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.

Our Religious Education program begins each Sunday with the 9:00am Family Mass followed by classroom instruction.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT THE FAMILY MASS
December 17th at the 9:00am Mass: Children in K through 3rd grades are invited to participate in the Nativity (meet in Parish Hall at 8:15) and children in the 4th through 6th grades are invited to participate in the Children's Choir (please meet in the church at 8:15).

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.

TOY DRIVE A SUCCESS!!!
Thanks to all who helped make the Toy Drive a success by bringing all the wonderful toys for the needy in our community. You helped make their Christmas bright. Also, a special thanks to all who make the Toy Drive a reality. We could not have done it without all your help.

Christmas Flower Remembrance envelopes, located on the tables by the doors, are a thoughtful way to remember your deceased loved ones. Envelopes remain on the altar throughout the Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS GIVING TO
THE LORD

On this Christmas occasion we invite your most generous giving to the Lord as a reflection of your appreciation of your opportunity of salvation. Blessed Christmas to you and your family.

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.

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.


From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

One of the major icons of the Advent Season is John the Baptist, that unpredictable figure who served as the advanceman for Jesus - calling upon people to repent and prepare for the one whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." In response to John's message, the crowd asked, "What then should we do?" He said to them in reply, "Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise." What a timely message for us during this Advent Season as we prepare for Christ's coming, both his immediate coming in the Christmas feast and his final coming in power and glory, given the excessive commercialism that has become so associated with our observance of Christmas.

In his 1991 magnificent encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II expressed sadness over such consumerism which he described as exhausting. He pointed out that we in the West, in particular, are shaped and conditioned from cradle to grave to live and act as consumers. This trend has continued, and perhaps even increased. We are bombarded incessantly with ever-changing advertising techniques that seek to define and create more and greater need: the superfluous becomes the convenient, the convenient becomes the necessary, and the necessary becomes the indispensable. Moreover, these high-powered advertising techniques seek not only to create and define more and greater needs, but to shape the attitude and the viewpoint of the consumer as well. The self becomes the center of the universe; other people become things to serve one's needs; the norm is efficiency; the means will be whatever works; unethical business practices, adultery, euthanasia or whatever else suits one's convenience.

That is why we need to break away from the lifestyle of high consumption, of the wasteful depletion of resources, and of the excessive use of service and leisure that exist within our society. Then we can truly listen to what the Gospel values have to say: Gospel values that tell us that we are all God's children and that with respect to the goods of this world we are stewards not masters; Gospel values that say how blessed are the poor in spirit; Gospel values that tell us that we should be essentially content to be fed and to be clothed. We must be ready to take the steps to translate these recommendations of the Gospel into realities.

As we approach the Christmas feast, there are all kinds of alternatives to the consumerism so associated with this season. For example, making our own gifts or holiday food, donating a percentage of what we intend to spend on presents to church or to a charity that serves the needy, spending time with family, celebrating Christmas traditions, attending Mass together at the feast or discussing the meaning of Christ's coming in our own day. John the Baptist continues to cry out today, "Make straight the way of the Lord." Curbing the exorbitant spending on Christmas gifts and parties is a concrete way for us to respond to this exhortation.

Parish News and Notes


THE LETTER OF PAUL
TO THE EPHESIANS

BIBLE STUDY: Join us for our next Bible Study session beginning in January 2018; The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians.

We are the Body of Christ, but how often do we consider exactly what that means? What sets us apart from the rest of the world as members of Christ's own body?


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 Second Sunday of Advent

Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.