Mass Times

Saturday Evening: 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM (Tagalog)

Sunday: 7:30 AM; 9:00 AM & 10:45 AM; 12:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Weekdays: Monday through Saturday Mornings: 7:00 AM

Wednesdays: OLPH Novena Mass 6:30 PM

First Fridays: 7:00 PM

Holy Days: Click here for Holy Week Schedule


Mass Intentions

Mass intentions can be found listed in our weekly bulletin.

Click here to request Mass Intentions

 


We are a community of faith, and as the psalmist says,

I was glad when they said 'let us go up to the house of the Lord.'

We are a worshiping people, gathered to praise God, acknowledge our need for his grace, proclaim his word, and be sent into the world for service. Our worship will be marked by authenticity, diversity, and passion. Authenticity is being real, transparent, vulnerable before God and each other.

Diversity is the multiplicity of expressions in the body of Christ--spiritual maturity, experience, language, color, gender, culture, age, and education. Our leadership and styles communicate variety in the body of Christ and the creativity of the God we worship. Passion is the fire of our worship, the fuel that expresses itself in true enthusiasm, devotion, and commitment. 

 

The Parish Pastoral Council consists of men and women of faith, influence, and proven leadership who are responsible for assuring the growth of the ministry, including the development of policies, strategic planning, and evaluation of operations with respect to institutional advancement.

The PPC advises and works with the Pastor to ensure that the Community's programs and ministries effectively promote its mission to form and develop well-educated, passionate, and faithful Catholic leaders who will bring positive change to their disciplines, communities, Church, and world.

PPC Members
Fr. Ritche Bueza – Pastor
Fr. Eddie Obero – Associate Pastor
Romulo “Rom” Dizon – Chairman
Arsenio Iloreta – Co-Chairman
Vilma “Bubut” Zeta – Recorder
Eva Ferguson – Member
Benjie Francisco – Member
Patrick Malto – Member
Eladio “Eli” Mina – Member
Chanya Nguyen - Member
Kristine Somera – Member

 PPC Contact Information
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Mailstop: St. John the Baptist Parish Pastoral Council 279 South Main St. Milpitas, CA 95035

Usual Mass Time Availability:
Rom Dizon – Sunday 9:00 am
Arsenio Iloreta – Sunday 7:00 pm
Bubut Zeta – Saturday 7:00 pm
Eva Ferguson – Sunday 10:45 AM
Patrick Malto – Sunday 9:00 AM
Kristine Somera – Sunday 10:45 AM

Our Parish has a long glorious history. It has been said that "You don't know where you're going until you know where you have been." Saint John the Baptist Catholic Parish has been through a beautiful and historic past, and we have been left with a legacy unmatched by any other parish. St John the Baptist church was established as a mission in 1866 and became a parish in 1877. St. John the Baptist is the first Roman Catholic Church in Milpitas. The original steeple wood frame church stood near the middle of the parking lot off Main Street From 1870 -1900. After the First Church burned down a Second Church was built on the grounds in the same location. St John's was originally established to serve the large Portuguese immigrant population of Catholics who arrived in Milpitas from the Azores. Prior to the church's construction, Catholic priests from San José Mission or Santa Clara Mission would visit a small adobe building called a "penitencia" to hear confession by the local Indians and farmers. The exact location of this penitencia is not known but is believed to have been a mile or two south of the present church and on the banks of Penitencia Creek.

There was also by Rev. Pavalkis was built on the grounds . The original location of the Imperito (pronounced “Em-peddy-oh” by long-time Milpitans) was somewhere behind the current rectory approximately where the storage sheds are currently located. In 1947 it was moved to its current location and redesigned to its current "Mission" design. The Imperio was primarily used for storage and during the Feast of the Holy Ghost, an annual fiesta which featured a parade down Main Street. The Queen would prepare for the parade in the Imperito. At the end of the parade, the queen placed her crown in the Imperio where it would be on display all day. At times small services, such as a masses were held in this building.

The church built a larger frame building on the northern side of the property. Called St. John's Hall, it was the site of many community and church functions. The Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 severely damaged the the old hall so it was demolished to make way for a newer facility.

