Sunday school classes (CRE) and Youth program for the year 2015-16 begin at 8-45 am. Please send your children and the youth to the programs.
Glider chair raffle tickets for the Lady’s Sodality Fund raising: Kindly take from the table, your tickets enclosed in the envelope bearing your name, when you leave the church after the Mass. Please bring to the church or rectory all the items you plan to donate for the November Bazaar to be held on November 14th.
November 2nd is All Souls Day.Please write the names of the deceased members of your family in the All Sous Day envelope and bring it to the church next week. We will keep them on the altar through the entire year and pray for the eternal repose of their souls. Contributions for Holy Mass intentions may be enclosed.
Stewardship pledges: Please return to the church by mail or by person the completed stewardship card you received by mail.
K of C Boston Butt Sales:The Knights of Columbus will be selling Smoked Boston Butts for the Iron Bowl. The cost will be $30 per Butt. Each Butt will be approximately 7 Lbs prior to cooking. The butts will be sold Pre-order only and will be on sale through Nov 15th. A Knight will be available after each Mass in the church hall through Nov 15th to take your order or contact any Knight between now and Nov 15th. The proceeds will go into the K of C General Fund to provide assistance as needed.
K of C Olive Wood Crosses:The Knights of Columbus have a box on the glass table in the church hall. It contains Olive Wood Crosses that were crafted by Christians in the holy land. The asking price is $10 each. The proceeds will be used support our Christian brothers and sisters being persecuted to the point of extinction in the Middle East. The Knights requested that you purchase one and place it where you can see it and let it be a daily reminder of our solidarity with these suffering brothers and sisters. Thank you for your support.
Special thanks goes out to our electricians Scotty Bowden, Carey Olsen, Mike Stringfellow and helpers Jack Wright, David Delmas, Jay Graham and Billy Graham and Dana Olesen who helped to install the additional new lights in the church and parish hall on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
Dr. Regi will be giving flu shots in the parish hall after the Holy Masses on November 7th & 8th, next Saturday & Sunday.
Lectures’ Guide is available for lectors at Mass. Please see Deacon Graham or Carol Voss after Mass for your copy. They were donated by Mr. Mark & Mrs. Carol Voss.
Ministers of the Mass schedule for November 2015 is on the glass table.
RCIA program:began on Oct first Sunday at 8-45 am. If any of your non-Catholic friends or relatives is interested in joining the RCIA course, please contact the parish office @ 251-865-6902, or contact Fr. Tony or Deacon Graham directly
Prayer request for post- surgery recovery:Our parishioners James Cauley, Virginia Gable, Andrew Sprinkle, Marion Poirier, Carol Roberts, Nina Bohl, Michelle Cook, Linda Graham, Jay Graham, and Andrea Graham are recovering at home after surgery. Please keep them in your prayers.
Prayers are requested for the eternal repose of the soul of Mr. Joseph Oguama, father of Reverend Dominic Oguama, died on last Wednesday. May he be in the light and joy of God’s presence.
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish 14th Annual Benefit Night (previously Draw-Down) will be held on November 14th, 2015 starting at 6:30 pm. This years’ theme is “Cowboys and Cowgirls” and the tickets are $100.00 each. There will be five drawings for $1000.00 each starting at 8:30 with the final drawing at 10:00 pm for the grand reward of $5,000.00. Please see the information sheets on the glass table in the church hall.
A Box of Joy: The purpose of A Box of Joy project is to give a gift to a child who would otherwise not receive one at Christmas. This year, the children in Guatemala and Haiti will be the recipients. The link below will provide you more information about this program. http://www.crosscatholic.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=361564. A letter was sent to your Parish Catechetical Leader informing them of the project. In our letter, your PCL was asked to meet with you concerning the implementation of this program in your parish. We need to hear back from each parish by September 21 so that materials can be ordered.
Pro-life Mass at St. Mary’s Home: Please join us for Mass at St. Mary's Home, 4350 Moffett Road, Mobile, AL 36618, at 10 am every Friday, beginning Friday, September 25th, to pray for our pro-life activities, to pray for our children at St. Mary's Home, and to pray in thanksgiving for St. Mary's Home in our Mobile Archdiocese. After Mass, approximately at 11am, at the abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, 717 Downtowner Loop West, the Holy Rosary will be prayed together for an end to abortion and for the increased awareness of the dignity of every human life. For more info: Mae and Chris Rehm, 251-554-2032.The Holy Rosary is also prayed together at Planned Parenthood on Saturdays at 9am for an end to abortion and for the increased awareness of the dignity of every human life. Please join us.
