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

See Upcoming Events below for Easter Holy Week schedule.

First Friday
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm

Confession
   Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
   (No confessions Holy Saturday, March 31)

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

Upcoming Events

St. John's Parish wishes you a very blessed and joyful Easter Season!

St. John's School 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.

St. John’s Theme Basket Raffle  
       The annual Theme Basket Raffle, sponsored by the Alumni Association, is coming up on Friday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the school hall. The theme this year is “Silver Celebration of Service.” The entrance cost is $5.00, which includes snacks, beverage, and dessert. Pizza, pop, and water will be available for purchase. Basket tickets will be $2.00 a sheet (25 tickets plus a chance for a door prize). For higher value baskets, tickets will be $5.00 for a sheet of 25. Reservations are required; contact Kathy at 937-7056. Admission tickets will not be sold after Tuesday, April 17 or at the door. Space is limited; ages 10 and up please. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Spring Cemetery Clean-up
         Saturday, April 21 - Please remember that gravesite decorations must be removed prior to the clean-up for grounds-keeping purposes. Items that remain may be taken away at the discretion of the Cemetery Committee. Decorations and flowers for spring may again be placed in the cemetery on or after May 15. Copies of the cemetery regulations are available at the main entrance of the church and at the rectory.

Middle School Youth Night
          Our next Youth Middle School Activity Night will be Friday, April 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. – a dance in conjunction with St. John’s School. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome to attend. Admission is $5.00 at the door. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Center, as well as the St. John’s Student Council. The theme is Hollywood / Red Carpet. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Dress for this occasion should be modest and appropriate. Permission slips and flyers will be available in the Faith Formation Office and at the St. John’s School Office. For more information or to sign up, please call Mr. Adkins at 716-937-3448.

 Spring Event
          Save the date for the annual spring social sponsored by the Holy Name Society on Saturday, April 28. The parish sweepstakes drawing will also be held that evening. Stay tuned for more information!

St. John’s 200 Club News
          Congratulations to all this year’s winners of the weekly drawings! The 21st annual Dinner Dance for Life will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Ripa’s Restaurant in Lancaster. Eleven drawings will be held at the event! Collectors will be contacting ticket holders about dinner reservations and ticket renewal for the “new year” that begins on May 12. This remarkable Respect Life Club supports parish pro-life and youth activities. See the parish webpage or call the rectory for more information. Be pro-active – “Love Saves Lives!”

Concert at Annunciation Church
        On Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will once again host singer and songwriter Chris Wilson for a concert featuring songs of faith and other popular music. The event is free and open to the public; a free will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information, call 716-683-5254 or visit www.annunciation.cc.

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!
       See Lawn Fete tab for more information.


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.

 St. Padre Pio Relics at St. Gabriel’s: As part of a national tour, relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be available for public veneration from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at St. Gabriel Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass in honor of St. Pio at 8:00 a.m. The St. Pio Foundation is sponsoring the tour as part of the 50th anniversary of his passing. For more information, visit http://stgabeschurch.com.

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; Rev. James A. Walter, who will act as our Sacramental Minister; and Rev. Richard DiGiulio, who will continue to celebrate Masses with us.

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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator

     In Luke’s Gospel, there is a wonderful story about two disciples who encountered Jesus on their way to Emmaus on the actual Resurrection day (Luke 24:13-35). They were on a journey together, heading home after all that had happened in the Passion and Death of Jesus. They were very downtrodden, weighted down with worry and despair. We, too, when things are difficult, just want to go home! But on the way, they have a personal encounter with Jesus. They did not, at that point, realize who it was. In fact, it was not until they had walked all the way to Emmaus and invited this stranger into their house for a meal that they realized that it was Jesus. Their first reaction when they figured it out, as Jesus broke the bread for them as he had done at the Last Supper, was to recognize that they had been aware all along who it was and that their hearts had burned within them as he opened the Scriptures up to them as they walked along. (Note: the Scriptures then were only the Hebrew Scriptures – what we call the Old Testament.) And what did they do after that? They ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell the others!

       The Gospel today (Luke: 24:35-38) is from the passage immediately following this story. It begins with the same line that ended the Emmaus story, with the disciples telling the others what had happened. While they were speaking, Jesus appears in their midst. How awesome would that have been?! Jesus says what he usually says in his post-Resurrection appearances: “Peace be with you.” He is reassuring them and encouraging them to let go of their fear and despair. It is interesting to note that when we give the sign of peace at Mass, this is the peace of Christ that we are giving to one another. If we think about this very moment in time when Jesus first appeared to the disciples after his crucifixion whenever we give the sign of peace, I guarantee it will transform this gesture to a new and deeper expression of the peace that only Christ can give.

      If you recall last week, we heard the account from John’s Gospel of Jesus’ first and second appearances with the story of doubting Thomas. This week, in Luke’s account, they all examine his hands and feet. He even has a bit of fish to eat. Then, Jesus reminds them of how this is the fulfillment of the Old Testament and opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. Luke is focused on helping us see that the whole reality of Jesus is not a random act but one that has been promised by God from the beginning. And Jesus sends them (and us) to be witnesses and to preach to “all nations beginning from Jerusalem.” Luke’s Gospel concludes after this with the Ascension account (which is where he begins Acts). This week, let us reflect on how we personally are carrying Christ’s message and peace to those around us – not just at Mass but at home and at work and in the community.

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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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