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.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday, December 7 - evening 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 8 - 8:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
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.
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.
"Let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --Pope Francis
Evangelization Team Meeting
The Evangelization Team will meet Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria.
National Night of Prayer
Living Rosary for Life and Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday, December 7 immediately following the 7:00 pm Holy Day Vigil Mass. Please join us!
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, December 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation as we observe the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm with Masses on Thursday at 8:30 am and 12:10 pm.
Ecumenical Choir Concert
The Alden Area Ecumenical Choir will perform "Sing Gloria!" at St. John's Church at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 10. A reception will follow in the school hall. A free will offering will be collected to benefit not-for-profit organizations in our community.
Holy Name News
The next Holy Name meeting is Sunday, December 11 after the 8 am Mass. All are invited to join us for the Rosary at 7:40 am prior to Mass. Men of the parish, come to our meeting afterwards and find out what the Holy Name is all about. Members, please remember to bring an unwrapped toy for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. This will ensure that the toys will be delivered to St. Luke's in time for distribution to the needy.
Advent: It’s Not Just a Countdown to Christmas!
Presented by Deacon Dave Rotterman on Monday, December 12 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. Don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle! Learn how to make each day and each moment of the Advent season “count”! It’s not a countdown; it’s a state of Being! All are welcome. Refreshments will follow the presentation. Free will offering accepted.
Bereavement / Remembrance Gathering
Monday, December 12 at 7 pm in the school faculty room. Please call Sr. Ellen at 716-937-6959 if you will be attending.
To donate a Christmas Poinsettia for the altar in memory of a loved one, please include $10 and the name of your loved one (printed or typed) in an envelope, which may be dropped in the collection basket or delivered to the rectory by Tuesday, December 13. (For office recording purposes, please also include your name and, if known, your parish identification/envelope number.) The names will be listed in the December 25 bulletin.
The Giving Tree will be going up this week for the first weekend of Advent. I want to respectfully remind you of the guidelines that we set out last year.
The mittens for the Giving Tree are created based on the needs of each child, with each mitten listing one gift. Every effort is made to keep the number of gifts each child receives equal to that of their siblings so that one child is not receiving more than another. If you wish to purchase more than one gift, please take another mitten. In addition, it is important to note that our families are always in need of paper products, gift cards for food and gas, shampoo, soap, and cleaning supplies. While these may not seem like exciting things to give, receiving these items can make everyday living a little easier for our families.
Fr. Roy is so appreciative of your generous spirit, and the families are very grateful for your support also. Please remember to return your gift, wrapped with the mitten attached to the package, by the weekend of December 17 & 18. Thank you in advance for your wonderful Christmas spirit. Any questions, please feel free to call me at 937-9293. --Pat Heslin, Giving Tree Coordinator
Volunteers Needed for Decorating the Church
Please save the date for Monday, December 19 starting at 6:00 pm. Your help would be very much appreciated!
From the Pastor's Desk...
It was nice to see many of our volunteers at the Appreciation Evening on Saturday, November 19; hopefully all enjoyed this special event in which we shared food and friendship and recognized Mrs. Mary E. Nuwer with the “Forever and Ever” Award for twenty-five years of dedicated service to the parish and school. This is the second year we have given this award; Deacon Richard J. Mahaney was the recipient in 2015. Mrs. Nuwer volunteered extensively in our school when her children attended. She has been very active in the St. John’s Alumni Association, and she initiated the Soup Suppers, which she continues to organize and run. Additionally, Mary and her husband Eugene have been the chairpersons of our annual parish lawn fete for more than fifteen years! Congratulations to Mary, who has always been willing to help whenever there was a need, and to her family on this well-deserved recognition. My heartfelt gratitude to all volunteers and staff members who assist the parish and school in any way.
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This Sunday marks the beginning of a new liturgical year (the “A” cycle of Sunday readings) and the start of our Advent journey in which we prepare to joyfully celebrate the First Coming of Jesus at Christmas and look forward to His Second Coming at the end of time. With this in mind, I call your attention to the special insert in today’s bulletin entitled, “The Gift of Advent: Daily Reflections for Waiting.” Please take a moment each day to read the very brief, and inspiring, reflections. It is a wonderful way to stay on track spiritually during this very busy time of the year. Indeed, have a blessed Advent!
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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.
News from the Vatican
12/10/16 8:37 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Saturday with seminarians of the Pontifical Pius XI seminary of the Puglia region, along with a group of local bishops.
Listen to Ann Schneible‘s report of the Holy Father's prepared remarks:Read More
12/10/16 7:14 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has told a Catholic association of farmers not to sacrifice the rhythms of agricultural life for monetary gains.
His address to the International Catholic Rural Association (ICRA) came on Saturday in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall.Read More
12/09/16 9:58 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, focusing his remarks following the readings of the day on the need for priests to serve as authentic mediators of God’s love, rather than as intermediaries – “go-betweens” or “middle-men” – concerned only with advancing their own interests.
No to “go-between” priests, yest to priests who are mediators of God’s loveRead More