NOW Accepting DONATIONS ONLINE!
St. John's is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving ONLINE using credit/debit card.
Giving ONLINE 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 the DONATE NOW tab directly above 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 generosity!
PARISH UPDATES & DIOCESAN GUIDELINES
UPDATE PLEASE READ! 4/1/20 3:30PM
Since ALL PUBLIC MASSES are canceled until further notice, INDIVIDUAL / PRIVATE DEVOTIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Whether in Church or at home, Catholic faithful are encouraged to make a 'Spiritual Communion'. St. John Paul II writes that "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: Mon. - Fri. 7AM-6PM, Sat. 9AM-6PM, and Sun. 8AM-6PM. 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.
FOR THE MOST CURRENT UPDATES AND INFO ON GUIDELINES FOR CATHOLICS: please go to buffalodiocese.org and click on the CORONAVIRUS link.
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.
BE ADVISED: DUE TO this situation, ALL OF THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WEEKLY or even DAILY! (We will certainly try to keep these updated as we receive info)
Outreach Food Pantry - closed
You can CHECK CURRENT BULLETIN located near the bottom of this webpage for info on St. John's (note: dates and info are still subject to change!)
EARLY BIRD DRAWING FOR SPRING RAFFLE HAS BEEN CHANGED from 3/19/20 to March 26th, 2020
We Are Called to Share Our Time and Talents...
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/Organizations" for Parish Ministry Information.
A Message from Father Michael, Pastor
Regarding the distribution of Palms:
Bishop Scharfenberger has asked the priests and deacons of the diocese to discourage people from congregating, even in small numbers at parishes. There are risks in making palms available since it is very likely they would be handled by many individuals on tables or in church vestibules.
For that reason, we will not be distributing palms on Palm Sunday, April 5th. I know this is deeply disappointing for many of you, but we must take every precaution to keep people safe.
I will be recording the Mass for Palm Sunday, which will be available this weekend here on the parish website and social media platforms. Please stay tuned for updates on our plans for a virtual Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
Our Journey of Lent has led us into a real dessert experience since the Coronavirus pandemic. As with Jesus, we may have renewed our prayer life, trusted more fully in God, as well as, become more present to those around us at home. Now, we move to the cross with Jesus as he goes up to Jerusalem. We are reminded of being united with His suffering through our challenges as individuals or our world. We recognize the need to be embraced by Christ from the cross. A cross that speaks, not of death, but of life.
As Jesus called out to his disciples in the storm at sea, "Do not be afraid," so too we are strengthened by those words to us because we continue to look to Christ as He gazes upon us from the cross of victory over death.
May we be united in prayer and in our hearts as we continue to make our way toward Easter.
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Fr. Michael, Sr.Jolene, Deacon Jim & the Staff of St. John’s Parish
Palm Sunday Mass
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 the Church and Campus
St. John Neumann Museum
The St. John Neumann Shrine Museum is now open to the public. Anyone wishing to see our recently renovated Chapel or St. John Neumann Archives Room can call the Rectory at 712-873-1122 to schedule a tour.
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, and 12:00pm
Confessions: Tuesdays at 4:00pm
Adoration - Chapel: Mon-Fri 2-4pm
Holy Hour - Chapel: Sun 3-4pm
St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
1085 Englewood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14223
E-mail: [email protected]
Rectory Office Hours
(*Rectory is closed for lunch between 12:00-1:00PM)