From Father Michael's Desk
Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, D.D.
13th Bishop of Buffalo (2004-2012)
Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, died peacefully July 11, 2020, following a brief illness. Bishop Kmiec had been in declining health during the past several months.
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, Apostolic Administrator stated: "We commend to our loving and merciful Lord the devoted soul of our brother, Bishop Edward Kmiec. He served long and faithfully the Church which he loved greatly as a priest and bishop, and as one who's kindness, warm and pastoral spirit-guided, comforted, and revealed Christ to so many throughout his nearly 60 years of priesthood. We mourn his passing, but are also joyous in the sure knowledge that he is now with the One who motivated his life's purpose and who has called this good and faithful servant home."
On Aug. 12, 2004, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Kmiec the 13th Bishop of Buffalo. He was installed on Oct. 28, 2004. On May 29, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Kmiec's resignation. Since his retirement, Bishop Kmiec has resided at the St. Joseph Cathedral Rectory in Buffalo. All of Bishop Kmiec's siblings preceded him in death. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as several grand nieces and nephews.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the soul of your departed servant
Bishop Edward Kmiec
to whom you committed the care of your family,
as Bishop of Buffalo, may, with the manifold
fruit of his labors, enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
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.
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 as RECURRING DONATIONS - your weekly envelope mailing will be cancelled (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 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!
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
For those who 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.
Parish News & Updates
OUTREACH FOOD PANTRY REMAINS OPEN - Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. Do not come into the building; drive-up only, please!
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - August 14 - 1-6pm in the Community Room, call 1800 RED CROSS
You can read the CURRENT BULLETIN located on our home page for updated parish information.
Video will become available Saturday August 1st at 4:00 PM
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]