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
The Cemetery Committee meeting will take place Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm in the school faculty room.
Ascension Thursday - Holy Day of Obligation
Thursday of this week, May 25, is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm and Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 am and 12:10 pm.
Food for the Poor
Please join us next weekend (May 27 & 28) to hear Rev. Glen P. Baptiste speak at all Masses about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Fr. Baptiste will share personal witness about Food for the Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another. Fr. Baptiste is incardinated in the Archdiocese of San Salvador. Before preaching on behalf of Food for the Poor, Fr. Glen taught at St. Louis University, served as an associate pastor in Missouri, and served as rector of the Cathedral Church in Hamilton, Bermuda. Please join us in welcoming Fr. Baptiste.
Memorial Day Mass
Our annual Memorial Day Mass will be Monday, May 29 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 church.
Lawn Fete Meeting
Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the school faculty room.
Next Youth Event
On Friday, June 2, our youth will join our Alden community and run/walk in the Alden 5K Scholarship Race. We will meet at the Alden High School at 6:00 p.m. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20. Please register at the following website: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Alden/Aldens5KRaceForScholarships
Prayer in the Park 2017
All are invited to Prayer in the Park on Sunday, June 4 from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Park on Broadway in Alden. Join us for the Patriotic Rosary and presentations by pro-life speakers. The winners of the youth pro-life contest will receive their awards, and music will be provided by the St. John’s Folk Group. Free pizza and cold beverages will be served. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this community gathering for LIFE!
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
Volunteers will soon be needed for this summer’s Vacation Bible School at St. John’s (July 24-28). If interested, please contact Mrs. Lynn Fox at 937-3448 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1.
Help Stock Our Lawn Fete Grocery Booth
The annual Parish Lawn Fete will be featuring a grocery booth again this year. In order to make this booth a success, we are asking parishioners to donate non-perishable grocery items. A box marked "Lawn Fete Grocery Booth" will be available in the back of the church to receive these donated items. Please reference the list in the bulletin as to the items that are being collected on a weekly basis. Thank you for your generosity and support!!!!
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!
From the Pastor's Desk...
Congratulations to our children from the School and Faith Formation Program who received their First Holy Communion here at St. John’s on Saturday, May 20. Surely, First Communion is an occasion of great joy as our young children are welcomed to the Lord’s Table of the Eucharist. As our children receive the Eucharist for the first time, we are all reminded of the importance of frequent, worthy, and reverent reception of Holy Communion in our faith life.
A personal word of gratitude to the parents and other adults who supported our First Communicants in teaching them about Jesus and the Catholic Faith, including Delphine Leaderstorf (Catechetical Leader) and the teachers – Deborah Pirog (who also serves as Elementary Sacramental Coordinator), Phyllis Wojnowski, Elaine Nuwer (Third Grade Teacher at the School), and Lynette Fox (Individual Ed. Coordinator) – who worked so hard to prepare our children to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Much thanks as well to Deacons Marc Leaderstorf and Cole Webster, along with Rev. William R. Bigelow and Rev. Johnson J. Machado, for their assistance at the Communion Liturgies; to Dan Stachelski for leading the beautiful music; to Sister Ellen McCarthy and Marilynn Camp (School Principal) for serving as Extraordinary Ministers; to the members of the Legion of Mary (Gretl Karlnoski, Jerry Karlnoski, Helen Schmitt, and Irene Szymanski) for interviewing our children in preparation for their important day; to Jennifer Dobe, Lynn Fox, and Heather Taylor for assisting the children at their retreat; and to all those who helped to make the First Communion Masses such a special celebration. Truly, it was a wonderful day for our 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.
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