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Holiday Rectory Hours

SJB/HT Rectory will close at

12:00 Noon on Wed. Dec. 24th,

closed Thurs., Dec. 25th,

close at 12:00 Noon on Wed. Dec. 31st,

and closed Thurs. Jan. 1, 2015.


 new email address for church :


additional email address change for Bruce K. Van Dee, Business




We are the
 St. John The Baptist / Holy Trinity Parish
of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse 

"We the Roman Catholic Christian Community of the Diocese of Syracuse, in response to our baptismal call and nourished by the Eucharist, seek to continue the mission of Jesus Christ by welcoming, supporting and guiding God's family through prayer, sacramental celebration, service and education."

(Diocesan Mission Statement)


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse  





















"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Mary chose to cooperate with God. She didn't completely understand how his plan was going to unfold. She couldn't have known exactly what it all meant for her future. But she chose to offer herself to God's service nonetheless. And thanks to that generosity, the first Christmas happened nine months later.


Mary gives us a powerful example of saying yes to God. For her, the divine plan was revealed through the visit of the angel Gabriel. For us, it is usually revealed in less dramatic ways. We hear God's voice through the readings at Mass, through the homily, through the wise counsel of a trusted friend, through a spiritual book, through an inspirational speaker, or just in the prayerful silence of our own hearts. Regardless of how God speaks to us, we are in a similar situation to Mary's. We are faced with the choice either to accept God's will in our lives, saying yes as Mary did, or to say no and choose a different path. It may be tempting to stick to more familiar ground or to avoid the challenge of surrendering our plans to God. But just look what happened when Mary decided to let God lead: the greatest miracle in all of history! God became man because of a faithful woman. And God wants to work miracles through us too. Every time we cooperate with his will, he transforms us into more loving, more generous people.


As we round the corner toward Christmas this week, may we embrace God's will in our lives with the same joy and openness that ultimately allowed Mary to embrace the infant Jesus in her arms on Christmas Day.





Eucharistic Ministers Needed


SJB/HT is in need of Eucharistic Ministers especially for the Saturday 4:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM Masses. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please contact Lori Weir at 766-7886 or Lisa Jones at  530-0924.





Servers To Help With Funerals


We have reached out before with this request and we find that we need to reach out again. SJB/HT is in need of ladies and gentlemen of the parish who are able to help on the altar when a funeral is scheduled as an Altar Server. This does happen at a moments notice so calling upon you will be at a moments notice. Generally I am notified by the funeral director and have at least 2-4 days to prepare. Funerals at this time are during the days, Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We begin at 9:00AM no later than 10:30AM. Training will be provided. We ask that you dress business casual. This is a volunteer position. Please inquire with the office at 478-0916 for further information. Thank You for your consideration




Mon., Tues. & Fri.—12:00 Noon

Saturday Vigil—4:00 pm
Sunday—9:00 am & 11:00 am

Reconciliation: Fri. 11:30am. Or by appointment










    All Faiths Food Pantry Donations

    Your non perishable food donations can still be brought and left in the Food Wagons in the vestibules of the Church.


    Pantry hours: Tues & Wed 11am to 2:45pm 


    From The Mc Devitt Challenge Results


    Made possible through the generosity of Bob and Kay McDevitt, life long supporters and friends of the Diocese of Syracuse, and St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity Parish,  awarded a Diocesan McDevitt grant of $7500.00  to the Food Pantry.   We are grateful for their philanthropic spirit and Christian charity.


    If you would like to make a monetary donation


    please make checks payable to

    ***“All Faiths Food Pantry”***





                       Mass Schedule                


        2015 Mass Book


        The Mass Book for 2015 is now open. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL IN REQUESTS. Intentions will be taken in the office during office hours or we will take requests over the phone. Again, do not mail in your requests. 

        2014 Mass Book

        The Mass Book for 2014 is closed. There are no Masses available for the remainder of this year.



         You may visit the rectory during office hours; Monday—Thursday 9:00AM-4:30PM or Friday 9:00AM –2:30PM. You may also call the rectory if you are unable to come in person. All intentions are $10.00. You may also request the Sanctuary Lamp for the week, $10.00.








        Parish Life Group



        Your Parish Life Group is looking for new members and volunteers. Primary purpose is to plan and schedule a Parish monthly event for the coming year. The main purpose is to bring our Parish Families together socially. We generally meet once a month, depending on the activity scheduled. The yearly activities will be posted on the Church bulletin boards. It’s a little work at times but the outcome is worthwhile. We would also like to help provide our Bereavement Ministry Group with additional volunteers. Their purpose is to offer a light breakfast or luncheon after parish family funerals. If you have any interest or questions please contact the rectory 478-0916, attention Mary Olmsted or contact her directly at 200-9286.

















        8:00am to 12:noon



        A big thank you to everyone that came to breakfast with Santa. We had our biggest turn out ever for breakfast with many old and new faces. A thank you to our volunteers who set up on Friday night and worked today as well and of course, a thanks to Santa......Merry Christmas all.


        David William



        Santa and all his helpers!  Thank each and every one of you for making this such a wonderful day for our church!






        OCTOBER:  25TH & 26TH


        JANUARY: 10TH & 11TH


        FEBRUARY:  14TH & 15TH


        APRIL: 11TH & 12TH


        MAY:  16TH & 17TH


        Peace and joy in the Lord,


        Keith Cieplicki

        Jail Ministry Coordinator,

        Brady Bread Coordinator



        Brady Bread

        Sales of Brady Bread support the programs of Brady Faith Center, the Catholic Mission serving Southwest Syracuse. Your $3.00 donation per loaf goes directly to two of Brady’s programs serving those in need, Jail Ministry and Pedal to Possibilities.


