From Father Michael's Desk
A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic Faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberg, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, has written a pastoral letter for the Advent season. The purpose of the Pastoral Letter is to provide the spiritual foundation for our Diocesan Road to Renewal initiative.
The bishop writes, "As your spiritual father during this time of transition, I invite you – all of us – to consider, reflect on and renew our family relationships. None of us is an island. If God is calling us each by name, then each of our lives has a meaning and a purpose for God. God lives in us and among us." Read Bishop Ed's pastoral letter.
With our parish located in an Orange Zone, all in-person Masses are suspended. We will continue to offer the televised Sunday Mass here on our website.
Dispensation from the obligation of Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect. Our church remains open until 4:30 p.m. daily for private prayer. Please enter through the doors to the Community Room parking area.
You can learn more about precautions taken by the Diocese of Buffalo here.
As always, thank you for your cooperation and 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.
Around our Church and Campus
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 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
Parish Weekend Mass is now streamed live on FaceBook at 4pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.