Visit Catholic America: With the support of Archbishop Rodi and priests of our archdiocese, Catholic in America is working to expand its viewership in our area. It’s a weekly, high quality, locally-produced half-hour television broadcast that explains the Catholic Faith, welcoming people and introducing them to the local Catholic parishes in our archdiocese. An outstanding feature is the live Call Center: Catholic in America actually puts people in direct contact with a local priest. Please support Catholic in America by visiting www.CatholicInAmerica.com. See the Catholic In America Program on UTV 44 - WJTC TV, Sundays at 11 a.m.
Search Retreat for teens by teens will be held November 13 to 15, 2015. For more information go to archmobyouth.org/search.
"Be Prepared"- the apologetics series of the Archdiocese of Mobile - for all adults of the archdiocese sponsored by the Office of Religious Education is available to all persons in the Archdiocese of Mobile. Go to the Archdiocese website, select “Ministries & Office,” then “Department of Education” then “Office of Religious Education” to find out dates, times and locations of classes.
Get your home blessed:The best thing you can do in this Year of the Family is to invite your pastor to bless your home and consecrate its residents to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, if your home was not blessed in the last four years. It takes only 10 minutes. Please inform me when is the convenient date and time. Fr. Tony
K&C Food Drive to help "Christ-N-Us" ministry:Knights of Columbus Council #15490 of St. John’s has received a request and agreed to support the "Christ-N-Us" ministry, located at the corner Potter Tract and Sager Rd. They house and feed up to twelve souls each night and they are in need to any food donations we can provide. Please donate items which can be cooked and served and show appreciation for the blessings that God has given you by helping to feed the hungry.
Birthdays this week:Nov. 2nd: Jada Pagala: 3rd: Dennis Bowden: 4th: Taylor Schilling: Wedding anniversaries this week: Nov 2nd: Ronda and Steve Cauley: 6th: Louise and Pat Marchand
Holy Mass intentions of the week: Oct 31-Nov 6
Sat. the 31st: ------------------------------ For the eternal repose of the souls of deceased parishioners
Sun the 1st: ------------------------------- For the Parish Community
The 2nd: ------------------------------------ For the eternal repose of the soul of Alphonso Cruz by Mila Vaughn
The 3rd: ------------------------------------ For the eternal repose of the soul of David Ferguson by Steve and Roxanna Cockerham
The 4th & 5th: ----------------------------- For the eternal repose of the soul of Alphonso Cruz by Mila Vaughn
The 6th: ------------------------------------ For the eternal repose of the soul of David Ferguson by Steve and Roxanna Cockerham
To schedule a meeting or event using parish facilities you must check the calendar or contact the office to be sure the date and room is available. You must have approval from the office for any scheduled events.
Items for Soldiers’ needs: Please don’t forget to bring items for soldiers’ needs: Shaving cream, disposable razors, solid deodorant, bars of soap/body wash, anti-bacteria cleaner, shampoo, tooth paste, dental floss, personal handy-wipes, personal hygiene items for women, foot powder, insect repellent, flea collars (they put them around their ankles), chopstick, athlete’s foot powder/spray, sun block lotion, sun shades, protective safety dust masks, socks, sweat headbands, batteries (AAA, AA, C), DVD movies, cards, writing tablets, paper, pens, envelopes, reading materials, snacks: cookies, gum, crest, life-savers, mints, pudding, crackers, sardines, chicken, tuna, salmon, jerky, peppermints, kool-aid, gatorade, tea/coffee. Put items in the designated box in the Parish Hall
Help us to keep flowers at the altar: The slotted wooden box on the glass table in the Parish Hall will receive donations for flowers. If you wish to give flowers for a specific remembrance or thanksgiving there is a sign-up flower chart on the wall to the left of the front doors.
New CDs: There are new CDs in the CD stack. Each CD costs $ 3. You can have 9 CDs for $ 25. CD on the revised Mass is now available
October 25: Regular: $1679.00
Altar Care- NOVEMBER
Marth Delmas & Ruth Pigorsch
Church Cleaning – November 7
Adele Logan & Tiffany Teofilo
Extraordinary Minister Schedule for November 7th & 8th, 2015
Saturday November 7, 2015 5:00 pm
Steve Sema, Jr.
Steve Cauley, Kevin Cauley
James Price, Chuck Pierce
Sunday November 8, 2015 10:00 am
Tom Thornton, Reggie Stewart
Avis Garrett, Mike Marchand
Absentees: If you are scheduled to serve at Mass and find that you cannot serve, it is NECESSARY that you arrange for a substitute. Please take your responsibility seriously. If you are interested in serving as an Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector or as an Usher, please let Fr. Tony or the Office know of your willingness to serve. We especially need Usher/Greeters for the Saturday Mass.
