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.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
There will be no classes on Sunday, November 25th. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

ITALIAN NIGHT 'GRAZIE MILLE' Thanks to all parishioners and guests who attended our Italian dinner last Saturday, making it a wonderful success. We also thank Walter and his staff of Anthony's Clam House & Grill (coming to Commercial Blvd in Feb/Mar 2019) for preparing the food, Mimi's Ravioli for the donated cannoli and to Richie's Gourmet Italian Ice for their contribution.

MEN'S CLUB GENERAL MEETING
Dr. Charlie Russo, cardiologist at Holy Cross Hospital, will be speaking about the dangers of vaping. Vaping is a major problem that has begun to affect grade schools. With this in mind, the Men's Club would like to invite the parents of St. John's Religious Ed students to attend this important meeting on Tuesday, November 27th. The meeting will start at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCE
In this month of November, we remember all those we love who have died. Please use the All Souls envelopes located on the tables by the exits to honor your friends and family members who have passed. The names will be kept on the altar for the month of November.

The new session of Bible Study, Lent: The Road to Redemption, will begin February 28. This 6 week course will correlate with the Lenten weekly readings. Books are $15. Please make checks payable to St. John the Baptist, notating 'Bible Study Morning' or 'Bible Study Evening' in the memo.

HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM ATTENTION EIGHTH GRADERS! Cardinal Gibbons High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School will be administering the 2019-20 Entrance Exam (High School Placement Test) on Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 7:45am. Cardinal Gibbons: CGHS Online Applications. St. Thomas Aquinas: STA Online Registration.

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.


The priests and staff of St. John the Baptist parish wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Masses are celebrated at 7:00, 8:45 and 10:30am on Thanksgiving Day. The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov 22 & 23) in observance of the holiday.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

GIVE THANKS

We have arrived at a point of late autumn or fall in our annual designation of seasons. Weather is becoming cooler, leaves are changing color (or so they tell us up north) and a nostalgic period of the year begins. Visitors are returning to our area, as are the many retirees who summer up north. Welcome to all these events, but especially to our returning parishioners.

If all these climate conditions are so, it must be Thanksgiving season! This, in the planning of our wise founding brothers and sisters, is the time to acknowledge the bounty we have received from the Lord. Both as individuals and as a nation, we owe a debt to the Almighty for giving us a rich land with opportunity.

But each of us has received much more than a dwelling-space during our earthly existence; we have been gifted with personal gifts and natural protections. Because of our limited ability to cope with God's excessive largess, we are inclined to take much for granted. We frequently act as if God owes us an existence and ignore the gratitude which should be ours for the giving consistently. The truth is we have received everything from the Lord and should humbly acknowledge his ongoing trust of everything to our care. Needless to say, we must act responsibly in accepting God's trust and fulfill our challenge conscientiously.

As you read this document, you might say a prayer of thanks to God for this day and everything that goes with it. In fact, tomorrow morning and every morning as you arise from your bed, "fall" on your knees and thank the Almighty for a new day - that surely is a gift worthy of note. Happy Thanksgiving!


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 the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. 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.