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.


Religious Education classes will be held at 10:00am starting November 1st. All are welcome to join the 9:00am Family Mass prior to class!

St. John the Baptist Parish is blessed with many wonderful volunteers be they Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, and in recent months, all who help spray the pews after each Mass. Their service, on behalf of the entire parish family, is most appreciated. The Lord, I'm sure, takes note of their generous commitment.

In view of the increasing numbers of Mass attendees in the months ahead, we will need additional people to help disinfect and sanitize after each Mass. Please call the Rectory Office if you can assist, (954) 771-8950. Thank you, Fr. Kelly

PARISH SPIRITUAL RETREAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN are welcome to attend this year's St. John the Baptist Spiritual Retreat virtually on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 10:00am to 2:00pm via ZOOM from Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach. Enjoy morning prayer, three inspiring conferences, the recitation of the Rosary, and live-streamed Vigil Mass from the comfort of your home.

(There are also a limited number of spots for men and women if you would like to attend a day retreat in person on the following dates:
  • October 31st (men)
  • November 21st (women)
Light refreshments, lunch and dinner will be served for those who attend the in-person retreats.)

To sign-up online, click here. For more info contact Stephen Johnson at (828) 289-4445 (cell) or email.

Women's GuildNEW HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
St. John the Baptist Women's Guild is offering a new Holiday Fundraiser! Order fresh evergreen wreaths and centerpieces online and the Guild will receive 15% of the sale. Go to: Lynch Creek Farm to begin shopping. Please see the flyers at the exits or visit the Women's Guild for more details.

Celebrate Respect Life Month! You're invited to join Catholics nationwide in celebrating Respect Life Month this October with the message "to imitate Christ and follow in his footsteps." Learn more here..

Choose Life Are you suffering from the pain of a past abortion? For confidential help, contact Project Rachel Ministry at 888-456-HOPE (4673). Individual counseling and retreat weekends are available.

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

NEW WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1st

Happily, we notice an increase in weekend Mass attendance at St. John the Baptist. As the virus pandemic diminishes, and hopefully will continue to diminish, we anticipate our number of Mass attendees will increase.

Our Religious Education classes are now underway and our winter returnees are also looking forward to joining us in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

To accommodate the attendance possibilities, it seems appropriate that we provide an additional Sunday Mass in the months ahead. The planned Mass schedule, beginning the weekend of November 1st, will be:

The need for sanitizing between Masses will continue. If adjustment to this schedule is needed due to a change in the health climate, we will adjust accordingly. The health & safety of our worshippers is of paramount importance.

Thank you for your cooperation.

From the Pastor's Desk
Monsignor Kelly

LIVING LIKE A SAINT

In times past, people everywhere sought out role models who reflected the ideals they admired. These qualities included integrity, physical & mental ability, compassion, service, hope, determination, spirituality, and other character traits. History is replete with examples of wonderful people who have used these qualities in the way they lived and cared for others.

Through the years, examples of living and service have been selected for Beatification and Sainthood after thorough research and verification when miraculous cures were identified through their intercession. The times in which we live now offer awareness of the goodness of many persons; however, not to be overlooked, are the lives of goodness motivated by the Holy Spirit never publicly recognized. All are to be commended even though few receive notoriety.

On October 9, 2020, a young Italian boy (age fifteen) was "Beatified" by the global Church at the Basilica in Assisi, Italy. Carlo Acutis became the first member of the millennial generation to become officially known as "Blessed." In his earliest years, Carlo developed a love for Jesus, and after receiving his First Holy Communion at age seven, he attended Mass each day from then onward. Growing up in his local community he studied at a Jesuit school, played soccer, and was known for helping people.

He early on developed a proficiency in computer programming with the ability to offer video and animation. His love for the Holy Eucharist was his great motivator and he made a website dedicated to Eucharistic miracles. He also loved PlayStation which is a first for anyone to be canonized or beatified.

With a role model such as Carlo Acutis, as his goodness and love of the Lord became apparent, young people all over the world are finding hope and purpose as they go through the daily challenges in a technology environment. May we invite you to explore further the story of this young boy who someday may be the patron saint of computer technology users.

Blessings,
Father Vincent T. Kelly


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.


RESPECT LIFE NEEDS YOUR DONATIONS!

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. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please call (954) 565-0229 when you arrive and someone will meet you at your vehicle.

Your donations are greatly appreciated!


PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. 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.