Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Christmas Eve Masses
Monday, December 24 at 4:00 pm (Children's Mass; music by Folk Group prior to Mass)
10:30 pm (Replaces Midnight Mass; Choir starts at 10:00 pm)
Christmas Day Masses
Tuesday, December 25 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Solemnity of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation
Will be celebrated on Monday, December 31 at 4:00 pm and Tuesday, January 1 at 9:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Special for Christmas - Saturday, December 22 from 2:00-3:45 pm
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.
"By his incarnation, the Son of God tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, respect for this poor humanity of ours, which we all share in a great variety of races, languages, and cultures. Yet all of us are brothers and sisters in humanity!" Pope Francis, Christmas message December 25, 2018
A quick note to our parishioners:
The lead article in the February edition of Western New York Catholic, which is available in the back of church as well as online, has an article about the first three Pastoral Administrators in the Diocese of Buffalo: Deacon David Clabeaux, Sister Lori High, and Debbie Brown (our own administrator). It presents each of them, a little about their background and some information on their experience of the pastoral administrator model. It provides good insights into the model and how it has been working. Here is the link online: https://www.wnycatholic.org/
Lenten Vespers AND Speaker Series at St. John’s
During Lent, our parish will be offering Vespers services on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the church, and we will be including a speaker series as part of the journey. Speakers will be a part of each week’s service. The topics are designed around Gospels specific to “Mercy & Forgiveness,” and though they flow from each other, they can stand alone as well. Come for one night or come for all; bring friends and family! Each speaker will give you bullet points and reflections to ponder throughout the evening as well as during the week until we meet again. There will not be any group sharing, though you may feel free to talk with others at your own leisure. This is all about your journey this Lent and your growth in relationship with God – seeing yourself as God sees you and accepting His mercy and love. Take the time to do something for yourself. Explore your strengths and weaknesses in light of the love and mercy of God our Father. As part of the program, we will also be holding a healing Mass, with a healing service immediately after, on April 3. Stay tuned for more details in the following weeks as the speaker list becomes complete. We look forward to your presence among us!
2018 Tax Statements
Tax Substantiation Letters are being prepared and will be sent out to parishioners who have donated more than $500 to St. John’s in 2018. Please call Kate at the rectory (937-6959) to request a letter if you do not receive one by January 20, 2019 and would like one. Thank you to all those who help support our parish financially!
Is the Spirit Calling You to Serve?
Our parish always welcomes additional helpers in our various liturgical ministries. Lectors, those who are appointed to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly, are particularly needed at this time, especially for the 8:00 a.m. Mass. More Eucharistic Ministers, those who assist at Mass by distributing the Holy Eucharist and Precious Blood to members of the congregation, are also needed for all Masses. To learn more about becoming a lector, please contact Judy Bowman at 523-9287. Those interested in serving as Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion, please call Pat Heslin at 937-9293. You could also speak to Deacon Marc or Deacon Peter or call the rectory (937-6959) during the week. If you know someone who would be good in one of these ministries, please encourage them, too!
St. John the Baptist School
Save the Date: The 8th Grade Fish Fry will be on Friday, March 15! Tickets will be available soon.
Volunteer with Hearts and Hands
Feeling grateful this Christmas season? Share smiles. Spread warmth. Volunteer to help your neighbors. Hearts & Hands is a “neighbor helping neighbor” volunteer organization providing transportation, light housekeeping, yard work, and caregiver respite. Select assignments that fit your schedule; volunteer once a month or as often as you like. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance coverage are provided. You can help your neighbors in need directly by donating to Hearts & Hands today. Your neighbors are very grateful for your help. Call 716-406-8311 or visit www.hnhcares.org.
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. Msgr. Vincent Becker, Priest Moderator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Rev. Richard DiGuilio, Weekend Assistant
- Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Peter Donnelly, 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
- Sr. Ellen McCarthy, SSJ, Evangelization
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
John F. Kennedy once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” This statement is so powerful because it changes the emphasis from “what’s in it for me?” to “what can I do to help?” This paradigm shift works in every area of our life. We can replace the word country with: family or a spouse, a job or the school we are attending, or a civic or church group you are a member of. This shift is actually the exact shift that our baptism calls us to as well. This is how it is in the kingdom of God. We know we are there in the kingdom when we start to think of others first. The theme of our readings today helps us figure out what we ought to do once we are ready to ask, “What can I do to help?”
The first reading (Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8) tells of God’s preparation of Isaiah to be a prophet. Isaiah’s first response to God’s call is: “woe is me, I am doomed!” Not exactly the “what can I do to help?” that God was looking for! Isaiah felt unworthy. Experiencing God tends to bring us to that realization. When we truly understand God as transcendent, the Creator and center of all that is, and look at our human weakness, we feel afraid and inadequate.
The Gospel (Luke 5:1-11) this week is about the call of the first apostles. Jesus is amongst a crowd that was “pressing in on him.” People were coming to hear what Jesus was saying, and it was getting a bit crowded. So, Jesus sees two fishing boats nearby and asks the fishermen who owned them to put out a short distance so he could address the crowds better. This regular guy named Simon, engaged in his usual occupation cleaning his nets, agreed. After Jesus finished talking, he asked Simon to go out to deeper water and lower his nets. The actual translation of Peter’s response may be something like this: “Are you kidding me? We were working all night and caught NOTHING!” But something about Jesus made Simon think twice and he said simply: “But at your command I will lower the nets.” The amount of fish was so magnificent, it almost sunk the boats. At that point, Peter realized he was not dealing with an ordinary person. He was humbled, saying: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” But Jesus, as God did with Isaiah, does not accept the response and provides a remedy. The remedy is called mercy and forgiveness. God loves what he created with a deep love that is unsurpassed. So, God will provide us with what we need to accomplish the ongoing task of building up the kingdom of God. We are guaranteed the grace we need and that we have the ability necessary to accomplish what God is asking. All we need is the desire! What is God asking you to do?
02/23/19 5:36 pm
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"Kyrie, eleison," (Lord, have mercy) responded Pope Francis and some 190 cardinals, bishops and religious superiors from around the world to the confessions read on their behalf by Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand.Read More
02/23/19 5:16 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican TelevisionBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If they are truly serious about fighting clerical sex abuse, bishops must join forces with journalists and not view them as enemies plotting against the Catholic Church, Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki said.
Alazraki, who has covered the Vatican for over four decades, told bishops at the Vatican summit on abuse Feb. 23 that journalists can help them root out the "rotten apples and to overcome resistance in order to separate them from the healthy ones."Read More
02/23/19 1:13 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Transparent, reliable and respectful administration is critical for counteracting sinful behavior within the Catholic Church, said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising.
"There are no alternatives to traceability and transparency," he said, adding that he saw no convincing reason why the "pontifical secret" should apply "to the prosecution of criminal offenses concerning the abuse of minors."Read More
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NYS Catholic Conference
02/21/19 1:51 pm
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Testimony of the New York State Catholic Conference regarding the 2019 – 2020 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget Presented by James D. Cultrara, Director for Education Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, N.Y. February 6, 2019 Introduction A promising future for our children, families, communities and our economy depends on whether our schools are […]Read More
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