Mass Times and Locations

Adoration Reminder

Now that school is in full swing, we want to remind you that Evening adoration takes place every first and third Wednesday of the month. There will be adoration this Wednesday, 9/18, from 8 pm until 10 pm.  You do not need to sign up to attend, but we are always in need of more volunteers who can sign-up so that we know someone will be present. Visit to find the signup link.

Coats for All Drive

The Knights of Columbus, Council 5677 are having their 5th annual “Coats for All” drive.  Drive will started this Sunday, September 15th and will run until Sunday, September 29th.  Because of your support over 1000 coats, jackets, shirts and sweaters were given to your local organization (SE Linn) for distribution last fall!
Winter coats, light jackets, sweat shirts and sweaters in good condition are needed.  Please place them in the box (Coats for All) that is located in the Gathering Area.  Because of  your donation there will be people of all ages warmer this fall/winter.

The Knights of Columbus thank you for helping fulfill one of Christ’s directives to clothe the naked!

40 Days for Life

September 25 – November 3

Help Save Lives in Cedar Rapids!

You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide movement. Through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigils & community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 1,000,000 volunteers!

Here’s how to take part:

  • Vigil location: Outside of Planned Parenthood at 3425 1st Ave SE
  • Local contact is Pat Semelroth, 319-721-9730 or coalitionfor
  • Join us for the Kickoff Rally! Sept. 22 from 4-6 pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Luana Stolotenberg is our featured speaker

Learn more and get involved by visiting the campaign website:

Baptismal Welcome, September 8

The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Deacon Alan, son of Brian and Sarah who was baptized on Sunday, September 8, 2019 by Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah. May Deacon continue to grow in his faith life surrounded by the Christian example of his family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

RCIA: A Call to Join the Catholic Faith

What is RCIA?  RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation.  Follow your heart and join us this October at St. John the Baptist on the journey of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Who would benefit?
R.C.I.A. is offered to anyone who feels called to the Catholic faith:

  • Those who have never been baptized as Christians.
  • Those who have been baptized in another Christian faith who are now interested in the Catholic tradition.
  • Those who have been baptized in the Catholic tradition but have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation (fully initiated into the Catholic faith).

How to get started
If you, or someone you know, would like to enter the RCIA program, please contact Fr. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah at 319-895-6246 or Linda Hansmeier at 319-540-1190.

Baptism Welcome, Sept. 1

The faith community of St. John the Baptist welcomes Josephine Rae, daughter of Joshua and Katlyn, who was baptized on Sunday, September 1, 2019 by Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah.

May Josephine Rae continue to grow in her faith life surrounded by the Christian example of her family and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Bible Study begins Oct. 6

“Wisdom is seeing with God’s eyes.” – Pope Francis

Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church provide an abundance of wisdom, though it can often be challenging to apply it to our lives. To help you learn to gather and live with greater wisdom, St. John’s will begin Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life on Sunday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.   We will meet for eight sessions (1 ½ hours each) ending on November 24.  You will not only benefit personally from being part of this study; you will also help us to grow in fellowship as a parish as we grow closer to Christ together. 

Wisdom invites you to experience the transforming power of taking time to apply God’s wisdom to your own life. You will learn to see with his vision. You will experience the peace of knowing God cares for you, and you will see how God—and only God—can show you a path through any circumstance. Participants of Wisdom will receive a journal and will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship. The eight 30-minute videos, presented by Jeff Cavins, will guide you through a variety of themes drawn from the wisdom literature of Scripture. Jeff will explain Scripture’s wisdom on decision-making, finances, relationships, peace of mind, and speaking to one another and will look at the beauty of wisdom gained through age and at how Christ himself is the embodiment and fulfillment of all wisdom.

For more information, you can go to for a video preview or you can contact Natalie Klostermann at 319-551-7650.  There will also be a sign-up sheet in the gathering space. Cost is $20 for a journal/workbook, which will need to be ordered by September 23.  

Welcome to our parish!

Please welcome Lawrence and Jessica Collins and their daughter to our parish! They have recently moved here from Sewickley, PA where they attended St. James Catholic Church.

St. Wenceslaus Goulash Day

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids will host its annual Czech Goulash Day on Sunday, September 22. There will be food, games, music, kolaches, bingo, raffle, inflatables, and face-painting.