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Altar Servers - are members of a very special group of young people in our parish who have answered God's call to ministry. As a St. John's Altar Server, you are one of the liturgical ministers of our parish and have special tasks to perform during the litugies, especially during the celebration of the Eucharist at mass. Serving at mass will involve learning some new words and terms. You will also be asked to perform some very specific duties. It is important to realize that you are serving God in helping with prayers and with the Eucharist.

Anyone who has an interest in serving as an altar server must be 10 years of age or older and entering into the 5th - 12th grade, have received First Holy Communion, know how to genuflect properly and how to make the sign of the cross. You must attend mass regularly, be a member of St. John the Baptist Church or a student at DeSales Catholic School, and have a strong desire to serve at the Altar of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. YOU must have this desire and not be serving because anyone is pressuring you.

To inquire please call 716-433-8118 ext 104 and ask for Sally Dockery, Coordinator

Lectors Ministry - A lector is appointed to read the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, they read the lesson from sacred Scripture, except the Gospel, in the Mass and in other sacred celebrations; recite the psalms between the readings, in the absence of the cantor; presents the intentions for general intercessions when the deacon or cantor is absent; and may also direct the congregation in song. If necessary, they also assume the responsibility of instructing any of the faithful called upon to read the Scriptures in any liturgical celebration. 

Anyone interested in becoming a lector should call 716-433-8118 ext 104 and ask for Elaine LaFountain, Coordinator

Eucharistic Ministers/Extraordinary Ministers - Lay people can be deputed, on either a temporary or ongoing basis, to assist the priests and deacons of the Church to distribute the Eucharist either at Mass or to the homebound. Since they are not ordained, they are not ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, but are called Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. 

Please inquire by calling 716-433-8118 ext 104 and ask for Angie Hahn, Coordinator.

Music Ministry - The Music Ministry brings richness to the Mass by supporting and encouraging active participation of all assembled through song and response. Music, a joyful form of prayer, gives glory to God and assists the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Church to experience Him through the power and beauty of sacred song. This ministry provides musical direction and brings together parishioners who share a passion for music. 

Want to be a member? Contact 716-433-8118 ext. 104 ask for Lucy Wronski, Music Director

Ushers & Greeters Ministries - Your willingness to serve God in the capacity as an usher or greeter reflects your commitment to Christ. Your willingness to commit to a monthly schedule; to arrive on time and to be friendly and welcoming presence to those coming to worship here at St. John the Baptist Church is a further reflection of your commitment to serve this Parish. By assuring a welcoming presence and orderly seating at all Masses offered in this Parish, you enhance the beauty of the Liturgy and become an instrument through whom God may be present to those in worship.

Interested in being an Usher - Call 716-433-8118 ext. 104 ask for Pat Sullivan, Coordinator

Interested in being a Greeter - Call 716-433-8118 ext 104 and ask for Christine Sullivan, Coordinator

Legion of Mary - is the Glory of God through the intercession of Mary, under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Legion will meet on Tuesday, July 11 & 18th, at 3PM in the Bosco Center. Please note July 25th will meet at 6:30pm in the Bosco Center.

Contact 716-433-8118 ext 104 for more information. Sara Pazik, President
St. Vincent de Paul Society - is an international voluntary organization, founded in 1833 for the sanctification of its members by personal service of the poor. SVdP meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Central Niagara Catholic Family Service Center at 1PM. Next meeting is July 18, 2023. All are welcome. Contact 716-433-8118 ext 104 for more information. Robert "Bob" Betsch, President
Men's Ministry and Bible Study - Join this prayerful group of men as they examine, "How the Church's Social Doctrine Addresses the Issues of Our Times" by Fr. Jeffery Kirby, STD. Men's Ministry meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Bosco Center at 7:00pm. Next meeting is July 18, 2023. Ken Paulin, Jr., President
Women of Faith Ministries - Is a CNCF Ministry of women who meet twice a year to read, reflect and share there lives around a spritual text. These seminars are once a week for 6-7 weeks. Dates will be posted and shared six weeks before the start of the retreats. Ann Schuler and Julie Kapuscinski, Co-Chairs
Rosary for Peace - Dedicated to praying for peace in our world and special prayers weekly for the devotion candle to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. This group meets every Monday at 9:30am in the Church Proper. If a funeral is scheduled the Rosary will meet in the church hall. Contact 716-433-8118 ext 104 for more information, Kevin Pothier and Beverly Nuwer, Leads
Garden Club Ministries - Do you have a green thumb? If you do come join the Garden Club. Meets Friday's at 9:00am in the back parking lot near the garage doors. Anyone interested in donating to this beautification ministry please make checks out to St. John's and indicate garden on check. 
Knitting Blankets for Baptisms - This ministry will create beautiful blankets for our newest members. Through their work and prayers they will share their talents and love with our future generations. Anyone interested to join please call 716-433-8118 ext 104. 
Health & Wellness Ministries - St. John's has started a Health & Wellness Ministry. As we build up our spiritual body lets also keep our physical body healthy and happy. If you have a passion for healthy living or work in the medical field and want to share your knowledge through this ministry contact Marietta at 716-628-4337. All are welcome!! Marietta Schrader, Coordinator

The Altar & Rosary Society - strives to fulfill their spiritual needs and those of the parish. The Society promotes the Spiritual and social life of the Parish, and provides community for Catholic Women and a great service to the Lord and His Altar.

The Altar and Rosary Society is a multi-faceted Ministry centered around our common devotion to the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Mother, Mary.

The Altar & Rosary Society is a group of Parish Women dedicated to the upkeep of the altar and sacristy of the church.

Interested in Joining? Call 716-433-8118 ext 104 and ask for Beverly Nuwer or Angie Hahn, Co-Presidents