Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.
Vigil Mass - 7:00 p.m.
Holy Day - 8:30 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday - 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
We can arrange a special time and place if needed; simply call the rectory to make arrangements.
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.
Please join us for Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 am. We invite you to bring canned goods to be brought up at the Offertory of the Mass. The food will be given to the poor in the Alden / Marilla area for the Christmas holidays. There will also be a basket at each entrance of the church for monetary donations, which will also be given to the needy. Your Generosity is appreciated. Thank you!
All parish offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
The Eighth Grade Poinsettia Sale runs through Thursday, November 24. Order forms can be found at the doors of the church. Poinsettia orders can be placed in the collection basket or sent to the rectory or school office. Poinsettia pick-up will be Friday, December 4. Our eighth grade class thanks you for your support!
Holiday Spectacular Babysitting Event
The 11th grade Confirmation class is hosting a Holiday Spectacular! They are offering to watch your children for free, ages 6 months to 12 years, so you can have a date night or catch up on your holiday shopping.
Saturday, December 5 in the St. John's School Gym
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please see the Religious Education Page for more information and to sign up!
March For Life Pilgrimage 2016
Please consider joining the pilgrims from our parish from our parish in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Go to www.buffalodiocese.org/prolife and click on "March for Life 2016" under "Events/Others" to register for the bus and to make your hotel reservation. The deadline for signing up is December 20, 2015. After you register, please call Margaret Tremblay at 652-0805 to let her know you are going.
To donate a Christmas Poinsettia for the altar in memory of a loved one, please include $10 and the name of your loved one in an envelope, which may be dropped in the collection basket or delivered to the rectory by Tuesday, December 8. (For office recording purposes, please also include your name and, if known, your parish identification/envelope number.) The names will be listed in the December 20 bulletin.
Parish Council News
Congratulations to David Sentz and Lindsay Vanvolkinburg who have been selected to serve as members of our Parish Council. A Special thank you to our other nominees: Jamie Fox, Mary Jane Gielski, Rocky Kotas, Tom Roll, and Jennifer Rzepka. Thank you, also, to those who have completed their terms - Pat Heslin and Dennis O'Grady - for their time of service. The new members are invited to the next Parish Council meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm in the school faculty room. All parishioners are also always welcome to attend the Council meetings.
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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.
Christmas is coming and so is our Giving Tree!
Every year, our parish supports some local families that are struggling during this Christmas season. Our Giving Tree is decorated with mitten ornaments that have information regarding a gift recipient. A generous parishioner takes the information and purchases a gift for that person. Thank you all for your past generosity and participation in this program. Before the tree goes up for the first weekend of Advent, we would like to share a few reminders and guidelines.
The mittens for the Giving Tree are created based on the needs of each child, with each mitten listing one gift. Every effort is made to keep the number of gifts each child receives equal to that of their siblings. This way, one child is not receiving more gifts than another (a tough thing to explain to the children as "Santa" is leaving the gifts under the tree). If you would like to purchase more than one gift, please take another mitten. In addition, there are always mittens on the tree for such items as cleaning supplies, bathroom tissue, shampoos, soaps and gift cards for Tops (not only for food, but for gas for parents to get to and from work). While these might not seem like ideal Christmas presents, they are basic items that the families are in need of; receiving them can make everyday living a little easier.
Fr. Roy of SS Columba & Brigid and everyone involved with his outreach ministry is so appreciative of our generous spirit, and the families are very grateful for our support. Please remember to return your gift, wrapped with the mitten attached to the package, by the weekend of December 19 & 20. Thank you in advance for your wonderful Christmas spirit. Any questions, please feel free to call Pat Heslin, our Giving Tree Coordinator at 937-9293.
Buffalo Diocese News
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11/24/15 8:52 am
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