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.