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.

"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

Next Youth Event
        On Friday, June 2, our youth will join our Alden community and run/walk in the Alden 5K Scholarship Race. We will meet at the Alden High School at 6:00 p.m. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20. Please register at the following website: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Alden/Aldens5KRaceForScholarships

Prayer in the Park 2017
        All are invited to Prayer in the Park on Sunday, June 4 from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Park on Broadway in Alden. Join us for the Patriotic Rosary and presentations by pro-life speakers. The winners of the youth pro-life contest will receive their awards, and music will be provided by the St. John’s Folk Group. Free pizza and cold beverages will be served. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this community gathering for LIFE!

St. John the Baptist School Registrations
      
  St. John's School is accepting registrations in all grades for the coming year.  Tours are available at your convenience.  Call our school office (937-9483) to arrange one.  Please see our website at stjohnsalden.com for more information about the school!

Vacation Bible School
          Volunteers will soon be needed for this summer’s Vacation Bible School at St. John’s (July 24-28). If interested, please contact Mrs. Lynn Fox at 937-3448 or fox_stjohns@yahoo.com by June 1.

Help Stock Our Lawn Fete Grocery Booth
        The annual Parish Lawn Fete 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 reference the list in the bulletin as to the items that are being collected on a weekly basis.  Thank you for your generosity and support!!!!

Fr. Cole's and Fr. Mike's Masses at St. John's
       
Following their ordinations to the priesthood, Michael C. Neeland, SDS, and Cole T. Webster will each offer a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. John the Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 and Sunday, June 25 respectively. A reception will be held in the school hall after each Mass. All are welcome!

Men's Retreat
         The St. John's Holy Name Society has its annual retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee scheduled for the weekend of September 15, 16, & 17, 2017.  The retreat is open to all males of the parish community.  It is a time of being with the Lord without the distractions of everyday pressures.  I have found that it is  very rewarding to commune with God in silence and prayer.  If you would like to know more information, please contact me at 937-4299, -Joe Dahl, Holy Name Society Member

Pop Tabs Collection
       
The Faith Formation Department collects aluminum pop tabs from cans to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which recycles the tabs to generate necessary income to allow them to continue to serve children and families in Western New York.  You may drop off your pop tabs in the main entrance of the church at the Ronald McDonald House collection box or bring them to the Faith Formation office. Thank You!

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From the Pastor's Desk...

A personal thank you to all who sent cards and offered prayers during my recent illness. Your thoughts and concern were much appreciated. My gratitude as well to the rectory and ministerial staffs along with the priests and deacons who covered the various administrative and pastoral responsibilities while I was recovering. I offer a special word of appreciation to Fr. Jim Walter and Fr. Bill Bigelow for celebrating the First Communion Masses on Saturday, May 20, and to Deacon Marc Leaderstorf for serving as homilist at all the Masses last weekend.

       On Monday of this week (May 29), we will celebrate Memorial Day. This is a special occasion set aside to remember and pray for those who died in service to our country. May we never forget that peace and freedom are gifts from God, and that many men and women have made great sacrifices to preserve these gifts in our nation. Here at St. John’s, as has been the custom, we will have our annual Memorial Day Mass in the cemetery at 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting). Please consider joining us for this special time of remembrance and prayer. Indeed, on this Memorial Day and always, we pray that God grant eternal rest to the souls of all the faithful departed.

                                                     --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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