Mass Times

   Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
   Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
   Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.

First Friday
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Reconciliation/Confession
   Saturdays - 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
       We can arrange a special time and place if needed; simply call the rectory to make arrangements.

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.

"Let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --Pope Francis

July Events

July to November - A Reflection
      This is a special time to reflect upon the Declaration of Independence, which stated that all are created equal with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Religious freedom is a fundamental right, and let us be grateful for this right by coming to church and worshipping God in prayer for our families, our country, and our world.  At St. John's, we have daily Mass on weekdays at 8:30 am and the church is open for prayer.  Every Friday morning from 7:25-8:25 am is set aside for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before morning Mass.  Also, we have weekend Masses on Saturday (4:00 pm) and Sunday (8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am).  There is power in prayer!  Our country is facing many challenges in our postmodern world; may we call upon God to guide and protect us.

Thank you from Catholic Charities
      You have made generous sacrifices on behalf of the Catholic Charities Appeal for 2016 (through the Upon This Rock Initiative). Because of your efforts, the poor will be fed and clothed and given medicine.  Counseling services will be made available to families and individuals who would otherwise not have been able to get professional help; it is through the Appeal that people receive counseling for domestic violence, addictions, and a myriad of personal and family problems.  You are the gift to Catholic Charities and to your neighbors of all faiths! -- Gratefully, Sr. Mary McCarrick (Diocesan Director) and Dennis Walczyk (CEO).

Religious Education News
     Registrations for the 2016-2017 school year are being accepted!  Current families, please return your forms as soon as possible.  If you have a child entering Pre-K or another grade without prior Religious Education and would like them to attend Religious Education classes, please contact the Religious Ed office at 716-937-3448.

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Vacation Bible School

VBSCave Quest VBS

Your children are invited to join St. John's Vacation Bible School July 25 - 29th, where kids will experience following JESUS - THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.  At Cave Quest, kids will join Explorer Crews to "trek" through Bible stories of Jesus and experience great VBS songs, dancing, games, KidVid Cinema, Imagination Station, snacks, and more!

Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us as we begin each day at 9:00 am with Song and Praise at Base Camp and again for the Summit Celebration daily at 11:45 am - a celebration of Jesus' love you won't want to miss.  Release time is noon.

Where: St. John's Parish Center, 2028 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004 (Please use Westwood Entrance)
When:  July 25-29, 2016 from 9am to Noon
Who:  Children entering Pre-K3 through 6th grade in Fall of 2016
Cost: Register by July 15, $10 per child.   $15 per child registrations received July 16 and after.  Checks made payable to: St. John's Church.

Register Now!

St. John's Golf Tournament

Proceeds to benefit

St. John the Baptist Parish

Where: Kis-N-Greens Golf Course
                   13822 North Rd, Alden, NY

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016

Time: Shotgun start at 1:00 pm

Format: Scramble

Only $75 per golfer (includes 18 holes of golf, cart and BBQ chicken dinner)

Get your foursome signed up early to reserve your spot!
Contact
Mark Krysczak 716-685-9976 or 716-946-0404 (cell)
or Rocky Kotas 716-937-7588

Sponsored by: St. John's Holy Name Society

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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News from the Vatican

Atmosphere in Krakow on eve of Pope Francis' arrival there

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis begins a 5-day pastoral visit to Poland tomorrow during which he will attend the World Youth Day gathering in the city of Krakow and also visit the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz–Birkenhau.  Other highlights of his journey include a visit to the revered Monastery of Jasna Gora at Czestochowa where the Pope will celebrate a Mass marking the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland.

Our correspondent in Krakow covering this papal visit is Lydia O’Kane and she filed this report on the atmosphere in the city on the eve of the Pope’s arrival:  

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​An eighty-four year old priest brutally murdered by Islamic terrorists during Mass in a Church in Normandy - The seed of hate

Paris, 26. Schock and horror at the “absurd

violence”, radical condemnation for “every form of hatred” and prayer for the

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Pope Francis horrified by ‘barbarous’ attack on French Church

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is horrified and shocked by an attack in a church in Rouen, in northern France, where a priest was slain and another hostage was seriously wounded.

A statement released by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office said: “we are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a Church, in which God’s love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful”.

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Busted Halo

Celebrating Our Heavenly Grandparents

Are you an Anne, Nancy, Anna, Hannah, Anita, Roseanne, or Lilian? Are you a Joachim, Joaquin, Akim, or Yachim? If so, happy Name Day! July…

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Reconsidering Mary Magdalene

She was not the prostitute that you read about in Luke 7:36-50. Her story begins in Luke 8:1-3, which says, “Soon afterwards Jesus went through…

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Breaking Bathing Suit Bonds

This summer marks a Kim Family first. We have a pool membership. So we go to the pool. A LOT. All of this lathering sunblock…

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