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
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.
"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
St. John's School Open Enrollment
We are enrolling students for the 2019-2020 school year. We are accepting new students into Pre-K 3 and into Kindergarten through 8th grade. We currently have a waiting list for our Pre-K 4 program. Please contact Mrs. Johnson for a personal tour or to answer any questions. 716-937-9483 www.stjohnsalden.com
The 6th annual St. John’s Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Holy Name Society, will be held on Saturday, August 3 at Kis-N-Greens Golf Course, 13822 North Rd., Alden. Tee-off time at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a skills competition, drawings, and prizes. The cost is $80 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and a BBQ chicken dinner. Contact Mark Krysczak (716-685-9976 or cell 716-946-0404) or Rocky Kotas (716-937-7588) to register. Proceeds to benefit St. John the Baptist Parish.
Vacation Bible School
"Roar, Life is Wild, God is Good!" Join us for St. John's VBS! Vacation Bible School will be held at St. John's from July 29 to August 2 from 9 am until 12 noon each day. With "Roar, Life is Wild, God is Good", kids will discover that no matter how crazy, scary or amazing life may seem - God is good and he will always be there for us! It will be a fun-filled experience with games, treats, singing and dancing, and so much more! Kids in Pre-K 3 to 6th Grade are welcome to join our island adventure! There is a fee of $10/student. To register, fill out a form found in the back of the church or contact Heather Taylor at 716-725-8648 or Maria LaVarnway at [email protected]
Craft/Vendor Show Coming soon!
St John's will be holding it's 1st annual Craft Show October 20th from 12-6pm. Spots are limited so register soon if interested!
Craft Show Registration 2019
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration:
will be Friday, August 2, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and ending with Benediction at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to come and spend time with our Lord, Jesus!
Building on Our Past, Securing Our Future
Within the next couple of weeks, we will receive a Summery Report detailing the results of our Building On Our Past, Securing Our Future program. Several Weeks ago, we began this program and we are beginning to see signs that our Sunday offertory collections are growing through the generosity of many parishioners. Thank you so very much to all who have chosen to participate in this very important program. Your generosity shows your willingness as faithful stewards to be a part of the ongoing mission of St. John the Baptist.
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!
A revised schedule will be mailed out in time for August!
Reflections of Fr. Vince Becker, Priest Moderator – Love and Prayer
On the weekend of February 2 & 3, I introduced myself as the priest designated by the Bishop of Buffalo to be the Parish Moderator. In short that means I am the go-between person for Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator, and the Diocese of Buffalo. Thank you for welcoming me. I immediately feel I have a lot in common with you. I’m glad to be a part of St. John the Baptist Parish.
I did, however, notice that there is some friction in the parish. Perhaps some would prefer to not bring that out in public, thinking that making it public only worsens the problem. My feeling would be more like: people already know there is some problem, better bring it out in public so we can talk about it. One person told me that I insulted many people by what I said. I certainly did not mean anything like that, and I sincerely apologize if I did offend anyone. Please forgive me. I’m not really certain what I did to cause negative feelings but maybe it was I appeared to be taking sides. Or perhaps some felt I was being sent to squelch any resistance. I certainly don’t feel my role as anything like that. My role is to help unify the parish and, as St. Paul says so often in these cases, “I want you to be happy.” I’ve always lived with the principle in my own life: in an argument no one is totally right, no one is totally wrong – meaning that there is always room for dialogue and talking out a difference.
To return to making the tension public, some might feel it is better not to talk about it. And yet in several of Paul’s letters, he talks about tension and problems and in no way expects the problem will go away if we don’t talk about it. It’s true that the kind of problems Paul experienced in his day are different from the types of problems we experience in churches today. Nonetheless the inner dynamics are the same – when there is a difference of opinion, silence will not solve the problem. I’ve included here some of the Bible passages about conflict in the early New Testament Church: Colossians 2:16-19; Acts 17:2-9; Ephesians 4:1-6; Galatians 4:17-20. It is noteworthy that Paul had a special affection for the community at Philippi and he loved the people in a special way. Yet, at the end of his letter, he names names. “I appeal to Euodia, and I appeal to Syntyche to come to agreement with each other in the Lord and I ask Syzygos to be truly a companion and to help them in this” (Philippians 4:2).
To summarize, Paul really has only one answer to alleviate problems of tension. It is the law of love. Read Romans 12:9-21 especially. “Love one another with the affection of brothers.” “Be patient under trial, persevere in prayer.” “Bless your persecutors.” “Never repay injury for injury.” “Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” Final summary. As Jesus was preparing his apostles at the Last Supper for when they would be in charge of the Church, he said: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. Such as my love has been for you, so must your love be for one another. This is how all will know you for my disciples: your love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
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Liturgical Corner by Debbie Brown, Pastoral Administrator
Our readings today give some important insights into not only how to pray, but why we pray and who it is that we are praying to. If prayer is a conversation with God, then who we believe God to be fuels that conversation. If God is remote or uncaring in our eyes, then our conversation is not very deep or meaningful and certainly not productive. We are in trouble if our prayer is like a ride in an elevator with strangers; Not much depth or meaning in those conversations!
With the first reading, as always in the Sunday Liturgy, makes a point that gives us a lens with which to view and understand the Gospels. The Gospels, as you well know, are the most important book of all the books in the Bible to us Christians and is at the heart of what we do. To the Jews, among whom Jesus was counted, the most important books of the Bible were the first five. They called them the Torah, “The Law.” These formed the heart of their faith and they held them in the highest regard. The passage today (Gen 18:20-32) is from the first book of the Torah and it is simply marvelous. Listen to (or read it) in its entirety and think of it as a good story. See how well it is written, how it builds suspense - each line moving us toward the ending with anticipation and even a little humor. The person praying here (that is, the person engaged in this conversation with God), acknowledges the Lord’s absolute might and the necessity for God to show mercy in this circumstance. In the end, God will relent for the sake of even the smallest evidence of goodness. A merciful God indeed! So this explains TO WHOM we pray.
Today’s Gospel (Luke 11:1-13) presents the story of how Jesus gave us what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” Who better to ask than the son of God how to pray to our heavenly father? Jesus tells WHAT to pray: “Father, hallowed (holy) be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” This prayer contains the four elements of prayer: Adoration, The most important part - we recognize God for who he is. Thanksgiving, where we thank God for all he has done for us. Confession, where we bring to mind all we have done wrong and ask for forgiveness. – and Supplication – where we ask God to help us and others for our needs. The rest of the passage today is an expansion of these thoughts. First a parable about praying with purpose and urgency. Then a memorable passage on asking and seeking all of which speaks to WHY we pray. When you are ready to pray, use these guidelines. Your prayer time will be well spent and effective, as it should be.
- 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
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Business Manager
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06/19/19 6:54 pm
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