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.


Registration for PK-8 classes is still open! Please contact the rectory office if you would like to register.

CONGRATULATIONS! We
happily celebrated the wedding of Catherine Myers, our Religious Education Coordinator, to Ryan Taylor on September 12, 2020. Love and blessings to them always.

PARISH MEN'S RETREAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN are welcome to attend this year's St. John the Baptist Men's Retreat virtually on Saturday, October 17, 2020 via ZOOM live from Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach.

(There are a limited number of spots for men to attend in person. Light refreshments, lunch and dinner will be served for attendees in person.)

Enjoy morning prayer, three inspiring conferences, the recitation of the Rosary, and live-streamed Vigil Mass from the comfort of your home. To sign-up online, click here. For more info contact Stephen Johnson at (828) 289-4445 (cell) or email.

YOUR DONATIONS ARE NEEDED
Items that are most needed are:
•   Diapers and Wipes
•   Baby Towels
•   0-6 Months Onesies (body suits)
•   0-6 Months Sleep 'n Plays (short and long sleeve)
•   Other gently worn baby clothes up to 2 years old

Please drop donations off at the Respect Life offices, 525 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Please call (954) 565-0229 and someone will meet you at your vehicle.

Choose Life

We ask those attending Mass in-person, to please wear cloth masks that cover both the mouth and nose.

LIVE WEBCAST OF THE SUNDAY 10:00AM MASS WILL TAKE PLACE HERE

We have installed a camera system in the church and will be using it to telecast the Sunday 10:00am mass live on the screen above.

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, September 27th at 10:00am

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

In our American culture, one of our obsessions is that we always want to rank things, to put them in order, to know what is the best, who has the most, who is the greatest. We have awards of all kinds to select what we feels the best, what is the top, what merits the highest honor. There are Oscars for movies, Tony's for television shows, Nobel Prizes for a variety of accomplishments, Mother of the Year, World Series, Bowl Games; the list is endless. We seem obsessed to honor one winner who has surpassed all others in some way. And in doing so, we ignore all those who did not rise to the top. We always encourage everyone to strive for the number one position. Do whatever you want in life, but be the best there is at it. Of such is the kingdom of the world.

Many years ago the disciples asked Jesus a worldly question about a heavenly subject. They confused the two kingdoms. There is some merit to their question. At least they were asking about the kingdom of heaven, the more important kingdom. Too often we may ask the wrong question. We may ask who is the greatest in the kingdom of this world. We not only confuse the question, but we confuse the kingdom. If we look at how we spend our time and energy, we may conclude that we are more concerned about becoming the greatest in this world, with little thought about our position in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' answer to the disciples' question is typical. He always seemed to have a way of turning things bottom-side-up. What he really said was that the one who is greatest in heaven is one who may have no status whatsoever in this world. Children had no position, no power, no authority, and no influence. That's hardly the description of the greatest, according to this world. But the kingdom of heaven is different. The least shall be the greatest. Those who empty themselves shall be filled. Those who are meek shall inherit the earth. The childlike shall be the greatest.

We are challenged to look beyond the goals of this world and to invest our faith-filled energies to seek the kingdom of heaven. We are not to seek greatness as a goal but to spend ourselves serving the Master, doing the work of God, bringing about the kingdom of heaven. The question for us is not who is the greatest, but are we living our lives with the hope of being part of the kingdom of heaven?

Blessings,
Father Vincent T. Kelly


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. 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.