Remember the sick brothers and sisters in your prayers: Kenny Kirchoff, Mickey Poirier, Brennan Griffin, Andrew Sprinkle, James Cauley; Coraif Brasell, Addie Thompson; Mary Helen Allen, Mildred Smith, Mike Middleton, , Susas Halliday, Carla Felps Kyser, Tina Rascoe, Mary Thornton, Andrew Sprinkle, Coraif Brasell, Addie Thompson; Carolyn Willard, Judy Courtney, Wendi Guidry, Gabby DeGeer, Dana Ferrell, Nonie Crow Reed, Charlee May Knowles, Nina Bohl, , Fritz Porter, Linda Graham, Michelle Cook, James Albritton, Andrea Graham, Gloria White, Jay Graham, Joe Smith, , Kayla Perry, Victoria Fontenot, Tiffany Fontenot, Helen Powers, Frances Bosarge, Mary Lou Ledford, Gavin Middleton, Laurie Middleton, Jerry Wayne Davis, Amanda, Ida Clark, Joyce Rudberg, Jennifer Patronas, Connie Stringfellow, Josh Ellis, Beth Gibson, Father Russell Biven, Cheryl Humphrey Thompson, Jay Stallone, Emma Barber, Ali Ray, Caryn Sutoff, Gerald Brannan, Hanner Gassaway, Rylyn Kuntz, Joe Ecker, B. J. Broussard, Clair Waite, Avery Collier, Julia Raleigh, Steven Butler, Sarah Butler, Chris Sassano, Tammy Asch, Delaine Pigorsch, Joel Rivera, Alice Bedwell, Susan Taylor, Wayne Seymour, Miss Pink Pridgen, Kim Pridgen, Clyde Shores, Glen Haab, Haley Holder, Lakeshia Johnson, Gary Sherman, Elizabeth Schmidt, John Atchison, Johnny Hill, Jared Hoken, Diana Abrams, Hinleigh Hall, Ryan Keith Malone, Dave Matern, Virginia Gable, Andrew Taylor, Diane Watts, Daniel Dorriety, Harrand Broussard, Katie Nielsen, Richard Arnold, Louis Poiroux, Homer Campbell, Jimmy Marchand, Arlene Wissman, Becky Thompson, Sally Thompson, Peggie Huber, Dale Thompson, Jane Thompson, Andy Thompson, Callie Massey, Angela Heardon, Rita George, Edgar Broussard, Lillian Broussard, Robert Broussard, Jerry Blair, Michael Stairs, Amanda Illingsworth, Ray Bribsey, Dorothy Barnes.
Pray for the deceased dear onesof the parish: Pray for the eternal repose of the deceased members of the parish: Voncille Hulcher, Mary Nicholas Rambo, Paul Delmas, Cody Driskell, Evelyn Robison, Jean Mitchell, Veretta Tulos, Jim Kimble, Lynn Poirier, Phillip Marchand, Sue Kirchoff, Mary Sanders, Margaret Jackson, Catherine Schnadelbach, Darlene Alexander, Patrick Marchand, Steve Sema, Sr., Mary Marchand and Sis Marchand. Former pastors: Rev. Monsignor Hugh Maguire and Fr. Strejeski. Other priests and deacons and Sisters: Rev. Msg. Joseph Jennings, Rev. Andrew J. Stauter, Rev. Walter Menig, Rev. William Gorman, Deacon John Cretaro, Deacon Holscomb Pryor, Sr. Maria Bernarda Kadavil and other deceased relatives and friends. Pray for our former parishioners serving in the Armed Forces: Travis Wilson, SPC Jackson Triston, Jr., Captain Will Hurd, Bryant Bailey & Zachery Bailey and Athena Ladnier undergoing training in the U. S. Navy.
ALL SAINTS DAY (NOVEMBER 1, 2015)
Video homily by Fr. Bill Grimm:https://youtu.be/XnfFr1ptaBw
Synopsis of All Saints Day: The feast and its objectives: All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints. All Saints Day is intended to honor the memory of countless unknown and uncanonized saints who have no feast days. Today we thank God for giving ordinary men and women a share in His holiness and Heavenly glory as a reward for their Faith. This feast is observed to teach us to honor the saints, both by imitating their lives and by seeking their intercession for us before Christ, the only mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5). The Church reminds us today that God's call for holiness is universal, that all of us are called to live in His love and to make His love real in the lives of those around us. Holiness is related to the word wholesomeness. We grow in holiness when we live wholesome lives of integrity truth, justice, charity, mercy and compassion sharing our blessings with others.
