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   Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
   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

Office hours:
   
  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

Happy Anniversary! This Friday, June 15, Deacon Marc Leaderstorf and his classmates celebrate their fifth anniversary of Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate. God bless Deacon Marc, his wife Delphine, and all his family on this joyous occasion!

St. John's School Registration
           Has begun registration 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.

Lawn Fete Raffle Tickets
          This weekend, June 16 & 17, 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.

 Faith, Fellowship & Fun
         
 Fellowship Group for Individuals and couples in their 20s, 30s, and 40s alternating Thursdays from 6-8 pm at St. John's Rectory - May 10, 24, June 7, 21, July 5, 19.  Please join us this spring and summer for friendship and prayer, including spiritual readings and reflection, encouraging each other towards personal goals and lighthearted games! Come as you are able. Contact person: katieroseboissonneault@gmail.com  BYOB = Bring Your Own Bible!  We'll take turns providing or contributing to snacks and beverages.

Lawn Fete Theme Tray Auction
           We are once again requesting donations for the ever-popular theme tray event at our annual lawn fete (July 20, 21, & 22). Anyone able to donate a finished basket or a new item, please call Shirley (716-937-6191) or Kim (716-446-3381). Our goal is 100 baskets with at least a $25 value. No liquor please. New this year will be a silent auction of collectibles. Cleaning out or downsizing? We can use any of your treasured collectibles for this auction. Thanks again for your generous support of this parish activity.

 Mother’s Day Baby Shower!
           Our parish will be collecting items needed by the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center in the Diocese of Buffalo – baby clothes (new or gently used, newborn to 24 months), diapers, blankets, bottles, and other baby items – from Mother’s Day, May 13 until Father’s Day, June 17. Please place donations in the bassinette located in the church entranceway and contact Cheryle Ertel at 912-0315 or ertelbear@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your pro-life help and concern!

 ST. JOHN'S LAWN FETE - Save the Date
        Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22   Join family and friends for great food and good times. We are looking for volunteers now!
       We 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 see posted list in Church Bulletin Board or insert from the Bulletin for a list of items we are collecting.

St. John's Vacation Bible School 
         Monday, July 27- Friday, Aug 3   for Pre K-3 through 6th grade.
             See Youth tab/Vacation Bible School for more information.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
         The RCIA process is an ongoing four-step program within parish life. It is specifically designed for those who have never been baptized who wish to become a Catholic Christian. It also is for adults who have been baptized in another Christian faith tradition or who were baptized Catholic and did not receive faith instruction. Catholics believe that personal faith in Jesus Christ and in the Church is a gift from God offered to an individual who is searching for the truth about life and who is open to God’s initiative and loving invitation. Here at St. John’s Church, we will again offer the RCIA sessions beginning in September 2018. If you or someone you know is interested in this wonderful faith-filled program, please contact Sr. Ellen McCarthy at 716-937-6959. And remember, we can always use team members, too! All are welcome!

 

New Parish Leader at St. John's

St. John the Baptist Parish extends a warm welcome to our new Pastoral Administrator, Mrs. Deborah A. Brown, whose appointment here began on January 3. Mrs. Brown has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary, and she brings much experience in family life and various aspects of parish ministry. She comes to us from the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo, where she served as Pastoral Associate for the permanent community there. She has taught at Christ the King Seminary in the Certificate Program, served as the Director of Spiritual Life at St. John the Baptist Church in Lockport, and worked as the Associate Director of Religious Education at the Catholic Center for the Diocese of Buffalo. Debbie and her husband, Kevin, recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. They have four children and three grandchildren. Debbie hopes our parishioners will find her approachable and eager to immerse herself in our parish life. Please take a moment to introduce yourself when you see her!
      Our parish is also grateful to Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, the President-Rector of Christ the King Seminary, who has been appointed to the additional responsibility of Priest Moderator for St. John’s and Rev. James A. Walter, who will act as our Sacramental Minister.

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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator

      The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time begins our “growth and maturation process” (as the US Bishops’ website tells us this liturgical season is for). The first reading is from the very earliest part of the Old Testament, Genesis (3:9-15), which tells of the fall of Adam. It is a kick in the pants, really, meant to remind us that we are not perfect lest we have gotten all caught up in the Easter Season thinking everything is good. We are indeed created in God’s image, as we hear in the first chapter of Genesis. In addition, God finds humans to be not just good, as he proclaims the rest of his creation to be, but “very good.” So it is easy to be riding high thinking everything is perfectly fine as it is. But, the human part of us is imperfect, prone to selfishness and prideful-ness. It is easy to begin thinking that we really don’t need God at all. That is where sin creeps in.

       And nothing could be farther from the truth! We need to recognize our need for God, which leads us to recognize our sinfulness. This is the first step toward conversion. Once we own our sin, we need to repent of it. This, of course, leads to forgiveness and reconciliation (restoration) to a right relationship with God and all others. Ordinary Time helps us with the first part of this formula – recognizing our sin. You notice that the first thing Adam did when God found him hiding and called him out for eating the forbidden fruit, was to blame Eve. And Eve, falling into this same line of thinking, blamed the serpent. How different would things have been if Adam recognized his sin, accepted responsibility for it, repented, and asked God for forgiveness? And how different would our lives be right now if we did the same thing? The Responsorial Psalm today (Psalm 130: 1-8) provides a perfect reflection on the first reading: “With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.”

       The Gospel (Mark 3:20-25) is the story of Jesus returning with his disciples to his hometown. It did not go well. A crowd gathered and people wondered aloud what was wrong with Jesus. They rejected his message and even went so far as to suggest that he must be possessed by “Beelzebul” – a.k.a. the devil. On top of it, Mary and Jesus’ close family showed up and asked to see Jesus. “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Jesus says. Looking around, he told the people seated in the circle that they were his mother and his brothers. “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” This was not meant to be mean but to extend the closeness to Jesus that his biological family enjoyed to all the baptized. We are family, making us responsible to each other and for each other’s well-being. We are in this together and called to care for ourselves and others equally. This is truly a great motivation to seek conversion in all the areas of our life where we are operating less than we ought to be. And so, the process of conversion begins.

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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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