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.
"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
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!
The spring cemetery clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 am with a rain date of Saturday, May 6. Please remember that winter decorations should already be removed for grounds-keeping purposes. Items that remain at the time of clean-up may be taken away at the discretion of the Cemetery Committee. Decorations and flowers for spring may again be placed in the cemetery on or after May 15. Copies of the cemetery regulations are available at the main entrance of the church and at the rectory.
Fr. Jim’s Anniversary of Ordination
A special celebration in honor of Fr. Jim Ciupek’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood in the Diocese of Buffalo will take place at St. John’s on Sunday, May 7 beginning with the 11:00 a.m. Mass in church and followed by a reception in the school hall. Fr. Jim has served as pastor of St. John’s for the past twelve years. All are invited to join him for this special occasion. (No cards or gifts please. Just prayers!)
Parish May Crowning
Our Parish May Crowning will take place on Monday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. At this prayer service, the children who will be celebrating First Holy Communion will be receiving their rosaries and scapulars. They will also lead us in the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. This is a beautiful tradition within our church to honor Mary, our Mother. All are invited to join us in prayer on that evening.
St. John the Baptist School will be holding a Rosina’s Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, May 4 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. All meals include spaghetti, 2 meatballs, sauce, Romano cheese, a Costanzo’s roll and butter, salad, a hot or cold beverage, and homemade dessert. The price is $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5. Tickets will be sold at the door. Take-out available. Any questions, please call Mary at 937-7888. All proceeds will benefit St. John’s Grant Writing Committee.
St. John’s 200 Club News
The 20th annual 200 Club for Life Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Ripa’s Restaurant in Lancaster. Each member’s non-transferable ticket includes all drawings and dinner; a guest dinner is $25. Reservations are due by April 26. Collectors are in the process of calling ticket holders about dinner options. Current members have first choice to renew their $60 ticket for the next season. Weekly drawings begin May 13. There are a few tickets available for the “new” year. Please contact the rectory or any collector volunteer if you are interested. Our parish 200 Club supports pro-life and youth activities. Continuing projects include Baptism gift bags, the Pro-Life Media Contest, Sacramentals for youth, Feet to the Street, the March for Life, Prayer in the Park, and more. Your help and continued participation is greatly appreciated. St. John’s works, prays, and stands for Life!
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!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
St. John’s School Hall
2028 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY
Doors open at 6:30pm
Parish sweepstakes drawing in the evening
Price of admission - $10 at the door
Pop, pretzels, and chips provided / Cash bar
Table reservations: Kotas & Kotas at (716) 937-7588
Featuring the band “YESTERDAY”
Sponsored by: St. John’s Holy Name Society
From the Pastor's Desk...
Certainly, the Resurrection of Christ is a pre-eminent event in Salvation History and an essential tenet of our Christian Faith. We celebrate Easter with great joy as we sing “Alleluia” and rejoice that our Savior has indeed triumphed over sin and risen from the dead. In the midst of the struggles and tribulations of this life, the Risen Christ gives us unwavering hope in a better life still to come for those who follow in the ways of Jesus.
Congratulations and welcome to those who received Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 15. Heather Marie Werner was Baptized and received First Communion and Confirmation; Shane Christopher Huston and John Wesley Taylor made their Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church and received First Communion and Confirmation; and Catherine Lynn McAuley received Confirmation. A sincere “Thank You” to Sister Ellen McCarthy and the members of the RCIA team (as listed in last week’s bulletin) for all their efforts over the past several months to instruct and prepare our candidates for these Sacraments.
I offer a heartfelt word of gratitude as well to those who worked so hard to set up, clean, and decorate the church for Easter, and to all who took part in, and attended, our Sacred Triduum and Easter Liturgies. Your faith-filled commitment to our parish is an inspiration to me. As always, “it is nice to be with you!”
On behalf of Deacon Marc Leaderstorf, Deacon Cole Webster, Sister Ellen McCarthy, our School Principal Ms. Marilynn Camp, and the entire Parish, School, Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, and Rectory Staff, I wish you and your family God’s blessings during this joyful season. Happy Easter to one and all!
P.S. – You will notice in the pews this weekend a card on which to print your name and email address if you wish to receive occasional email correspondence from the parish. Completed cards may be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory office.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (716) 937-9577.
News from the Vatican
04/28/17 2:08 pm
(Vatican Radio) Full text of Pope Francis address to Government Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps.
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04/28/17 2:02 pm
(Vatican Radio) In his address to leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, Pope Francis focused on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East.
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04/28/17 1:13 pm
(Vatican Radio) Religious leaders must denounce violations of human rights and expose attempts to justify violence and hatred in the name of God. That was Pope Francis’ message on Friday at the International Peace Conference taking place at the Al-Azhar conference centre in Cairo. The Pope’s words came at the start of his two day trip to Egypt, following a courtesy visit to President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi.
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