Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
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
Advent begins on Sunday, December 2. We invite families to join us in spiritual preparation for Christ by lighting the Advent Wreath candles on the Sundays of Advent. We will need one family for each weekend Mass. Sign up starting next weekend by printing your name on the poster board that will be found at the front entrance of the church. Each week, the first two pews on the left center aisle will be reserved for those lighting the candles. We also invite this family to bring up the gifts at the Offertory.
Beautiful poinsettias are on sale now! Our 8th grade class is once again selling poinsettias and Christmas plants to offset the cost of their class trip. Order forms are available in the rectory, school office, and church vestibule. All orders and money must be turned in by Tuesday, November 27!
Candlelight Remembrance Service
The holiday season is filled with memories of times spent with those we love. When they are no longer with us, those memories become a precious gift. You are invited to the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries annual Candlelight Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at two locations: Mount Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore) or Holy Cross Cemetery (2900 South Park Ave., Lackawanna). This spiritually uplifting service is filled with music, scripture, prayers, and healing words from the Chaplains at the Pastoral Care Department at Hospice Buffalo. Bring an ornament in memory of your loved one or take one that is provided to hang on the tree. Reserve your spot by calling Mount Olivet at 716-873-6500 or Holy Cross at 716-823-1197.
We now have a blue St. Vincent de Paul clothing bin on our property, located at the Westwood entrance of the school! You may put anything “cloth” in the bin: clothing, shoes, boots, towels, sheets, etc. Items that cannot be accepted include furniture, toys, books, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, etc.
Soup To Go
Look for delicious homemade soup to be available next weekend, December 1 & 2, as a fundraiser for the youth who will be attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January 2019. Thank you for your support.
National Night of Prayer
Living Rosary for Life and Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, December 7 immediately following the 7:00 p.m. Holy Day Vigil Mass.
Saturday, December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation as we observe the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses will be celebrated on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Ecumenical Choir Concert
Save the date! The Alden-Area Ecumenical Choir will perform a Christmas concert at St. John’s Church at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8
The Giving Tree is ready! Each mitten on the tree lists one gift. Every effort is made to keep the number of presents each child receives equal to that of their siblings so that one child is not receiving more than another. If you wish to purchase more than one gift, please take another mitten. In addition, our families are always in need of paper products, gift cards for food and gas, shampoo, soap, and cleaning supplies. Receiving these items can make everyday living a little easier for our families.
Please remember to return your gift, wrapped and with the mitten attached to the package, to the church by the weekend of December 15 & 16. (We are not able to accept items after then because the presents will be picked up at 12:00 noon on December 16.) Thank you in advance for your wonderful Christmas spirit. The families at St. Columba-Brigid are very grateful for your support. Any questions, please feel free to call me at 937-9293. --Pat Heslin, Giving Tree Coordinator
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
The theme of the end times and how to be ready for them has been the subject of our readings these last several weeks. We have reached the end of the liturgical year with the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Next week a new liturgical year begins with Advent.
The feast of the Solemnity of Christ the King is called an idea feast. Like the Ascension, Epiphany, and Palm Sunday, these feasts celebrate all those special events in Jesus’ life that helped him to be recognized as the Son of God, Savior and Redeemer. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast December 11, 1925. Breaking Open the Word by Mary Birmingham gives us this excellent explanation:
This feast was in response to the destructive evils of the time. He insisted that only the sovereignty of Christ’s Lordship and Kingship over the world was a force powerful enough to overcome such evil and destruction. The world was experiencing the emergence of fascism, and the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. The Church lost its political power and the immorality of the twenties was rampant. This feast was eventually moved to the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The focus addresses the theology of eschatology — last things, end times, eternal life and anticipation of Christ’s return. The liturgy of Christ the King upholds Christ’s universal reign and Lordship not just evident in today’s liturgy but celebrated in every Eucharistic liturgy. [We] exalt the Christ who is Lord of the Universe and who reigns as Lord and King of the world and who will one day return to take us all home to be with him forever in eternity. (© The Pastoral Center)
The first reading from the Old Testament (Daniel 7:13-14), Psalm (93:1-2, 5), and the second reading (Revelation 1:5-8) all point to the kingly aspects of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament readings are not written specifically about Jesus of course, but after his earthly life, his teaching, and the accomplishment of the Paschal Mystery (the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus), the earliest followers began to see the Jesus event as the culmination of the covenant that permeates the Old Testament.
The Gospel (John 18:33b-37) is from John’s account of the first Good Friday. This is the Gospel that is proclaimed every year on Good Friday. John’s Jesus is different that the other 3 Gospels (synoptic Gospels because they are “seen” from one lens). John’s Jesus has existed for all time, is aware of all that is going on (omniscient), and is in control of everything that happens. There is no agony in the garden where Jesus pleads to his father to not let this be his will. John’s Jesus embraces it. John’s Jesus did not need an army to defend him; his kingdom is based on love and compassion. This is our king who rules our hearts and lives. How do we live now so that this King will lead us into his Eternal Kingdom? This is not a rhetorical question; this is the most important question we need to answer!
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Mary Pat Bonnes, Director of Faith Formation
- Jonna Johnson, St. John's School Principal
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Business Manager
- Michelle Smith, Administrative Assistant
- Sue Wery, Bookkeeper
- Sr. Ellen McCarthy, SSJ, Evangelization
12/10/18 2:24 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/EPABy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The lives of 19 religious men and women martyred during the Algerian civil war are a testament to God's plan of love and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, Pope Francis said.
In a message read Dec. 8 at the beatification Mass for the six women religious and 13 clerics, Pope Francis said it was a time for Catholics in Algeria and around the world to celebrate the martyrs' commitment to peace, but it was also a time to remember the sacrifices made by all Algerians during the bloody war.Read More
12/10/18 2:14 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican MediaBy Cindy WoodenROME (CNS) -- Pope Francis made surprise visits Dec. 7 and 8 to people receiving medical care far from their homes, to a dozen intellectually challenged young people and to the staff of a major Rome newspaper.
The late-afternoon visits Dec. 7 to the CasAmica residence for families with a member needing long-term medical care far from home and to Il Ponte e l'Albero, a therapeutic rehabilitation home, were part of the pope's continuing "Mercy Friday" activities.Read More
12/08/18 3:23 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenROME (CNS) -- In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced.
The pope concluded his public celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, by making the traditional papal visit to a statue of Mary erected in Rome's historic center to honor Catholic teaching that Mary was conceived without sin.Read More
12/10/18 2:02 am
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12/07/18 12:21 am
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12/05/18 1:00 am
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11/16/18 4:20 pm
After vetoing similar legislation last year, Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that restores a standard for calculating state reimbursement of administrative mandates placed on Catholic and other religious and independent schools. The “instructional time” standard of 5 hours per day for K-6 and 5.5 hours per day for 7-12 had been used for nearly […]Read More
08/14/18 7:40 am
The catastrophic clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, and the continuing revelations about its depth, has been the cause of unimaginable suffering for the many victim-survivors and their loved ones. It has also deeply impacted the lay faithful. Nothing can ever undo the damage that has been done, but the Church has indeed […]Read More
07/24/18 9:52 am
By Kathleen M. Gallagher Like most people, I was glued to the news about the boys’ soccer team lost inside a cave in Thailand. I prayed every day, first, that they would be found, and once they were, that somehow they could be successfully rescued. I rejoiced when they emerged from that deep, dark, wet […]Read More