From Father Michael's Desk
An important message from Bishop Mike
Bishop Michael Fisher has written a message to the faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo that was read in our parish at weekend Masses (Aug. 21-22).
In part, the bishop wrote:
As you have no doubt seen in recent news reports, the window that was opened to allow individuals seeking civil justice and restitution by asserting claims in the Diocese’s chapter 11 proceeding, or initiating lawsuits against other Catholic entities, due to past experiences of sexual abuse as allowed for by by New York’s Child Victims Act, has now been brought to a close. You may also be aware that the Diocese of Buffalo has had an extraordinary number of claims from individuals who assert that they were abused, in most cases decades ago.
I wish to make abundantly clear that I regard this as a tragedy of truly epic proportions and, as I have maintained since day one as bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, it is of paramount importance to deal with the Church’s obligations to survivors forthrightly and to work to repair the enormous damage that has been done not only to the reputation of the Church here in Western New York, but most importantly to the lives of those affected. Toward that end, we are fully focused on fulfilling what this process is all about, namely bringing about a sense of restitution, closure and healing for those who were abused by members of the clergy.
Read Bishop Mike's entire message.
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!
Mass for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time will "Go Live" Saturday at 4:00 PM
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.