Birth of Saint John the Baptist

Announcements from our bulletin of June 24, 2018

This weekend our parish participates in the “Peter’s Pence 2018 Collection” for the Works of the Holy Father.

Each year the Holy Father asks us to help him provide for our neediest brothers and sisters throughout the world - those who suffer due to war, oppression, and natural disasters. Join the Holy Father in this act of justice and kindness. Please pray for the Holy Father and give generously to this special appeal. Thank you.

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"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." – Mother Teresa

Support the Archdiocese of Miami by making a gift today

We are grateful to our parishioners who have made bequests to the parish. These gifts help us to bring future generations to Christ.

Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 for information on how you can also help build our future.

“…Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.” – ACTS 13:25

Stewardship is a lifestyle, it’s not a program or a process. It’s how we are called to live our lives twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week! It challenges us to live “God-centered” lives, not “self-centered” lives.

Contemplate on your daily activities, do you do them for the glory of God or for the glory of your own name?

It’s midsummer day! We have the advantage of celebrating one of the great hidden treasures of our liturgical calendar on a Sunday this year. There are only three “nativity” feasts on our calendar: for the Lord, the Blessed Mother (September 8), and today’s birth of the Baptist. Today’s date is anchored by the Annunciation (March 25), when Mary learns not only of her own child’s advent, but of Elizabeth’s child. We are exactly half a year away from Christmas Eve. There are strong traditions around this feast. Just as the winter solstice provides a rich vocabulary for Christmas, so does the abundance of light at midsummer inform this celebration.

Just as at Christmas, a religious festival spills over into culture. As summer light reaches its peak, the sun-drenched zones of northern Europe see people staying up all night, lighting “St. John’s fires” in the long summer twilight. Bonfires seem to be the unifying force in all these celebrations, kindled along the shores of the St. Lawrence in Quebec and Montreal, with harbor illuminations in France.

You may be most interested in the custom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Baptist’s own city. People there will leap into the sea between midnight and dawn to honor John. Why not find your way to a pool, a lake, or a sandy beach today and plunge in to recall your baptism? It’s a tradition!


We need volunteers who wish to share their knowledge with children or young adults as teachers on Monday or Tuesday in the afternoon.

As a volunteer we will give you enough information so you feel comfortable doing your work. For more information, call Rectory Office.

Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor, for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.

Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the practice of their faith and would normally be considered as “active Catholics.” They should be people who are comfortable with answering questions about their personal relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities.

Godparents should be people who are interested in and will continue to spiritually support the “godchild” in the years ahead.

Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:

  1. A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
  2. Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
  3. A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to carry out this responsibility. If a person is married, the marriage must have been a Catholic marriage, not just a civil marriage. Catholics currently living in a marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are excluded from being a Godparent.
  4. Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancé of the one who is to be baptized.
* In order to be a Godparent/Sponsor St. Mary Magdalen Church requires that the person be registered member of our parish at least 6 months previous to the date of the Baptism.
Evening & Weekend Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays Sobriedad 2000 AA in Spanish 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday Al Anon in Spanish 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Sunday Gambler's Anon in English 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday St. Vincent de Paul Society Bi-lingual 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The shelves of our food pantry are almost empty. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is always accepting food donations to help out the hungry.

Please bring all kinds of nonperishable foods starting today. The collection boxes are located inside the Church by the doors. Thank you very much!

Good Bless you!

St. Vincent De Paul can give you TAX REDUCTION RECEIPTS for your cash or check donations.

We need Ushers for 6:00 PM Mass Saturday Evenings.

Please prayerfully consider making a commitment to this vital ministry.

Call our Parish for details at 305-931-0600.