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.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

BABY SUPPLIES DRIVE
during Respect Life Month

(Hosted by Religious Education) Donations may be dropped off in the Parish Hall from 8:15 to 11:30am on any Sunday in October. Items needed are:
•   Diapers and Wipes
•   Flannel Receiving blankets
•   Onesies (body suits)
•   Outfits 0 to 9 months

You're invited to join Catholics nationwide in celebrating Respect Life Month this October with the message Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent! Click for more info.

Food Drive Weekend of October 19/20th. The St. Vincent De Paul Society food bank operates out of Blessed Sacrament Church every Friday afternoon. In the month of September, they served 723 clients, representing 2,416 people. Thank you for helping feed these members of God's family.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
October 20th is World Mission Sunday, in a special Extraordinary Missionary Month. We are called to be part of the Church's missionary efforts, supporting mission priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay catechists who provide loving service to those most in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

OCTOBERFEST! ALL WELCOME
Come join us on Tuesday, October 22nd for our Octoberfest meeting! Doors to the parish hall will open at 6:30pm. All men and women of the parish are welcome. Cost will be $5 per person.

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.


You are cordially invited to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Wenski at 5:00pm on Friday, November 1st.

An adult-only reception will follow at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Reception tickets are $40 each and you can reserve yours by emailing Kris Ahern.

Checks can be made payable to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Your reserved tickets will be available at one of our ministry meetings or before and after masses the weekend of October 20. If you have any questions, please call the rectory office at (954) 771-8950.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

CALLED TO BE FAITHFUL

There are numerous times in our lives when we are called to be faithful. Parents who bring their child to be baptized are called to be faithful to what the Church teaches. Young people who join scouting programs are called to be faithful to the promises they make to uphold the values of scouting. Men and women who marry are called to be faithful to their new marriage vows, in spite of conditions which may bring change into their lives. Faithfulness is required - it is not always easy.

The people of Israel of the old testament at various times, failed to keep God's covenant with them. In fact, much of the history of the nation of Israel could be summed up in three words: "call, fall and recall." God called them to fidelity, they fell away from the practice of the law and were overrun by their enemies. Seeing them in such a situation, God called them again to faithfulness. Frequently the prophets of old urged the people of Israel to make up their minds - to decide once and for all whether to serve the Lord, the God of their ancestors or pagan gods.

Later in history, Jesus continued to warn those who would listen about the dangers of infidelity to God's message, and urged them to remain faithful. We are still called to be faithful today - faithful to the teachings of the Church, faithful to what has been handed down to us through the years. God does not ask us to do the impossible, but God does ask that we are faithful. Let us ask God for the grace to be forever faithful.


POPE FRANCIS: PRAY THE ROSARY IN OCTOBER

The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church.


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 Twenty-Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

May your grace, O lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. 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.