Mass Times

   Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
   Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
   Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.

Holy Days    
  Vigil - 7:00 p.m. or as announced
  Holy Day - 8:30 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

First Friday (January 8, 2016)
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Reconciliation/Confession
   Saturdays - 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.

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.

"Together let us pray to the Virgin Mary that she help us... to walk in faith and charity, ever trusting in the Lord's mercy: He always awaits us, loves us, has pardoned us with His Blood and pardons us every time we go to Him to ask His forgiveness.  Let us trust in His mercy!" --Pope Francis, Regina Caeli, April 7, 2013

February Events

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
     Eucharistic Adoration will be Friday, February 5 following the 8:30 am Mass and ending with Benediction at 7:00 pm.  All are invited to come and spend time with our Lord, Jesus.

Children's Mass
    
On Sunday, February 7, there will be a special homily for the children at the 11:00 am Mass.

Pierogi Sale
     The Pilgrims for Poland will once again be making and selling pierogi for Easter.  Orders will be due by Wednesday, February 10.  Order forms can be found in the vestibule of the church. 

Polka Lessons
      Get ready for Dyngus Day through this fundraiser for the Pilgrims for Poland!  Dance classes will be held Thursday evenings, February 11, 18, & 25 in the St. John's School gym with a refresher class on Wednesday, March 9.  Doors open at 6:30 pm; lessons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Classes will include instruction in the Rhinelander/Polka, Oberek and Waltz.  The lessons are being offered by the local branch of First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA)  All proceeds benefits for Pilgrims for Poland, and the FCSLA will match donations received!  The cost for each session is $8 per person or $10 for couples.  Space is limited; please make your reservations by Sunday, February 7 by calling 716-983-5084 or 716-480-4370.  Please also call with questions or for more information. 

Evangelization Team Meeting
      The Evangelization Team will meet Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm in the school faculty room.

Eucahristic Enrollment Service
 
      There will be a Eucharistic Enrollment Service in the church for 3rd graders and their families on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 pm. 

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February 17th   "Happy Are We - The Teachings of Jesus"
The words of Jesus have touched the minds and hearts of people throughout the centuries proving to be deeply transformative, fascinating, sometimes confounding, and always unforgettable.

February 24th  "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven - The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist"
The source and summit, identity, and mission of the Catholic Faith is the Liturgy and the Eucharist.  It is the supreme act by which man communicated with God. 

March 2nd "The Fire of His Love - Prayer and the Life of the Spirit"
The human person can be transformed through prayer that manifests a deep spiritual commitment centered on Christ.

March 16th  "A Body Both Suffering and Glorious - The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church"
It is the Catholic conviction that the life and presence of Christ continues to embrace humanity in all its joys and sorrows through the presence of the Church. 

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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Buffalo Diocese News

New Year musings

• The motto for this Jubilee Year of Mercy is, “Merciful like the Father.” What will we allow this to mean in our lives? With God? With one another?

 

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Take advantage of all the Jubilee Year of Mercy offers

I write this month from Baltimore, where the bishops of the United States are gathered for our annual Fall Plenary Meeting.  As we concelebrated the Eucharist early this Sunday morning. I offered Mass for all of you who constitute the community of faith that is the Diocese of Buffalo.  (Did you know that diocesan bishops offer one Mass each Sunday and holy day of obligation pro populo, that is, "for the people," just as pastors are required to do weekly for their parishioners?)

This Sunday Mass was different for me.  Before I went down to the large hotel meeting room that serves as our chapel, I was watching continuing TV coverage of the horrific massacre in Paris perpetrated by ISIS terrorists and resulting in 129 people killed and 352 injured.  Sitting quietly in the chapel for the half hour before Mass, I struggled to put aside, at least for that next hour, the emotions of shock, anger, sadness and, yes, anxiety that were roiling my soul.

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Concern for refugees and immigrants

We have all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris.  Join me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS leaders and killers, and for world peace.

While there have been calls to close our borders to Syrian refugees fleeing the ravages of civil war, we cannot simply close our doors to refugees simply because they are from Syria.  But we must remain vigilant. Careful screening of all who wish to enter this country is needed.

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Vatican News

Promoter of Justice delivers report

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican's Promoter of Justice, Gian Piero Milano, issued a report Saturday to inaugurate the 81st year of the Vatican's judicial tribunal.

In the report Milano noted that the reforms initiated by Pope Francis profoundly affect the internal life of the Vatican City State, its legislative, judicial and administrative activities. "They also affect the level of relations with other jurisdictions,” he said, “to whom the Church and its institutional expressions can offer a unique and significant contribution.”

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Cardinal Turkson attends conference in Qom, Iran

(Vatican Radio) The President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, is in Iran for a conference on the role of religion in Justice and Peace taking place at the Centre for the Study of Jurisprudence of Aemer Athar in Qom.

In his talk, Cardinal Turkson spoke about five building blocks of peace and justice: human dignity, justice, unity and brotherhood of the human family, common good and the universal destination of the goods of the earth.

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Card. Parolin addresses Gregorian conference on celibacy

(Vatican Radio) The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, delivered the keynote address on Saturday morning at a conference being hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University on the past, present, and future of the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church.

In his prepared remarks, the Cardinal Secretary of State recalled that the requirement of celibacy is a disciplinary one that has never been imposed by the whole Church, and one from which men have more or less frequently been dispensed.

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Busted Halo

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. — Plato

Start a chain reaction of good deeds and actions today.…

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Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. — Rene Dubois

Today, be more tolerant of people despite your differences or disagreements with them.…

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How should I best share my faith with others?

(Catholic News Service photo/Rebecca E. Drobis)Jesus told his disciples to go out and spread the word of God. We are all disciples of God, and as such, we should be spreading the word of God as well. How would you suggest a normal, everyday person go about sharing our faith with others?

Pope Paul VI and the United States Catholic Bishops addressed this very question…

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