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.

ABCD DRIVE ABOUT TO BEGIN The 2018 Archbishop's Charities & Development Drive is about to begin! Please be generous in your support as our parish works to reach its annual quota!

THANK YOU RECEPTION
We are most appreciative of all who volunteer for the caring operation of our parish. To express our gratitude, the annual Parish Volunteer Reception will be held January 19th from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the parish hall. Please join us for this opportunity for us to express our gratitude and to spend some time with your fellow volunteers. Thank you for your support!

MEN'S CLUB MEETING
Tuesday, January 23th at 7:00pm in the parish hall. Speaker: Andy Paul - Carnival Cruise Line. Topic: Security in the cruise industry. Dealing with hurricane damage in the islands. History of the cruise industry since the Titanic. All men of the parish are welcome! Refreshments are served.

Family Picnic
SAVE THE DATE for our Religious Education Family Picnic beginning at 11:00am on Sunday, January 28th at Bayview Park.

Blood DriveCOMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE will be held Sunday, January 21st. The BloodMobile will be located in the south parking lot from 7:15am until 1:30pm. Be a hero. Save a life.

Food Drive Weekend of January 20/21st. Let us remember those less fortunate by donating nonperishable food items. Your compassionate support means a great deal to these members of Godís family. Thank you!

PARISH GIFT TO EACH FAMILY
We hope you are enjoying Perfectly Yourself! The true beauty of this gift is experienced when you finish reading it and pass it along to a friend or family member to help them to pursue God's dream for their lives and the best version of themselves.

TAX STATEMENTS MAILED
The donation letters for the 2017 tax year have been mailed. Thank you for your generous support throughout the year! If you require a tax receipt and did not get one, or if a correction is required, please call the office.

LENTEN PARISH MISSION Save the Date! Our Lenten Parish Mission will take place on the evenings of February 26th, 27th and 28th. The Mission will be conducted Fr. Kevin MacDonald, C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest. Contact the office if you would be interested is hosting an evening.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS All couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50-Plus wedding anniversary in 2018 are invited to come to a Mass on February 3rd at St. Mary Cathedral to receive a blessing from Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Couples interested in having their picture taken with Archbishop Wenski should arrive by 4:00pm with Mass starting at 5:30pm. Click Here to Register.

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

WHEN TO BLOCK - WHEN TO LISTEN

In our busy society we are bombarded by voices and messages throughout the day: the news, radio, advertising, telephone, co-workers, family, maybe even from a stranger on the street. We might begin screening our calls for the sake of our own sanity.

How then do we know which call to ignore and which call to answer? We cannot block every message coming to us. We surely need to devise a strategy that will allow us to receive the necessary and welcome information and avoid the background noise of the rest. This selectivity will undoubtedly be of our own choosing and it is possible this decision has already been made by us.

What if the message or call comes from God? He has various ways of reflecting what he wants in our heart, mind and conscience. It is unlikely we will actually hear his voice, but the message may be delivered loudly and clearly through another person or source.

In the Old Testament, prophets uniquely heard the call of God and relayed the message to the people. In the New Testament, Jesus himself brought this message of the Almighty and this procedure continued through the Apostles and their successors.

Who are the prophets and apostles who bring the message of God to us today? Discounting the selfappointed false prophets of our time, avoiding the radicalization of the message that is presented as the mind of God, and being sensitive to the secularization and indulgence that prevails in a sophisticated society, our challenge is to be selective. Regardless of how busy our lives are, or how deserving we feel, we need to keep the line of communication open for messages from our God. He is the only voice really worth hearing. Through prayer, reflection, reading, and conversation, we must remain open to ensure that we are listening when God speaks his will to us.

Parish News and Notes


THE LETTER OF PAUL
TO THE EPHESIANS

BIBLE STUDY: Join us for our next Bible Study session beginning in mid-January 2018 for 10 weeks; 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 in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. 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.