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.
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and by request
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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
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
HERO CENTRAL is here at St. John’s this week, July 24-28, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day, and all children who will be entering Pre-K 3 through Grade 6 are invited to DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTH IN GOD! Registrations will still be accepted! Forms are available in the back of St. John’s Church. You can also call 716-937-3448, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at stjohnalden.com (through the VBS link under Youth Ministry). We are excited about sharing God’s Word with your family!
Holy Name Drawing
The winner of the St. John’s Holy Name Society 50/50 split for July 2017 was Rich Richter (ticket #76 – $66). Tickets are always available in the rear of the church. Thanks to all who support our Holy Name Society.
St. John's Golf Tournament
The St. John's Holy Name Society will be holding it's annual Golf Tournament at Kis-N-Green Golf Course, 13822 North Rd on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The registration fee of $75 includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and BBQ chicken dinner. There will also be a skills competition, drawings, and prizes. Contact Mark Krysczak at 716-685-9976 or 716-946-0404 or Rocky Kotas at 716-937-7588 for more information.
Christmas in July School Supply Collection
Once again, we are inviting all parishioners to help supply back-to-school items for those in need. Please take a tag from the Learning Tree (the white Christmas Tree at the Sacred Heart altar), purchase the items on the back of the tag, and put the items in the bins underneath the tree anytime through Sunday, August 6 at 12:00 noon. Please do not wrap the items. Backpacks may also be donated: just leave them under the tree. Let’s help 80 children from families struggling with poverty to be prepared for school this fall! Seventy back-to-school packages will be distributed to inner-city families, and ten packages (plus any extra supplies that remain after the packages are assembled) will go to students from St. John’s School. Thank you for your support and your prayers!
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA is a process for bringing new Catholics into the Church. This process is for those adults who want to know more about the Catholic Church; who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and are considering becoming Catholic; who have never been baptized; or who have been baptized in the Catholic Church but have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. If interested in attending the program, or for information, please contact Fr. Jim Ciupek or Sr. Ellen McCarthy at 716-937-6959. The RCIA program will begin at St. John’s in September 2017.
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!
Come, get connected, and discover Christ with us during seven Wednesday evenings beginning September 20. “Christ is the vine and we are the branches.” Without Him in our lives, we are nothing. Jesus reminds us to remain in Him if we want to bear fruit that will last – inner peace and love. This is an opportunity to share a meal, listen to a dynamic teaching, and participate in a small-group experience about the meaning of life in Christ.
From the Pastor's Desk...
A personal Thank You to all those who helped to make this year’s Lawn Fete a wonderfully festive occasion for the parish and local community. For the most part, the weather was quite nice over the weekend; we were able to get our Classic Car Show completed on Friday evening just as a brief rainstorm began! On Saturday, the Vera Bradley Bingo and Polish Platter Dinner (along with the Polka Mass and music by Special Delivery) were enjoyable events, and the ever-popular chowder was delicious as usual. The evening concluded with music from a band led by our parishioner, Sara Elizabeth. Once again, our festival finished on a “high note” with entertainment by Terry Buchwald (as “Elvis”) on Sunday afternoon. Also, the Barbecue Ribs and Chicken Dinners completely sold out, and there was no rain until after the clean-up! Overall, it was a fun-filled, entertaining weekend with a variety of events and great food!
Much heartfelt appreciation to Eugene and Mary Nuwer (along with their family) for once again chairing this event; their hard work in organizing the many activities, recruiting workers, and following through on the countless details is truly commendable. Thank you, Eugene and Mary, for your unwavering dedication and skillful leadership.
Sincere gratitude also to the large number of volunteers who assisted in any way with the Lawn Fete, and to those who baked pies and made donations of any kind. A word of thanks as well to our sponsors and to the multitude of people – parishioners and others – who came to the festivities, bought raffle tickets or “take-out” dinners, and promoted or supported our Lawn Fete in other ways. Thank You to everyone (especially God, from Whom all blessings flow) for a safe and successful weekend that will be of significant financial benefit to both the school and parish.
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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 email@example.com or phone (716) 937-9577.
08/21/17 5:11 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Dennis SadowskiBy Dennis SadowskiHOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (CNS) -- A total solar eclipse is a rare event, something to appreciate and enjoy in the mind of Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.So as the first eclipse crossed the country from coast to coast in 99 years Aug. 21, Brother Consolmagno wasn't going to do anything but take it in and think about the beauty and mystery of God's creation.The astronomer urged an audience in a packed Sts. Peter and Paul Church during a pre-eclipse program in this southwestern Kentucky town near the point of maximum eclipse to take the time to reflect on what the two minutes and 40 seconds of totality means to them."Pray for good weather," he said to laughs. "But also pray for what God wants you to learn from the experience."Tens of thousands of people had descended on Hopkinsville, a city of 33,000 an hour northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, by late Aug. 20. Thousands more were expected the morning of the eclipse. Brother Consolmagno said he was as excited as anyone to view the blackening of the sun.He also said that as a scientist and a person of faith, he is guided by inquisitiveness to explore the heavens and the desire to better understand how God put the universe together. There is no conflict between science the faith, he said."Being a scientist can be a way of worshipping God," he said.He repeated a similar message to reporters during a news conference before his presentation."We're here not just to remind my fellow scientists who are used to me by now, but also to show religious people how important is it to be able to praise the Creator by studying creation, studying it honestly, finding out how God really created this place. There's never going to be a shortage of marvels for us to discover or surprises for us to experience," he said."We can come to know the Creator by seeing the things of his creation."He said the by understanding the cycle of solar eclipses -- occurring about every 18 months and 11 days -- people can see the rhythms of the universe and the continuing nature of creation and have an experience "that fills the soul with joy."Brother Consolmagno made the trip to Hopkinsville at the invitation of Father Richard Meredith, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Father Meredith told Catholic News Service he contacted the Vatican Observatory soon after he learned a few years ago that the eclipse path would pass over the town.Parishioners prepared for more than a year, having established a committee to welcome visitors and host Brother Consolmagno. "Being a parish with a parochial school, we stress the unity of truth," Father Meredith said. "This (eclipse) is a major opportunity to reflect that, as science and faith work together serving to manifest the Lord.The eclipse is a wonder and these wonders praise the creator. This could very well be the only planet around the only star whose moon is at the right distance and size to give a total solar eclipse," the priest said.He introduced Brother Consolmagno with by reading from Psalm 19: "The heavens proclaim the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft.""This isn't only Catholic," he told CNS. "This is a tradition inherited from God's revelation in the Old Testament."- - -Follow Sadowski on Twitter:@DennisSadowski.- - -Copyright © 2017 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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NYS Catholic Conference
06/06/17 12:54 pm
Memorandum of Opposition The above-referenced bill applies to cemeteries organized and operated under the Religious Corporations Law and would prohibit those cemeteries from selling monuments and memorials. The Catholic Conference continues to object to governmental encroachment on the operation of Church-affiliated cemeteries. These cemeteries perform burial services according to the rites and rituals of the […]Read More
06/06/17 12:39 pm
Memorandum of Support It is unacceptable that the Empire State has more than 150,000 homeless children and another 80,000 families on the brink of homelessness. It is even more shocking that 19,000 more children become homeless each year. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation. The existing shelter allowance is woefully inadequate compared to […]Read More
06/05/17 12:23 pm
Memorandum of Support The above-referenced legislation would clarify that the State Education Department may continue to utilize the nearly four decades old “instructional time” standard as the basis for providing reimbursement to nonpublic schools for their participation in the mandated services aid program. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this measure and strongly urges […]Read More