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.

   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


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

May Events

Congratulations Fr. Jim!!!
      Congratulations and best wishes, Fr. Jim, on your 19th anniversary of Catholic Priesthood on May 17.  We are grateful that you answered the call to follow Christ in priestly ministry. " Happy Anniversary, Fr. Jim!"

Memorial Day Mass
  Our annual Memorial Day Mass will be Monday, May 30 at 10:00 am in the church cemetery, weather permitting.  Please bring your lawn chairs.  In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held in the church.

Prayer in the Park 2016
    All are invited to Prayer in the Park on Sunday, June 5 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at Fireman's Park on Broadway in Alden.  Join us for the Patriotic Rosary.  Music will be provided by the St. John's Folk Group.  Speakers include Lori Kehoe, Director of NYS Right to Life.  The winners of the youth pro-life contest will receive their awards.  Free pizza and cold beverages will be served.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an informative, patriotic community gathering for LIFE!

Attention Young Adults Ages 18-35
     Frassati WNY meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry center (159 Laverack Ave) in Lancaster in the St. Joseph's Ministry Room.  New members are always welcome!  The WNY chapter has a Facebook group and a newsletter; to subscribe, email

Upon This Rock
   Bishop Malone has established an initiative called Upon This Rock to address the needs of the Diocese of Buffalo and those of every parish.  Please know that Fr. Jim and volunteers from the parish have been reaching out to members of St. John's to discuss this important initiative.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the future of the Church in Buffalo and about our parish. To date we have raised $598,065 or 74% of our goal.  For more information about "Upon This Rock," you can visit or call Fr. Jim directly at 716-937-6959. 

Mother's Day Baby Shower!
Our local pregnancy centers are in need of baby clothes (new or gently used, newborn to 24 months), diapers, blankets and baby items.  Please place in the bassinet, located in the church entranceway, which will be up from Mother's Day, May 8 until Father's Day, June 19.  Thank you for your pro-life help and concern.

Parish Council Meeting
      The next Parish Council meeting has been moved from Thursday, May 19 to Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm in the school faculty room.





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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!

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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!


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 or phone (716) 937-9577.

Buffalo Diocese News

Pope Francis on the Joy of Love: A brief appetizer for the Apostolic Exhortation

Pope Francis' eagerly awaited apostolic exhortation, fruit of the two Vatican synods on marriage and family, has arrived. It is titled "Amoris Laetitia," or the "Joy of Love." The title, as is the custom with major papal documents, is taken from the text's first line: "The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church." (This sentence is reminiscent of the first line of Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World ("Gaudium et Spes") which reads "The joys and the hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the people of this age ... these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ."While the Holy Father does not avoid the difficulties and challenges experienced in family life - in fact he address them candidly and straight on - "The Joy of Love" is from beginning to end a celebration of the gift of marriage and family to the Church and, indeed, to the world.

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The gift of confession (Have you been lately?)

My confirmation homily this year begins with a question addressed to the confirmands: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?  In more direct terms, what is different about my life because I am a Christian, a Catholic?  Can those who know me tell the difference Jesus makes in my life?  Can I?

Lent is the graced season to take an honest look at the authenticity and quality of our discipleship.  How intentional are we in our following of Christ?  How faithful is our living of the Gospel?  How grateful are we for the gift of faith?  How eager am I to share the joy of the Gospel with others?  And ... can I admit that, yes, I am a sinner?

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New Year musings

• The motto for this Jubilee Year of Mercy is, “Merciful like the Father.” What will we allow this to mean in our lives? With God? With one another?


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News from the Vatican

Jubilee of Deacons: ordered to serve the joy of the Gospel

(Vatican Radio) This weekend here in Rome, the Church is marking the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in a special way with the Jubilee of Deacons. As their very title suggests – taken as it is from the Greek word for “servant”, diakonos – Deacons are ordained to a ministry of service in the Church: they proclaim the Good News liturgically, they assist priests at the Altar, and they preach to the faithful on matters pertaining to authentic Christian living. Deacons also bring the Blessed Sacrament to the sick in hospital and to the housebound: they visit prisoners, offering them both companionship and counsel; they baptize, receive the marriage vows of couples entering Holy Matrimony, and they pray for the dead.

Two Deacons from the United States, the Rev. Messrs. Doug Breckenridge and Greg Kandra, visited Vatican Radio during the course of their pilgrimage to celebrate the Jubilee of Deacons, and spoke with us about the joys and challenges of their vocation, especially in the present generation of the Church in the West, which recovered the Permanent Diaconate as a distinct ministry during and after the II Vatican Ecumenical Council.

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Pope Francis to child travelers: do all the good you can

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday received some four hundred children of different ethnicities, cultures and religions – many of them migrants and refugees – who had traveled to Rome from Calabria in southern Italy aboard the “Children’s Train” – the Treno dei Bambini – an annual initiative of the Pontifical Council for Culture, which this year has as its theme, “Carried by waves”: a theme that is designed at once to invoke the often deadly danger of migration, and the hope in the promise of a better future that drives people – along with the threat of torture, slavery and death – to flee their homelands and seek a better life on strange and distant shores.

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Pope Francis meets with President of Singapore

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday met with Mr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, the President of the Republic of Singapore, who subsequently met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States.

A statement issued by the Holy See Press Office said the meeting was “cordial” and the parties spoke about “the good relations between the Holy See and Singapore, as well as the collaboration between Church and State, especially in the educational and social fields.”

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Busted Halo

5 Tips for a Spiritual Summer

1. Vacation Church Search Rather than taking a vacation from church, make church an exciting part of your vacation by celebrating mass somewhere new. While…

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Who Decides Who’s Worthy?

My husband and I recently had the honor of attending the First Communion for one of our son’s classmates. His face was lit up with…

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A CSA Is Like the Body of Christ

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it…

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