From Father Michael's Desk
A message from Bishop Mike:
In light of the updated Covid guidelines, I have decided to officially end the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass as of the weekend of June 5 and 6, 2021.
We have made the decision not to verify the vaccination of each and every parishioner. As such, we request that at all Masses and parish events, masks should continue to be worn upon entry and exit, and at any time when there is movement or a closeness to others, for instance, when the Communion procession forms.
Ministers of the Eucharist should be masked when distributing Communion as should those receiving.
Diocese of Buffalo updates COVID guidelines for Mass
The Diocesan COVID Task Force has come to the conclusion that parishes, while happy to continue to comply with competent scientific and medical advice, cannot impress upon our volunteers or employees the difficult responsibility of questioning parishioners at the door as to what their vaccination status may be. This is something best left to the individual that may be decided based on conscience or medical advice.
In an effort to allow those who have yet to return to in-person experiences or Masses feel at peace, it is important to allow flexibility in policies regarding distancing and masks. The following diocesan guidelines are effective May 22-23, 2021.
Participation at in-person Masses and other parish events should not be contingent on vaccination status, nor should individuals be questioned regarding their vaccination status or asked to produce a vaccine card.
Since every act of worship is public, in line with guidance for other public settings where vaccine status is not checked, capacity should continue to be based on the capacity of each worship space with six feet of separation introduced between households.
At all Masses and parish events, masks should continue to be worn upon entry and exit, and at any time where there is movement or a closeness to others, for instance, when the Communion procession forms. (Ministers of the Eucharist should be masked when distributing Communion as should those receiving.) When seated, or when at an outdoor gathering, masks may be removed/ relaxed at the discretion of the individual.
Pastors and administrators should evaluate current policies for rectory offices when individuals may be at their work area versus when visitors arrive and whether or not masks should be required for visitors.
Outdoor Masses may be organized, adhering to guidelines for indoor celebrations. However, non-worship activities should be mindful of outdoor event capacities and current restrictions from the state.
At this time, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect.
As noted earlier this year, Altar Servers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers may return to ministry at the discretion of the parish leadership, but until the dispensation to attend Mass is lifted, schedules may be challenging to manage and to impose on those who are hesitant to return.
Sacramental celebrations (First Communions, Confirmations, and Weddings) should still follow all guidelines for Masses, with consideration for balancing safety and celebration, at the discretion of the parish leadership. Processions may be introduced responsibly, but as noted above, should employ the use of masks.
Unfortunately, the CDC has issued no new comprehensive guidelines specific to worship gatherings since February 2021, thus we cannot relax any prior guidelines regarding full choirs or hymnals. Congregational singing should still be discouraged, but those who choose to sing should wear a mask to increase safety and reduce the potential exposure to others.
Food and Community Gatherings
Precautions for basic hygiene should be employed when planning gatherings, whether for coffee and doughnuts after Mass or any similar gatherings, large or small. Ventilation and reasonable capacity and physical distancing guidelines should also be considered.
Thank you for your understanding.
Welcome to St. John the Baptist Parish!
St. John the Baptist is a Roman Catholic parish founded by St. John Neumann where God is loved and present in the liturgy, the sacraments and the community, faith is enriched through our teaching and experiencing the gospel, all are welcome in the spirit openness, and generosity and charity is extended through our ministry to all.
St. John Neumann Museum
The St. John Neumann Shrine Museum is open to the public. Anyone wishing to see our recently renovated Chapel or the St. John Neumann Archives Room can call the Rectory at 716-873-1122 to schedule a tour.
Our Parish Staff
St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
1085 Englewood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14223
E-mail: [email protected]
Now Accepting Online Donations
St. John's now allows you to manage your giving ONLINE using a credit/debit card. It is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions. This will help your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis when travel, illness, or other circumstances prevent you from attending Mass.
If you sign up for a recurring donation, your weekly envelope mailing will be canceled (saving us the cost of these mailings is one of the many benefits of joining this program.) However, this change process submitted to our Envelope Supplier may take up to two to four months to take place. Therefore, you may still receive envelopes sent to your home for several months until the mailing cancellation has been processed.
If you are planning to use this program periodically to select Non-Recurring, Special Collections, or Specific Donations, you will still receive parish envelope packets mailed to your home. If you no longer wish to receive the Envelope Packet Mailing to your home, please call the Rectory Office at 716-873-1122 to cancel your envelopes.
To get started, click here, then select Create Profile to the right.
Simply follow the on-screen instructions to create a profile and to schedule your contributions. Any questions, please contact Carla Mazurek at [email protected]
Thank you for your generous support!
Video will "Go Live" Saturday at 4:00 PM and be available for viewing afterward.
8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Adoration in the Chapel:
Monday - Friday, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday Holy Hour in the Chapel:
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Rectory Office Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Rectory is closed for lunch between 12:00-1:00 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
We Are Called to Share of Ourselves
If you're looking to get involved in the parish, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer within our wonderful community. Perhaps you'd like to join one of our many ministries and parish organizations? Or would you prefer to participate in the Mass? Helping hands are always needed.
Please click here for information regarding altar serving, Eucharistic ministry, choir, and ushering.
You may also navigate the above tab labeled Ministries/Volunteer for Parish Ministry Information.