Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays - 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
We can arrange a special time and place if needed; simply call the rectory to make arrangements.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
"Let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --Pope Francis
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our meetings begin Tuesday, September 20 from 9-11am in the school art room. Please join us for prayer, conversation, and good will be crocheting, knitting, or even quilting to make lap robes, shawls, baby Baptism blankets, hats, scarves, and mittens. These items go to our parish and community; and if we have enough, we also donate to those in need. For more information about our group, please contact Darlene (937-4299) or Mary Lynn (863-3798). Monetary or yarn donations are always welcome.
Parish Council Meeting
The first Parish Council Meeting of the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm in the school faculty room. All are welcome to attend the meetings.
It is here! Our first Youth Night of the school year! Our theme is THE OLYMPICS. Come dressed in athletic gear, including shoes you can run in, and enjoy some fun competition!! See you on Friday, September 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the school gym. All youth in Grades 6-12 are welcome!!!
Liturgy Committee Meeting
There will be a Liturgy Committee Meeting held on Monday, September 26 at 7pm in the rectory.
Soup Supper Night at St. John's
Preparations are underway for another round of Soup Suppers, the first of which will be held on Thursday, October 6. If anyone would like to make soup, bake a dessert, or help serve the night of the supper, please contact Mary Nuwer at 937-7888. Thank You.
Protecting God's Children Workshop
Parish and Catholic School employees and volunteers who are over the age of eighteen and who work with children and young people in the Diocese of Buffalo are required to attend a sexual abuse awareness session. The three-and-a-half-hour workshop will be hosted by St. John's Parish in our school building on Monday, October 10 from 6-9:30pm. To sign up online, go to www.virtus.org and then click on "First-Time Registrant." For more information, call the Faith Formation office at 716-937-3448 or email email@example.com.
From the Pastor's Desk...
This weekend, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday with a particular focus on “Prayer: The Faith Prayed.” As Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, Chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), stated in his message regarding Catechetical Sunday:
This year’s theme invites all the baptized – especially catechists and Catholic school teachers – to devote themselves to a deeper study and practice of prayer, for their own spiritual good and for the good of those they serve.
Here at St. John’s, we recognize all those who serve as catechists in our parish. Included in this group are our volunteer teachers (and their assistants) in the Faith Formation program, members of the RCIA team, and the teachers at our school. The ministry of catechesis in passing on the teachings and practices of the Catholic Faith (especially to our children and young people) is essential to the spiritual life of our parish. On this day and always, I offer a personal “Thank You” to all who serve in this important role. Likewise, I extend my gratitude and support to our Faith Formation staff (Delphine Leaderstorf, Debbie Pirog, and Lynn Fox), Youth Ministers (Jean Czerniak and Brandon Adkins), School Principal (Marilynn Camp), Pastoral Associate (Sr. Ellen McCarthy), and Deacons (Marc Leaderstorf and Richard Mahaney) for their leadership in sharing the Catholic Faith, by what they do and who they are, with others. To one and all, please know that your efforts are sincerely appreciated and have a positive impact on the many lives you touch.
In celebrating Catechetical Sunday, we pray in a particular way for all “teachers of the Faith,” asking God to bless and guide them. --Fr. Jim
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you here at St. John’s. I truly look forward to worshipping with you and praising the Lord through His powerful gift of music. Since I have started here, it has been a pleasure to meet new people each week and to hear your wonderful singing! It is great to hear people singing in church and St. John’s seems to have a very strong tradition of participation in worship.
Next month, there will be opportunities to get involved musically. Choir practice will begin on Thursday, September 15 at 6:45 p.m. The choir sings at the 9:30 a.m. Mass, and we will rehearse each week for one hour. Additionally, I would like to begin a contemporary group/choir to accompany the 11:00 a.m. Mass. If you sing or play an instrument, please let me know. Musical youth are strongly encouraged to participate in this ensemble.
Please do not hesitate to introduce yourself or to offer any feedback, ideas, or concerns. My goal in ministry has always been to bring people closer together and closer to the Lord through music. Anything that I can do to make this a reality is a blessing to me. I hope that we can continue to grow our music ministry together, now and in the future.
Yours in Christ,
Daniel A. Stachelski, III
St. John’s Music Director
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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News from the Vatican
09/24/16 8:30 am
Pope Francis on Saturday sought to comfort relatives and close friends of the more than 80 victims of the attack in Nice in July, who were run down by a man driving a truck as they celebrated France's national day. The pope began his solemn address by apologising for not speaking French because he said his was not "bon". Then, shifting to Italian, he urged those who were "attacked by the demon" to respond with "forgiveness, love and respect for your neighbour" rather than giving in to the temptation to react with hate and violence. Among the some 1,000 people who attended the ceremony were members of Nice's Jewish community and a local Muslim imam. "It makes me happy to see that inter-religious relations are very vibrant among you, and this cannot but soothe the wounds left by this dramatic event," Francis said. Islamic State (IS) militants claimed responsibility for the July 14 Nice attack. Less than two weeks later, IS militants killed an elderly French priest, Father Jacques Hamel, in his church, prompting the pope to declare the "the world is at war". But the pope also insisted the war was not a religious one, and that it was wrong to "identify Islam with violence", suggesting instead that the lack of economic opportunities for young people in Europe was one of the causes of terrorism. After speaking briefly, the pope descended from the pulpit and spent more than 45 minutes meeting those who attended the ceremony, many of whom were in tears.Read More
09/24/16 8:13 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday held an audience with the “Hospital Sisters of Mercy,” and encouraged them in their mission despite challenges posed by secular culture.
Listen to Ann Schneible’s report:Read More
09/24/16 7:54 am
(Vatican Radio) The Holy Father has appointed the Card. Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi (India), as his special envoy to the XI Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), to be held in Colombo (Sri Lanka) from November 28 to December 4, 2016.
The Plenary Assembly is the supreme body of the FABC, where all committees and officers are answerable to it. The Plenary Assembly meets in ordinary session every four years. Membership of the Plenary Assembly comprise of all presidents of member conferences or their officially designated episcopal alternates and bishop-delegates elected by member conferences.Read More