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   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

Confession
  
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

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.

"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

St. John's School Registration
           St. John's School is still accepting new registrations 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.

Benefit for a Family in Need
           On Saturday, July 21, a fire destroyed the Marilla home of Roy and Dodi Spoly, who attend St. John’s Church. The newly retired couple lost everything, including family photos, clothes, furniture, tools, housewares, and their beloved pet cat. Their family and friends are hosting a benefit on Sunday, August 12 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Quiet Times Golf Course, 2220 Stedman Rd., Attica, NY. Admission will be $20, which will include a pig roast lunch and refreshments. The event will also feature a corn hole tournament (entry fee of $10 per person; winners receive 50% of the tournament funds!), other lawn games, a 50/50 raffle, and a basket raffle. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Spoly family. Baskets or gift certificates for the raffle would also be greatly appreciated; to donate, contact Maggie at 716-225-0781. For additional information regarding the event, contact Tracy at 585-409-3011. A page is also set up at www.gofundme.com/the-spoly039s-fire-accident-fund.

New Evangelization News – ChristLife
            On Wednesday, September 12, the third step of the “ChristLife” evangelization process will begin. This third step – “Sharing Christ” – is a 7-week mission that trains Catholics to share Jesus Christ with others and to invite others to be part of the Church. The entire ChristLife series is changing lives and transforming parishes.      The New Evangelization Team is inviting all parishioners to attend the program this fall. Each session is held in the school cafeteria from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is thought-provoking, interesting, enriching, and fun. Also, it is free! We are hoping to fill the cafeteria to capacity. Future announcements about ChristLife will be given at the Masses on August 11 & 12. You can sign up until September 4. Strengthen your relationship with Jesus, invigorate your faith, and transform our parish. Don’t miss this chance to be part of this life-changing program. It can only make your life better. We are all called to be intentional disciples. 
                       --Yours in Christ, Anthony Cometto, New Evangelization Team Member

Christmas in July School Supply Collection
           If you have taken a tag from the Learning Tree (the white Christmas Tree at the Sacred Heart altar), please put the purchased items in the bins underneath the tree anytime through next Sunday, August 12 at 12:00 noon. Please do not wrap any of the items. Lunch boxes and backpacks may also be donated: just leave them under the tree. Through this effort, we can help children from families in the inner city and from St. John’s to be prepared for school this fall! Thank you for your support and your prayers!  We are also looking for volunteers to meet the evening of Monday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Kathy and Chuck Sutter to sort and pack the items. Please call 716-937-7881 and leave a message before August 11 if you are able to help. This would be a great way for upcoming Confirmation students to earn service hours!

Novena for St. John's Parish

The Assumption of Mary 
August 15

Begin August 5 - the eve of the Transfiguration of Our Lord to conclude August 15 for the special intentions of St. John's Parish and all Parishioners. May we receive a permanent Holy, Happy and Healthy Priest to lead our Ministries.

Novena Prayer: "Mary, Queen assumed into heaven, we rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity. Lift our hearts with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity.  Teach us how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven.  Make us realize that death is the triumphant gate through which we shall pass to your Son, and that someday our bodies shall rejoin our souls in the unending bliss of heaven.  From this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, we look to you for help.  In honor of your Assumption into heaven we ask for this favor: Please send us a Holy, Happy and Healthy Priest to lead our Ministries and for any other personal special intentions.  When our hour of death has come, lead us safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of our God for all eternity together with you."

The Word of God:  "We know that when the earthly tent in which we dwell is destroyed we have a dwelling provided for us by God, a dwelling in the heavens, not made by hands but to last forever." 2 Cor. 5:1  "A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." Rev. 12:1

Prayer to Mary Assumed into Heaven:  Mary, our dear Mother and mighty Queen, take and receive our poor hearts with all its freedom and desires, all its love and all its graces and virtues with which it may be adorned.  All that I am, all that I might be, all I have in order of nature as well as of grace, all I have received from your loving intercession, my Lady and Queen.  Into your sovereign hands I entrust, that I may be returned to its noble origin.

Mary, Queen of every heart, accept all that I am and bind me to the binds of love, that I may be yours forever, and may be able to say in all truth: I belong to Jesus through Mary.

My Mother, assumed into heaven, I love you. Give me a greater love for you and for Jesus.  Mary Assumed into Heaven and Queen of the Universe, ever Virgin Mother of God, obtain peace and salvation for us through your prayers, for you have given birth to Christ the Lord, the Savior of all mankind.

Prayer: "Almighty, ever-living God, you raised to eternal glory the body and soul of the immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of your Son. Grant that our minds may always be directed heavenward and that we may deserve in Her glory."

Please pray these prayers daily - Eve August 5-15 add three Hail Mary's or the entire Rosary if able.

Blessings on all our prayerful endeavors - God is so good! Everything will work according to His plan!

Grateful thanks to all our prayer filled St. John's people - we are family and God will bless us!

Please share this Novena with all parishioners, family and friends of St. John's. Sponsored by St. John's Respect Life Committee.  Please contact us with any questions and good news!

May Our Lord shower us with exorbitant blessings and graces!  Let us be steadfast, grateful and loving!

 

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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator

   In the summer portion of Ordinary Time in Cycle B, we take a break from the Gospel of Mark to read what is known as the Bread of Life Discourse found in chapter 6 of John’s Gospel. The feeding of the five thousand last week provided a prelude to this series that begins today. Here is an overview of the content of John 6 from http://catholic-resources.org/ by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. I inserted the Sunday on which that portion will be the Gospel of the day over the next four weeks so we have a sense of the continuity and content of the discourse.

 The Bread of Life Discourse (John 6:22-71) – OVERVIEW:

  • Part I: Introduction: signs and food; the works of God; believing in Jesus; bread from heaven; Moses and the Father (vv. 22-34) (18th Sunday in OT John 6:24-35)
  • Part II: The Bread of Life = The Words and Teachings of Jesus (vv. 35-50) (19th Sunday in OT John 6:41-51)
  • Part III: The Bread of Life = The Flesh and Blood of Jesus (vv. 51-59) (20th Sunday in OT John 6:51-58)
  • Part IV: Reactions: some disciples depart; the Twelve remain; Peter professes his belief (vv. 60-71) (21st Sunday in OT John 6:60-69)

       The first reading this week is from Exodus (16:2-4, 12-15), the second book of the Pentateuch which tells the story of the beginning of the leadership of Moses, the crossing of the Red Sea and the escape from slavery in Egypt, and the 40 years wandering in the wilderness as God led them to the Promised Land. Forty is an important number in the Old Testament. It is not meant to be exact, but rather, it is symbolic of a long time. For 40 long years, the Israelites were without a land so they had to rely on what they stumbled upon to sustain them. In the reading today, the group was reaching the end of their rope. So God provided quails at dusk and manna in the morning. Moses says to the people: “This is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

       In the Gospel, Jesus is confronted by a crowd looking for a “sign” as to who Jesus is. They remind Jesus that Moses gave their ancestors bread from heaven to eat as a sign (see the first reading). Jesus responds that it was not Moses but God who provided. The crowd then asks if they can have this bread always. Jesus’ response is at the heart of our belief about the Eucharist: “I AM the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jesus, as he often does in John’s Gospel, is trying to get people to move beyond a literal, “I believe what I see” mentality so they can embrace the deeper reality that is God. We need to make the same transition. Do we, when we go to communion, see the bread as Jesus’ real presence with us? Do we recognize that this spiritual food gives us all the nourishment we will ever need?

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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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