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   Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 p.m.
   Sunday Masses - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
   Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 a.m.

First Friday
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Confession
   Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and by request

Office hours:
     Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     (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.

"Once we have received the refreshment and comfort of Christ, we are called in turn to become refreshment and comfort for our brothers and sisters, carried out with a meek and humble attitude, in imitation of the Master."

                            --Pope Francis, Angelus, St. Peter's Square, July 6, 2014

Upcoming Events

St. John's 2017 Lawn Fete Wrap-up
   Thank you for another great year! We are pleased to announce that this year's lawn fete profit was $36,874.05.  Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this event, which benefits our parish and school community, a success.  We are very grateful for your support and generosity.
                                       -Mary & Eugene Nuwer, Chair Couple

ChristLife
    We welcome “Discovering Christ” participants on Wednesday, September 20! Doors to the school cafeteria open at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to come early and relax as we look forward to a faith-filled experience where we come together and get connected with Christ and one another here at St. John’s Parish. The opening prayer and our meal will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
    We are back from summer break and will begin our regular weekly sessions on Tuesday, September 19. We meet from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the school art room. Anyone who can knit, crochet, or quilt – or who would like to learn – is welcome. Our main focus is on lap robes, shawls, hats, mittens, and scarves. Baby blankets are made and given to our newest parishioners at their Baptism. Other items are given to members of our parish or donated to those in need. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lynn (863-3798), Darlene (937-4299), or Diane (937-6119). Monetary or yarn donations are always greatly appreciated.

Music Ministry News
    Choir rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the church, and the Contemporary Choir will practice afterwards from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Choir leads the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass; the Contemporary Choir leads the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass. We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested, please join us for a rehearsal to check us out or contact Dan Stachelski (603-2447) for more information.

    The first Parish Council meeting of 2017/2018 will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the school faculty room. All are welcome to attend the meetings.

Pre-Cana (Catholic Perspectives on Marriage)
    There will be a meeting for Pre-Cana Sponsor Couples on Saturday, September 23 after the 4:00 p.m. Mass. A light supper will be provided in the St. John’s School cafeteria at about 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be facilitated by Chuck and Kathy Sutter.

 Liturgy Committee Meeting: Monday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory.

 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 workshop will be hosted by St. John’s Parish in our school building on Monday, October 9 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Register online at www.virtus.org. Questions? For more information, contact Lynn Fox at fox_stjohns@yahoo.com.

Christ Life

ChristLife 

   Come, get connected, and discover Christ with us during seven Wednesday evenings beginning September 20. “Christ is the vine and we are the branches.” Without Him in our lives, we are nothing. Jesus reminds us to remain in Him if we want to bear fruit that will last – inner peace and love. This is an opportunity to share a meal, listen to a dynamic teaching, and participate in a small-group experience about the meaning of life in Christ.

 

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This weekend, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday with the theme of “Living as Missionary Disciples.” As stated on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

 Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

       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 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 (Jonna Johnson), Pastoral Associate (Sr. Ellen McCarthy), and Permanent Deacon (Marc Leaderstorf) 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 those who strive to “live as missionary disciples,” asking God to bless and guide them in this important work of the Church.

                                                --Fr. Jim

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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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