To Know, To Love, and To Serve God in Our Parish and in This Community
Saint John is a very active and vibrant Catholic Community. Its spirited filled liturgies and its numerous service and support endeavors, embodying the spirit of Stewardship, the sharing and giving of one’s time, talent and treasure to those in need, are known throughout Collier County and the Diocese of Venice as the one of the most active and engaged Catholic Churches.
As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first. Those “streets” are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively. The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope. By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone. We are called to show that the Church is the home of all. Are we capable of communicating the image of such a Church? Communication is a means of expressing the missionary vocation of the entire Church; today the social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ. In the area of communications too, we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts.
Our Parish Family (we do not call ourselves a Parish, or a Congregation) lives out our Mission: To Know, To Love, and To Serve God in His Church and in Our Community every moment of our lives, not just while we are attending Mass. We take these terms from the Baltimore Catechism and expand on them as:
- #ToKnow: Educate and Evangelize
- #ToLove: Socialize and Include
- #ToServe: Minister and Diakonia
We invite you to join us and learn more about Saint John and the exciting vision of our Parish Family: