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Stations of the Cross During Lent

Join us every Friday during Lent at 7 p.m., in the church for Stations of the Cross led by St. John’s Holy Name Society. Masks and social distancing required. All are welcome.

The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises” (Ceremonial of Bishops, 249).

During these Lenten days may we read, reflect, and put into practice more fully the call of the scriptures that touch our hearts and challenge our lives with renewal and conversion from sin. May we journey as a faith community accompanying each other in prayer, support, and presence in Church or from home during our time of Lent.

Father Michael

Welcome Bishop Michael W. Fisher, 15th Bishop of Buffalo

On behalf of the St. John the Baptist Parish Community, it is my pleasure to welcome our new shephard, Bishop Michael W. Fisher, who was installed Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Joseph Cathedral. Please join me in praying for Bishop Fisher as he begins his ministry. May he follow the example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as he ministers with many to build the Kingdom of God in faithfulness and love. 

Father Michael

Job Posting

Our parish currently has an opening for the Business Manager. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the pastor. Learn more about the position here.

Ellwood Fire Company supports St. John the Baptist Food Pantry

The tradition of giving back continues this year for the Ellwood Fire Company, which provided St. John the Baptist’s Outreach Food Pantry with a check for $750. The pantry currently serves more than 40 families through food distribution every Wednesday between 1 and 2 p.m. The check was presented by Firefighter Mike Iannello to St. John the Baptist Parish Pastoral Assistant Sister Jolene Ellis.

In past years, Ellwood volunteer firefighters have collected food from neighborhood residents, but the pandemic led to the decision not to conduct the food drive this year. $500 of the donation came from the Past Chief’s Association with $250 from the fire company. The money was raised through donations to the company.
“Members of the Ellwood Fire Company have a long history of generously supporting our outreach efforts at St. John’s,” said Father Michael Parker, pastor of the Kenmore parish. “We are grateful for their fine example of providing financial support to those families who we continue to support through our outreach efforts.”
Families in need can contact the food pantry and 873-2933. Food and cash donations are also accepted, and can be dropped off at the St. John’s rectory, 1085 Englewood Ave.
Pictured: St. John the Baptist Parish Pastoral Assistant Sister Jolene Ellis (foreground). From left to right: Ellwood Fire Company members Rob Carncross; Dave VanDewater, Sr.; Mike Iannello; Brian Nigro; Roger Restorff and Bob Pohlman.

Welcome to St. John the Baptist Parish!

Our Mission

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.

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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.


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Contact Us

St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
1085 Englewood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14223

Phone:  716-873-1122
Fax:  716-873-3305

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!

Streamed Mass

Video will "Go Live" Saturday at 4:00 PM and be available for viewing afterward.

Click HERE for St John the Baptist's YouTube Site

Mass Times

8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.

Saturday Vigil:
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.

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