Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Weekdays (Monday - Friday) - 8:30 am
Christmas Eve Masses
Monday, December 24 at 4:00 pm (Children's Mass; music by Folk Group prior to Mass)
10:30 pm (Replaces Midnight Mass; Choir starts at 10:00 pm)
Christmas Day Masses
Tuesday, December 25 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Solemnity of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation
Will be celebrated on Monday, December 31 at 4:00 pm and Tuesday, January 1 at 9:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm and by request
Special for Christmas - Saturday, December 22 from 2:00-3:45 pm
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
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.
"By his incarnation, the Son of God tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, respect for this poor humanity of ours, which we all share in a great variety of races, languages, and cultures. Yet all of us are brothers and sisters in humanity!" Pope Francis, Christmas message December 25, 2018
2018 Tax Statements
Tax Substantiation Letters are being prepared and will be sent out to parishioners who have donated more than $500 to St. John’s in 2018. Please call Kate at the rectory (937-6959) to request a letter if you do not receive one by January 20, 2019 and would like one. Thank you to all those who help support our parish financially!
Volunteer with Hearts and Hands
Feeling grateful this Christmas season? Share smiles. Spread warmth. Volunteer to help your neighbors. Hearts & Hands is a “neighbor helping neighbor” volunteer organization providing transportation, light housekeeping, yard work, and caregiver respite. Select assignments that fit your schedule; volunteer once a month or as often as you like. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance coverage are provided. You can help your neighbors in need directly by donating to Hearts & Hands today. Your neighbors are very grateful for your help. Call 716-406-8311 or visit www.hnhcares.org.
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Mary Pat Bonnes, Director of Faith Formation
- Jonna Johnson, St. John's School Principal
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Business Manager
- Michelle Smith, Administrative Assistant
- Sue Wery, Bookkeeper
- Sr. Ellen McCarthy, SSJ, Evangelization
WeShare Online Giving
Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
The Baptism of the Lord, which we celebrate today, stands on the boundary of the Christmas liturgical season and the relatively short winter portion of Ordinary Time. This feast does not belong to either – it is really a part of both. Incarnation, God among us, and the mission of those who are baptized both come together in this incredible show of God’s powerful presence. Ordinary Time is meant to help us unpack the two important liturgical seasons, so we will do that over the next few weeks. Did Advent give you the guidance and inspiration to prepare your heart for Christmas? And was your Christmas to Epiphany season a wonderful celebration of the light and love of Christ our Savior coming into the world?
The Old Testament reading (Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11) tells of the presence of God in the midst of the people. God brings comfort and God’s word is “tender.” God also has a “strong arm.” Verse 11 sums it up well: “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.” God’s presence is one of love and tenderness.
Jesus’ public ministry in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) begins with his baptism by John the Baptist. It is an affirmation that Jesus is the one who was to come, the one for whom John had been calling everyone to repentance. The Gospel today (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22) is Luke’s account of this remarkable event. The story is a reminder that God is already and always present. God is in our midst. We may not be aware of it directly, or experience it in such a powerful way as the people standing there that day did, but our faith tells us that God is there ALWAYS!
The first line gets our attention: “The people were filled with expectation.” People were following John and were committed to his mission as disciples are. In their hearts, they were beginning to wonder if he was the one to come. We, too, might have found someone we like to follow. But, John was able to recognize that he himself was NOT the one, and he assured everyone that the one to come was “mightier” and was the one to prepare for and follow. Those in Christian leadership or their followers need to consider John’s example as a measure of ministry. Jesus has to be the reason for everything that is said and done. Even if people begin to recognize someone and their leadership, they must always defer to Christ as the source. Authentic Christian ministry is primarily about caring for others: the poor, the outcast, and those most in need of love and mercy. And we need to serve them with the utmost of compassion, forgiveness, and mercy. Our baptism gave us all the grace we need. As St. Teresa of Calcutta said in her book A Simple Path: “Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs” (p. 114).
01/17/19 5:22 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Rhina GuidosBy Rhina GuidosWASHINGTON (CNS) -- For a few hours, Gio Gomez left the warmth of the Florida sun and headed north toward an arctic blast in Washington. She protected herself from the winter breeze while wrapped in a yellow and white Vatican flag outside the building of the Organization of American States, the place where diplomats and an array of officials from the three American continents Jan. 11 were weighing "the situation in Nicaragua."
She made the trek from her home in the Miami-Dade area to Washington, she told Catholic News Service, to show support for the Catholic clergy in the Central American nation of Nicaragua.Read More
01/17/19 2:22 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Mark PattisonWASHINGTON (CNS) -- About 1,000 young Catholic Australians left their homeland to participate in World Youth Day in Panama.
But, since they were in the neighborhood -- well, make that hemisphere -- about half of them made a visit to Washington prior to World Youth Day to take part in the annual March for Life. The other half made a pilgrimage to Mexico City to see the site where Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to St. Juan Diego.Read More
01/17/19 2:10 pm
IMAGE: CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, ReutersBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has created a set of pastoral guidelines to inspire and improve the church's work in addressing the crime of human trafficking and the care of its victims worldwide.
The Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released its "Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking" Jan. 17 at a Vatican news conference.Read More
01/16/19 5:30 am
We all know the drill. We should go to Mass on Sunday. We should go to Mass on Holy Days. And really, in general, we…
The post 4 Ways to Worship Well appeared first on Busted Halo.Read More
01/14/19 1:00 am
I stepped through the door of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) trembling. When I found my daughter’s son, Allen Joseph, I froze. It was…
The post 5 Ways to Embrace Your Vocation as a Grandparent appeared first on Busted Halo.Read More
01/11/19 3:05 am
Maybe it was one too many holiday dinner parties or those extra calorie-rich culinary treats that leave us feeling a bit more vulnerable to the…
The post What the Bible Tells Us About Being Body Positive appeared first on Busted Halo.Read More
NYS Catholic Conference
01/17/19 11:53 am
Printable PDF Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy. We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result. The so-called “Reproductive Health Act” will expand […]Read More
01/15/19 9:49 am
Memorandum of Support Re: A.781 Perry / S.1190 Bailey In relation to the State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct The above-referenced legislation has been introduced to amend the judiciary law, by making chapter amendments to Chapter 202 of the Laws of 2018, enacting the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct. This legislation makes a number of changes to […]Read More
01/14/19 3:47 pm
Memorandum of Opposition A.747 Gottfried / S.1047 Hoylman In relation to the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act The New York State Catholic Conference recognizes the good intentions of the sponsors of this legislation to address unjust discrimination against individuals who are transgender or exhibit gender dysphoria. Every human being is made in the image and likeness […]Read More