Reasons why we honor the saints: 1- The saints put their trust in Christ and lived heroic lives of faith. St. Paul asks us to serve and honor such noble souls. In his Epistles to the Corinthians, to Philip and to Timothy, he advises Christians to welcome, serve and honor those who have put their trust in Jesus. The saints enjoy Heavenly bliss as a reward for their Faith in Jesus. Hence, they deserve our veneration of them.
2- The saints are our role models. They teach us by their lives that Christ’s holy life of love, mercy, and unconditional forgiveness can be lived by ordinary people of all walks of life and at all times.
3- The saints are our Heavenly mediators who intercede for us before Jesus, the only mediator between God and us. (Jas 5:16-18, Ex 32:13, Jer 15:1, Rv 8:3-4,). 4- The saints are the instruments that God uses to work miracles at present, just as He used the rod of Moses (Ex), the bones of the dead (II Kgs 13:21), the towel of Paul (Acts: 19:12) and the shadow of Peter (Acts 5:15) to work miracles.
Life messages:1) We need to accept the challenge to become saints. Jesus’ invitation: “Be you holy as my Heavenly Father is Holy.” St. Augustine asked: "If she and he can become saints, why can't I?" (Si iste et ista, cur non ego?).
2) Take the short cut practiced by three Teresas: i) St. Teresa of Avila: Recharge your spiritual batteries every day by prayer, namely, listening to God and talking to Him ii) St. Therese of Lisieux: Convert every action into prayer by offering it to God for His glory and for the salvation of souls and by doing God’s will to the best of one’s ability. iii) Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Do ordinary things with great love
Why do we pray for the dead relatives?1) People of all religions have believed in the immortality of the soul, and have prayed for the dead. 2) Prayer for the souls of the departed is retained by Orthodox Jews today, who recite a prayer known as the Mourner’s Kaddish for eleven months after the death of a loved one so that he/she may be purified. 3) II Maccabees,12: 46 is the main Biblical text incorporating the Jewish belief in the necessity of prayer and sacrifice for the dead. The passage (II Maccabees 12: 39-46), describes how Judas, the military commander, “took up a collection from all his men, totaling about four pounds of silver and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin offering” (II Macc. 12: 43). The narrator continues, "If he had not believed that the dead would be raised, it would have been foolish and useless to pray for them.” 4) Jesus and the apostles shared this belief and passed it on to the early Church. “Remember us who have gone before you, in your prayers,” is a petition often found inscribed on the walls of the Roman catacombs. 5) The Church's official teaching is that there is a place or state of purification called Purgatory, where souls undergoing purification can be helped by the prayers of the faithful (Council of Trent). . According to Revelation: 21:27: “nothing unclean shall enter heaven.” Holy Scripture (Proverbs 24: 16) also teaches that even "the just sin seven times a day.” 6) The early Fathers of the Church encouraged this practice and the synods of Nicaea, Florence and Trent encouraged the offering of prayers for the dead. The fire of Purgatory is an intense, transforming encounter with Jesus Christ and his fire of love. God can foresee the prayers we offer for our departed dear ones even years following their death and apply it the holy souls as they undergo purification
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Pope’s new encyclical: “Our Common Home:”https://laudatosi.com/watch
The Pope's Intentions for October, 2015:Universal: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own. Evangelization: That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.
Pope Francis tweets: Parents, can you “waste time” with your children? It is one of the most important things that you can do each day. Let us ask the help of Saint Michael the Archangel to defend us from the snares of the devil. Economic development needs to have a human face, so that no one will be excluded. I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth & not ruled by it. The worst person, the worst blasphemer is loved by God with a fatherly tenderness. When we refuse God's love, break his laws, he doesn't condemn; he weeps. That's his weakness: his eternal love despite it all
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All are welcome to St. John’s with openhearts, openminds andopen doors.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Grand Bay celebrates God’s presence, grows in God’s grace, welcomes all people and reaches out with God’s love. We try to be to be a vibrant community of faith where all people feel they belong.
No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church, No matter what your current family or marital situation, No matter what your past or present religious situation, No matter your personal history, age, background, race, etc., No matter what your own self-image or esteem, you are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Grand Bay!
We come together as a parish family to draw our life from the Eucharist and other sacraments.
As believers we participate fully, consciously and actively in the liturgy of the Church and seek to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and action.
We commit ourselves to worship, education, stewardship and service as we extend our hand to others in need and to those who wish to join the church.
By the grace of God, after the example of Jesus Christ, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we dedicate ourselves to accomplish our mission within and beyond our community.
Photos of the great pastors who guided the destiny of our parish
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