Mass Times

   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.

Stations of the Cross -
        Fridays
during Lent at 1:10 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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

Confession
   Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and by request

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.

"To suffer is to take the difficult obstacle and carry it with strength, so that it does not drag us down... to carry it with strength: this is a Christian virtue." 

                            --Pope Francis, Meditation, Mass at Santa Marta, Vatican City, May 24, 2013

March Events

The Evangelization Team will meet Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria.

Lawn Fete Meeting
        There will be a Lawn Fete Meeting held on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm in the school art room. 

Pancake Breakfast
        Boy Scout Troop 117 is holding a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 2 from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm noon in the St. John the Baptist School Gym.  Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes (including chocolate chip pancakes), hash browns, fruit, real maple syrup, locally-made sausage, and beverages.  Adults, $7.00; children 10 & under, $4.00; and children 3 and under, free.

Easter Flowers for the Altar
        Easter Flowers for the Altar are a tradition at St. John's for remembering your deceased loved ones.  Please include $10 and the name of your loved one (typed or printed) in an envelope, which may be dropped in the collection basket or delivered to the rectory by Monday, April 3.  (For office recording purposes, please also include your name and, if known, your parish identification/envelope number.)  The names will be listed in the Easter bulletin. 

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!

Stations of the Cross
        Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Fridays during Lent at 1:10 pm (with the school children) and at 7:00 pm.

St. John's Theme Basket Raffle
         Save the date of the Alumni Association's annual Theme Basket Raffle coming up on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the school.  The theme this year is "Let Your Light Shine."  This is always a fun evening with wonderful baskets and prizes.  More details - including reservation information - will be available soon. 

St. John the Baptist School's 9th Annual Meat Raffle
       
  The school's Meat Raffle is underway!  There will be one Grand Prize Winner receiving a 100 lb. meat combo (beef & pork).  Twelve runners-up will receive a 50 lb. meat combo (beef & pork).  Each prize will include a variety of fresh beef roasts, steaks, hamburger, stew beef, fresh pork chops, pork roasts, ham steaks, bacon and sausage.  All meat processed by Jim Simon's Meats of Alden.  Tickets are $10 apiece.  The drawing will be held on Friday, April 7 during the 8th Grade Fish Fry.  You need not be present to win.  For more information or for tickets, please contact Nicole Woods at 716-341-3743.  Tickets are also available at the school's main office; call 716-937-9483.

Men's Retreat
         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!

 

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St. John the Baptist School

A Foundation for Success... A Foundation for Life

 Pee Wee Open House

Especially for families with children entering Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten

Thursday, March 23, 2017

6 - 7:30 pm

CALL TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

716-937-9483

Join the St. John's Family where you can expect academic excellence in grades Pre-K 3 thru 8.
Small classes, dedicated teachers, Smart Board Technology & iPad instruction, hot lunch, sports, clubs, After School Care Program... and more!!!

From the Pastor's Desk...

       I am pleased to announce that on February 1, our parish received its first disbursement payment from the diocesan “Upon This Rock” initiative in the amount of $51,342.96. Recall that 35% of the funds collected from St. John’s through this campaign will be returned to the parish (as well as 55% of the funds collected in excess of our parish goal of $805,500.00). Disbursement payments from the diocese are made twice a year and are in direct proportion to the money received on pledged donations. We have earmarked the parish portion of the funds for capital improvements to the church (i.e., roof repairs, brick pointing work, and possibly upgrading the bathroom facilities with handicap accessibility).

       Thank you for your most generous commitment to this diocesan initiative, which is not only of substantial benefit to our parish but also ensures the longer term support of ministries and institutions at a much wider level in the diocese through the creation of endowment funds. Please continue to be faithful to your pledges; your generosity is much appreciated.

       A “promotional check” of our first installment payment is on display in the entrance of the church. A picture of this check, along with the team of ambassadors from our parish who worked very hard to make this endeavor a success, is shown below (and is also posted in the display cases at the doors of the church).

       Again, thank you for your support, and God’s blessings to all for a spiritually-enriching Lenten Season!

                                                                       --Fr. Jim

 

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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 pturton101@verizon.net or phone (716) 937-9577.

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