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.
"When our Lady received word that the tomb was found empty, her heart was filled with the joy of faith: Christian faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ."
--Pope Francis, Reflection on Mary, St. Peter's Square, October 12, 2013
Memorial Day Remembrance
There will be a special Memorial Day Mass in St. John's Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2018 at 10 am. In the event of inclement weather, Mass will be held in church. This is a time for us to remember, and especially salute all those men and women of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country. We also remember all those presently serving from St. John's Parish and those who sustained injury in mind and/or body in the course of their service to our country. Please join us in this special service. All are welcome to attend whether in the cemetery or the church. Please bring a lawn chair if the weather is nice!
St. John's School Registration
Has begun registration for the 2018-19 school year in all grades from preschool to 8th. See School tab for more information or call the office at 937-9483.
Faith, Fellowship & Fun
Fellowship Group for Individuals and couples in their 20s, 30s, and 40s alternating Thursdays from 6-8 pm at St. John's Rectory - May 10, 24, June 7, 21, July 5, 19. Please join us this spring and summer for friendship and prayer, including spiritual readings and reflection, encouraging each other towards personal goals and lighthearted games! Come as you are able. Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org BYOB = Bring Your Own Bible! We'll take turns providing or contributing to snacks and beverages.
Mother’s Day Baby Shower!
Our parish will be collecting items needed by the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center in the Diocese of Buffalo – baby clothes (new or gently used, newborn to 24 months), diapers, blankets, bottles, and other baby items – from Mother’s Day, May 13 until Father’s Day, June 17. Please place donations in the bassinette located in the church entranceway and contact Cheryle Ertel at 912-0315 or email@example.com with any questions. Thank you for your pro-life help and concern!
Cemetery Committee Meeting
There will be a Cemetery Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the school art room.
All parish organizations should provide the dates of their scheduled activities for the upcoming year (July 2018 to August 2019) to the rectory by Friday, June 8. Please be sure to include rooms needed and note if set-up / take-down time will be required.
200 Club News
A few tickets are still available for the St. John’s 200 Club “new year” that begins this month. A $60 donation enters you in weekly and yearly drawings for monetary prizes, and all proceeds support our St. John’s youth and pro-life activities. Please call Pam Turton (716-937-9577) or the rectory (716-937-6959) if interested.
Armed Forces List
On Memorial Day weekend, we will remember in our bulletin our loved ones who are currently serving in the armed forces. (This list is also permanently displayed at the main entrance of our church.) If you would like to add someone to the list, or if you have a change to make, please contact the rectory at 716-937-6959. Names may be added throughout the year. For the Memorial Day remembrance, please call by May 15.
ST. JOHN'S LAWN FETE - Save the Date
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22 Join family and friends for great food and good times. We are looking for volunteers now!
We 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 see posted list in Church Bulletin Board or insert from the Bulletin for a list of items we are collecting.
St. John's Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 27- Friday, Aug 3 for Pre K-3 through 6th grade.
See Youth tab/Vacation Bible School for more information.
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.
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
It is the seventh Sunday of Easter so we are nearing the end of this fifty-day glorious celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection which ends next week on Pentecost. In our last foray of the Easter season into the Acts of the Apostles, we go back to the first chapter (Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26) for our first reading. This week’s passage describes in detail the process for making what is virtually the first decision that the apostles made after Pentecost. The issue is how to handle the loss of one of their own, Judas, who had betrayed Jesus and taken his own life in regret. Here was the decision-making process: Peter gathered the core group (about 120 people); he consulted Sacred Scripture (which at the time consisted only of the Old Testament); he took nominations (two were recommended); they prayed; and finally, they cast lots. Matthias was chosen and became one of the 12. This should be the template for all the decisions the Church undertakes from the Vatican down to the smallest of parishes. This even could work in the smallest unit, the building block of the Church known as the “domestic church” – our families that collectively make up our parish. Indeed, if you read any of the works of John Paul II or Francis, you can find this template in their work. Any decision will be good if it is anchored in Christ, faithful to his word, and made through prayer in communion with others.
The Gospel is from chapter 17 of John’s Gospel which has been called the “Priestly Prayer of Jesus” since at least the sixteenth century. It is a prayer that puts everything in perspective and integrates all things that have been the plan of God from the beginning. Jesus speaks of the time before the world began when he was in God’s presence; speaks of his accomplishments while he was in the world with them; and looks to the future when people will come to faith in God through Jesus. In the middle section which is our focus today (John 17:11b-19), Jesus prays to the Father to keep those “you have given me” … “in your name.” He acknowledges that it will not be easy: “I gave them your word, and the world hated them.” He asks God to keep them from “the evil one.” Finally, he asks God to “consecrate them in the truth.” That truth is contained in God’s word which Jesus shared with them. The disciples are to do something with this word: “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.”
Just as the first reading gives us a template for Christian decision making, so the Gospel passage gives us a template for discipleship. When Jesus prays this priestly prayer, it is both for his immediate successors as well as for all those to come. That would mean Jesus thought of you and me when he prayed this. That ought to get our attention! For reflection: “If you were with Jesus right now, what questions would you ask? What hopes and anxieties would you share with Jesus?”
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (716) 937-9577.
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