I personally welcome you to our parish web site; We appreciate your interest...

St. John's is a mid-size parish community that includes a grammar school and cemetery, along with a full complement of ministries, services, and activities.  Take a few moments to look us over and see what we are all about. 

Whether you are a parishioner, friend, or visitor, I think you will find something of interest.  Know that we strive to be a parish of "ministerial excellence," with a firm commitment to quality Catholic education. 

Please feel free to contact us for more information; again, on behalf of the entire staff here at the church and school, welcome!   -

Fr. Jim

St. John the Baptist Church
2021 Sandridge Rd.
Alden, NY  14004

EVANGELIZATION
Living the Eucharist Program

Living the Eucharist:  We are launching the third year of the Living the Eucharist Program here at St. John’s Parish during this coming Lent 2015.  It is a parish- based renewal experience to engage the Whole Parish during Lent fostering spiritual growth and discipleship by promoting full, conscious and active participation in the Eucharist. 
 The opportunities offered to our parishioners include the following:

Small Faith-Sharing Groups for Adults - meet weekly during Lent to learn more about the Eucharist, pray one of the upcoming Sunday Mass readings using lectio divina, strengthen their sense of community and prepare to renew their baptismal promises at Easter.

Small Faith-Sharing Groups for Teens- discipleship groups to engage and inspire high school students.

Family Activities in the Home – stimulate children’s growth in faith and deepen family spirituality and participation in Mass.

Lenten Meditative Reading for Adults and Teens – helps parishioners prepare for Easter through daily reflections on the Mass and Scripture.  Booklet “From Exodus to Easter.”

Bulletin Inserts Help Parishioners Grow in their Faith – through weekly teachings, as well as Reflect, Act and Pray sections that foster personal spiritual growth.

The Living the Eucharist Prayer Campaign – Prayer cards featuring a beautiful prayer by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Cycle B “Dear Jesus” are a popular take-away for all parishioners.

Sign-Up Sunday for Living he Eucharist Gatherings will be January 10 &11 in the church after all Masses. (Those who participated last year and who have been contacted by a team member have already been re-registered and do not need to sign up again in church).  For more information, see the Sign-Up Sunday brochure (found in the church pews) or visit www.LivingtheEucharist.org.   We will have a take home card with the “Dear Jesus” prayer to pray at home for the success of our program!

 

 

Eucharist/Mass, all are welcome...
4:00 p.m.
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
Vigil Mass - 7:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. & 12:10pm

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

Reconciliation/Confession
3:15-3:45pm
We can arrange a special time and place if needed, Simply call the rectory to make arrangements.

Baptism
12:15pm
Congratulations!!!!
New parents should be registered & attend a class prior to Baptism.
Adults who wish to be baptized should call the rectory to make arrangements for classes.

 

Getting Married?

Congratulations!!!!
Arrangements should be made at least nine months ahead of the planned event, however if you missed that deadline, call the church office for a special arrangement.

A Marriage Preparation class is required and recommended.

 

Rectory office hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Call: 716-937-6959

 

Need a Letter of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are given to those who are registered at least a month in the parish and are baptized and confirmed. Also married parishioners must be married in the Catholic Church.

 

Want to join the Parish?
Simply call the Rectory, and we will register you.
  • Plot size is 4 ft. by 11ft.
  • Stone size is limited to the following maximum dimensions:  Width – 14 inches  Height – 36 inches  Length – 2 ft. for a single plot 4 ft. for a double plot
  • Stone footing must extend beyond the stone by 2 inches on all sides and be level with the grade. Footings are to be installed by cemetery personnel only. 
  • Decorations are limited to shrubs, which must be kept trimmed by owner to a maximum height of 4 ft., and potted flowers. Use of glass vases is prohibited. The planting of flowers in the ground is prohibited. Flower pots must be removed by November 1st of each year. 
  • Vaults are required to be of concrete construction for all adult graves. Exceptions may be granted by the pastor. 
  • Sale of lots is to be conducted by the Pastor only. The Pastor must approve all ownership transfers. 
  • The price of lots is set at $500 for parishioners and $600 for non-parishioners. Price is subject to change. 
  • Fee for grave opening is set at $450. The fee for cremation is $200. No fee is to be charged for a still-born grave opening. Fees are subject to change.
  • Only one burial per lot is allowed except for children or cremation where two are permitted.
  • Husband and wife burial – the wife shall be to the left of her husband. 

Parish Outreach:

Do you feel crushed by life’s problems? Do you feel alone? Unsure where to turn? Do you know that there is help out there but do not know where to find it? We want to help. St. John’s parish is expanding our Outreach Ministry. Our mission is to provide support, understanding and linkage to community agencies that can help. Services are confidential and free. Call the Rectory at 716-937-6959.

Confession/Reconciliation

Each Sat. 3:15-3:45 and by request

Baptism

Usually 1st and 3rd Sundays at 12:15 p.m. New parents must be registered and attend a class prior to Baptism.

Marriage

Arrangements should be made at least nine months ahead and only with a priest. A Marriage Preparation Program is required..