We are grateful to God for the gift of time, and while none of us knows how much time any one of us has, we are charged with giving back a portion of the moments He grants us to deepen our relationship with the Divine, our Source of love.
Stewardship of time refers to how and how often we place ourselves in the presence of God. According to Catholic theology, Christ is present to us in four ways: in the Eucharist (in the body and blood of Christ), within us (via the Holy Spirit) and most especially when we gather together, in the clergy (who act as Christ's human representatives), and in his Word. Practically, we meet God at Mass, in confession and reconciliation, in prayer - both public and private, and when we spend time with Holy Scripture.
The Year of the Eucharist
New! Book Study with Father Jim
Week Six of our book study on, Our One Great Act of Fidelity discusses the spiritual acts of Eucharist and how we are called to receive and share this gift. How does Eucharist shape the way we live out our lives each and every day? Do we acknowledge that all we have is indeed a gift from God? How does our understanding of Eucharist shape the way we experience and interact with others in our lives? This Lent, as we anticipate Easter and the ending of our pandemic, how does this time of waiting help us embrace a deeper commitment to receive …
In his Pastoral Letter “The Work of Redemption: Eucharistic Belief and Practice in the Archdiocese of Seattle,” Archbishop Paul D. Etienne invites everyone to celebrate a Year of the Eucharist. Through this year of prayer and study, we will foster and strengthen our celebration of the incredible gift of the Eucharist. At St. John the Baptist, Father Jim brings this pastoral letter to life with his study of Ron Rollheiser's book Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist. Click on the post to your left where Father Jim will walk us through this marvelous book. Over the next year, the Archdiocese will be adding resources to help us explore different dimensions of the Eucharist. Click here to read the Archbishop's pastoral letter. Click here for a booklist and online resources to get you and your family started on the path of deeper understanding of the Eucharist, including some great St. John the Baptist staff picks!
Need to jump start your prayer life? Want to address those things that have become roadblocks to a your time with God? Do you really need to spend time in personal prayer? This little book will help answer your questions, and motivate you to set aside the time you need for God. St. John the Baptist gave away copies of this book to celebrate its 29th anniversary as a parish. There are a few copies still available. Click here for a study guide.
Father Jim is available for confession every Saturday between 4pm and 5pm.
The Word Among Us is a daily lectionary devotional with daily and Sunday mass readings, prayers, and reflections for each day. We currently subscribe to the physical magazine, we do not have virtual subscriptions. This is Father Jim's gift to parishioners, and copies are available in the Narthex.