All Are Welcome!
If you are here for the first time we welcome you and hope you enjoy your time with our faith family. Take your time and look around the beautiful church, spend time in our Grotto and visit our Centennial Room. There are Welcome books typically in the pamphlet racks that will explain the beautiful architecture of our church.
Worship – The central focus of our worship is the Eucharist and celebration of the Sacraments
Serve – We serve one another and our wider community in ministry following Catholic social teaching. We transform spiritual energy into social action through outreach and service.
Grow – We seek opportunities to learn and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.
Connect – We appreciate each other and take time to connect with our fellow parishioners and community.
Give – To support and grow our community, we give our time, talent and treasures to the extent that we are able. God is generous with us and we are called to be generous in return.
To become a registered member of the Whiting Catholic community, please complete the following electronic form.
When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
When are services?
ALL public celebration of Mass is currently suspended. Once we are able we will open the doors to all of our community once again
St. John the Baptist Church:
- Sunday - 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
- Monday through Friday - 7:00 a.m.
- Thursday during school months - 8:30 a.m.
St. Adalbert Church:
- Saturday - 4:30 p.m.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.
How do I get to St. John the Baptist?
St. John the Baptist is located at 1849 Lincoln Ave, Whiting, IN 46394-1550
Where do my children go?
Typically we have Children's Liturgy of the Word dismissal right after the Opening prayer. Children age 4 or younger with adult through the age of 10 should come forward when called by the Priest or Deacon, they will return right after the Readings and Homily. Children's Liturgy of the Word is held in the Altar Server Room which is right near the Altar. If you wish to go back with your child you are more than welcome to do so.
I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the other parishioners. However, we do have Missalettes and Song Books in each pew that provide you with the order of the mass, the postures, and the words to each prayer.
I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider St. John the Baptist your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to our church on a weekly basis. If you are not able then please consider a talent that can be shared to build up the Kingdom of God right here at St John the Baptist.
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Unfortunately we do not have special assistance for those who need assistance with hearing. Our Missalettes contain all of our Saturday/Sunday Mass readings in them and they are also Bi Lingual.
Where are the Restrooms located?
Our restrooms are located in the basement of our church. You would go down the stairs near the front entrance of the church. Follow the signs for Male and Female