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 ASSUMPTION OF MARY Saturday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2020. Masses will be held at regularly scheduled times: 8:45am Daily Mass and 5:00pm Vigil Mass.

Thank you to all who continue to give financially to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. This funding is essential to the future of our Church and its mission. Your help is necessary to continue meeting our operational needs.

If you wish to make a weekly offertory contribution, please consider calling the rectory during office hours to pay by credit card, giving by mail, or giving through the Archdiocese of Miami's Universal Parish Offertory page. We appreciate all of your support.

Parish Online Offering

Janelle Jay, Mission Coordinator of Amor en Accion (Love in Action), will speak at all masses August 15th/16th to appeal for donations for their missionary community that is based in the Archdiocese of Miami. Inspired by the principle "faith without actions is dead" (James 2:14), Amor en Accion seeks ways to share the love they experience in Christ with those living in poverty and suffering oppression. Amor en Accion's work is concentrated in the Archdiocese of Miami's sister dioceses; the Diocese of Port-de-Paix in Haiti and various dioceses in the Dominican Republic. We encourage your generosity to help the needs of Amor En Accion.

CHURCH TENTING Tenting of the church will take place from Tuesday, August 18th through the Thursday, August 20th. Daily Mass will be held in the parish hall during this time. We appreciate your patience.

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I love for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have aleady come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely too You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

MONTHLY FOOD DRIVE ON HOLD In view of the current health crisis, the food drive for the month of August is temporarily on hold. Please consider donating to your local food banks to help families in need. Your generous donations really make a difference. Thank you!

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


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

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, August 16th at 10:00am

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly


Being close to the sea, we frequently observe large freighters, leisure yachts, and even aircraft carriers offshore stabilized in the water at anchor. This anchor assures that the craft will not move from the point of placement. Without such an instrument all sea-going vessels would either need to be in constant motion under sail or power or need to be immobilized by being tied up at a dock. The experience of centuries of seafaring has given everyone the security of being stable at a point of their choice by using an anchor.

Have you ever thought that the Church is a vital anchor for all of us? Whatever our disposition, occupation, ambition, or faith-level, the Catholic Church worldwide is a most valuable haven of stability in the lives of all of us. Through Church, we experience much security, direction, and assistance on our human voyage.

The ever-changing events of a turbulent society can so often throw us into turmoil on our journey. Whether the intrusions come from sources outside or from our own limitations, it is possible that our planned, peaceful journey from one point to another may not be the direction which develops. We may be side-tracked by a raging current, misguided planning, or by the faulty mechanism of human sickness. Stability is crucial to us even if we stray off course during life. Such stability is to be found in Christ Jesus who launched the "bark of Peter," which we call the Church.

Our plan in life is not simply to journey from the day of our birth to the end of our earthly career, but more specifically to set sail for an eternal destination. Through prayer, sacraments, and the Scriptures, we can receive unlimited assistance with these life-saving devices of the Church. As you set sail today toward the eternal sunset, be very much aware that the stabilizer, the anchor, and the compass you need for a successful voyage, can be found in the Church which itself is guided by the Holy Spirit of God. Bon Voyage.

Father Vincent T. Kelly

Prayer to Our Lady Of The Assumption

by Pope St. Pius X

O immaculate virgin, mother of God and mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervour of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as he once said to you of his beloved disciple:

"Behold you son," and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.



Prayer for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. 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.