About Us

St. John the Baptist Patron Saint

St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of our school and parish. In addition to being known as the “Baptist” he is also called the “Precursor” or the “Forerunner” of the Lord. John appeared in the region of the Jordan as an ascetic and a preacher of penance. He preached a baptism for the forgiveness of sins in preparation for the coming of Christ. John’s principal task was to announce the arrival of Jesus Christ and to baptize Him. Among his many messages, John proclaimed that salvation is open to those in every profession and that all are called primarily to practice justice and charity toward their fellow man. John was beheaded on account of fearlessly standing up for the truth when it made him very unpopular to do so. May the faculty, students and parents of St. John the Baptist School, like John himself, announce the good news that Christ has come, and may they practice the justice, charity and truth which St. John both preached and lived.

St. John the Baptist School Traditions

Explanation of our School Seal:

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Outer circle: Gold with blue text in the color version. This contains the name of the school and its year of founding, 1959. "A.D." is the Latin abbreviation for "Anno Domini" translated "In the year of the Lord"

Motto at bottom: The motto chosen for the school comes from the words of our patron, St. John the Baptist. "Parate Viam" is the Latin for "Prepare the Way". These words are a good summary of what St. John's School is all about: preparing the way for the children of today.

Shield at bottom: The hills are green in the color version. They evoke the green hills of Ireland and the school's mascot, the "Fighting Irish" as well as the national background of the Sisters of Mercy who founded the school.

Shield in the mid section: The Lamb with the halo at the heart of the shield is a symbol for Jesus, the Lamb of God, at the heart of our school's life. It was St. John the Baptist who first called Jesus "the Lamb of God" on the banks of the river Jordan. These are words which we use each day at Mass. Jesus is portrayed as a Lamb to remind us that He is God's Son offered in sacrifice for us. But the Lamb also carries a flag (in the color version it is white with a red cross on it). This is the banner of the Risen Christ and a reminder that after His suffering and pain He entered into the light of the Resurrection (symbolized by the golden rays) and reigns in glory at the right hand of the Father.

Shield at the top: The sky is blue, one of the school colors. The shield is surmounted by the distinctive Cross of the Sisters of Mercy who have staffed the school from its inception in 1959. This Cross, often seen on the lapel of Sr. Vianney, is a reminder for all future generations of the roots of the school in the Mercy tradition of Catherine McAuley, who founded her Congregation in Ireland in 1829 for the service of the people of God.

School Colors & Mascot

Explanation of our School Seal:

SJB colors: Blue and White; SJB mascot: “The Fighting Irish”
 
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The Irish are known to history for their endurance of long periods of persecution, their ability to survive extreme adversity, and their centuries-old “fight” to maintain the Catholic Faith of their fathers against all odds. It is hoped that their example will inspire the students, faculty & staff of St. John’s, whatever their own cultural heritage, to similar deeds of greatness.

SJB School Song

As one St. John the Baptist binds us to Him who sets our spirit free. You guide us with your love and kindness, on our march to eternity.

To know our true place in this world great effort is needed each day. With faith that’s strong and courage bold, we’re sure to find the way.

Today as brave sons and true daughters, we hold the future in our hands. St. John the Baptist be our counsel, and uphold us all our days.

Daily Prayers of SJB

Morning Prayer at Assembly:

Heavenly Father up above, hear us when we pray, bless our school and those we love, and guide us every day. AMEN.


Prayers Before Lunch: (These prayers are prayed in all classes right before dismissal for lunch each day; on days when there is dismissal at noon, these prayers are prayed right before dismissal and Grace Before Meals is omitted):


Angelus (the Angelus is prayed every day outside of the Easter season):

Leader: The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
All: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Leader: Hail Mary...
All: Holy Mary...

Leader: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
All: Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.

Leader: Hail Mary...
All: Holy Mary...

Leader: And the Word was made flesh,
All: And dwelt among us.

Leader: Hail Mary...
All: Holy Mary...

Leader: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader: Let us pray.
All: Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Regina Caeli (the Regina Caeli is prayed every day during the Easter Season):

Leader: Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
All: For He whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!

Leader: Has risen as He foretold, alleluia!
All: Pray for us to God, alleluia!

Leader: Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
All: For the Lord has indeed risen, alleluia!

Leader: Let us pray:
All: O God, you gave joy to the whole world through the resurrection of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant we ask you, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Grace Before Meals:

Bless us O Lord, and these Thy gifts, Which we are about to receive, from Thy bounty, through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.