Parish Mission Statement
We, the members of Saint John the Baptist, are a family of Christians led by the Holy Spirit in communion with the Catholic Church. We dedicate ourselves to proclaiming and living the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We devote ourselves to sharing our faith, strengthening family bonds, promoting social justice and growing in love. We commit to each other through prayer and action.
Saint John the Baptist was established as a Mission of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sandy, by Bishop William K. Weigand, on January 3, 1981. The first Mass was offered on Easter Sunday of that same year in the mission church which was located at 1300 East 12900 South, in Draper.
Saint John the Baptist Mission was established as a parish on April 6, 1999 by Bishop George Niederauer, with Reverend Terence M. Moore appointed as the first pastor. In June of 1999, the parish moved into the newly completed Skaggs Catholic Center where weekend Masses were held, in the Juan Diego High School Auditorium.
A new parish Church, designed by Edwards, Daniels Architects, Inc. and constructed by Cameron Construction Company was dedicated by The Most Rev. Bishop George H. Niederaurer on September 7, 2003.
Our Patron Saint John the Baptist
Saint John the Baptist was the cousin and forerunner of Jesus. In the prophetic tradition, he appeared out of the wilderness, heralding the coming of the Messiah and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. At the river Jordan, he recognized Jesus as the Messiah, baptized Him, and pointed Him out to his own disciples as 'the Lamb of God.'
The story of John the Baptist is the drama of a man aware of his own mission and greatness, yet willing to step aside and act as a signpost to one even greater than himself. John was imprisoned and executed by Herod Antipas in about the year 30.
Saint Luke states that John began his public ministry of baptizing in the river Jordan and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. St. Mark includes the prophecy of Isaiah, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way.' All four evangelists see John's coming as the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy: 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight...' The Gospels describe his dress of camel-skin and his diet of locust, beans and wild honey, in the pattern of the Bedouin today.
The theme of John's teaching was revivalist: the Messiah is coming, people need the spiritual preparation of repentance. Baptism was the traditional Jewish symbolism of cleansing from sins; the Greek word for 'repentance' means 'a change of heart'. John's baptism by water was to prepare people for Jesus Christ's baptism by the Spirit of God. With the coming of Jesus the Messiah, John's work was accomplished.