History of John XXIII Catholic Community
The Seeds for John XXIII Catholic Community were sown on October 11, 1962, when
Pope John XXIII presented his opening speech at Vatican Council II. He Prayerfully
exhorted the bishops of the world to open their minds and hearts to the promptings
of the Holy Spirit in their deliberations.
"Illuminated by the light of this Council, the Church we confidently trust-- will
become greater in spirtual riches and gaining strenght of new energies there
from, she will look to the future without fear. In fact, by bringing up to date where
required, and by wise organization of mutual cooperation, the Church will make
men, women, families and peoples turn their minds to heavenly things."
Twenty years later a diverse group of 12 individuals, with a deep interest in the teachings
of the Council met with Father Arkad Biczak to study and discuss its teachings in light of
what could ba an ideal parish. Father Ark conducted a series of workshops, which eventually
developed into the present Comminity Formation program conducted regularly at John XXIII and
open discussions about contemporary Church issues. The workshops helped to bond this group
into a cohesive community of friends. The group met on a regular basis and at the end of a
full year, brain stormed about what should be incorporated into the ideal Vatican II parish.
Using the building blocks of community, the following categories and ideas resulted.
MEETING, ACCEPTANCE, SHARING, UNITY and CELEBRATION.
The next window, which is furthest south, symbolizes the sacraments of
Confirmation and Holy Orders, the direction south, the season summer, the
element fire and faith commitment. The forest fire at the top of the window
and the dove symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit. The implements are
the oil vessel used in Confirmation and Ordination, the chalice and plate
with bread used in celebrating Mass, the missal open to the words of consecration
ending with “do this in memory of me,” all placed on a Navajo rug with a
cross pattern and also a Bishop’s crozier at the edge of the window. These
are the sacraments which enable us to proclaim and continue the actions
of God’s grace in the world.
At this juncture a decision was made to start a new parish in the Northeast Heights in
Albuquerq that would reflect the openness of Pope John XXIII, incorporate Vatican Council II
ideals and somehow insure the brainstormed concepts would be brought to fruition.
On March 6, 1983 with 35 families, the first Mass for the parish was celebrated.
The name JOHN XXIII CATHOLIC COMMUNITY was decided upon and affirmed by all the members.
One year later the parish received its letter of incorporation from Archbishop Sanchez.
A process of site selection was done by the Archdiocese, which finally settled on the present location
for the church. Membership reached 150 families by 1985 and 300 in 1986. With just those 300 families
we were able to raise 60% of the money to begin our first building phase, which was completed and dedicated
on April 10, 1988.
As A Vatican II Church, we are within the reach of all our people. We respond to the
diversity of people of flesh and blood with their likes and dislikes, sorrows and joys, needs
It is a Church that lives in the present but aims to the future. As a Church we are concerned about
the inner life of the indivdual, the community and the universal needs of our world.
Our community is actively engaged in the fullness of the mission begun by Jesus, the son of the
living God, during his earthly life, of confronting the world with the reality of God's love.
During the start of 2014 the parish has grown to 1400 registered family members and just
completed another new addition to the facility in the form of a full size kitchen and an
100KW photovoltaic solar system.