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.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the parish office will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

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.


Please enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend. There will be no classes Sunday, November 26th.

MEN'S CLUB MEETING
Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00pm All men welcome. The men will host Fr. John Callan as their guest speaker. There will be a video presentation of the history of The Piarist Fathers as they are celebrating their 400th Anniversary this year.

Women's GuildANNUAL CHRIST CHILD TEA is to be held at 9:30am on Wednesday, December 13th at the home of Ferial Youakim. Kindly respond to Pat Burke (954) 776-1339. Click here for more information. Donations for Respect Life will be accepted.

HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM ATTENTION EIGHTH GRADERS! Cardinal Gibbons High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School will be administering the 2018-19 Entrance Exam (High School Placement Test) on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 7:45am. Cardinal Gibbons High School: CGHS Online Applications. St. Thomas Aquinas High School: STA Online Registration.

A PARISH OFFICE MESSAGE
Your continued generosity and support of the parish are truly appreciated. May we ask for your assistance in the use of weekly envelopes? Please simply seal the envelope with the glued tab. The use of tape, staples and stickers delays the processing of your kind donation.

Choose Life

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.


A Thanksgiving Blessing: Humble Hearts In a world where so many are hungry, May we eat this food with humble hearts; In a world where so many are lonely, May we share this friendship with joyful hearts. Amen. The priests of St. John the Baptist parish wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Day Masses: 7:00am, 8:45am and 10:30am.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

THANKS FOR THE MANY THINGS!

So many living today have an expectation that they are deserving of the best that life has to offer. Well intentioned and hardworking, they possibly are worthy of the best. But, as you might surmise, life does not always fulfill our expectations of deserving.

Think back over the past months in reference to the natural disasters of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires. None of those afflicted by the tragedies were deserving of such punishing conditions. But life, nature and human insensitivity frequently distribute unjust as well as unintended conditions. The challenge of all of us is to respond as constructively as possible to the events offered us.

In this frame of mind then we might consider how blessed we are to be spared many of the ravages of nature. We can also take the occasion to analyze how blessed we are to have the elements of the life we enjoy today, be they health, family, employment, freedom or social interaction. We normally take most of these experiences for granted until they diminish or are lost. Relatively speaking, we are exceptionally favored by God to enjoy our freedom of spirit regardless of our share of the American dream.

On this Thanksgiving occasion may we acknowledge that all good things come from God and are intended for responsible use and the ultimate glory of the Heavenly Father. Rather than take everything for granted, much less that we have an expectation of the good life, may we thank God each day and attempt to do His will in all things. Happy Thanksgiving.

Parish News and Notes


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 Louise McDonough or leave your name and contact information with the Rectory staff.


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.