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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

Liturgy Committee Meeting
       
Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in the Rectory.

Parish Council
       The first Parish Council meeting of the 2018-2019 year will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm in the school faculty room. All are welcome to attend the meetings.

Cemetery News
        Please be advised of several price changes for St. John’s Cemetery that are effective as of September 1, 2018. The cost to purchase a plot will be $600 for parishioners and $700 for non-parishioners for all sections of the cemetery except the dedicated cremains section (the Marian Circle Section) where the cost will be $350 and $400 respectively. The fee for opening a grave is also increasing to $550 for a full vault and $300 for a cremation (regardless of parishioner status). Copies of the cemetery regulations are available at the rectory and at the main entrance of the church, or contact the rectory office with any questions.

 Respect Life News
        The “40 Days for Life” will run from September 26 to November 4. The mission of the campaign is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.” Buffalo will again join hundreds of other cities participating in this lifesaving campaign. The local vigil site is 2500 Main Street, Buffalo, every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Contact Delphine Verdi at 868-2049 or dollyverdi@gmail.com for more information. To sign up, visit www.40daysforlife.com/buffalo. St. John’s will participate as much as possible in this extremely important prayer initiative; contact Parish Respect Life Coordinator Pam Turton at 785-7195. Also, all are welcome to join in Buffalo’s kick-off rally on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace in Community Church, 11269 Broadway, Alden.

Protecting God’s Children Workshop
         Parish and Catholic School employees and volunteers who are over the age of eighteen and who work with children and young people in the Diocese of Buffalo are required to attend a sexual abuse awareness session. This workshop will be hosted by St. John’s Parish in our school building on Tuesday, September 25 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Register online at www.virtus.org.

 Save the Date
        The Life Chain will take place on Respect Life Sunday, October 7 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Stand up for life! Please watch the bulletin for more information.

Faith Formation News

The Faith Formation program has finally begun this weekend. If you still have not registered your children, please call me this week. We welcome all children. This weekend, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday. On this day, we ask God’s special blessing on all the wonderful parishioners who share their faith and their lives with our children.

The Faith Formation handbook for 2018-2019 is available on our parish website. We are also updating our Faith Formation Facebook page so that all can share their thoughts and ideas.

I gladly welcome your suggestions if you know of any way we can share the “good news” of our program with the entire community. Email any suggestions to faith.formation@stjohnsalden.org.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will be in our hearts as we share Jesus’ message of love with our children.

Mary Pat Bonnes

Director of Faith Formation

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 Anticipated Classroom Assignments:

Pre-K & K – Room 22

Grade 1 – Room 12

Grade 2 – Room 11

Grade 3 – Room 24

Grade 4 – Room 23

Grade 5 – Room 32

 

 

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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator

     The readings this week are a reminder that disciples (then and today) do not want to hear: discipleship means suffering. Peter did not want to hear it. Jesus’ response to this way of thinking in the Gospel today was to tell Peter, “You are thinking not as God does, but as humans do.” So, we will look at the readings today to make sure we look at things as God does!

       The first reading (Isaiah 50:5-9) is from the portion of Isaiah called the Servant Songs. There are four of these poems about a servant of God who is horribly mistreated. The Hebrews understood this suffering servant as referring to the nation of Israel and all it had and would endure in the service of the Lord God. It was not connected at all by the Jews to the idea of a Messiah. The image of the Messiah that was found in the other books of the Old Testament (such as Samuel, Psalms, Lamentations, etc.) was one of a king who would destroy his enemies and ascend to the throne in power and glory, restoring Israel to its former glory. This passage is the same one that is read on Palm Sunday, and it is easy to see why it would point so powerfully to the Passion of Christ to be proclaimed in the Gospel. It points today, though, to the prediction of the suffering and death of Jesus by Jesus himself.

       The Gospel (Mark 8:27-35) passage begins with Jesus asking the disciples what people were saying about him. “Who do people say I am?” Jesus asks. Then Jesus asks them who they think he is. Peter says, “You are the Christ.” So far so good. Then Jesus begins the prediction of his own Passion, and Peter will have none of it. Jesus rebukes him and tells him to get out of the way (get behind me). What happened here is that Jesus connected the dots. The idea of the suffering servant and the messiah as one in the same had ever occurred to anyone before. Who could possibly imagine suffering and death as success? Only someone thinking like God!

       The passage ends with one of the more well-known statements of Christ: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” For Peter and the other disciples, this was the beginning of their own path to true discipleship which was forged and formed by the Paschal Mystery. It is also the beginning of our own path of discipleship. When we realize that everything we have on our plate – our limitations, our responsibilities, our frailties, our failures – comes with us as we follow Christ. That means it is not going to get easier just because we have faith. But in the end, it will be incredible because this is the path to salvation. Good things come out of hard work and total commitment. Conversely, short cuts, lower standards, and minimal effort will bring diminished results. The human in us wants it to be easy, but the divine part knows it is worth the struggle.

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