Mass Times

   Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
   Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
   Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.

First Friday
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

   Saturdays - 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
       We can arrange a special time and place if needed; simply call the rectory to make arrangements.

Office hours:
     Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     (716) 937-6959


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.

"Let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --Pope Francis

June Events

Happy Anniversary!
This Wednesday, June 15, Deacon Marc Leaderstorf and his classmates celebrate their third anniversary of Ordination to the Permanent Deaconate.  God bless Deacon Marc, his wife Delphine, and all his family on this joyous occasion! 
      Congratulations are also in order for Fr. Jim as he celebrates his 11th year as our pastor and spiritual leader here at St. John's.  We sincerely appreciate your love, dedication, and ministry here at our Parish.  Thank you and may God bless you always. 

Lawn Fete Theme Tray Auction:
We are once again requesting donations for St. John's ever-popular theme tray event.  Anyone able to donate a finished basket, new items, or cash, please call Shirley (716-937-6191) or Kim (585-547-4011).  Our goal is 100 baskets with at least a $25 value.  Thanks for your loyal and generous support of this parish activity. 

Attention Young Adults Ages 18-35
     Frassati WNY meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry center (159 Laverack Ave) in Lancaster in the St. Joseph's Ministry Room.  New members are always welcome!  The WNY chapter has a Facebook group and a newsletter; to subscribe, email

Upon This Rock
   Bishop Malone has established an initiative called Upon This Rock to address the needs of the Diocese of Buffalo and those of every parish.  Please know that Fr. Jim and volunteers from the parish have been reaching out to members of St. John's to discuss this important initiative.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the future of the Church in Buffalo and about our parish. To date we have raised $855,890.00 or 106% of our goal.  For more information about "Upon This Rock," you can visit or call Fr. Jim directly at 716-937-6959. 

Mother's Day Baby Shower!
Our local pregnancy centers are in need of baby clothes (new or gently used, newborn to 24 months), diapers, blankets and baby items.  Please place in the bassinet, located in the church entranceway, which will be up from Mother's Day, May 8 until Father's Day, June 19.  Thank you for your pro-life help and concern.

Religious Education News
     Registrations for the 2016-2017 school year are being accepted!  Current families, please return your forms as soon as possible.  If you have a child entering Pre-K or another grade without prior Religious Education and would like them to attend Religious Education classes, please contact the Religious Ed office at 716-937-3448.

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Vacation Bible School

VBSCave Quest VBS

Your children are invited to join St. John's Vacation Bible School July 25 - 29th, where kids will experience following JESUS - THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.  At Cave Quest, kids will join Explorer Crews to "trek" through Bible stories of Jesus and experience great VBS songs, dancing, games, KidVid Cinema, Imagination Station, snacks, and more!

Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us as we begin each day at 9:00 am with Song and Praise at Base Camp and again for the Summit Celebration daily at 11:45 am - a celebration of Jesus' love you won't want to miss.  Release time is noon.

Where: St. John's Parish Center, 2028 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004 (Please use Westwood Entrance)
When:  July 25-29, 2016 from 9am to Noon
Who:  Children entering Pre-K3 through 6th grade in Fall of 2016
Cost: Register by July 15, $10 per child.   $15 per child registrations received July 16 and after.  Checks made payable to: St. John's Church.

Register Now!

St. John's Golf Tournament

Proceeds to benefit

St. John the Baptist Parish

Where: Kis-N-Greens Golf Course
                   13822 North Rd, Alden, NY

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016

Time: Shotgun start at 1:00 pm

Format: Scramble

Only $75 per golfer (includes 18 holes of golf, cart and BBQ chicken dinner)

Get your foursome signed up early to reserve your spot!
Mark Krysczak 716-685-9976 or 716-946-0404 (cell)
or Rocky Kotas 716-937-7588

Sponsored by: St. John's Holy Name Society


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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!


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 or phone (716) 937-9577.

Buffalo Diocese News

Pope Francis on the Joy of Love: A brief appetizer for the Apostolic Exhortation

Pope Francis' eagerly awaited apostolic exhortation, fruit of the two Vatican synods on marriage and family, has arrived. It is titled "Amoris Laetitia," or the "Joy of Love." The title, as is the custom with major papal documents, is taken from the text's first line: "The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church." (This sentence is reminiscent of the first line of Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World ("Gaudium et Spes") which reads "The joys and the hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the people of this age ... these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ."While the Holy Father does not avoid the difficulties and challenges experienced in family life - in fact he address them candidly and straight on - "The Joy of Love" is from beginning to end a celebration of the gift of marriage and family to the Church and, indeed, to the world.

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The gift of confession (Have you been lately?)

My confirmation homily this year begins with a question addressed to the confirmands: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?  In more direct terms, what is different about my life because I am a Christian, a Catholic?  Can those who know me tell the difference Jesus makes in my life?  Can I?

Lent is the graced season to take an honest look at the authenticity and quality of our discipleship.  How intentional are we in our following of Christ?  How faithful is our living of the Gospel?  How grateful are we for the gift of faith?  How eager am I to share the joy of the Gospel with others?  And ... can I admit that, yes, I am a sinner?

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New Year musings

• The motto for this Jubilee Year of Mercy is, “Merciful like the Father.” What will we allow this to mean in our lives? With God? With one another?


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News from the Vatican

Pope returns to Vatican after Apostolic Voyage to Armenia

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis flew back to Italy Sunday evening after his Apostolic Voyage to Armenia. It was the fourteenth international journey of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

The Pope’s plane landed at Rome’s Ciampino Airport a little after 8:30 Sunday evening, after just under four hours of flight time.

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Papal press conference touches a host of issues

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke on the Armenian genocide, the relation of the Church to homosexuals, and Britain’s vote last week to leave the European Union, as well as a host of other topics in a wide-ranging press conference on his flight back to Rome following his Apostolic Voyage to Armenia.

Sunday’s in-flight press conference began with questions about the Apostolic Voyage to Armenia that Pope Francis had just concluded. Asked about his message for Armenia for the future, the Holy Father spoke about his hopes and prayers for justice and peace, and his encouragement that leaders are working to that end. In particular, he talked of the work of reconciliation with Turkey and with Azerbaijan. The Pope will be travelling to Azerbaijani later this year.

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Francis at the monastery of ‘Khor Virap’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis ended his three day Apostolic journey to Armenia, his 14th abroad with a visit to ‘Khor Virap’ monastery at the foot of  Mount Ararat. A significant site linked to the conversion of  this nation to Christianity.

Veronica Scarisbrick reports:

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Busted Halo

How God Signed Me Up for Church Choir

My freshmen year of college, I was struggling to find a sense of community. I applied for everything from community service clubs to the retreat…

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5 Steps for Praying When You’re Overwhelmed

Have you ever been jolted or shaken by a natural disaster, crisis, or current event? Whether it’s a storm driven by the weather or other…

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Should I invite my atheist brother to my wedding reception?

Question: My atheist brother refuses to come to my church wedding. I don’t want to create a scene, but should I invite him to the…

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