Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.
Feast of All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)
November 1 - 8:30 am, 12:10 pm and 7:00 pm
NO vigil Mass on October 31
Annual Night of Remembrance
This special Mass for the faithful departed will be celebrated at St. John's Church on
Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm
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
Evangelization Team Meeting
The Evangelization Team will meet Monday, October 24 at 6:30 pm in the church.
Cemetery Committee Meeting
The Cemetery Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm in the school faculty room.
Annual Night of Remembrance
This special Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. To remember a deceased loved one during this liturgy, a rose can be purchased for $3. The rose - with a card bearing the name of the person to be remembered - will be placed on a wreath during the Mass. Forms for submitting a loved one's name will be available at the entrance of the church and are due by October 21. For more information, contact Sr. Ellen at 716-937-6959.
St. John's Cemetery News
The annual fall clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 am with a rain date of Saturday, November 12. Any amount of help would be appreciated. For safety reasons, volunteers under the age of 18 must please be supervised by an adult.
A reminder that all decorations and potted plants must already be removed from the gravesites at St. John's. Items that remain will be discarded by cemetery personnel in preparation for winter.
Meeting for Ushers
On Monday, November 7 at 7:00 pm, there will be an ushers' meeting in the school art room. Alternate ushers are also invited to attend this informational session. Contact Carl at 937-7433 for more infomation.
Holy Name News
Save the date for Novemberfest on Saturday, November 12! The Auslanders will be performing at St. John's School Hall starting at 7:00 pm. Ticket cost will be $5 per person at the door. The cost of the ticket includes pop, chips, and pretzels. Beer and wine will be available for sale. Bring finger foods if desired. No BYOB. For reservations, call 716-937-7588. The parish sweepstakes drawing will also be conducted that evening.
Upcoming Repect Life Events
Plan on attending the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, DC January 26-27, 2017. Deadlines for hotel and bus reservations are in December. Watch for more information to come.
From the Pastor's Desk...
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a brief essay entitled “The Future of Catholic Schools” in the October 16, 2016 issue of the Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. Archbishop Kurtz notes:
The Church provides Catholic school education because we want to give children a chance by inviting them, through God’s grace, to realize their God-given gifts and become all they can be as they grow [in] wisdom, truth and grace. True to Jesus’ great commission, we announce the good news in every age.
The article also quotes a statement from a mother who is grateful for the experience of a Catholic school education for her family: “The kids in a Catholic school learn that when God is the center of their lives – no matter what they will confront [in] life – they were made for great things, and they can make the difference in the world.”
No doubt, Catholic schools in our area and throughout the country face many challenges with shifting demographics, rising costs, and a softening commitment to Catholic values. What once was a relatively convenient and inexpensive option at the elementary level has now become a significant investment that may involve a measure of sacrifice. Still, it is well worth the reach when one considers that the mission of Catholic education includes not only a strong academic program but also a solid foundation in moral principles grounded in the Catholic Faith.
Here at St. John’s we are blessed to have a vibrant elementary school in which we are continuing the long tradition of Catholic education by giving our children the tools to be successful in this life, and a vision of hope in serving God and others for happiness in eternal life. Thank you for all of your prayers and support of our school!
School Marketing Director Needed
St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School in Alden is seeking a part-time marketing director (no more than 19 hours a week). Responsibilities include using the print and electronic media, and other means, to promote the school with the objective of enhancing enrollment. Letter of application and resume should be sent, no later than November 15, 2016 to: Ms. Marilynn Camp, Principal; 2028 Sandridge Road; Alden, NY 14004. E-mail:email@example.com. References and background check required.
Pre-K Aide Wanted
St. John's School is looking for a part-time Pre-K 4 Aide for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am to 2pm. Flexible, creative person with experience working with young children preferred. Contact school principal Ms. Marilynn Camp at 937-9483 or firstname.lastname@example.org or send your interest in writing to St. John's School. References and background check required. Position to begin Tuesday, November 1.
8th Annual SJS Wine Gathering
November 5, 2016
St. John's Gym
Join us for fine wine, food, music, and more!
Doors open - 7:00 pm
Tasting begins - 7:30 pm
Tickets are $30/person
Call/text Maria at 716-510-3187 or email@example.com for more info
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
10/25/16 10:35 am
(Vatican Radio) The Vatican issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the work of the cataloguing and digitalizing of the archival material possessed by the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, the Apostolic Nunciature in Buenos Aires, and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State related to Argentina’s Military Dictatorship Period (1976-1983) has ended.
The statement said the Executive Committee of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States, on Saturday, 15 October, to assess the project.Read More
10/25/16 9:17 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said God’s Kingdom grows through its members showing docility and warned Christians against concentrating too much on structures and organization charts. He was speaking during his morning Mass on Tuesday celebrated in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.
10/25/16 8:41 am
(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations has decried the fact that hundreds of millions of people still face hunger and undernourishment, in a speech given on Monday to the UN General Assembly.
“Despite progress made since 1990 in reducing hunger, nearly 800 million people are still undernourished, at a time when global challenges to reducing malnutrition are becoming increasingly more complex,” – said Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York – “An equally troubling fact is that more than two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, among whom are some of the most vulnerable members of the world’s population, including more than 200 million children under the age of five years, who are either stunted or wasted.”Read More