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.
Historically, the word "apology" signified a defense of what one stands for. Hence, apologists through the centuries were the persons who vociferously defended their faith against attack. Eventually, the word was applied to all who promoted their cause or their faith.
In time, the word apology diminished the defense posture and expanded to include an acknowledgment of possible wrong-doing. While sorrow for past misbehaving was commendable, the reflection of what was good or bad had to be placed in perspective.
Further evolution of the word, apology, expanded to offer regret for what others had done wrong. This was reasonable if there was some connection between the speaker/writer and the offense. But in time a disjoint set in where the apologist was expressing sorrow and regret for what others had done in the past.
Imagine the implications of one generation offering apologies for events that took place in previous centuries when a different culture prevailed. We ought to be held accountable by our present-day set of standards and not the reflections of another era. Likewise, it is not totally proper to judge the past by our present-day culture or standards. We are defenders (apologists) of our current conscientious behavior and should be held accountable. We can be judged and if necessary condemned for what we have done. While our current, thinking and behavior appear acceptable, future generations may find such behavior totally improper. Likewise, past occurrences in their time were tolerable, but in our day may be unacceptable.
Overriding all human behavior is the Divine law (the law of God) which is reflected in the Ten Commandments. This law supersedes all other human behavioral norms and is the litmus test of good or evil.
Our apologies in our day ought to be made to the Lord for violations of his moral law if we so violate it. Finding fodder in others' faults by constantly apologizing may find us in a dilemma of illusion and a distraction from real offenders. The torture through abortion of millions of unwanted children will someday demand the apology of the ages. We need to apologize to the Lord first for all our transgressions and then forgive the past. Blessings
SCHOLARSHIP FUND LUNCHEON & AUCTION
Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Invites you to the 21st Annual Scholarship Fund Luncheon and Auction on Saturday, February 22nd at 11:30 am.
1100 SE 17TH Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Scholarships are for 8th Grade Girls who want to attend a Catholic High School. Donation: $50 per person by February 14th, 2020, $55 after February 14th. For Reservation Information: Contact Suzanne Auer at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. 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.