St. John the Baptist Catholic Church celebrates 50th anniversary
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It is the members of the parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church who made this 50th anniversary possible. And who continue to allow the parish to grow into a reliable staple of the Zachary community.
"We are growing as a community. Our school district here is driving the growth of Zachary and as a parish we are growing and we embarking on a new church soon," said Father M. Jeffrey Bayhi, director of services at the church.
While St. John's has grown in numbers as a parish, it has continued to help strengthen the faith in members of the community.
"We have been a member of the parish for 16 years, this parish has really brought me into the catholic faith and it is just a great celebration for us and this moment for this parish," said Pamela Croxton, a member of the parish.
And just as Father Jeffrey is thankful for the members of the church, they are equally as thankful for the role it has played in their lives.
"It's my family. And I have always enjoyed being a part of, my mother taught me to be involved and I did. But here it is just easy," said Philomena Slaughter, another parish member.
"They are very sweet and very friendly. They help me a lot with everything I need, so St. John is my home," Jelly Tolentino added.
And for some of the church leaders, they are proud to see such strong legacies in place and time passes by.
"I love to be able to develop young leaders of the church. And someday I won't be here. And I really do want to make sure that this church is always strong and can carry on," said Dorothy Kulhman, Director of Religious Education at St. John the Baptist.