WE WELCOME YOU We welcome our many guests and visitors as we worship together. Coming from all parts of the world, it is heartening that, irrespective of all our differences, including cultural, language, educational or economic level, we pray together and celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ, our Savior. This is the House of the Lord.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Congratulations to our Eighth Grade students and other Confirmandi who received the Holy Spirit at Confirmation! May you continue your faith journey driven by the Holy Spirit!

Special thanks to our Confirmation catechist Colette Wolf, who diligently prepared these students for the past two years. Thanks also to their families for their support throughout their faith journeys!

FINAL MEN'S CLUB MEETING
Final Meeting of the Season. All men of the parish are invited to the Men's Club meeting with Mr. Baseball, Dr. Cesar Pellerano, on Tuesday April, 24th at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall. Hot dogs, popcorn & cold beverages will be served.

Supper Club
Join us at Thai Spice on Friday, April 27th at 6:00pm at 1514 E. Commercial Blvd (Self-park in the back or valet in the front). For reservations & transportation call Rudy at (954) 943-1023.

Women's GuildINSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
The Women's Guild Installation of Officers Mass & Breakfast is Wednesday, May 9th. Installation will take place at the 8:45am mass followed by breakfast at the Coral Ridge Country Club. Click here for more information.

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.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Married Couples: How about some time for just the two of you? A weekend that will focus on love, caring & relationships. It will be the best gift you'll give each other this year. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of passion. The next weekend in this area is April 27th-29th, 2018. To apply online or for more information click here.

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

THE GOOD SHEPHERD LEADS THE WAY

Have you ever wondered why Jesus, the Son of the Eternal God, suffered and died for us so that we could one day gain everlasting happiness in heaven? Being God he could have imposed his will at the snap of his fingers. Yet, he willingly became one of us and endured much suffering on our behalf. Why? The fact is that Jesus loves us immeasurably and offered himself as a sacrifice to save us from our sin.

Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep." Jesus did not have to suffer and die. He had a choice. He chose to suffer and die because He cared about the flock God had entrusted to Him. What Jesus wants from us is not our suffering, but a life of love and service. Such a life will inevitably bring suffering. But Jesus supports all those who follow him down the road of faithful love and generous service.

When you reflect on this thought, you realize how important you are to the Lord. To others in your life you may not appear to be much appreciated, but to Jesus you are exceptional. All he asks is a return of your love—the only thing he cannot mandate since you have free will.

As we move forward through the Easter Season, may we find renewed appreciation of all Jesus did for us and may we draw closer to Jesus in our love for Him. Each day is a new opportunity to offer your love in heart, mind and deed to the Good Shepherd who will someday lead you safely home.

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 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.