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
Congratulations to Scott Dobe and Stephanie Genco who have been selected to serve as members of our Parish Council. A special thank you to our other nominees: Paul Casillo, Tony Cometto, Denise Iannello, Rita Radder, and Michelle Zaleski. Thank you, too, to those who have completed their terms – Michael Cole, David Sentz, and Lindsay Vanvolkinburg – for their time of service. The new members are invited to the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, November 20 in the school faculty room.
At our Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m., our parish will collect canned goods and monetary donations for the needy in our area. Your generosity is appreciated. Thank you!
Advent begins on Sunday, December 2. We invite families to join us in spiritual preparation for Christ by lighting the Advent Wreath candles on the Sundays of Advent. We will need one family for each weekend Mass. Sign up starting next weekend by printing your name on the poster board that will be found at the front entrance of the church. Each week, the first two pews on the left center aisle will be reserved for those lighting the candles. We also invite this family to bring up the gifts at the Offertory.
Chris Wilson Concert
The Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton St., Elma) will host singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular music, and Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 25 in the church. A reception will follow. Open to the public; free-will offering to help defray expenses. For more information on the Church of the Annunciation, call 716-683-5254 or visit www.annunciation.cc.
Join Sister Lucette Kinecki on Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel,” God-with-us, calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call the Pompeii church office at 716-683-6522.
Beautiful poinsettias are on sale now! Our 8th grade class is once again selling poinsettias and Christmas plants to offset the cost of their class trip. Order forms are available in the rectory, school office, and church vestibule. All orders and money must be turned in by Tuesday, November 27!
Candlelight Remembrance Service
The holiday season is filled with memories of times spent with those we love. When they are no longer with us, those memories become a precious gift. You are invited to the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries annual Candlelight Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at two locations: Mount Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore) or Holy Cross Cemetery (2900 South Park Ave., Lackawanna). This spiritually uplifting service is filled with music, scripture, prayers, and healing words from the Chaplains at the Pastoral Care Department at Hospice Buffalo. Bring an ornament in memory of your loved one or take one that is provided to hang on the tree. Reserve your spot by calling Mount Olivet at 716-873-6500 or Holy Cross at 716-823-1197.
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
As we reach the end of Ordinary Time, the readings take a dark and ominous turn. It troubles us to think of the end of the world as we know it; and when we hear about suffering and negative outcomes, it is even more disturbing! The intent of these readings, however, is quite the opposite; they are meant to give us hope, to remind us that God has a plan, and to assure us that everything in the end will come to good. We may not be privy to God’s plan, we know not when it will happen, but we have to have faith that God has a plan. Every time we pray the creed, we say: “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” The creed is a statement of the basic tenants of our faith; and so instead of dreading it, we need to embrace our destiny which is eternity with the Trinity.
The first reading (Daniel 12:1-3) was written by an unknown prophet during the terrible persecution of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (167–164 BCE). It was meant to ENCOURAGE people who were suffering. It represents a unique style of writing known to the world then called “apocalyptic literature.” The New American Bible in its introduction to Daniel says this: Apocalyptic writing first appears about 200 B.C. and flourished among Jews and Christians down to the Middle Ages, especially in times of persecution. Apocalyptic literature has its roots in the older teaching of the prophets, who often pointed ahead to the day of the Lord, the consummation of history. For both prophet and apocalyptist there was one Lord of history, who would ultimately vindicate the chosen people. God is a God of history, but also a God of the present, and ultimately the God of the future; and there is great comfort in the constancy and omnipotence of God.
This passage of Daniel is noteworthy as it also introduces a new concept: Life after death. The development of the idea of resurrection in the Old Testament has 3 stages. Earliest Stages: No belief in life after death whatsoever; life simply ceases to exist (Psalm 115:17; Ecclesiastes 9:5; Job 7:9); Middle Stages: Belief in a general resuscitation or reanimation of many of the dead, or the whole nation, to a renewed life on earth (Isaiah 26:19; Ezekiel 37; Daniel 12:2); and Latest Stages: Beginning beliefs in continued life after death and/or resurrection from the dead for individuals (Wisdom 3:1-8; 2 Macabbees 7:14 and 12:43-45). (Source is from www.Catholic Resources.org, © 1999-2017 by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.) This laid the groundwork for the New Testament and the Resurrection of Jesus with all its theological implications.
The Gospel, then, has more of the apocalyptic phrases and tenor we saw in Daniel. The critical line here is the last: No one knows the day nor the hour when the hour will come, not even the Son. In the end, the saying over our church door says it best: Vigilate et Orate – watch and pray.
- 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
11/19/18 7:54 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, ReutersBy WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach, both devout Catholics, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a White House ceremony.
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11/19/18 3:50 pm
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At the Vatican Nov. 18, Pope Francis said, "A special prayer goes to those affected by the fires that are plaguing California. ... May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort their families and support those who are involved in relief efforts.Read More
11/18/18 12:50 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said.
"We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference" or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, the pope said in his homily Nov. 18, the World Day of the Poor.Read More
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11/16/18 4:20 pm
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