Mass Times

   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.

"We bring about the rebirth of Cain in every act of violence and war.  All of us! ... let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and peace!" 

                            --Pope Francis, Vigil of Prayer for Peace, St. Peter's Square, September 7, 2013

January Events

Valentine Sucker Sale
    
  The sale begins January 18. Valentine suckers will be available after all the Masses, from any 8th grade student, and in the school office for $1.00 each.  The proceeds from this sale benefit the 8th grade class trip to Boston.  Your support is greatly appreciated. 

St. John's School Open House
     
Open House for new families will be held this year on Sunday, January 29 from 12:15 -2:15 pm.  Tours will be available, and our teachers and school parents will be there to answer any questions you might have.  Students will be in their classrooms using the technology they use daily.  Refreshments will be provided by our Home School Association.  We invite you to come and see what St. John's School is all about. 
       Tours may be arranged throughout the week of January 30 to February 3.  Please call the school office at 937-9483 to set up a convenient day and time.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you the good things that are happening at St. John's School!

2016 Tax Statements will be sent to all parishioners by the end of January 2017. Requests are not required.

Candy Bar Sale
      
St. John’s School has chocolate bars available for $1 each. The candy bars will be sold after Masses over the next few weekends. They can also be purchased in the school office, or contact a school parent.

Light a Candle for Life
     
Everyone is encouraged to place a candle in the front window of their home at sundown on Sunday, January 22.  The candle serves as a reminder of the millions of unborn and almost-born babies who have been aborted since the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Youth Night
      Our youth have been enjoying Youth Nights each month, offering faith, friends, and fun! Our next Youth Night is Friday, January 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the school gym.

 Youth for Life News - Sponsors Needed
  
      As young people from our parish prepare for a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life in January 2017, one way to support our youth and pro-life activities would be to help sponsor an individual going on the March.  Donations can be made directly to St. John's Youth Fund.  Please contact Pam Turton at 716-937-9577 with any questions.
     

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Lenten Scripture Study

WITH JESUS TO THE CROSS: YEAR A

This small-group experience will guide participants through the Sunday Mass readings for Lent, drawing them into a personal relationship with the Lord.

Where:    St. John's School
When:     Wednesdays February 8, 15, 22, March 15, 22, 29 & April 5
Time:       6:30 - 8:30 pm
Cost:       $10

Please return a Registration Form found in the back of the church or at the Rectory with the fee by Friday, January 27, 2017 to Sister Ellen McCarthy at 2021 Sandridge Rd, Alden, NY 14004

From the Pastor's Desk...

  As many of you are aware, Deacon Richard J. Mahaney passed away on Sunday evening, January 8 at the age of 91. Deacon Mahaney was ordained on May 14, 1978 as part of the first ordination class of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Buffalo. He was assigned to St. John the Baptist Church in 1986 and faithfully served here for the past thirty years in several ministries, including marriage preparation (Pre-Cana), the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), presiding at Baptisms and funeral services, preaching at weekend Masses, and serving as director of the parish Legion of Mary group. Many of the young adults who grew up in St. John’s were Baptized by Deacon Mahaney! He was also part of a team who regularly ministered at the Wende Correctional Facility. Certainly, his commitment to the Catholic Faith and willingness to assist whenever called upon have been a great help and inspiration to a large number of people over the years. Prior to my arrival in June 2005, Deacon Mahaney served as the Temporary Administrator of the parish; he did an outstanding job in overseeing the operations of the church and school. I am personally grateful to him for his ministerial assistance and unwavering support of my pastoral leadership over the past eleven and a half years. Even in the last few months, when he was no longer as active as he once was, I enjoyed visiting with him and treasured his friendship.

       A funeral Mass for Deacon Mahaney was celebrated here at the church on Thursday, January 12. Needless to say, he will be dearly missed by the people of the parish and throughout the Alden community. Please pray for the peaceful repose of Deacon Mahaney’s soul, and for comfort and peace for all of his family during this sad time of loss.

                                                      --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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Pope meets with organizers of exhibit on history of Jubilees

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met Thursday with organizers of an exhibition on the history of the Jubilees, which was hosted by the Italian Senate from March to June 2016. The President of the Italian Senate, Pietro Grasso, let the delegation of organizers and volunteers.

The Holy Father expressed his gratitude for the exhibition, which documented “multiple aspects” of the Jubilee Years, beginning with the first, in 1300, called by Pope Boniface VIII. Since that time, the Pope said, “each Jubilee has left its mark on the history of Rome: from architecture to the welcome of pilgrims; from the arts to caregiving and charitable activities.” But, Pope Francis continued, “there is an essential element, the heart of each Holy Year, which should never be lost sight of: in the Jubilee one encounters the goodness of God and the fragility of man, who always stands in need of the love and forgiveness of God.” God reveals His omnipotence, the Pope said, especially by showing mercy, which is a trait proper to God Himself.

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Pope: ‘Christian life is a daily struggle against temptation’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday invited the faithful to let themselves be drawn by Jesus pointing out that Christian life is a daily struggle against temptation.

Speaking during the homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope warned against the temptations that lead us down the wrong path.

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Pope: Luther’s intention was to renew the Church, not divide her

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said that “the intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her”.

Speaking to members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland who are in the Vatican to take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Pope recalled his visit to Sweden last October and said that the “gathering there gave us the courage and strength, in our Lord Jesus Christ, to look ahead to the ecumenical journey that we are called to walk together.”

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