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.


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Upcoming Dates to Remember

2nd COLLECTION DEC 11th / 12th For 30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious - service is a way of life. Most ministered in Catholic schools, hospitals, parishes, and social service agencies, usually for little or no pay. Today, hundreds of religious communities lack adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious offers vital support for necessities, such as medications and nursing care. Please give generously.

Women's GuildANNUAL CHRIST CHILD TEA
The Women's Guild will host its Christ Child Tea for members on Wednesday, December 15th at 9:30am in the Parish Hall. Seating is limited and reservations are required no later than December 7th. Please call Pat Burke at (954) 776-1339 to make your reservation. Donations to Respect Life will be gratefully accepted.

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.

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The Archdiocese of Miami requires face masks to be worn at all parish functions. We ask that you wear your face mask covering both your mouth and nose.

Welcome to the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church parish family. We continue to deepen in the strengths of the parish: prayer, worship, and education of our members in the ways of 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.

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From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

Accentuate the positive; Eliminate the negative; Latch on to the affirmative! The upbeat lyrics of this 40's hit boosted morale for many during World War II. These lyrics also strike a chord with the spiritual change that happens during Advent.

Preparing our welcome for the Lord this Christmas has everything to do with positive and negative- for reasons far weightier than morale. The most positive event in history is God's gift of his Son to humanity to be our Savior. Jesus is God's YES to humanity.

The greatest affirmative given to us is that God loved us so much as to come to us, to become one of us, to enter our history and our lives - and not just to boost morale and make us feel good for a few days each Christmas. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. God's yes to us invites a positive response from each human person. Jesus is God's yes to us - but more, Jesus is also our yes to God. He shows us humanly, as one of US, how to say "yes."

During Advent as we prepare our minds and hearts to welcome Jesus at Christmas, we reject the negative. Any inclination to say "no" to God and others must be set aside in favor of the affirmative "yes". These Advent Sundays tie all things together by placing before us Mary, the Christ-bearer. Her positive yes to God is the greatest and most decisive obedience. Her response, "I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word" is the moment of the Incarnation - the most positive event in history.

As we accentuate the positive in our lives, may we realize that the source of all good and our happiness is to be found in our relationship with Jesus, the Savior whom we celebrate at this time. May this great feast be a "positive" in our lives as we gain a broad perspective of what life is all about. Happy Christmas!

Blessings,
Father Vincent T. Kelly


RESPECT LIFE NEEDS YOUR DONATIONS!

Items that are most needed are:

• Newborn & Size 5 diapers
• 2T clothes
• New baby bottles
• New towels
• Baby wash
• Baby Shampoo
• Lotion
• New baby bathtubs
• Monetary donations
• VOLUNTEER!
Please drop donations off at the Respect Life offices, 525 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please call (954) 565-0229 when you arrive and someone will meet you at your vehicle.

Your donations are greatly appreciated!


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.