Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
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
Soup Supper Nights are back!!!
On Thursday, October 18, our soup menu will include harvest vegetarian, vegetable beef barley, chicken noodle, and tortellini spinach. All meals come with your choice of soup, a tossed salad, bread and butter, crackers, your choice of a delicious homemade dessert, and a beverage. The cost is $5.00 per person and $1.50 for an extra bowl of soup. Dinner will be served from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Please use the Westwood Road entrance. We hope to see you there! Sponsored by St. John’s Grant Committee.
On Sunday, October 21, the 6th grade students from Faith Formation and the School will receive their own Bibles at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Please join us for this special day!
Soup To Go
Over the next several months, delicious homemade soup will once again be sold after select Masses as a fundraiser to support the youth who will be attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January 2019. Look for soup to be available next weekend, October 20 & 21, and thank you for your support.
Cemetery Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory.
8th Grade Retreat
The retreat for 8th graders from the School and Faith Formation will take place at Camp Turner from Friday, October 26 to Saturday, October 27. Faith Formation students, please RSVP by October 20. Call the parish office (716-937-6959) for more information.
Annual Night of Remembrance
This special Mass will be celebrated at St. John’s Church on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. To remember a deceased loved one during this liturgy, a rose can be purchased for $3. The rose – with a card bearing the name of the person to be remembered – will be placed on a wreath during the Mass. Forms for submitting a loved one’s name are available at the main entrance of the church and at the rectory and are due by October 22. For more information, contact Sr. Ellen at 716-937-6959.
Volunteer Appreciation Night
Our Volunteer Appreciation Evening will be Saturday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the St. John’s School gym. This is a time to show our appreciation to all our volunteers for their services to make the parish a place of ministerial excellence! Anyone who has volunteered in the parish in any way this past year is invited. Please RSVP by October 22 by filling out the flyer that was included in last week’s bulletin. Extra copies are available at the main entrance of the church and at the rectory.
Respect Life News
The “40 Days for Life” will run from September 26 to November 4. The mission of the campaign is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.” Buffalo will again join hundreds of other cities participating in this lifesaving campaign. The local vigil site is 2500 Main Street, Buffalo, every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Contact Delphine Verdi at 868-2049 or email@example.com for more information. To sign up, visit www.40daysforlife.com/buffalo. St. John’s will participate as much as possible in this extremely important prayer initiative; contact Parish Respect Life Coordinator Pam Turton at 785-7195. Also, all are welcome to join in Buffalo’s kick-off rally on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace in Community Church, 11269 Broadway, Alden.
St. John’s Cemetery News
A reminder that all decorations and potted plants must be removed from gravesites at St. John’s by October 15 as stated in our cemetery regulations. After that date, items will be discarded by cemetery personnel in preparation for winter. (American flags, though, may be placed for Veterans Day if removed within 48 hours.) The annual fall cemetery clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. with a rain date of Saturday, November 10.
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
The readings this week are somewhat more palatable than last, but certainly no less challenging. I want to mention the second reading (Hebrews 4:12-13) briefly here because it is a seminal passage of the whole New Testament. “Indeed the word of God is living and active.” As we reflect on the Word this week and always, keep this passage in mind.
The message this week is about priorities and is very apropos to our society today. It would seem many people fall into the same category as did the rich man in the Gospel: we want everything we can get but at little or no cost to us. The first reading is from the Book of Wisdom (7:7-11) which is one of the last books of the Old Testament. The theme of wisdom is important in these texts and is often personified as a woman. Wisdom is a metaphor for the knowledge and understanding that comes from embracing God’s ways. In this passage, wisdom is described as the ultimate riches that a person could have. Wisdom is a gift of God and is indeed the most important gift of all.
The Gospel (Mark 10:17-30) has the story of a young man who ran up to Jesus seeking to find out what he needed to do to get to heaven. He seemed eager and enthusiastic. Jesus mentioned the commandments, and the young man assured Jesus that he had followed them from his youth. Here was Jesus’ response: “Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’” The scripture said his “face fell.” We might say his heart sank, but either way, what happened was he realized that he had much and that giving it away was more difficult than he was prepared to do.
Notice that Jesus does not condemn riches. He challenges the young man (and us) to take discipleship seriously. The “do no harm” mentality of following the ten commandments is minimal. Experts tell us that there are “minimum daily requirements” when it comes to vitamins. If we want to be healthy, we have to do way more than the minimum. The same is true for our spiritual life. Baptism is Greek for immersion. Our discipleship has to be an “all in” proposition in order to have wisdom and to live life as Jesus showed us. Discipleship is about responding to all those in need in any way: physical, emotional, or spiritual. So as we reflect on this message this week, we need to think how we would respond to Jesus’ challenge to follow him. What would he ask us to do? You know he would pick that one thing that we would struggle to give up. Pray that you have the wisdom to know what God is asking you to do and the courage to do it!
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Mary Pat Bonnes, Director of Faith Formation
- Jonna Johnson, St. John's School Principal
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Business Manager
- Michelle Smith, Administrative Assistant
- Sue Wery, Bookkeeper
- Sr. Ellen McCarthy, SSJ, Evangelization
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