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
FAITH FORMATION NEWS
Important start-up meetings for catechists of all grade levels for the upcoming 2016-2017 formation year:
Tuesday, August 23 – Teachers for grades Pre-K through 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria
Tuesday, August 30 – Confirmation Teachers at 7:00 p.m. in the school faculty room
Registrations for the 2016-2017 school year are being accepted! Current families, please return your forms as soon as possible. If you have a child entering Pre-K or another grade without prior Religious Education and would like them to attend Religious Education classes, please contact the Religious Ed office at 716-937-3448.
On Sunday, October 23, the Diocese of Buffalo will honor couples who are celebrating their 50th, 60th, or 70th wedding anniversary in 2016. A special Mass, during which couples will renew their marriage vows, will be held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Registration is required by September 2; please contact the rectory to submit your name. Family members are most welcome to attend both the Mass and the reception. This event is sponsored by the Office of Family Life Ministries.
Donations Appreciated for a Family in Need:
On Sunday, August 7, a fire totally destroyed the farmhouse of the Fulton-Sears family in Wilson, NY. Thankfully the family escaped from the burning home as Dennis Fulton-Sears pulled his 86-year-old mother, Marjorie, to safety. One of our St. John’s parishioners, Stacy Grimaldi, is a friend of the family, and she is organizing a collection to help replace some of the necessities that were lost that night. A bin will be placed at the main entrance of the church through Sunday, September 4. Donations of household items, blankets, towels, and clothing (for two women size 8-10 tall and one man waist 33/34, shirt XL) will be gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance, and please contact Stacy at 716-400-1499 with any questions. “God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to life” (Romans 8:28).
From the Pastor's Desk...
Inserted in this week’s bulletin is the Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ending August 31, 2015. I apologize for the delay in getting this to you. New to the report this year is a line item regarding Parish and School Organizations. Such information is now included in the Net Change in Fund Balances (page 1) and in the Assets and Fund Balances reported in the Statement of Financial Position (page 3). Also included in this statement, under Liabilities, is the Amount Due the Cemetery Fund. Overall, the report for the 2015 fiscal year shows that the financial position of the parish is stable. Controlling expenses, especially in light of a propensity toward declining offertory income, remains an important objective in the financial operations of the parish and school. As always, thank you for your generosity; it is much appreciated!
Also, I want to express my gratitude once again for your overwhelmingly generous response to the diocesan “Upon This Rock” initiative. At this point, we have received $960,393 in pledges, which represents 119% of our parish goal! As was mentioned, part of the funds returned to the parish will be used for continued roof repairs on our church. (The next phase of this project is scheduled to begin within a couple of weeks.)
Please know that I continue to be grateful for all of your support, financial and otherwise, in my ministry as pastor here at St. John’s. May God bless you and your family! --Fr. Jim
Bible Study on the Letter of James
James was a man of exceptional prayerfulness and piety. He understood problems of the day and addressed various issues such as wisdom for tough times and the wisdom of confession and prayer. These pearls of wisdom bring us to an ever-deeper love of Christ and one another. Please join us for our scripture study with the Letter of James beginning Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in St. John’s School. There is still time to contact Sr. Ellen McCarthy at 716-937-6959 for more information.
St. John’s School Accepting Registrations
We are currently accepting registrations for Pre-K to Grade 8 for the coming year. Please call the school office at 937-9483 to set up a tour to see all that our school has to offer!
Summer hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Foundation for Success ~ A Foundation for Life
STREAM Initiative School • N.Y.S. Certified Teachers • Pre-School Programs for 3- and 4-year-olds • Pre-K 3 meets two times a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon • Pre-K 4 meets five times a week from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with a three-day option – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) • Kindergarten is five full days per week • Departmentalized Grades 6 – 8 • The Federal Hot Lunch Program • Bus transportation available within 15-mile radius of St. John’s School • After School Care Program: from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. each school day • Phys. Ed., Computer/Technology, Library, Art, Music, Spanish • Remedial Reading & Remedial Math Programs • Students with special needs receive Resource Room and Speech Services through the Public School District • A variety of After School Clubs • Strong Sports Program • Up-to-date Computer Lab and wireless internet, interactive white boards, and document cameras in the classrooms • Affordable tuition with tuition assistance available through various sources
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 email@example.com or phone (716) 937-9577.
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News from the Vatican
08/28/16 11:05 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the final Sunday in the month of August and the twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In remarks to the pilgrims and tourists gathered in the Square ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading of the day, taken from the Gospel according to St. Luke (14:1, 7-14), in which Jesus dines as the guest of a leading Pharisee, and teaches a hard truth about pride and the Kingdom of God and issues a challenge to all present to focus their thoughts and order their actions to the promise of the Resurrection.
As often happens, Jesus taught the Gospel lesson through parables, the first of which regarded the behavior of guests at a banquet:Read More
08/28/16 9:35 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called attention on Sunday to the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be celebrated this coming Thursday, September 1st. A major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation began in 1989 under the leadership of the Orthodox Church.
Pope Francis established the Day for the Catholic Church by a letter dated August 6th, 2015, and addressed to Cardinals Peter Turkson and Kurt Koch, respectively the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.Read More
08/28/16 8:19 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to the people of the quake-damaged border area in central Italy where the regions of Latium, Umbria and the Marches meet, renewing his appeal for prayerful and concrete solidarity, and expressing the desire to visit the stricken places as soon as possible.
Addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square following the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis said, “Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to renew my spiritual closeness to the inhabitants of Latium, the Marches and Umbria, hard hit by the earthquake in these past days.”Read More