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.


The Religious Education program begins on Sundays with our 9:00am family mass followed by an hour of classroom instruction.

ABCD CAMPAIGN BEGINS SOON
The Archdiocese of Miami will be mailing envelopes to your homes. Envelopes with our address label will be available on the tables. Please place them in the collection basket and we will process them in the rectory and submit them to the Archdiocese for proper accounting St. John's parish. Thank you for your support.


9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Beginning Wednesday, January 19 through Thursday, January 27. Anyone can join at 9daysforlife.com!

A GIFT BOOK FOR 2022
Life is Messy
Life isn't a color-within-the-lines exercise. It is a wild and outrageous invitation full of uncertain outcomes. As our gift of appreciation to you, Matthew Kelly's book, Life is Messy, is available on tables by the exits. Each family is welcome to take home one copy.

TAX STATEMENTS COMING
Donation letters for the 2021 tax year will be mailed before January 31, 2022. We thank you for your continued generous support throughout the year!

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS All couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50-Plus wedding anniversary in 2022 are invited to come to a Mass on February 12th 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.

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.

All live telecast services take place on the screen above. If you can't join us in person, please join us here. Click our YouTube link at left to view past services. Please consider Online giving.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

YOU ARE IMPORTANT

Consciousness of the dignity of the human person, and acceptance and promotion of this ideal, are important to perpetuating our way of life. This sensitivity to our human dignity is primarily based on the belief that we are created by God, loved by Him, redeemed by his Son, Jesus Christ, and promised an eternal destiny in heaven. What an awesome thought that each one of us is so blessed! Yet we take it so much for granted.

To lose sight of a person's dignity means we relegate him/her to a usable or disposable commodity. Historically, when the leadership of nations overlooked each person's personal worth, the result was war, suppression, starvation, incarceration, injustice, killing, violation, discrimination, and even genocide. Unfortunately, all of these crimes have happened through the centuries and were rationalized by people who demeaned others. Little did such limited-capacity leaders realize that those they oppressed were their equals and possibly loved more by the almighty God because of being victimized.

Today, the world stage exhibits a repeat of the injustices and degradation we have seen in the past. Can't we ever learn from history how absurd and how narrow such behavior is even from a human perspective? In our day too many of our world's population are oppressed, demeaned, and devoid of hope because of a lack of acceptance that each person is important. Persons who are free and can make their own choices have the capacity to avoid oppression. But with issues of dictatorship, injustice, poverty, violence, and crime, too many of our human race does not enjoy minimum respect.

All of us need to foster, in our own hearts, a respect for any person we encounter on our journey. We need to nurture at all levels a dignified respect for the human person he or she is, a success or limited, healthy or sickly, independent or in need. As distinct from material objects, humans have a spiritual source, an everlasting soul. Challenging as it might be we need to look beyond the bodily framework and see the spirit in each other. Reflecting on others we can sense our own dignity. We are enormously loved by God.

Blessings,
Father Vincent T. Kelly


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for The Holy Family of Jesus

O God, who were pleased to gives us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. 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. R. Amen. Amen.