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.
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and by request
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.
"Once we have received the refreshment and comfort of Christ, we are called in turn to become refreshment and comfort for our brothers and sisters, carried out with a meek and humble attitude, in imitation of the Master."
--Pope Francis, Angelus, St. Peter's Square, July 6, 2014
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!
Lawn Fete Meeting
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the school faculty room.
Lawn Fete Raffle Tickets
Next weekend, July 1 & 2, lawn fete raffle tickets and cow plop squares will be sold outside of the church after all of the Masses. Raffle tickets may also be turned in then.
Lawn Fete Theme Tray Auction
The lawn fete is only three weeks away (July 14, 15, & 16), and we are in need of theme tray baskets valued at $25 or more. We look forward to hearing from our friends who have donated in the past, and we would greatly appreciate the assistance of any other families who are able to contribute items such as monetary donations, gift cards, lottery tickets, new merchandise, or large wicker baskets. (No liquor please.) Thank you for your continued support. --Shirley (716-937-6191) and Kim (716-446-3381)
Our Chicken and Rib BBQ at the lawn fete will again need 100 pies for dessert! Anyone who would be willing to bake to help us reach this goal, please call Helen at 716-937-7734. (Please note, we are unable to serve cream pies due to Health Department regulations.) If you are unable to bake, envelopes for monetary donations can be found at each entrance of the church and will be gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance for your help.
Help Stock Our Lawn Fete Grocery Booth
The annual Parish Lawn Fete will be featuring a grocery booth again this year. In order to make this booth a success, we are asking parishioners to donate non-perishable grocery items. A box marked "Lawn Fete Grocery Booth" will be available in the back of the church to receive these donated items. Please reference the list in the bulletin as to the items that are being collected on a weekly basis. Thank you for your generosity and support!!!!
Vacation Bible School
We welcome Pre-K 3 through Grade 6 to DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTH IN GOD at our HERO CENTRAL Vacation Bible School. We will be singing, dancing, hearing Bible stories, enjoying snacks, playing games, and making new friends. Save the dates: July 24-28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Lots of St. John’s parishioners are getting excited about sharing God’s Word with your family. Registration forms are available in the back of St. John’s Church. You can also call 716-937-3448, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at stjohnalden.com (through the VBS link under Youth Ministry).
St. John's Golf Tournament
The St. John's Holy Name Society will be holding it's annual Golf Tournament at Kis-N-Green Golf Course, 13822 North Rd on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The registration fee of $75 includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and BBQ chicken dinner. There will also be a skills competition, drawings, and prizes. Contact Mark Krysczak at 716-685-9976 or 716-946-0404 or Rocky Kotas at 716-937-7588 for more information.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA is a process for bringing new Catholics into the Church. This process is for those adults who want to know more about the Catholic Church; who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and are considering becoming Catholic; who have never been baptized; or who have been baptized in the Catholic Church but have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. If interested in attending the program, or for information, please contact Fr. Jim Ciupek or Sr. Ellen McCarthy at 716-937-6959. The RCIA program will begin at St. John’s in September 2017.
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!
A wonderful adult faith experience will be coming to St. John’s this fall. It will be a time to come and be refreshed and renewed in one’s love of Christ. We will be inviting you to join us for a seven-session series, “Discovering Christ,” where we will gather to share a delicious dinner, listen to a dynamic teaching, and explore answers to some of the most important questions worth asking about God. “Discovering Christ” will take place in the St. John’s School cafeteria on Wednesday evenings beginning September 20.
St. John's 2017 Lawn Fete
July 14th, 15th and 16th
Three fun filled days on the grounds of the parish!
Featured for this year are:
Cow Plop Squares
Roast Beef Dinner
Polish Platter Meal
Sunday Chicken or Rib BBQ
Volunteers are still needed! Please call Mary or Eugene Nuwer for more information 937-7888.
From the Pastor's Desk...
