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

RESPECT LIFE MONTH
BABY SUPPLIES DRIVE

(Hosted by Religious Education) Donations may be dropped off in the Parish Hall from 8:30 to 11:15am on any Sunday in October. Items needed are:
• Diapers and Wipes
• Flannel Receiving blankets
• Onesies (body suits)
• Outfits 0 to 9 months


In your loving kindness, O good and gracious God, you sent your Son to be our shepherd and guide. The priests of St. John the Baptist continue Christ's ministry of working in the vineyard by sustaining and guiding your holy people. Bless our priests. Let your Spirit uphold them always in their service to the people of this parish. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEN'S CLUB GENERAL MEETING
The Men's Club will be hosting an Oktoberfest themed meeting Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00pm in the parish hall. There will be German food, beverages and music. All men of the parish are welcome.

HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF
The devastation brought by Hurricane Michael to Florida and other areas is overwhelming. Thousands of our people are now homeless and need assistance. We hope to share in the relief efforts of the Catholic Church in that area with this special collection on October 27th/28th. We invite your most generous giving.

ALL SAINTS DAY SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 31st:
Confessions 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Vigil Mass at 5:00pm
Thursday, November 1st:
Masses at 7:00am, 8:45am,
Noon and 5:00pm

PRAY THE ROSARY Pope Francis invites all the Faithful to Pray the Rosary in October: "all the faithful of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day" during the Marian month of October.

Choose 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.

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

WILL YOU PAY FOR IT NOW
OR PAY FOR IT LATER?

In our American culture, one of our obsessions is that we always want to rank things: to put them in order, to know what is the best, who has the most, who is the greatest. We have awards of all kinds to select what we feel merits the highest honor. The list is endless: Oscars for movies, Tony's for television shows, Nobel Prizes for a variety of accomplishments, Mother of the Year, World Series, Bowl Games. We seem obsessed to honor one winner who has surpassed all others in some way. And in doing so, we ignore all those who worked hard, but did not rise to the top. We encourage everyone to strive for the number one position. "Do whatever you want in life, but be the best there is at it" seems to be a prevalent reflection of our attitude. Of such is the kingdom of the world.

At various times the disciples asked Jesus worldly questions about heavenly subjects. They confused the two kingdoms. There is some merit to their questions. At least they were asking about the kingdom of heaven, the eternal kingdom. Too often we focus on the wrong question. When we ask who is the greatest in the kingdom of this world, we not only confuse the question, we also confuse the kingdom. If we look at how we spend our time and energy, we may conclude that we are more concerned about becoming the greatest in this world with little thought about earning our place in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' answer to the disciples' questions brings us to the point of it all. He always seemed to have a way of turning things bottom-side-up. What he emphasized was that the one who is greatest in heaven is one who may have no status whatsoever in this world. Children had no position, no power, no authority, and no influence. That's hardly the description of the greatest according to this world. But the kingdom of heaven is different. The least shall be the greatest. Those who empty themselves shall be filled. Those who are meek shall inherit the earth. The childlike shall be the greatest.

We are challenged to look beyond the goals of this world and to invest our faith-filled energies to seek the kingdom of heaven. We are not to seek greatness as a goal but to spend ourselves serving the Master, doing the work of God, bringing about the kingdom of heaven. The question for us is not who is the greatest, but are we living our lives with the hope of being part of the kingdom of heaven?



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 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. 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.