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.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT THE FAMILY MASS
December 16th 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
The Women's Guild hosts its Members Only Annual Christ Child Tea at 9:30am on Wednesday, December 12th in the Playa Del Mar Party Room. Our hostess is Mary Gerage. Members please RSVP by December 7th to Pat Burke at (954) 776-1339 or email. Donations for Respect Life will be accepted.

CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERTS Don't miss our pre-mass Christmas Concerts! Our Christmas Choirs will perform a short musical prelude before the 5:00pm and Midnight Christmas Eve Masses. The performances start at 4:30pm and 11:30pm.

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.

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. Your giving and support has helped to make many children's 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.

ST. COLEMAN OPEN HOUSE
Saint Coleman School Open House will be Thursday, December 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The school will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year for students in PreK-3 through 8th grade beginning December 14th.

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

PREPARE, IT'S THE CHANCE
OF YOUR LIFETIME

The obvious message from the Scriptures during these Advent days is: "Prepare the way of the Lord." Repeatedly we are advised to be vigilant, be on guard, be watchful since we do not know the time of the coming of the Lord. How liturgical and how "churchy" this message is! It seems that only those who attend church would hear it, and of those who hear it, only those who have inner conviction will abide by it. But the message of the Scriptures to be on notice is for everyone, whether you pay heed or not to the cautions of the prophets of old.

In a very dramatic way today, the prophets of news casting are telling us the same thing although in a very secular fashion. They report daily on the unreliability of life, most recently with a reduction in life expectancy right here in the U.S. We see headlines of violent deaths in car accidents, in plane crashes, in natural disasters. We are shocked when someone in our area is killed watching television at home. Drug related killings, robbery, homicides and sex-related crimes all caution us to the proximity of someone taking another's life. Regrettably, we seem to be moving to a point in our society where the respect for human life has diminished dramatically. Is anybody safe? Not really, but we must take every precaution possible to protect our own lives and the lives of others.

It is an advisable to heed to the Scriptures to be on guard, to be prepared. But these cautions refer not only to our personal safety, but more importantly to our inner peace with God. Not knowing the moment in which we will meet him as we terminate this life, we must constantly make our peace with God. We must attempt on a daily basis to be in the state of grace with nothing to separate us from him. We, as it were, need to have our bags packed at all times. When he does come eventually, we will be happy at the union. After all, that's why we have lived the life he gave us, so that we could prove ourselves worthy of our eternal place with him. "Prepare the way of the Lord."


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 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.