Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays - 8:30 a.m.
Vigil Mass - 7:00 p.m.
Holy Day - 8:30 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday - 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.
Please join us for Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 am. We invite you to bring canned goods to be brought up at the Offertory of the Mass. The food will be given to the poor in the Alden / Marilla area for the Christmas holidays. There will also be a basket at each entrance of the church for monetary donations, which will also be given to the needy. Your Generosity is appreciated. Thank you!
All parish offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
The Eighth Grade Poinsettia Sale runs through Thursday, November 24. Order forms can be found at the doors of the church. Poinsettia orders can be placed in the collection basket or sent to the rectory or school office. Poinsettia pick-up will be Friday, December 4. Our eighth grade class thanks you for your support!
Holiday Spectacular Babysitting Event
The 11th grade Confirmation class is hosting a Holiday Spectacular! They are offering to watch your children for free, ages 6 months to 12 years, so you can have a date night or catch up on your holiday shopping.
Saturday, December 5 in the St. John's School Gym
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please see the Religious Education Page for more information and to sign up!
March For Life Pilgrimage 2016
Please consider joining the pilgrims from our parish from our parish in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Go to www.buffalodiocese.org/prolife and click on "March for Life 2016" under "Events/Others" to register for the bus and to make your hotel reservation. The deadline for signing up is December 20, 2015. After you register, please call Margaret Tremblay at 652-0805 to let her know you are going.
To donate a Christmas Poinsettia for the altar in memory of a loved one, please include $10 and the name of your loved one in an envelope, which may be dropped in the collection basket or delivered to the rectory by Tuesday, December 8. (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 20 bulletin.
Parish Council News
Congratulations to David Sentz and Lindsay Vanvolkinburg who have been selected to serve as members of our Parish Council. A Special thank you to our other nominees: Jamie Fox, Mary Jane Gielski, Rocky Kotas, Tom Roll, and Jennifer Rzepka. Thank you, also, to those who have completed their terms - Pat Heslin and Dennis O'Grady - for their time of service. The new members are invited to the next Parish Council meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm in the school faculty room. All parishioners are also always welcome to attend the Council meetings.
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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.
Christmas is coming and so is our Giving Tree!
Every year, our parish supports some local families that are struggling during this Christmas season. Our Giving Tree is decorated with mitten ornaments that have information regarding a gift recipient. A generous parishioner takes the information and purchases a gift for that person. Thank you all for your past generosity and participation in this program. Before the tree goes up for the first weekend of Advent, we would like to share a few reminders and guidelines.
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. This way, one child is not receiving more gifts than another (a tough thing to explain to the children as "Santa" is leaving the gifts under the tree). If you would like to purchase more than one gift, please take another mitten. In addition, there are always mittens on the tree for such items as cleaning supplies, bathroom tissue, shampoos, soaps and gift cards for Tops (not only for food, but for gas for parents to get to and from work). While these might not seem like ideal Christmas presents, they are basic items that the families are in need of; receiving them can make everyday living a little easier.
Fr. Roy of SS Columba & Brigid and everyone involved with his outreach ministry is so appreciative of our generous spirit, and the families are very grateful for our support. Please remember to return your gift, wrapped with the mitten attached to the package, by the weekend of December 19 & 20. Thank you in advance for your wonderful Christmas spirit. Any questions, please feel free to call Pat Heslin, our Giving Tree Coordinator at 937-9293.
Buffalo Diocese News
11/23/15 10:45 am
We have all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris. Join me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS leaders and killers, and for world peace.
While there have been calls to close our borders to Syrian refugees fleeing the ravages of civil war, we cannot simply close our doors to refugees simply because they are from Syria. But we must remain vigilant. Careful screening of all who wish to enter this country is needed.Read More
10/26/15 1:27 pm
09/28/15 10:46 am
Amtrak train #184 is my mobile office as I write this blog en route from Washington, D.C., to New York City. I have just left a U.S. Capital totally energized by the presence of Pope Francis.
A lot of the pope’s appeal is surely his gently charismatic persona, his smile, his simple gestures, his approachability as the “people’s pope.” People are attracted to him, and just want to be around him. He is truly giving a refreshing, somehow more welcoming “face” to the Catholic Church. This is all good, very good. But it is not enough.Read More
11/29/15 8:18 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday visited a refugee camp in Bangui housing people displaced by the sectarian violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and told them “we are all brothers, regardless of our ethnic or religious group.” In brief off-the-cuff remarks to those living in the camp, the Pope said “We must work, pray and do everything possible for peace.” But as he then went on to warn, “peace is not possible without love, without friendship, without tolerance and without forgiveness.”
