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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  










Temporary Administrator


Reverend Daniel Caruso, Pastor of Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter’s Church in Syracuse has been appointed the additional responsibility of Temporary Administrator of St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse.  This assignment is effective December 19, 2014.


Please welcome Rev. Caruso to our Parish when you see him.









Third Sunday In Ordinary Time

"Repent, and believe in the gospel." What would happen if Jesus spoke these commanding words today? Would his listeners accuse him of shoving his religion down their throats? Would they give him a lecture on tolerance or insist that repentance is an outdated idea from a bygone era obsessed with guilt? How many of us would actually listen to him, take him at his word, and do what he said?

Our modern sensitivities have been programmed to respond with skepticism, if not anger, to any suggestion that there is a "right" way of doing things or a "true" religion. Much of our culture subtly preaches that right and wrong is all relative and that religions are all generally the same. But when Jesus tells us to repent, he implies that some of the choices we are making are wrong, that we need to change; to eliminate our sins, to turn toward God, and to become more loving, more generous, and more forgiving. And when he tells us to believe in the Gospel, he's not just making a recommendation or offering some sage advice. He is giving us directions for what we need to do to enter into "the kingdom of God."

The challenge we face in our day and age is to silence the societal messages that color our thoughts and instead listen to Jesus with an open mind. Are we willing to let his words affect us? Are we ready to examine our lives and repent of our sins? Are we prepared to believe the good news he preached of salvation and forgiveness? His message is more than a command. It's an invitation. He wants us to share in the glory of his heavenly kingdom, now and for all eternity. The question is only how we will respond to this divine invitation.






Thank You Mary Russell

This is Mary’s last weekend as our “fill-in” Cantor. Thank You very much for helping SJB/HT during our Masses and funerals. We wish you a very happy and healthy new addition to your family and the very best to all.

The Parishioners and Staff of SJB/HT








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

A Note From Fr. Pius

Dear Christians, St. John/Holy Trinity,

I am wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. Thank you very much for your kind support for all that I received from you in 2014. May God reward you all abundantly. When ever an opportunity to come again to the US comes my way I shall not hesitate to visit your parish where I received a lot of care, support and love. Hopefully you have got a new Pastor by now.

Best regards from Fr. Pius M. Okumu




The Pantry is looking for volunteers to help on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays between 11:00AM-3:00PM. Any amount of time you can offer. Help with stocking shelves, aiding clients as they “shop”, check-in of clients are the basic tasks to be filled. Call the SJB/HT rectory if you have any time to offer. I will help you contact the pantry coordinator.










    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”***






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. 


 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.






















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!






 The Sanctuary Lamp
burns continuously.
      You may request

    that it burn in memory of

      your loved one.  






The Sanctuary Lamp

Will burn for

Mary Donzella

requested by Tish DeSalvo
















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





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



Christmas Party Pictures

IMG_9944_SmallClick here for our pictures from Friday’s Northside Family Christmas Party. This annual party could not happen without the assistance of many volunteers and organizations such as PEACE Inc., U.S. Marines Toys-for-Tots, Rite Aid, Frito Lay, Tops Markets, Burger King, Syracuse City School District, City of Syracuse Parks and Rec., Syracuse Police Department, the seniors at Vinette Towers, East Syracuse Rotary Club, DOT Foods, and Corso’s Cookies this year. Thank you all and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays to all!

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Fri. Jan. 30           Group 3 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Feb. 6             Group 4 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Feb. 13           Group 1 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Feb. 20           Group 2 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Feb. 27           Group 3 Altar Cleaning


Mon. Feb. 2           Parish Council Meeting

                         SJB/HT Parish Center 7:00PM

Thurs. Feb 12       Parish Life Meeting

                          SJB/HT Parish Center 7:00PM

Wed. Feb 1812:00 Noon Mass w/Ashes in Church

                               5:30PM Word Service w/Ashes

Thurs. Feb. 19TNT Neighborhood Meeting

                          SJB/HT Parish Center 7:00PM

Fri. Feb. 20BakedFish Dinner

                          SJB/HT Parish Center 4:00-7:00PM

                             6:30PM Benediction/Stations

Fri. Feb. 27Baked Fish Dinner

                           SJB/HT Parish Center 4:00-7:00PM

                              6:30PM Benediction/Stations

















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