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.

ASH WEDNESDAY MARCH 1ST The Holy Season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Masses will be celebrated at 7:00am, 8:45am, 12:00 noon and 5:00pm. There will be a liturgical prayer service at 7:00pm. Ashes will be distributed at the end of all of the masses and the prayer service.

CATHOLIC MORALITY: LIFE IN CHRIST Faith & Baptism give us new life in Christ. That life involves far more than simply following a set of rules. Join us for Catholic Morality: Life in Christ (one of the required courses for catechist certification). When: Every Tuesday in March; Time: 6-8:30pm; Where: Parish Hall. Contact Louise Cole-Reeser to sign-up or for more information..

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT - FIRST FRIDAY
will take place March 3rd. Adoration begins after mass and concludes at 5:00pm. Men's Club breakfast follows the 8:45am mass in the parish hall. Confessions will be Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00pm.

SPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION
Sunday, March 5th, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your gift to the Collection will fund catechesis, youth ministry programs, and seminarian education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please support the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean and be generous in today’s Collection.

STUDENT LECTOR PROGRAM
We invite ALL children to read at our 9:00am family mass. If your child has not yet had this wonderful opportunity (or would like to read again!), please contact Louise Reeser.

MEN'S CLUB MEETING
The next meeting will take place on February 28th at 7:00pm. Guest Speaker Dr. John Macdonald will speak about medical issues in Haiti in the parish hall.

Women's GuildANNUAL DAY OF RECOLLECTION Daniel O'Connor, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at SUNY CC, will speak on A Most Powerful Lent through the Passion of Jesus on Wednesday, March 8th at 9:30am in the parish hall. Lunch will be provided compliments of the Guild. Please RSVP to Maribeth Campbell, (954) 295-4003.

INTERESTED IN THE SEMINARY LIFE?
Vocation Awareness Weekend is a retreat for men ages 17-35 who are seeking more information about the diocesan priesthood and seminary life. The retreat takes place March 10-12, 2017. If you would like to attend, please contact Father Elvis Gonzalez at vocations or (305) 762-1137.

ST. JOSEPH'S RETIREMENT RESIDENCE sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami, offers furnished apartments or suites, meals, housekeeping and linens, 24/7 nursing staff, three daily meals, a chapel for worship, and activities for residents. Reasonable rates. Call (954) 739-1483 for more information or visit their website.


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

LENT: SPRINGTIME OF THE SPIRIT

Each year the Church calls on us to reflect on our need for self-discipline in our lives. During the “Forty Days of Lent” the traditions of the past are recalled although much adjusted to our present day culture. The practice of "Prayer, Fasting and Alms giving" has been exceptionally beneficial to persons in the twenty centuries of Christianity as it placed in perspective the need to keep our human appetites in check. In our day of intense self-indulgence we realistically have a need to exercise self-control.

The motivation for our special efforts during Lent is not simply for social or selfish reasons as much as demonstrating to God the responsible capacity we have to exercise free will. Self-destruction by our overindulging in any extreme mode of life is not in our interest since that was not the purpose for which God gave us our freedom. Responsible living habits on a daily basis will give us the human protection to survive but will demonstrate to a loving God our desire to be good stewards of life.

Borrowing from Flor McCarthy about Lent being a springtime of the spirit:

"Each year the trees give us a lesson in renewal.
First the bud, then the blossom, and finally the shoot.
Spring dresses the trees in a new robe, and makes them young again.
But this happens only because in autumn they let go of their old leaves,
and in between endured a period of nakedness.
Lent is in the springtime of the spirit.
Lord, help us not to be afraid to let go of old habits,
and to face our spiritual poverty,
in order that you may renew us, and so at Easter
we will feel young again in our discipleship."

May your Lenten experience be one of personal renewal.

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 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Grant us, O lord, we pray, that the course of our world may be directed by your peaceful rule and that your Church may rejoice, untroubled in her devotion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.