On Tuesday, June 20, the Graduation Mass and Ceremony was held for those leaving St. John’s and moving on to high school. My heartfelt congratulations to our eleven graduates! During their time here, I have had the chance to become acquainted with the members of this class; they are an outstanding group of talented, well-mannered young men and women who are destined to make a positive difference in their future endeavors. At least five of our graduates will be attending St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster. All of our graduates will be dearly missed, but they are well prepared to move on to the next step in their formal education. May God bless them and their families.
As this school year comes to a close, it is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to our longtime principal, Ms. Marilynn Camp. Last summer, Ms. Camp announced that she would be retiring at the end of the 2016/2017 academic year. I personally thank Marilynn for her fifteen years of dedicated leadership in St. John’s School. During her tenure, our enrollment has grown from less than one hundred students at one point several years ago to the healthier number we have today. At the same time, much has been done to advance the curriculum, implement emerging technologies, market our school to surrounding communities, upgrade the facilities, and improve financial stability. Ms. Camp’s hard work and unwavering commitment to St. John’s School over the years has been exemplary! Please join me in wishing Marilynn God’s blessings, with good health and much happiness in her retirement!
P.S. – Just a reminder that Rev. Cole T. Webster is celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. John’s this Sunday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. A parish reception will follow in the school hall. All are welcome! Even if you are not able to attend that Mass, please stop in at the reception to congratulate Father Cole on this joyful occasion.
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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.
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IMAGE: CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPABy Julie AsherWASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure "protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to fix problems with the ACA in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. "Both the American Health Care Act legislation from the U.S. House of Representatives and the Better Care Reconciliation Act from the Senate were seriously flawed, and would have harmed those most in need in unacceptable ways," Bishop Dewane said.The House passed its bill to repeal and replace the ACA health care law May 4 with a close vote of 217 to 213. The Senate's version collapsed July 17 after four Republican senators said they couldn't support it, leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, short of the 50 votes needed to bring the bill to the floor for a debate."In the face of difficulties passing these proposals, the appropriate response is not to create greater uncertainty, especially for those who can bear it least, by repealing the ACA without a replacement," he said.Bishop Dewane made the comments in a June 20 letter to U.S. senators released July 21.President Donald Trump had lunch with the GOP senators at the White House July 19 in an effort to get them to commit to moving forward a repeal and replace measure. A new Senate draft of a bill was released July 20, and McConnell is expected to hold a vote to begin debate July 25.Bishop Dewane referred back to a Jan. 18 letter in which the U.S. bishops "encouraged Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to protect vulnerable Americans and preserve important gains in health care coverage and access." That letter reiterated principles he said the bishops laid out when the ACA was being debated in early 2010. "All people need and should have access to comprehensive, quality health care that they can afford, and it should not depend on their stage of life, where or whether they or their parents work, how much they earn, where they live, or where they were born," the bishops said at the time. "The bishops' conference believes health care should be truly universal and it should be genuinely affordable.""Before any legislation had been proposed, the bishops were clear" in their Jan. 18 letter to lawmakers, Bishop Dewane said, "that a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their well-being."To end coverage for those who struggle every day without an adequate alternative in place would be devastating," he said. "Nothing has changed this analysis." At the same time, "reform is still needed to address the ACA's moral deficiencies and challenges with long-term sustainability," Bishop Dewane said."Problems with the ACA can be fixed with more narrow reforms, and in a bipartisan way," he said, "Congress can extend full Hyde Amendment protections to the ACA, enact laws that protect the conscience rights of all stakeholders in health care, protect religious freedom, and pass legislation that begins to remove current and impending barriers to access and affordability, particularly for those most in need."In an analysis issued late July 20, the Congressional Budget office said the new version would still increase the current number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026. In 2016, 28 million people were uninsured last year; in 2010, just over 48 million were uninsured in 2010, the year the ACA was signed into law by President Barack Obama.It would reduce average premiums in the ACA exchanges by 25 percent in 2026, end the individual and employer mandates, and rescind the Medicaid expansion under the current law. Taxes on investment income and payroll taxes affecting higher-income Americans would remain.- - -Copyright © 2017 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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