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.
"The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone. This is exactly what the parable of the multiplication of the loaves and fish teaches us: that we are truly willing, then what we have never ends. On the contrary, it abounds and does not get wasted"
--Pope Francis, Appeal against world hunger, Vatican City, December 9, 2013
Music Ministry News
Choir rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the church, and the Contemporary Choir will practice afterwards from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Choir leads the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass; the Contemporary Choir leads the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass. We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested, please join us for a rehearsal to check us out or contact Dan Stachelski (603-2447) for more information.
The theme of last week’s “Discovering Christ” session was, “Why do we need a Savior?” In short, we cannot fix the problem of sin on our own. We needed Jesus’s sacrifice of love, and we must respond with repentance. Pray with us: “Jesus, please be the center of my life. I welcome you personally as Lord and Savior of my life.”
Parish Council News
Selection of two representatives to our Parish Council will take place in November. Any parishioner may have his/her name submitted to the nominating committee for consideration and review. The committee will present at least five candidates, from whom two will be chosen at a Mass in November. Candidates must be Catholic, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, be in good standing, and be affiliated with St. John the Baptist Church. To submit your name or the name of a willing parishioner, call Roger Martin at 759-1793 no later than October 15. Thank you.
St. John’s Cemetery News
A reminder that all decorations and potted plants must be removed from gravesites at St. John’s by October 15 as stated in our cemetery regulations. After that date, items will be discarded by cemetery personnel in preparation for winter. (American flags, though, may be placed for Veterans Day if removed within 48 hours.) The annual fall cemetery clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 a.m. with a rain date of Saturday, November 11.
40 Days for Life
From September 27 through November 5, Christians throughout Buffalo are invited to take part in the 40 Days for Life spiritual campaign to end abortion and to bring healing to those touched by abortion. Please continue to pray, especially for our nation. Visit www.40daysforlife.com/buffalo for more information. A group from St. John’s will be participating. If interested, please call Margaret at 652-0805.
Eucharistic Holy Hour
Join our parish for a Eucharistic Holy Hour on Tuesday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 24 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the church to continue to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit over all involved in the selection of the next pastor of St. John’s.
Annual Night of Remembrance
This special Mass will be celebrated at St. John’s Church on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. To remember a deceased loved one during this liturgy, a rose can be purchased for $3. The rose – with a card bearing the name of the person to be remembered – will be placed on a wreath during the Mass. Forms for submitting a loved one’s name are available at the entrance of the church and are due by October 20. For more information, contact Sr. Ellen at 716-937-6959.
Cemetery Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school faculty room.
Save the Date
Our Volunteer Appreciation Evening will be Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. John’s School gym. This is a time to show our appreciation to all our volunteers for their services to make the parish a place of ministerial excellence!
From the Pastor's Desk...
From Our Temporary Administrator...
I have always enjoyed coming to St. John’s Parish and celebrating Mass with all of you. I have found everyone welcoming and friendly. Because of that, it was not difficult to say yes when the Bishop asked me to be Temporary Administrator until they are able to find a permanent pastor. We all hope that this will not take long and we will all be able to get back to normal.
The purpose of a Temporary Administrator is to keep everything going until the new pastor comes. I am not here to make any changes but to do the duties of the pastor and serve the parish as best as I can.
St. John’s is a great community and because of the great work Fr. Jim Ciupek has done over these past 12 years, I would think that anyone would be happy to come and pick up where Fr. Jim has left off. I know that this is the hope of all of us and hopefully we will all get to know a new pastor very soon.
--Fr. Jim Walter
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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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