Mass Times

   Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
   Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
   Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am


First Friday
  
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm

Confession
  
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request

Office hours:
   
  Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
     (716) 937-6959

Welcome

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.

"When our Lady received word that the tomb was found empty, her heart was filled with the joy of faith: Christian faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ."

                            --Pope Francis, Reflection on Mary, St. Peter's Square, October 12, 2013

Memorial Day Remembrance

There will be a special Memorial Day Mass in St. John's Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2018 at 10 am. In the event of inclement weather, Mass will be held in church.  This is a time for us to remember, and especially salute all those men and women of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country.  We also remember all those presently serving from St. John's Parish and those who sustained injury in mind and/or body in the course of their service to our country.  Please join us in this special service.  All are welcome to attend whether in the cemetery or the church. Please bring a lawn chair if the weather is nice!

Upcoming Events

St. John's School Registration
           Has begun registration for the 2018-19 school year in all grades from preschool to 8th.  See School tab for more information or call the office at 937-9483.

Keep in Prayer and on Your Calendar!
            Rev. Mr. Gerard Skrzynski, who spent time with us at St. John’s last summer as a seminarian, is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. All are welcome to attend the Ordination Mass, and please keep Jerry in your prayers. He will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, 3148 Abbott Rd., Orchard Park at 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 3.

New Marian Feast Day Declared
            Pope Francis has established a new Feast Day to the Universal Calendar – the “Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.” This day will be celebrated throughout the world every year on the Monday after Pentecost. As we first observe the feast on Monday, May 21, we give thanks for Mary’s role in the Church and pray for her intercession.

Faith, Fellowship & Fun
         
 Fellowship Group for Individuals and couples in their 20s, 30s, and 40s alternating Thursdays from 6-8 pm at St. John's Rectory - May 10, 24, June 7, 21, July 5, 19.  Please join us this spring and summer for friendship and prayer, including spiritual readings and reflection, encouraging each other towards personal goals and lighthearted games! Come as you are able. Contact person: katieroseboissonneault@gmail.com  BYOB = Bring Your Own Bible!  We'll take turns providing or contributing to snacks and beverages.

Mother’s Day Baby Shower!
           Our parish will be collecting items needed by the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center in the Diocese of Buffalo – baby clothes (new or gently used, newborn to 24 months), diapers, blankets, bottles, and other baby items – from Mother’s Day, May 13 until Father’s Day, June 17. Please place donations in the bassinette located in the church entranceway and contact Cheryle Ertel at 912-0315 or ertelbear@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your pro-life help and concern!

Cemetery Committee Meeting
           
There will be a Cemetery Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the school art room.

Lawn Fete Meeting: Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the school faculty room.

Parish Calendar
           All parish organizations should provide the dates of their scheduled activities for the upcoming year (July 2018 to August 2019) to the rectory by Friday, June 8. Please be sure to include rooms needed and note if set-up / take-down time will be required.

 200 Club News
            A few tickets are still available for the St. John’s 200 Club “new year” that begins this month. A $60 donation enters you in weekly and yearly drawings for monetary prizes, and all proceeds support our St. John’s youth and pro-life activities. Please call Pam Turton (716-937-9577) or the rectory (716-937-6959) if interested.

St. John’s Rosary Rally for Life
           This year, Prayer in the Park is moving to the St. John’s parish grounds! Join us after the 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, June 2 for the Patriotic Living Rosary, a pizza picnic, pro-life awards, and more! Details coming soon!

 Armed Forces List
           On Memorial Day weekend, we will remember in our bulletin our loved ones who are currently serving in the armed forces. (This list is also permanently displayed at the main entrance of our church.) If you would like to add someone to the list, or if you have a change to make, please contact the rectory at 716-937-6959. Names may be added throughout the year. For the Memorial Day remembrance, please call by May 15.

ST. JOHN'S LAWN FETE - Save the Date
        Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22   Join family and friends for great food and good times. We are looking for volunteers now!
       We will be featuring a grocery booth again this year.  In order to make this booth a success, we are asking parishioners to donate non-perishable grocery items.  A box marked "Lawn Fete Grocery Booth" will be available in the back of the church to receive these donated items. Please see posted list in Church Bulletin Board or insert from the Bulletin for a list of items we are collecting.

St. John's Vacation Bible School 
         Monday, July 27- Friday, Aug 3   for Pre K-3 through 6th grade.
             See Youth tab/Vacation Bible School for more information.

New Parish Leader at St. John's

St. John the Baptist Parish extends a warm welcome to our new Pastoral Administrator, Mrs. Deborah A. Brown, whose appointment here began on January 3. Mrs. Brown has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary, and she brings much experience in family life and various aspects of parish ministry. She comes to us from the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo, where she served as Pastoral Associate for the permanent community there. She has taught at Christ the King Seminary in the Certificate Program, served as the Director of Spiritual Life at St. John the Baptist Church in Lockport, and worked as the Associate Director of Religious Education at the Catholic Center for the Diocese of Buffalo. Debbie and her husband, Kevin, recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. They have four children and three grandchildren. Debbie hopes our parishioners will find her approachable and eager to immerse herself in our parish life. Please take a moment to introduce yourself when you see her!
      Our parish is also grateful to Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, the President-Rector of Christ the King Seminary, who has been appointed to the additional responsibility of Priest Moderator for St. John’s and Rev. James A. Walter, who will act as our Sacramental Minister.

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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator

 Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the Church. Happy Birthday to the whole communion of saints – those that are already in heaven (the Church Triumphant), those that are in purgatory working their way to heaven (the Church Suffering) and those that are still on earth working out their salvation (the Church Militant). Today we celebrate the impulse from God to continue his presence with us that began at creation and which achieved its salvific purpose with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence in everything God created (sacramentality). God uses his creation to communicate his love for his creatures (mediation). God unites all of the people in forming a mystical body which is Jesus’ actual presence in the world (communion).

       On this day, the apostles who had denied Jesus (Peter), doubted him (Thomas), worried about their role in the hierarchy (James and John), or had simply run off and stayed in hiding (virtually all of them) suddenly became passionate for the word and embraced the mission of spreading the good news. Almost all were ultimately martyred and all produced greatly in the name of Jesus.

       My favorite part of the Solemnity of Pentecost is the sequence. It is a powerful prayer chanted between the Alleluia and the Gospel. It is ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (+1228) and is titled: “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” which is the first line of the poetic prayer. Pick a phrase or a word that means something to you right now or that speaks to your heart and pray about it. Perhaps this will help you, as it did the apostles, to come out of the shadows and embrace the mission of the Church to spread the word to all nations.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!

 Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine. 

You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;

 In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

 O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

 On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;

 Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.

 

 

 

 

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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 pturton101@verizon.net or phone (716) 937-9577.

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