Speaking whilst surrounded by many children, the Pope told them he had read what the children had written: “peace, forgiveness, unity and love.” “My wish,” he continued, “is that you can live in peace, regardless of your ethnic group, your culture, your religion and your social background… everybody living in peace because we are all brothers.” He then urged those present to repeat the words “we are all brothers,” saying it was for this reason that “we want peace.”Read More
11/29/15 7:37 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is in the Central African Republic (CAR) where he arrived on the morning of the 29th of November.His first appointment in the nations' capital Bangui was with the nation's Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps. Among those listening to the Pope's address was the interim President of the nation Mrs Catherine Samba- Panza. In his speech Pope Francis said he came "as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope" and encouraged all parties to help the CAR to advance, especially in the areas of reconciliation, disarnament, peacekeeping, health care and the cultivation of a sound administration at all levels. Please find an English translation of his address below:Address of His Holiness Pope FrancisMeeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic CorpsBangui, Presidential Palace29 November 2015Madam Interim Head of State,Distinguished Authorities,Members of the Diplomatic Corps,Representatives of International Organizations,My Brother Bishops,Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to be here with you. I would first like to express my appreciation for your warm hospitality and to thank Madam Interim Head of State for her kind words of welcome. In this place, which is in some sense the home of all Central Africans, I am pleased to express, through you and the other authorities of the country present, my affection and spiritual closeness to all your fellow citizens. I would like also to greet the members of the Diplomatic Corps and the representatives of the International Organizations, whose work recalls the ideal of solidarity and cooperation which needs to be cultivated between peoples and nations. As the Central African Republic progressively moves, in spite of difficulties, towards the normalization of its social and political life, I come to this land for the first time, following my predecessor Saint John Paul II. I come as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope. For this reason, I express my appreciation of the efforts made by the different national and international authorities, beginning with Madam Interim Head of State, to guide the country to this point. It is my fervent wish that the various national consultations to be held in coming weeks will enable the country to embark serenely on new chapter of its history. To brighten the horizon, there is the motto of the Central African Republic, which translates the hope of pioneers and the dream of the founding fathers: Unity-Dignity-Labour. Today, more than ever, this trilogy expresses the aspirations of each Central African. Consequently, it is a sure compass for the authorities called to guide the destiny of the country. Unity, dignity, labour! Three very significant words, each of which represents as much a building project as a unending programme, something to be ceaselessly crafted. First unity. This, we know, is a cardinal value for the harmony of peoples. It is to be lived and built up on the basis of the marvellous diversity of our environment, avoiding the temptation of fear of others, of the unfamiliar, of what is not part of our ethnic group, our political views or our religious confession. Unity, on the contrary, calls for creating and promoting a synthesis of the richness which each person has to offer. Unity in diversity is a constant challenge, one which demands creativity, generosity, self-sacrifice and respect for others. Then, dignity. This moral value is rightly synonymous with the honesty, loyalty, graciousness and honour which characterize men and women conscious of their rights and duties, and which lead them to mutual respect. Each person has dignity. I was interested to learn that Central Africa is the country of the “Zo kwe zo”, the country where everbody is somebody. Everything must be done to protect the status and dignity of the human person. Those who have the means to enjoy a decent life, rather than being concerned with privileges, must seek to help those poorer than themselves to attain dignified living conditions, particularly through the development of their human, cultural, economic and social potential. Consequently, access to education and to health care, the fight against malnutrition and efforts to ensure decent housing for everyone must be at the forefront of a development concerned for human dignity. In effect, our human dignity is expressed by our working for the dignity of our fellow man. Finally, labour. It is by working that you are able to improve the lives of your families. Saint Paul tells us that “children ought not to lay up for their parents, but parents for their children” (2 Cor 12:14). The work of parents expresses their love for their children. And you again, Central Africans, can improve this marvellous land by wisely exploiting its many resources. Your country is located in a region considered to be one of the two lungs of mankind on account of its exceptionally rich biodiversity. In this regard, echoing my Encyclical Laudato Si’, I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources, in development decisions and projects which in any way affect the entire planet. The work of building a prosperous society must be a cooperative effort. The wisdom of your people has long understood this truth, as seen in the proverb: “The ants are little, but since they are so many, they can bring their hoard home”. It is no doubt superfluous to underline the capital importance of upright conduct and administration on the part of public authorities. They must be the first to embody consistently the values of unity, dignity and labour, serving as models for their compatriots. The history of the evangelization of this land and the sociopolitical history of this country attest to the commitment of the Church in promoting the values of unity, dignity and labour. In recalling the pioneers of evangelization in the Central African Republic, I greet my brother bishops, who now carry on this work. With them, I express once more the readiness of the local Church to contribute even more to the promotion of the common good, particularly by working for peace and reconciliation. I do not doubt that the Central African authorities, present and future, will work tirelessly to ensure that the Church enjoys favourable conditions for the fulfilment of her spiritual mission. In this way she will be able to contribute increasingly to “promoting the good of every man and of the whole man” (Populorum Progressio, 14), to use the felicitous expression of my predecessor, Blessed Paul VI, who fifty years ago was the first Pope of modern times to come to Africa, to encourage and confirm the continent in goodness at the dawn of a new age. For my part, I express my appreciation for the efforts made by the international community, represented here by the Diplomatic Corps and the members of the various Missions of the International Organizations. I heartily encourage them to continue along the path of solidarity, in the hope that their commitment, together with the activity of the Central African authorities, will help the country to advance, especially in the areas of reconciliation, disarmament, peacekeeping, health care and the cultivation of a sound administration at all levels. To conclude, I would like to express once more my joy to visit this marvellous country, located in the heart of Africa, home to a people profoundly religious and blessed with so such natural and cultural richness. Here I see a country filled with God’s gifts! May the Central African people, its leaders and its partners, always appreciate the value of these gifts by working ceaselessly for unity, human dignity and a peace based on justice. May God bless you all! Thank you.(from Vatican Radio)Read More
11/29/15 5:39 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived in the Central African Republic on the morning of Sunday 29th of November on the last leg of his Apostolic journey to Africa, his 11th abroad. A journey which marks his first to this continent and which has taken him to Kenya and Uganda.
In the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, Pope Francis will accomplish an historic gesture by opening the Holy Door of the cathedral in this city nine days before the inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy on the 8th of December in the Vatican.Read More
11/29/15 1:05 am
Our digital twist on the traditional Advent calendar brings a sense of surprise and helps you connect to the true meaning of the season.Read More
This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. — Alice Waters
11/28/15 11:01 pm
Make a commitment this Advent to be more hopeful, more reflective, and more patient.…Read More
11/28/15 2:00 am
Not sure about the relationship between Advent and Christmas? You thought they were the same thing? Check out Busted Halo’s two-minute video that describes why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas.Read More