2021 Sandridge Rd. Alden, NY 14004

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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.

St. John the Baptist

We Share - Direct and Online Donations

Your continued generosity is important to help our parish maintain financial stability and services during these unprecedented times. Please consider signing up for online donations at https://stjohnalden.weshareonline.org    If you are having difficulty with this link, or you would prefer to set up your donation directly, please email Kate Wypij at [email protected] 

Donations (checks only, please do not send cash through regular mail) may also be mailed or dropped off to the office at 2021 Sandridge Rd, Alden, NY 14004. 

Thank you!


Dear St. John’s Community family,

The parish and school finance committees are always hard at work studying and safeguarding the assets of the parish and school. They are remarkable individuals who are faith-filled, talented and committed to the task. We can be proud of their work and grateful for their time and talent. This report for fiscal year September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. Undoubtedly, this has been as challenging a year but we have weathered it thanks to your generosity.  The total result of the budget year was a $53, 827.64 loss. But, due to the Federal Payroll Protection Program, the $163, 400 soon to be forgiven loan allowed us to keep the parish and school running and compensate for the loss. This was a large and much needed financial boost when things seemed bleakest.

The report gives the aggregate amounts of income and expenses for the year for the parish, faith formation, the school, and the cemetery. The numbers are presented in a budgeting accounting format as well as with pie charts to help graphically represent the information. The information is provided to help you to understand where the money comes from and where it is spent. There are four columns. The first is our actual numbers for the last fiscal year of 2018-2019, the second is the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year which was based on the actual figures from the previous year. The third column is the actual numbers for 2019-2020 and the final column is this year’s budget.

I have some observations I want to share with you. First I would like to discuss the income for the Parish.  I want to thank those who are so generous with the weekly collection to the parish. The average weekly collection is remarkable given the impact of COVID-19 on our attendance and I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for their generosity. Financial support of the parish is the only way we can stay in existence. Similarly, school tuition is critical to the existence of the school. We had a boost in students this year due to our ability to offer a quality full service program and in-person instruction which was appealing to parents.

Fundraising is a critical supplement to collections in the parish and tuition in the school. I am so grateful and impressed with those committed to fundraising for our parish and school. Their dedication and hard work is especially noteworthy in the COVID-19 era where gathering and finding safe events is extra difficult. In terms of the parish, the Fall and Spring sweepstakes are our main fundraisers and they were both record amounts. The more of these tickets we can sell to those outside the parish, the less the financial burden is for everyone. The spring 2021 raffle is just around the corner. We will not be mailing them to everyone, but tickets will be widely available and we encourage you to sell as many as possible.  This is a significant contribution to supplement the weekly collections.

In terms of school fundraising, the success of their individual events is even more remarkable. There were many fundraisers that did not happen – notably the lawn fete, the alumnae basket raffle, and a meat raffle (delayed but not cancelled). Even still, with incredible creativity and hard work, the HSA managed to raise 17% of the school budget.

The other part of the report is expenses. The school finance committee and the parish finance committee worked very hard to find ways to cut costs. The actual parish spending was actually about 75% of what was budgeted. The only way this happens is for the staff to do more with less people and for the parish to step up and do more to help out. We needed both and got both. Thank you and keep it up.

We are most grateful for your treasure and also for the time and talent that people have donated as well. Please continue to be generous and find ways to help our parish and school keep being great places to worship and learn about the Catholic Faith.

My intent is to make sure we are transparent with our information while avoiding the extremes of too much or too little information. If you have any questions or would like to see the balance sheet, please contact me or Chuck Sutter who is chair of the finance committee.

Prayers and blessings.

Deborah Brown

Pastoral Administrator




Mass Times

Saturday - 4:00pm
Sunday - 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am
Weekdays - 8:30am

Holy Days
Vigil Mass - 7:00pm
Holy Day - TBA

First Friday
Eucharistic Adoration - 9am to 7pm

Saturday - 3:15pm to 3:45pm
We can arrange a special time and place if needed; simply call the rectory to make arrangements.

Office hours:
Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm
(716) 937-6959

St. John's COVID-19 Update

All of our weekend Masses will be live-streamed and available on this website and on our Facebook page. 

For those who cannot go online, WGRZ (Channel 2) is broadcasting Sunday Mass at 11 am every Sunday on behalf of the Diocese of Buffalo. 

St. John’s Worship Committee has prepared the following guidelines based on the current NY State and diocesan guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn at all times inside of the church.
  • Hymnals have been removed from the pews, but worship aids are available on this website.
  • Daily Mass continues as is.
  • Weekend Masses continue as is and our current weekend seating policy remains in effect. Ushers will limit available seating with 6 foot spacing. The Mass will be broadcast on FM 88.9 to our parking lot and Holy Communion will be brought out during the Communion Rite. There will be no overflow in the school gym. 
  • Baptisms, weddings, and funerals continue with social distancing capacity limits.
  • Confessions will be held at 3 pm on Saturdays.
  • The church will be open for personal prayer on weekdays during business hours.


Daily Readings

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 15:7-21

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 15:1-6

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Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 14:19-28

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Prayer Force One

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter - We Are Witnesses

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48

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Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent - the Road not Taken

Readings: Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; John 20:20-33

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Homily for 1st Sunday of Lent - The Desert

Readings - Genesis 9:8-15; 1Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15


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Debbie Brown Liturgical Corner

      Wow, what a Holy Week we had in this parish! I hope you hade a wonderful Easter and that the work you did in Lent really helped your Easter celebration be joyful and meaningful. After 40 days of preparing for Easter, we now will spend 50 days celebrating it. Part of our celebration will include many first Communions at various masses throughout the Easter season. And at the end of those 50 days, is the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The week after that is Trinity Sunday on which we will celebrate the confirmation of 24 of our young people. The week after that is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Our parish and Liturgical calendar is packed with the glory of God and our celebration of Christ’s victory over death.

      In the Easter season, the first reading is not from the Old Testament but is from the Acts of the Apostles. This book of the Bible was written by St. Luke as a compendium to his Gospel to detail what happened AFTER the Resurrection. So each week as the Gospel reflects what happened between Resurrection and Pentecost and Christ’s Ascension, we will be seeing the young Church grow exponentially with the accounts in Acts. This week’s passage (Acts 4:32-35) acclaims: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind…” When I read this passage just now, it struck me that this phrase perfectly described Holy Week here at St. John’s. Palm Sunday started the week powerfully with the best celebration I can remember being a part of. Perhaps the fact that we did not have an in person Holy Week last year and the difficult year we have put in helped us be in the right spirit to celebrate. But it was a great start! Then there was a Penance Service Monday, a beautiful vespers on Wednesday which set the stage for the Triduum. And how meaningful and faith-filled were those services. The decorating of the Church on Saturday morning was a marvel to see as the church was transformed by a labor of love into a beautiful place to adorn the Easter celebration. The basket blessing was wonderful and the Easter Egg hunt spectacular. The celebration of Easter was glorious. When I read this passage from Acts, I realized that it is what made the week so wonderful here – we were of “one mind and heart.” I cannot even begin to express my gratitude and pride to have been a part of such a magnificent enterprise. Thank you to all who participated in any way.

      The Resurrection of Jesus itself, that actual moment that God restored Christ to life, was not witnessed by any human being. For the early followers of Jesus, they experienced two things: the empty tomb and several post resurrection appearances. Thomas epitomizes the doubt and uncertainty and comes to the realization that Jesus is alive. His simple affirmation was: “My Lord and my God.” I say the same after our beautiful celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Let us continue “to be of one mind and heart.”

 "Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation."                                                                 Pope Francis, October 4, 2018

Parish & School Calendar

Busted Halo

Mary: The Background Music to My Spiritual Life

For over two years, every night it’s the same: At the appointed time, I gather my freshly bathed and pajamaed toddler into my arms, all…

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Marian Consecration: The What, Why and How

Marian consecration. Even for practicing Catholics who already know a thing or two about devotions to a saint, the phrase might stir up some confusion. …

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Head, Lips and Heart: Learning About Unity Through the Three Cross Prayer

I was a shy, nerdy child who steered away from being the center of attention. I preferred silence to noise, and my own company to…

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NYS Catholic Conference

Emergency Contraception on University Campuses

Memorandum of Opposition Re: S5633 Parker With regard to “Emergency Contraception” The above-referenced bill would require every public college and university in New York State to provide information to promote the use of “emergency contraception” (EC) drugs by students. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation. Since the federal Food & Drug Administration […]

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Composting of Human Bodies

Memorandum of Opposition Re:  S5535 Comrie / A382 Paulin In relation to the Composting of Human Bodies The above-referenced bill seeks to add composting, or “natural organic reduction,” to the approved methods in New York State for the disposition of human remains. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill. Like many faith traditions, […]

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In Relation to Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standards

The following memo was sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo following legislative passage of this bill. Re:  A2681-B by Reyes, et al. In relation to airborne infectious disease exposure prevention standards To: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, State of New York The tragic loss of life, the dramatic changes in our daily lives and the […]

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