Prayer for Spiritual Communion
While we are unable to receive Holy Communion while watching televised Masses, we can pray An Act of Spiritual Communion:
I believe that You present in the
Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you and I desire to receive
You into my soul.
Since I cannot receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart.
Jesus you’re the one I love;
you’re the one I know.
You’re the one who makes me strong,
Spirit in my soul.
Bread, blessed and broken for us all,
symbol of your love from the grain so tall.
Bread blessed and broken for us all,
bread of life you give to us,
bread of life for all. Amen.
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.
To get started, click on DONATE NOW 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!
Parish Updates & Diocesan Guidelines
Since all public Masses are canceled until further notice, individual and private devotions are strongly encouraged. Whether in church or at home, the Catholic faithful are encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion (see prayer above). St. John Paul II writes, "It is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist." The practice of Spiritual Communion, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life, as St. Teresa of Jesus wrote, "When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you CAN make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you." (Ecclesia Eucharistia, no. 34)
SUGGESTIONS for these days ahead when we are unable to gather in prayer as a community of faith: Church will remain open as scheduled for private devotion: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., seven days a week. Prayer aides can be found on the tables in Church which include Stations of the Cross booklets, Lenten Reflection Booklets, various other prayers, and our missalettes found in pews.
The Diocese of Buffalo website has the most update to date information and guidelines for Catholics:
Bishop Scharfenberger asks all priests of the Dioceses of Buffalo to continue to offer Mass daily for the many intentions that have been committed to and ensure that the Eucharist is celebrated during this holy season of Lent. Please be assured that the intentions scheduled are being fulfilled by the pastor or another priest in a private Mass.
OUTREACH FOOD PANTRY REMAINS OPEN - Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. Do not come into the building; drive-up only, please!
You can read the CURRENT BULLETIN located on our home page for updated parish information.
Upon consultation and with the recommendation of the parish trustees, the Spring Raffle Drawing scheduled for Apr. 19 will take place on May 17. This will allow for greater participation, providing more time for tickets to be forwarded to the Rectory Office in a timely fashion. So please send your entree(s) in as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience and participation. Best of luck!
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.
Around our Church and Campus
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.
St. John Neumann Museum
The St. John Neumann Shrine Museum is open to the public. Anyone wishing to see our recently renovated Chapel or St. John Neumann Archives Room can call the Rectory at 716-873-1122 to schedule a tour.
From Father Michael's Desk
The Most Holy Trinity
Living the Paschal Mystery
The mystery of the Trinity can be baffling to comprehend.
Three persons, one God. We often state the intellectual proposition of faith without understanding it. And when attempting to understand the meaning of our words, we often fall back on that term: mystery. But what does the Trinity mean for us, beyond an intellectual proposition to which we nod assent?
As we read in the opening line of the gospel on Trinity Sunday, God is self-gift. God loves and God gives. Those attributes would mark our identity as Christians. If we want to live the paschal mystery, or even live the trinitarian mystery, it would behoove us to become like God and to love, to give to the point of giving our very selves. Doing the gospel, or living our faith, is much more a marker of Christian identity than merely parroting propositions we may or may not understand.
Video will become available May 30th at 4:00 PM
Litany of Blessed Virgin Mary - Litany of Loreto
Video will become available May 30th at 4:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial for Ken G. Davidson
Our Parish Staff
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.
Holy Hour in the Chapel:
Sunday 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.
St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
1085 Englewood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14223
E-mail: [email protected]