WE WELCOME YOU A gracious welcome to all parishioners, guests, and visitors! It is a pleasure to welcome you to our Parish to share a life of faith in Jesus Christ, Our Savior. This is the House of the Lord.

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Join us Thursday, December 8, 2015 as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Schedule for this holy day of obligation:

Toy Drive The Annual Christmas Toy Drive sponsored by the Menís Club will take place from 8:00am to 5:00pm both days. Every year hundreds of toys are collected. Please consider bringing a new toy to the Parish Hall to assist in this worthwhile community effort.

Retirement FundSPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION
Reflecting on the fruits of the Year of Mercy, one cannot help but recall the example of thousands of now elderly women and men religious who, for so many, were a living sign of Godís mercy. These women and men - Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests - were indeed the hands of Christ as they educated the young, cared for the sick, and ministered to the neediest among us. Through their service and witness, they modeled the compassionate love of Jesus and showed us that we, too, could be instruments of peace and mercy. Please give generously.

Women's GuildANNUAL CHRIST CHILD TEA is to be held at 9:30am on Wednesday, December 14th at the home of Helen and Porter McRoberts. Kindly RSVP by December 9th to Nancy Seiler at (954) 564-4556. Click here for more information. Donations for Respect Life will be accepted.

Choose LifeCHOOSE LIFE Are you suffering from the pain of a past abortion? For confidential help, contact Project Rachel Ministry at 888-456-HOPE (4673). Individual counseling and retreat weekends are available.

CANCER SUPPORT MINISTRY
St. Anthony Catholic Church Cancer Support Ministry
♦ Spiritual, Emotional and Informative Support
♦ Network of friends to inspire and assist you
♦ Spiritual support through prayer and meditation
♦ Information on the latest research and treatments
♦ Post-treatment info on health, nutrition and exercise
For more information contact: Rose Young at r290young@gmail.com.


Please join us for daily mass. The Rosary is shared at 8:20 AM before the 8:45 AM Mass. All are welcome to join with us in prayer and celebration of the Mass.


Our Novena and Benediction service is every Monday after the 8:45 AM Mass.


Welcome to the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church parish family. This website is designed to help you get to know our parish and to become part of our community. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to stop in at the parish office or talk with us after mass.

We continue to deepen in the strengths of the parish: prayer, worship, and education of our members in the ways of God. The power of prayer is directed to all the individuals of the parish. Our worship deepens our contact and relationship with God: our creator, rescuer, sustainer. Our young are taught the ways of faith by the example and stories of our lives with God.

We welcome you. We hope and pray that you will grow with us as we journey on our life's road to the Lord.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

HOLY MARY, FULL OF GRACE

Americans can appear to be abrupt, insensitive and partisan to an outsider. The pace of life we live may give that impression to anyone. But deep down, we Americans are very compassionate, understanding and respectful. Nowhere does the quality of character of Americans surface as much as the respect that each one shows to the person who gave life - their mothers. Deep down, there is a tremendous appreciation and respect for the person who brought forth the life we live.

Christianity has its "Mother." In the person of Mary, who bore the Messiah in human form, we acknowledge the pre-eminent position of this woman who had such a vital role in the redemption of mankind. Because of her role, she has been elevated from the earliest days of the Church to the "First Woman of Christianity." The Virgin Mother Mary had three great privileges in her lifetime 2000 years ago. The first and greatest, and the source of the other two, was her divine motherhood. Through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, Mary conceived and bore a son who was called Jesus.

Mary's other two privileges were her Immaculate Conception, in preparation for her divine motherhood, and her Assumption a reward that followed her divine motherhood. Although the Immaculate Conception of Mary was not virginal, it was special and unique. Pope Pius IX explained in 1854, “the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception.

The Blessed Mother can be a powerful model and intercessor for us who face the challenges of life in the 21st Century. The restoration of the family through solid marriages, the reversal of the culture of violence that has overtaken our society and the reinforcement of Godly values in public and private are objectives which should call us back to Mary's shining example, back to the Rosary, back to her prayerful support in our struggles. Holy Mary, pray for us!

Parish News and Notes



LUKE: THE GOSPEL OF MERCY

BIBLE STUDY: All New CSS Bible Study is now taking place! Join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen, and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke: The Gospel of Mercy. Come discover the unique insights the great evangelist St. Luke gives us into the Heart of God. Come find in Luke, the God who is rich in mercy, the God whose mercy is “from generation to generation.” Classes continue on Thursdays in the mornings (9:30am; small group format) or evenings (7:00pm; large group format). For more information or questions, contact Jo-Ann Tabry.


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent

Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.