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   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


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

Welcome

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

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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 

Wednesday Night Speakers

Click below for a link of all our speakers until May
Wednesday Night Speakers and Topic

Soup Supper
We are having a Soup Supper November 7th at the School to benefit our pilgrims going to the March For Life. Come out at 4:60 until 6 to enjoy some hot soup and good company!

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!

Boy Scout Troop 117 is looking for new scouts. We meet every Tuesday at St John's School in the cafeteria at 7:00 pm- 8:30pm. We do a lot of merit badges, community service, camping, hiking, fishing along with other fun things. If interested in joining please call Scout Master Robert Rimbeck at 716-863-1243.

Early Bulletin
      All articles must be in by Monday, September 30th for the week of October 6th and 13th.

New for Wednesdays!
     
Wednesday nights are going to be filled with wonderful Catholic speakers, events, liturgies, and prayer as we hope to deepen the faith of all of our adults and young adults. The series begins this Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 7-8 pm with the topic: "What do Catholics need to know about the Bible?" presented by Debbie Brown. The topics and presenters will be posted on the internet as soon as we finish booking them. Hopefully there is something along the way that intrigues you

 

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

      This is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The last Sunday in Ordinary Time is the 34th Sunday, which we call Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe, so there are only 4 weeks left in this liturgical year. That means we are almost at the end of the end time readings, and they are intensifying the call to repentance.

       The first reading and the Psalm, both from the Old Testament , are a reminder that God is partial to the poor. The passage from Sirach (35:12-14,16-18) states unequivocally that: “The Lord is a God of Justice.” Indeed the Lord “hears the cry of the oppressed,” and “is not deaf to the wail of the orphan, nor the widow when she pours out her complaint.” The widow and orphan are throughout the Old Testament the epitome of those most in need and represent those with whom God is most concerned. Our responsorial Psalm (Ps 34) says: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”

      The parable in today’s Gospel (Luke 18:9-14) occurs only in the Gospel of Luke. It is a short but powerful lesson on prayer. It contains a contrast between two people who are praying in the Temple. The one in front of the Temple was a Pharisee (a person of religious importance) who “belonged” in the Temple and the other was a tax collector (a “sinner”) who had no right to be in the Temple. The listeners to Jesus’ story at this point would think this was just about right. They would relate to the Pharisee as good and the tax collector as bad. So far, the story is affirming their way of thinking. An important thing to note however, is that our evangelist Luke says in the beginning of today’s passage, that Jesus addressed this parable to: “those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.” That should be a good indication that this story will not end as his listeners would think. In the end, Jesus says that the justified one was NOT the Pharisee but rather it was the tax collector. That must have gotten their blood boiling as they wondered what the heck Jesus was talking about. Was he saying righteousness was not good? Of course not!  Jesus was saying that it was about how these two were praying. The tax collector acknowledged his sin and asked for God’s mercy while the Pharisee gave God a list of what he was doing right and failed to recognize his sins. The reason they prayed was the focus. One would be hard-pressed to even call the Pharisees statement a prayer.

      How do we pray? Are we telling God what we think we are doing right, or are we placing ourselves humbly before him to listen to what God thinks we should do? Humility means we recognize our human imperfections. Once we do that, we are open to a change of heart. This allows us to love others, even those who may seem in need of change of heart more than us.

 

 

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