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.

SCHEDULE REMINDERS

Women's GuildRAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
The Women's Guild will be selling cash drawing tickets before and after all masses the weekend of February 16/17th. The winning cash prizes will be drawn at the Breakfast at Tiffany's Luncheon on February 23. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Food Drive Weekend of February 16/17th. The St. Vincent De Paul Society food bank operates out of Blessed Sacrament Church every Friday afternoon. In the month of January (4 Fridays), they served 713 clients, representing 2,284 people. They couldn’t do it without you! There is no doubt that it means a great deal to these members of God's family. Please be generous!

Classes resume Thursday, February 28th. The session is Lent Cycle C: Road to Redemption. If you would like to join us, please submit $15 payment for this 6 week course to the office. See more about this session at left.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS All couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50-Plus wedding anniversary in 2019 are invited to come to a Mass on February 16th at St. Mary Cathedral to receive a blessing from Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Couples interested in having their picture taken with Archbishop Wenski should arrive by 4:00pm with Mass starting at 5:30pm. Click Here to Register.

MARCH 22nd to 24th, 2019
Camp Erin is at NO COST to families. Camp Location: Camp Owaissa Bauer, 17001 SW 264th Street, Homestead, FL For more information or to apply, visit our website at camperinsouthflorida.org, or e-mail our Camp Coordinator at CampErin@catholichospice.org. The deadline to register is March 1, 2019.

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

BE MY VALENTINE!

Given the Valentine's Day emphasis at this time, we might take the time to recall the original story which generated this fabled adaptation. St. Valentine, a Roman priest, was martyred on February 14, 270 AD for refusing to give up Christianity. Devotion began shortly after his death when young men and women sought his help in selecting the right partner for life. Eventually the custom expanded to all persons recognizing loved ones.

What was the ideal of Valentine? We do not know very much about St. Valentine except that he loved to share the love of Christ with others every day. This sharing was to be without any ostentatious display or an expectation of it being returned. 

This loving spirit is instinctively found in parents and siblings. Selfless love seems to come naturally in families. The ability to give and serve for the bloodline, regardless of the cost, is often an innate feeling. It also develops in persons who genuinely attach to each other. Obviously this generosity could be abused, but life-experiences moderate the capacity of the giver and receiver.

By extension this gentle disposition of being sensitive to the needs of others is what the human heart is destined to do. Helping, caring, anticipating is the way of the Lord and it is offered to us. We could of course reject that invitation of God to share his love with others and concentrate on our own personal feelings and desires. Such a path would lead to fabricating a selfish disposition which eventually will bring much discontent and unhappiness.

Perhaps you could use this Valentine's season to explore in your heart how you could do random acts of kindness for those in your life, knowing that these acts will often go unknown and unacknowledged. The receiver will be the privileged recipient while the giver will have some contentment now, but an everlasting appreciation by the Lord hereafter. 

Sure, sending a card, giving candy, or baking a cake are all nice ideas. But to truly extend the love of Christ in your life, it may be time to move on to providing little acts of kindness and to encourage others to do likewise. Happy St. Valentine's Day!


Bible Study

LENT: THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION

The new session of Bible Study begins February 28th.

Join us this Lent as we take 6 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to accept the passion of our Lord so that we may share in his glorious Resurrection? The six weeks leading up to Easter mark our own 40 days in the desert with Jesus.

Classes are Thursdays at 9:30am or 7:00pm. Books are $15. Please make checks payable to St. John the Baptist, notating 'Bible Study Morning' or 'Bible Study Evening' in the memo.


RCIA

RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION (RCIA)

Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic faith community? Are you a Catholic who desires to complete the initiation process by receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation?

If you answered Yes to one of these questions, we warmly invite you to entering the RCIA process. RCIA is designed to assist adults who have never been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian religion and want to become Catholic, or those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information please email your contact information to church@stjohncc.org.


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for All Souls Day

Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength. 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.