Today, the St. John's complex includes a K-8 school, rectory, church, imperio, Catholic Education office, bell tower and hall. St John's also owns and maintains St. John the Baptist Cemetery (established in 1898) on Piedmont Rd. in Milpitas, California.

 

 

 

Original source from www.milpitashistory.org however this page is constantly updated as new information is collected.
Parish History is maintained by Stanley Horyza at https://www.facebook.com/sjbhistory/

PATRON ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST John the Baptist was a contemporary of Christ who was known for evangelization and his baptizing of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was born through the intercession of God to Zachariah and Elizabeth, who was otherwise too old to bear children. According to scriptures, the Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth and Zachariah to tell them they would have a son and that they should name him John. Zachariah was skeptical and for this he was rendered mute until the time his son was born and named John, in fulfillment of God's will. John the Baptist was born through the intercession of God to Zachariah and Elizabeth, who was otherwise too old to bear children. According to scriptures, the Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth and Zachariah to tell them they would have a son and that they should name him John. Zachariah was skeptical and for this he was rendered mute until the time his son was born and named John, in fulfillment of God's will. When Elizabeth was pregnant with John, she was visited by Mary, and John leapt in her womb. This revealed to Elizabeth that the child Mary carried was to be the Son of God. John began public ministry around 30 AD, and was known for attracting large crowds across the province of Judaea and around the Jordan River. When Jesus came to him to be baptized, John recognized him and said, "It is I who need baptism from you."

Jesus told John to baptize Him anyway, which he did, whereupon the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God was seen like a dove. The voice of God spoke, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."John instructed his followers to turn to Christ, calling Him the "Lamb of God" and these people were among the first Christians.

Following his baptism of Christ, John's popularity grew so much that he alarmed King Herod. Herod ordered him arrested and imprisoned.

John spoke with Herod on several occasions and condemned his marriage to his half-brother's wife.

This condemnation would be his downfall as King Herod promised to grant a wish to his daughter. In revenge for John the Baptist's condemnation of her mother's scandalous marriage to Herod, she asked for John's head. King Herod reluctantly obliged. John the Baptist died sometime between 33 and 36 AD.

John the Baptist's feast day is June 24, and the anniversary of his death is August 29 and is sometimes celebrated with a second feast.

Credits to: Author and Publisher - Catholic Online http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=152

 To request a Mass Intention or to add a name to the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass, please contact the Parish Office at 408-262-2546.

"(Therefore) Pray for one another...The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful." James 5:16

 

St. John the Baptist has several ways in which we support each other in special personal prayer. The ways that are most familiar to many occur during Mass, during which Mass Intentions are announces. Mass Intentions are dedicated to the intentions of the petitioner and are said aloud at the end of the Prayers of the Faithful. These can be for the support of the sick, for repose of the soul of a loved one, for thanksgiving, or for other special intentions. They are mentioned during the Mass and in the weekly Sunday bulletin. Each Mass at St. John's is said in honor of a loved one of a member of the community.

  • A family member may ask for their loved one's name to be added to the "Prayers for the Sick," asking for God's healing grace for the individual and their family.
  • A family member may ask for their loved one's name to be added to the "Prayers for the Repose of the Souls." It may be in memory of the anniversary of their death or for the repose of their soul of the newly departed.
  • A family member may ask for their loved one's name to be added to the "Prayers for Thanksgiving," in thanks and celebration for prayers answered.


Please submit all prayer requests at the Parish Office. When submitting your request, please provide a phonetic spelling for the name submitted to ensure correct pronunciation by the Deacon or lector reading the intentions.

Mass intentions can be found listed in our weekly bulletin.

 

What does it mean to have a Mass "offered" for someone?

 

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 26:40

 

Mass brings forward the sacrifice of Jesus' death on the cross for us. The New Testament is very clear that this was not a moment of defeat, but a moment of power. However, as parishioners and a community of faith in this present day, we were not physically there during this moment. The Mass brings that moment back for us and allows it to be made immediately relevant to us. The fruits of God's sacrifice are His Divine Power, given to us by His Grace. We then channel it into our Mass Intentions, allowing the community as a whole to pray together and build our faith.

 

Today's Reading

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition