Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
The Rectory: Will be closed President's Day, Monday February 17th.
2020 Mass Intentions
If you would like to have a Mass said for a friend or loved one in 2020, we still have dates available. Please call the Rectory at 937-6959 to schedule a Mass.
Up Coming Events
Special Email Reminder: We will soon be shutting down the churchlady email account. Please be sure to save our new email address of [email protected] so that you may contact us easier.
Easter Candy: St. John;s School is Selling Gertrude Hawk Easter Candy to directly benefit the school. If you are interested in ordering, please place an order with the school or come place an order at the Rectory. All orders are due March 9th.
New Meat Raffle! St. John’s School H.S.A will be hosting a meat raffle this year in a new format! Tickets are $10.00 each and it includes Beer & Wine. There will be 10+ spin rounds, Big Ticket Raffles, and 50/50’s. Be sure to bring your own snacks! The doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the first spin is at 6:30 p.m. Contact Cathy McAuley for tickets at 585-300-3262
Cook Book: Our Churches’ 170th anniversary is this year! To commemorate this special occasion, we would like to release a cookbook for purchase around Christmas time. If you would like to help compile and create the book, or have a recipe you would like to share, please contact the rectory at 716-937-6959 or [email protected] .
Attention Eucharistic Ministers: The schedule for the next 6 months will be available to you by the end of January. If anyone would like to change Masses or knows dates when you are unavailable to serve please let me know ASAP. Also rather than mailing the completed schedules to you I will leave them in the Priest's Sacristy with a list of names on a sheet of paper. Please cross off your name when you take your schedule. Thank you for your cooperation as always. Pat
Wednesday Nights of Faith Series at 7 pm. Everyone is invited to come learn more about their Catholic faith. On February 19th, we will be hosting a Ministry fair and speaking about Ministry Essentials with Maureen Poulin. February 26th is Ash Wednesday and there will be no speaker
Click below for a link of all our speakers until May
Wednesday Night Speakers and Topic
Is the Spirit Calling You to Serve?
Our parish always welcomes additional helpers in our various liturgical ministries. Lectors, those who are appointed to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly, are particularly needed at this time, especially for the 8:00 a.m. Mass. More Eucharistic Ministers, those who assist at Mass by distributing the Holy Eucharist and Precious Blood to members of the congregation, are also needed for all Masses. To learn more about becoming a lector, please contact Judy Bowman at 523-9287. Those interested in serving as Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion, please call Pat Heslin at 937-9293. You could also speak to Deacon Marc or Deacon Peter or call the rectory (937-6959) during the week. If you know someone who would be good in one of these ministries, please encourage them, too!
Attention All Ministries and Parish Organizations: Before we know it, it will be time to work on the Parish Calendar again. Please start getting your meeting dates and events together. We are asking for start and end times as well as the location for the meeting/event, and if you would like it to be published in the bulletin. The due date for the calendar will be announced within the next couple of weeks, and we hope to get everything together ASAP. Thank you!
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.
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. Msgr. Vincent Becker, Priest Moderator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Rev. Richard DiGuilio, Weekend Assistant
- Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Peter Donnelly, Permanent Deacon
- Jonna Johnson, St. John's School Principal
- Jennifer Golinski, Family Faith Formation Director
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Business Manager
Debbie Brown Liturgical Corner
Being told what to do seems to be most difficult people in today’s society. We want to be able to determine what we do, when we do it, and how we do it. This refers to important things like relationships especially marriage, our faith, our politics, and even our jobs to some extent. Standing on your own two feet and being independent are truly laudable characteristics. Indeed, God created us with free will. The first reading reinforces this idea (Sirach 15: 15-20) We read: “Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given to him.” The reading cautions us, though, that we need to be “God -fearing” in our decisions. The opening line (verse 15) says: “If you choose, you can keep the commandments and they will save you; If you trust in God, you too shall live.” So we do have choices but in order to make good ones, we need to recognize that God and God’s ways are the only way to life. The Psalm (PS 119:1,2,4,5,17,18,33,34) reminds us that “blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.”
The Gospel (Matt 5:17-37) continues the “Sermon on the Mount” which begins with the beatitudes. In this sermon, there are great parallels to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament that contain the law (the Torah). Like Moses who comes down from the mountain where he saw God face to face and received the ten commandments, Jesus goes up the mountain and reinterprets the Torah in light of his coming as God’s son and ultimate spokesperson. In verse 17, Jesus states very clearly his mission: “I have come not to abolish [the law] but to fulfill it.” And he is VERY clear in the next verse: “Amen I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” In the rest of the passage, Jesus makes it clear what God -fearing means and what God desires from us. These reinterpretations of the law make God’s ways very easy to understand. Killing is more than death, it is anger and other things that destroy people. So important are right relationships, that if we have relationships that are broken, we must reconcile with them BEFORE we make our sacrifice at the Temple. Our relationship with God is fractured if our human relationships are fractured. And Adultery is not just a specific physical sexual act, but can be committed by lust in our heart. Again, relationships have to be right for us to be in compliance with God’s law.
These are strong expectations and are difficult for any person to follow, especially if we have free will. And yet, we have to choose God’s law to live. The last verse is the clincher: “Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.” Integrity, honesty, God-fearing should be the hallmarks of our character. That will lead us to Eternal Life.
Parish & School Calendar
Prayer for a New Bishop
Merciful Father, you gave us shepherds as successors of the apostles to guide and govern your church.
We implore your Holy Spirit to guide the selection process as a new bishop is chosen to lead our diocese.
May he be a pastor filled with holiness and compassion who will foster healing and a greater love of your name.
Allow our hearts to be open to the candidate of your choosing so that, together as disciples of Jesus, we may continue to build your kingdom. Amen.
"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
02/24/20 2:10 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Flavio Lo Scalzo, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With the biggest two days of celebration and costume parades left, the famous pre-Lenten "Carnevale" of Venice was canceled as were Ash Wednesday services and even funeral Masses throughout the diocese.
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02/23/20 4:02 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The only acceptable form of extremism for a Christian is an "extremism of love," Pope Francis said, concelebrating Mass with bishops from throughout the Mediterranean basin.
"'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' This is the Christian innovation. It is the Christian difference," the pope said Feb. 23 as he celebrated an outdoor Mass in central Bari, a city on the southern Italian coast.Read More
02/23/20 2:47 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic communities of every nation on the Mediterranean Sea must work together to promote peace, to aid migrants and refugees and to defend religious freedom, Pope Francis told bishops from 19 Mediterranean countries.
"Amid deep fault lines and economic, religious, confessional and political conflicts, we are called to offer our witness to unity and peace," the pope said Feb. 23 as he joined 60 bishops from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa at the end of a five-day meeting in the southern Italian coastal city of Bari.Read More
NYS Catholic Conference
02/11/20 10:02 am
Testimony of the NYS Council of Catholic Schools Superintendents, presented by James D. Cultrara, director for education, NYS Catholic Conference, before a Joint Legislative Budget Committee Hearing, Albany, NY. February 11, 2020 Introduction Going back more than 200 years, the state’s Catholic schools continue their tradition of providing an outstanding education to thousands of our […]Read More
02/07/20 2:06 pm
Memorandum of Support Re: A.1620-A Hevesi / S.2375 KruegerIn relation to Home Stability Support Programs It is unacceptable that the Empire State has more than 150,000 homeless children and another 80,000 families on the brink of homelessness. Statewide, some 23,000 more people become homeless than escape homelessness every year. The existing shelter allowance is woefully inadequate […]Read More
02/07/20 12:34 pm
Memorandum of Opposition Re: S.2264 Hoylman / A.2352 GlickIn relation to pregnancy centers This bill would impose unconstitutional requirements on pregnancy centers in violation of the First Amendment. Specifically, it would require that a mandatory, government-designed statement be made by pro-life pregnancy centers to disclose to clients the services they do not provide. It therefore […]Read More
02/24/20 12:54 am
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02/21/20 1:47 am
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02/19/20 12:10 am
Need a creative way to add some spiritual reflection to your day-to-day this Lent? Our InstaLent photo challenge is back and better than ever! Join…
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First Friday Adoration has been cancelled for today. Please stay safe and warm!