The Pastoral Council of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is an advisory and consultative body to the pastor. The council represents the parishioners and discerns the direction of the parish. The council creates and articulates the parish's vision and mission and formulates long term planning.
The pastoral council members operate in a discerning, collaborative and faith-sharing style and are concerned about the spiritual and pastoral issues of the whole parish.
The Columbian Ladies is an organization started in 1963 for the wives of the Knight's of Columbus. They support the goals and activities of the Knights. Any woman is eligible for membership provided that a member of her immediate family is a member of the Father Walter O'Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus. Any woman whose husband is a deceased knight is also eligible.
The Choir's main purpose is to lead the congregation in song. They artistically enhance the Mass in a way that motivates the congregation to actively join in. In addition to its liturgical contributions, the choir offers a great deal of social and spiritual community among its members. Membership in the choir is open to anyone who likes to sing or would like to contribute instrumental talents.
A mass in Spanish is held every Sunday at 2:00p.m. Other activities by the Hispanic Community include Baptisms, by appointment; religious education classes on Saturday mornings; a prayer group meeting every Monday at 7:00pm and festivities for Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12.
Small Christian Communities bring people together to ponder on the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. Members reach out to friends and neighbors by listening to their stories, their cares and concerns. They find out what they really value and care about, as they apply the Word to their daily lives and work to bring about the Reign of God. Members of S.C.C. are partners in prayer and companions in mission.
St. John's Athletic Association sponsors sports programs for boys, grades 2-8 and girls, grades 3-8. The purpose of a Catholic youth sports program is to provide a healthy social and recreational experience through athletic sports. It hopes to instill sportsmanship, a sense of fair play, cooperation, fellowship, and a growth in Christ by working with others. It also helps teach skills in an enjoyable manner which the participants can use the rest of their lives to enjoy sports. Association membership is open to anyone wishing to participate in supporting St. John's youth sports programs as well as parents, coaches and moderators of the sports participants themselves.
Perhaps one of the oldest organizations and great contributors in our parish is the St. Gerard Women's Club named after St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and mothers-to-be. It is a women's group open to all women of the parish. The members get together for spirituality, socialization, and to participate in fund-raisers which include boutiques, cake sales, bus trips and card parties.