        Jail Ministry - works with inmates and their families at the Onondaga County Justice Center. Our goal is to share God’s unconditional love with each individual. We provide a wide variety of services: Daily inmate visits (5,000 per year to inmates), Phone calls to help inmates stay connected to loved ones and others (20,000 per year), Low Cash Bail for over 150 individuals held on non-violent, misdemeanor charges, Sunday Mass weekly (2,000 inmates attend per year), Free Child Care for visitors during visitation hours, Bibles, Rosaries and Socks given to inmates annually (over 3,000), etc.

        Pedal to Possibilities - is a bicycle riding program for homeless people. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday year round form 9:00-10:00AM members meet at the Brady Faith Center on South Avenue for a 7-10 mile ride around town. After 10 rides, participants are given a bike, helmet and lock to keep as their own, providing them with transportation, exercise and most especially, a wonderful community!


        Decorating Church For Christmas


        We began decorating the church with trees, lights, manger and garland in choir loft on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 12:00 Noon ! Thank you to all that helped!


        Hard workers Chris ,Frank ,Bob, Peter and Jerry



        Pat Schramm's photo.







        Christmas Message



        My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:


        “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled” (Luke 2:1). With those words begins one of the most beautiful stories of all time, the story of the birth of Jesus, a story that remains ever fresh, never growing old for more than 2,000 years. We could never count how many words have been written, how many songs have been sung, about the precious birth of the Christ Child.


        There is one verse in the story, however, that is sometimes overlooked. Once the shepherds have come and gone from the birthplace of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are alone once again with their child and “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).


        The Blessed Mother is captured in silent reflection. Imagine Mary and all she has experienced. From the announcement of her being chosen by God as the mother of the Savior, through the hurried pilgrimage to Bethlehem, to the birth of her Son with strangers coming to visit him and with angels on site. Mary takes a deep breath and reflects it all not missing a single moment of the beauty of her Son’s birth.


        This Christmas, we should all remove ourselves from the commercialism of the season. We should all take that breath like Mary. To pause and think and pray. To reflect on what the story of the birth of Jesus truly means to us and for us; to reflect on how we can and must live our lives differently because of Jesus as “God with us”; to make sure that we truly take this story to heart, as Mary did in that little town of Bethlehem.


        Together with the staff of St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity, I wish you a joy-filled, merry, peaceful, grace-filled and reflective Christmas season. It is my hope that you can steal away a few moments of quiet at Christmas so that, like Mary, we too can all keep this great day close to our hearts. It is my prayer that you and I can live each day in 2015 grateful for our belief that Nothing is Impossible with God.”


        Yours in Christ,


        Deacon Bill



         The Sanctuary Lamp
        burns continuously.
              You may request

            that it burn in memory of

              your loved one.  






        The Sanctuary Lamp

        Will burn in memory of

        Anthony Matarazzo, Jr.

        & Anthony Mararazzo III

        Requested by

        Wife & Mother, Yolanda
















         Always keep in prayer all servicemen and women. From our parish:





        When you feel you’re “drowning”

        in life’s situations, don’t worry.




        The Franciscan Place Chapel and

        Religious Gift Shoppe

        at Destiny USA

        Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 10:00AM - 8:00PM

                  Fri. & Sat., 10:00AM - 6:00PM

                   Sun., 11:00AM - 6:00PM


        Mass Schedule: Mon. - Wed. - Fri., 12:15PM

                   Tues. & Thurs., 4:15PM


        Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Fri., 1:00-4:00PM


        Sacrament of Reconciliation: Mon. & Thurs.,

            10:00AM-12:00Noon & 2:00-4:00PM

                 Tues. - Wed. - Fri., 2:00-4:00PM

                     Wed. Evening, 7:00-8:00PM

                    Sat., 11:00AM-2:00PM




        Snow Birds

        A friendly reminder, as you are making your plans to leave for warmer climates, please add the SJB/HT rectory to your list in letting us know to cancel your contribution envelopes until you return. Otherwise your packet of envelopes will be returned to this office for postage due. Let us know when you are leaving and are expected to return. Thank you and safe travels.





        The Immaculata Medallion Award

        The Immaculata Medallion is an award recognizing and honoring lay people who generously and unselfishly volunteer time and service to their parishes. On one side of the medal appears an image of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of the Diocese of Syracuse. The reverse features an image of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham accepted recommendations from pastors across the diocese for recognition. This year from St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity we are very pleased to announce June Greene as recipient of the award. The ceremony is Sunday, December 7 at 2:30PM at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church.





        Customers talk about the closing of the Pond Street Wegmans










        Fri. Dec. 12           Group 4 Altar Cleaning

        Fri. Dec. 19           Group 1 Altar Cleaning

        Fri. Dec. 26           Group 2 Altar Cleaning

        Previous bulletin contained incorrect dates for Altar Cleaning. Sorry for any confusion.


        Sun. Dec. 7            Immaculata Award 2:30PM

                            Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

        Mon. Dec. 8           Holyday - Immaculate Conception

                                        Masses 12 Noon and 5:30PM

        Thurs. Dec. 12Parish Life Committee 7:00PM

                                         SJB/HT Parish Center

        Sun. Dec. 14Breakfast With Santa 8:00-Noon

                                         SJB/HT Parish Center

                                   Northside Advent Penance Service

                                3:00PM Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peters

        Thurs. Dec. 18TNT Neighborhood Watch Meeting

                                         7:00PM SJB/HT Parish Center

        Wed. Dec. 24Rectory will close at Noon

                                       Christmas Eve Masses

                                         4:00PM 7 10:00PM

        Thurs. Dec. 25 Christmas Day Mass










        Andrea Bocelli - The Lord's Prayer

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         new email address for church :


        additional email address change for Bruce K. Van Dee, Business