Mass Times

   Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
   Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
   Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am

Christmas Liturgical Schedule 2017
    Fourth Sunday of Advent
                 - Saturday, Dec 23 at 4:00 pm
                 - Sunday, Dec 24 at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am
                 - Sunday, Dec 24 at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 10:00 pm
                 - Monday, Dec 25 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am
     Sunday after Christmas
            The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
                  - Saturday, Dec 30 at 4:00 pm
                  - Sunday, Dec 31 at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am
     Solemnity of Mary (not a day of obligation this year)
                  - Sunday, Dec 31 at 4:00 pm
                  - Monday, Jan 1 at 9:30 am

First Friday
   Eucharistic Adoration - 9 am to 7 pm

   Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request

Office hours:
     Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
     (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.

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"The grace revealed in our world is Jesus, who was born of the Virgin Mary, is true man and true God.  He has entered our history; he has shared our journey.  He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light."

                            --Pope Francis, Homily, Midnight Mass, St. Peter's Basilica,, December 24, 2013

Upcoming Events

Altar Servers
      The sign-up sheets for holiday Masses are posted in the priest’s sacristy. 

A Christmas Gift for You!
       Each family attending Mass at St. John’s on Christmas will be given a copy of the book Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (And Still Does) by Scott Hahn. This gift is made possible through the generosity of several donors. The book offers a very readable and insightful look at the people and places, narratives and scenes of the Nativity; may it enhance our experience of this holy season!

 Volunteers Needed for Decorating the Church
        We will set up the manger, Christmas trees, and lights inside the church on Tuesday, December 19 starting at 6:00 p.m. Please consider spending a couple of hours with us; your help will be very much appreciated. For more information, contact Carl at 937-7433. Thank you.

Rectory Holiday Schedule
       Please note, the rectory office will be closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25.

Christmas Wafers (Oplatki) are available in the priest’s sacristy after all Masses and at the rectory. The suggested donation is $1.00 each.

On Christmas Eve, our annual Children’s Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. Children ages 5-12 are invited to participate in a special presentation that night. Those interested should contact Tracy Martin at 937-9312 to sign up. Practices will be held at church on Thursday, December 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Save the Date!
      The St. John’s Youth Group is sponsoring their annual Polish Night – a celebration of Faith, Heritage, and Polkas – on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The evening will begin in church with a Polka Mass with music by Special Delivery at 4:00 p.m. Then, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the school hall, Polish food will be available for purchase. The Polish Heritage Dancers will perform at 5:45 p.m., and there will be music by Special Delivery from 6:30-10:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 
       We are also looking for volunteers, especially the youth who will be attending the diocesan youth convention in March. We are also in need of baskets for our theme basket raffle. Gift cards make a great prize if you have a business and would like to donate. Please contact Michelle at 716-983-5084 or Thank you.

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display
        Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries. These international crèches will be shown at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory & Eagle Streets (one block south of Clinton Street). The building is handicap accessible. The hours are from 1:00-4:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from now until January 6 & 7 (except for December 23 & 24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. If anyone would like to view the display during the week with a large group (e.g., senior groups, church organizations, etc.), please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076. This is the last year the crèches will be displayed at SS. Columba-Brigid.

A new fellowship opportunity is beginning at St. John's for adults in their 40s, 30s, and 20s.  The group will be meeting to read the Gospel of Mark together in the school building (room to be announced) from 7-9 pm on Thursday evenings: November 16, November 30, December 14 and December 21.  If you are interested in a chance for prayer, study and friendship, please join us! BYOB - Bring Your Own Bible!  (We will also be referencing the Catechism of the Catholic Church if you are able to bring a copy.)  If you have any questions, please contact Katie Rose at 860-394-6008.

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. 

Volunteer Opportunity at St. John’s School
      The Foster Grandparent Program at Catholic Charities matches older adults, ages 55 and up, to volunteer opportunities at educational sites. The Foster Grandparent Volunteers are people who care about children who use their time in retirement to give back to the community. Volunteers usually serve the school community between 15 and 40 hours a week and are there to help children reach their potential in social, academic, and developmental skills. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at St. John’s School, you may contact Erin Pustulka, the Coordinator of the Foster Grandparent Program, at 716-896-6388 ext. 216

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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!


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.

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