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   Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
   Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
   Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am

First Friday
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm

Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request

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  Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
     (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.

"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

Upcoming Events

New Altar Server Schedule is up!
 The new Altar Server Schedule is available under the Altar Server tab and in the Sacristy in church.  The schedule was emailed out yesterday - please let Kate at the rectory know if you did not receive one.

          Workbooks for the new liturgical year are now available in the priest’s sacristy.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
         Friday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Alden Presbyterian Church (13298 Broadway). Open to the community; free to the public. Please RSVP to 716-937-6441 so we know how much food to prepare! A joint effort of Alden Presbyterian Church, Alden-area Churches, and the Alden-area Women’s Prayer Breakfast, with thanks to Doug Becker at the Whistle Stop Inn.

Parish Council
         Congratulations to Scott Dobe and Stephanie Genco who have been selected to serve as members of our Parish Council. A special thank you to our other nominees: Paul Casillo, Tony Cometto, Denise Iannello, Rita Radder, and Michelle Zaleski. Thank you, too, to those who have completed their terms – Michael Cole, David Sentz, and Lindsay Vanvolkinburg – for their time of service. The new members are invited to the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, November 20 in the school faculty room.

Thanksgiving Liturgy
          At our Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m., our parish will collect canned goods and monetary donations for the needy in our area. Your generosity is appreciated. Thank you!

Advent Morning of Reflection
         With Sr. Elizabeth Mackowiak, CSSF, on Saturday, November 17 in the Msgr. Jasinski Center of St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga. Sister Elizabeth’s presentation Darkness to Light begins at 9:30 a.m.; doors open at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and goodies will be available. Register by Monday, November 12 to Elizabeth Wichlacz (674-8581) or Marilyn Fronczak (668-8472).

Early Bulletin Deadline
         Please note, items for the November 25 bulletin will be due Tuesday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Faith Formation News
            Thursday, November 15 – First Reconciliation Parent Meeting
at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

            Saturday, November 17 – No Faith Formation classes. 

The Faith Formation Program will be sponsoring a special event for families and parishioners on Sunday, November 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The theme of the day is “ADVENT.” The schedule for the day is:
                   9:30 a.m. – Sunday Mass in St. John’s Church
                  10:30 a.m. – Coffee, donuts, and juice in the cafeteria
                  11:00 a.m. – Opening prayer in the gym led by Deacon Peter Donnelly
                  11:45 a.m. – Group Advent reflections according to age levels directed by Mrs. Deborah Brown, Sister Ellen McCarthy, Ms. Mary Pat Bonnes, and Mr. Brandon Adkins
                  12:45 p.m. – Closing prayer in the gym
                   1:00 p.m. – Dismissal
         Please join us as we prepare to welcome Jesus into our lives.



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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator

   Today’s first reading (1 Kings 17:10-16) and Gospel (Mark 12:38-44) are about generosity – not just ordinary generosity, but the kind of generosity that God deserves. The examples in both passages pertaining to generosity revolve around a widow. Widows, along with an orphan and a foreigner (strangers), are an important symbol in the Hebrew heritage as emblematic of the lowliest, poorest, most vulnerable. They could never repay what was given them. These souls, however, held a special place in God’s heart. Here are two examples of scripture passages that affirm this: Psalm 68:6 says, “Father of the fatherless, defender of widows (is) God in his holy abode.” Deuteronomy 10:17-18 says, "For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the resident alien, giving them food and clothing.”

       In the Old Testament reading, Elijah is a stranger and comes across a widow and her son. Elijah has criticized the king for turning from the Lord, and Elijah points out to the king that the drought in the land is because of this infidelity. Thus, Elijah was on the run because the king wanted him dead. So a widow who was down to the end of her store and who would soon die with her son for want, is assured by Elijah that God promises they would be provided for if she gives him what she has left. And for a year, the three of them ate and the flour and oil never ran dry.

       The Gospel has the story of the widow who gives a small coin to the Temple, giving her last to God. Jesus acclaims her generosity because "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." Those who perceive that they give more, who perhaps appear more generous, are likely not being generous at all. Often, they predicate their giving on the worthiness of the cause and complain how the money is being spent. Meanwhile, the requirements of generosity by God are better characterized as sacrificial giving. The widow’s mite was a sacrifice. We must give to those who cannot repay us, those who do not seem grateful, and even those who are not going to “get us somewhere.” As a matter of fact, the more we give to such as these, the more we will ultimately gain.

       Here is a really great Prayer for Generosity by St. Ignatius of Loyola: Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God, teach me true generosity. Teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give without counting the cost, to fight heedless of wounds, to labor without seeking rest, to sacrifice myself without thought of any reward save the knowledge that I have done your will. Amen.




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