Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
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.
"The grace revealed in our world is Jesus, who was born of the Virgin Mary, is true man and true God. He has entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light."
--Pope Francis, Homily, Midnight Mass, St. Peter's Basilica,, December 24, 2013
New Parish Leader at St. John's
St. John the Baptist Parish extends a warm welcome to our new Pastoral Administrator, Mrs. Deborah A. Brown, whose appointment here began on January 3. Mrs. Brown has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary, and she brings much experience in family life and various aspects of parish ministry. She comes to us from the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo, where she served as Pastoral Associate for the permanent community there. She has taught at Christ the King Seminary in the Certificate Program, served as the Director of Spiritual Life at St. John the Baptist Church in Lockport, and worked as the Associate Director of Religious Education at the Catholic Center for the Diocese of Buffalo. Debbie and her husband, Kevin, recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. They have four children and three grandchildren. Debbie hopes our parishioners will find her approachable and eager to immerse herself in our parish life. Please take a moment to introduce yourself when you see her!
Our parish is also grateful to Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, the President-Rector of Christ the King Seminary, who has been appointed to the additional responsibility of Priest Moderator for St. John’s; Rev. James A. Walter, who will act as our Sacramental Minister; and Rev. Richard DiGiulio, who will continue to celebrate Masses with us.
For those who participated in “Discovering Christ” in the fall, the second part of the ChristLife series – “Following Christ” – will begin on Wednesdays starting January 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Please register using the form that was handed out at the final “Discovering Christ” meeting or contact Sr. Ellen at the rectory (716-937-6959) by January 16.
The Evangelization Team will meet Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the school faculty room.
Open House and Pancake Breakfast
All are welcome to come and visit the school from 12:15-2:15 p.m on January 28. Along with a delicious breakfast, there will be student displays, STREAM challenges, and guided tours of the school.
January 28 to February 2 – Catholic Schools Week
Look for exciting events and celebrations of what it means to attend a Catholic School.
Respect Life News
On Thursday, January 18, thirty-five people from St. John’s will leave to attend the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to continue the untiring effort to defend the life of the unborn. Please remember these pilgrims in your prayers.
Those who are unable to make the trip might wish to pray a multi-faceted pro-life novena that includes a new intention, brief reflection, bonus information, and suggested actions each day. Sign up now at www.9daysforlife.com and participate from Thursday, January 18 to Friday, January 26.
Throughout the month of January, the St. John’s Respect Life Group and the March for Life Pilgrims are collecting baby items to help the St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center and the Mother Teresa Home in Buffalo. Please place your donations in the bassinette at the entrance of our church. Thank you for your pro-life help and concern.
Youth in 9th, 10th, 11th (Confirmation Retreat), and 12th grades who are interested in attending the Buffalo Youth Convention at Adam’s Mark from March 2-4, 2018 should contact Mr. Brandon Adkins at 716-937-3448 on Mondays or Thursdays for information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out the website www.buffalodiocese.org/youthyoungadult/diocesan-youth-convention. Signed paperwork and payment are due by January 18.
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
For the five plus years in my previous ministry at the Newman Center at UB, I had the joy of writing a weekly article for the bulletin. People there liked it, and in our tearful goodbyes on the Feast of the Holy Family, they told me they would miss the column very much. I used it to reflect on the Sunday Liturgy both in terms of the Liturgical season and the readings. I hope you find this meaningful to you as well.
Ordinary Time began this week with the Baptism of the Lord last Monday. (Usually this feast is celebrated on a Sunday, but this year it got relegated to Monday.) That means we are now on the second week of Ordinary Time. Four more weeks and we will be in Lent. The Liturgical time sure flies!
Ordinary Time does not mean “nothing else going on so we’ll just fill the Sundays with something.” Ordinary Time is when we unpack the two greatest celebrations of the Church Year: Christmas and Easter. These are our highest Holy Days, and each is preceded by a preparation period (Advent/Lent) and followed by a period of reflection (the fancy Greek word is Mystagogy, if you want to boost up your Greek vocabulary). “Ordinary” comes from the Latin word Ordo, which means numbered. There are a total of 34 weeks of Ordinary Time with the last one coming just before Advent where we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
A quick note on the readings. We are in Cycle B of the 3-year cycle of Sunday readings in the Lectionary. B is the cycle in which we read primarily from the Gospel of Mark. This week, however, we fill in with a Gospel reading from John (John 1:35-42). The first reading from the Old Testament (1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19) is a call story. It is a wonderful passage about how Samuel receives his call to be a prophet. The Old Testament reading on Sunday always points to something in the Gospel for emphasis. It does not take a rocket scientist this week to recognize the emphasis. In the Gospel we see the call of the first disciples as Jesus begins his public ministry. Jesus’ invitation to follow him is incredibly simple yet powerful: “Come, and you will see.” This week, reflect on your own discipleship. When did you know that Christ called you to “Come”? How is it going – what have you “seen”? Do we struggle to recognize the voice of Christ?
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Rev. Joseph Gatto, Priest Moderator
- Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Sr. Ellen McCarthy, SSJ, Pastoral Associate
- Jonna Johnson, St. John's School Principal
- Michelle Smith, Administrative Assistant
- Sue Wery, Bookkeeper
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Bookkeeper/Admin Asst
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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NYS Catholic Conference
A.5885-A, Rosenthal / S.6575, Hoylman / S.6722, Rules : In relation to civil and criminal changes to the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse
01/08/18 4:18 pm
Memorandum of Opposition The Catholic Church has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and supports proposals in the New York State Legislature to extend the time allowed under the law to file criminal charges or civil lawsuits against those who abuse children. Sexual abuse is a societal scourge. It knows no boundaries. Protecting children from sexual […]Read More
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