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   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


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  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

Upcoming Events

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 

Craft/Vendor Show Coming soon!
St John's will be holding it's 1st annual Craft & Vendor show & festival on October 20th 2019 from noon-6pm

Craft & Vendor Show & Festival: We are still in need of baskets for our upcoming event on Sunday, October 20th. Our hope is to reach a count of 100 total baskets, but please no liquor. Any donations can be brought to the rectory. Also, we need volunteers for mainly serving pre-made food, helping with setting up and taking down, and with the kids crafts (already done up in pre made kits). If you are interested in donating, have any questions, or would like to join the committee, please contact Stephanie or Kate at 937-6959. Thank you!

 

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

      Last week our readings were focused on the unequivocal mercy and forgiveness that God has for the pinnacle of his creation of human beings. If we really appreciate the depth of God’s love and our need for it, it would be life-changing. Our readings today warn us of the consequences of failing to live as if we need God’s love. In the first reading (Amos 6:1a,4-7), the prophet Amos exhorts his audience: “woe to the complacent in Zion!” In the Gospel (Luke 16:19-31), Jesus addresses the Pharisees (the religious leaders) with a powerful parable about a rich man and a poor man named Lazarus. At the end of the parable, Abraham says: “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” The readings are a loud and clear call to live just and compassionate lives because that is who God is and who we are to emulate.

       These readings along with the second reading from Timothy (1 Tim 6:11-16) together make it clear that this is a major message of God sent to us from the beginning of human existence as is contained in the whole Old Testament through the life of Jesus as contained in the New Testament. The passage from Timothy begins: “But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called…”  In other words, live your faith well – no room for complacency here. We need to see every person around us with the same eyes that Jesus sees us and them. We then can respond in kind with the same kind of love necessary to help everyone reach eternal life.

     A member of our parish recently told me that she began working at Save-a-lot in Alden. She only works about 20 hours a week, but she has been confronted over and over with the poverty of some of the people who shop in the store. She told me of some of the encounters she had and how she feels that she is called to help out these individuals in need. She doesn’t know what to do and she doesn’t have a plan, but she feels very strongly called to do something! She is right, we are responsible for ALL the souls in our parish, not just those who are here every Sunday, not just those who can pay us back for our kindness, and not just those whom we know but EVERYONE. She is feeling called out of complacency.

    The conversation I had with her was a powerful message to me. What can we do to help? We can’t solve the issue of poverty, but we certainly can help the poor. She and I will be starting a social justice committee. We will be inviting anyone of you who have been similarly called to do something about those in need around us. NO MORE INDIFFERENCE, NO MORE COMPLACENCY.

 

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