Mass Times

   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.

First Friday
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Confession
   Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and by request

Office hours:
     Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     (716) 937-6959

 

 

Welcome

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.

"We bring about the rebirth of Cain in every act of violence and war.  All of us! ... let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and peace!" 

                            --Pope Francis, Vigil of Prayer for Peace, St. Peter's Square, September 7, 2013

February Events

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!

Evangelization
  
      The Evangelization Team will meet Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm in the school faculty room.

CPR/AED Class Offered at St. John's School
        Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).  This CPR/AED adult and child plus CPR-infant course, which also includes first aid for choking, will be offered in our school cafeteria on Saturday, February 25 at 1 pm and is expected to finish about 3 pm.  The course is certified by the American Red Cross and is valid for two years.  The fee is $40, payable the day of the class.  Registration is limited to about 20 people.  Please contact Carl at 937-7433 by Monday, February 20 to sign up. 

St. John's Lenten Parish Retreat
       
The St. John's Lenten Parish Retreat is coming up on Monday & Tuesday, March 6 & 7.  Presenters will be Rev. David Baker (Monday) and Rev. Bryan Zielenieski (Tuesday).  Both evenings will be held in the church with the Rosary at 6:30 pm, presentations at 7 pm and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction to close. 

Men's Retreat
         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!

 

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ST. JOHN'S PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

St. John the Baptist Church
2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004

Monday, March 6, 2017
Fr. David Baker

Topic: "O Happy Fault"  How we can be joyful amid suffering!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Fr. Bryan Zielenieski

Topic: Jesus accepts us where we are at.  Do we accept Jesus?

Rosary 6:30 pm
Presentations 7 pm
The evenings will conclude with Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

All Are Welcome!!!

From the Pastor's Desk...

You may have heard that St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, which consists of the St. Francis of Assisi Worship Site on West Main Street in Corfu and the Holy Name of Mary Worship Site on Church Street in East Pembroke, is in need of a new pastor. Rev. James Fugle, who was serving as pastor, had to leave his position for health reasons. In light of this, after speaking with the coordinator of the Priests’ Personnel Board and upon approval by Bishop Richard J. Malone, I wish to inform you that I have been assigned to the additional responsibility of Temporary Administrator of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Corfu, until the arrival of a new pastor there. While this temporary assignment is not expected to last more than a few weeks and is not anticipated to require a significant amount of time, I do ask for your prayers during this period of transition for our neighboring Catholic communities in Corfu / East Pembroke.
     Please pray as well for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. The “priest shortage” is becoming increasingly evident in the Western New York area as the number of newly ordained priests in the diocese is not enough to keep pace with retirements and those who are no longer able to continue in active ministry because of declining health. We are fortunate to have four transitional deacons, including Rev. Mr. Cole Webster who has been serving at St. John’s, anticipating Ordination to the Holy Priesthood in the Diocese of Buffalo on June 3, 2017. Also, I am very pleased to mention that Rev. Mr. Michael Neeland, SDS, a native of our parish, is scheduled to be ordained a priest with the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) on May 27 of this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

      May God bless and guide us all as in faith we strive to serve Him!
                                                      --Fr. Jim

 

 

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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 pturton101@verizon.net or phone (716) 937-9577.

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