AM
First Friday: 6:00-7:00 PM
Saturday:3:45 -4:15 PM & 6:15 -6:45 PM
PERPETUAL ADORATION: The Marshfield Deanery has the John Paul II Adoration Chapel located in the basement of St. John the Baptist Parish, at 201 W. Blodgett St. The chapel is accessible from the rear parking lot. For more information or to sign up:
contact Jean Kaiser 715-503-0118. Click on the image below for more information.
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Welcome to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church! Ever since 1877 this parish has been assisting souls in their quest for deeper union with God. Pope John Paul II called the parish a “school of prayer” and St. John’s is committed to promoting growth in holiness in every state in life. Each of us is called... Read More
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