Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Christmas Liturgical Schedule 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent
- Saturday, Dec 23 at 4:00 pm
- Sunday, Dec 24 at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am
- Sunday, Dec 24 at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 10:00 pm
- Monday, Dec 25 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Sunday after Christmas
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
- Saturday, Dec 30 at 4:00 pm
- Sunday, Dec 31 at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am
Solemnity of Mary (not a day of obligation this year)
- Sunday, Dec 31 at 4:00 pm
- Monday, Jan 1 at 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
St. John the Baptist family of parishioners is a faith-filled Catholic Christian community which believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His Church and its teachings, under the direction of our spiritual leaders. We watch and pray as we follow His call to love, life, fellowship and holiness.
WeShare Online Giving
"The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone. This is exactly what the parable of the multiplication of the loaves and fish teaches us: that we are truly willing, then what we have never ends. On the contrary, it abounds and does not get wasted"
--Pope Francis, Appeal against world hunger, Vatican City, December 9, 2013
All parish offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.
Eucharistic Holy Hour
Join our parish for a Eucharistic Holy Hour on Tuesday, November 21 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the church to continue to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit over all involved in the selection of the next pastor of St. John’s.
Please join us for Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. We invite you to bring canned goods to be brought up at the Offertory of the Mass. The food will be given to the poor in the Alden/Marilla area for the Christmas holidays. There will also be a basket at each entrance of the church for monetary donations, which will also be given to the needy. Your generosity is appreciated. Thank you!
Congratulations to Jennifer LeRoy and Patrick Mahaney who have been selected to serve as members of our Parish Council. A special thank you to our other nominees: Joe Cole, Rita Radder, and Amanda Zielinski. Thank you, too, to Robert Westerling – who has completed his term – for his time of service. Special recognition is also extended to Marie Strauss who retired from the Council last year after faithfully serving as secretary for 25 years. The new members were invited to the Parish Council meeting on Thursday, November 16. All parishioners are also always welcome to attend the Council meetings.
Advent begins on Sunday, December 3. We invite families to join us in spiritual preparation for Christ by lighting the Advent Wreath candles on the Sundays of Advent. We will need one family for each weekend Mass. Sign up starting next weekend by printing your name on the poster board that will be found at the front entrance of the church. Each week, the first two pews on the left center aisle will be reserved for those lighting the candles. We also invite this family to bring up the gifts at the Offertory
A new fellowship opportunity is beginning at St. John's for adults in their 40s, 30s, and 20s. The group will be meeting to read the Gospel of Mark together in the school building (room to be announced) from 7-9 pm on Thursday evenings: November 16, November 30, December 14 and December 21. If you are interested in a chance for prayer, study and friendship, please join us! BYOB - Bring Your Own Bible! (We will also be referencing the Catechism of the Catholic Church if you are able to bring a copy.) If you have any questions, please contact Katie Rose at 860-394-6008.
Music Ministry News
Choir rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the church, and the Contemporary Choir will practice afterwards from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Choir leads the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass; the Contemporary Choir leads the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass. We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested, please join us for a rehearsal to check us out or contact Dan Stachelski (603-2447) for more information.
Volunteer Opportunity at St. John’s School
The Foster Grandparent Program at Catholic Charities matches older adults, ages 55 and up, to volunteer opportunities at educational sites. The Foster Grandparent Volunteers are people who care about children who use their time in retirement to give back to the community. Volunteers usually serve the school community between 15 and 40 hours a week and are there to help children reach their potential in social, academic, and developmental skills. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at St. John’s School, you may contact Erin Pustulka, the Coordinator of the Foster Grandparent Program, at 716-896-6388 ext. 216
Representatives of the Diocese of Buffalo will be here at St. John's to discuss the future leadership of the Parish and School on
Sunday, November 26, 2017
in the church
Please join us!
From the Pastor's Desk...
From Our Temporary Administrator...
I have always enjoyed coming to St. John’s Parish and celebrating Mass with all of you. I have found everyone welcoming and friendly. Because of that, it was not difficult to say yes when the Bishop asked me to be Temporary Administrator until they are able to find a permanent pastor. We all hope that this will not take long and we will all be able to get back to normal.
The purpose of a Temporary Administrator is to keep everything going until the new pastor comes. I am not here to make any changes but to do the duties of the pastor and serve the parish as best as I can.
St. John’s is a great community and because of the great work Fr. Jim Ciupek has done over these past 12 years, I would think that anyone would be happy to come and pick up where Fr. Jim has left off. I know that this is the hope of all of us and hopefully we will all get to know a new pastor very soon.
--Fr. Jim Walter
Holy Water fonts
New Holy Water fonts have been installed in our Parish offices and in all the classrooms at St. John the Baptist School!
HOLY WATER is a means of SPIRITUAL WEALTH!
Every Catholic home should have in it a supply of Holy Water. There is Holy Water available in the back of the church for parishioners for use in the home. If you would like to order a Holy Water font for your own home, please contact Pam Turton by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (716) 937-9577.
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