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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  













The Commemoration of all the Faithfully Departed

"I will not reject anyone who comes to me." Today, as we remember the faithful departed, we can rejoice in these words from Jesus. He promises that he will welcome those who come to him. He is so anxious to embrace us! As the catechism puts it, "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation" (CCC §1030).

Jesus' whole message here is important. Eternal salvation is available to all, but it does involve a level of participation on our part. "Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life," Jesus says in today's Gospel. When it's authentic, of course, this belief is more than mere lip service. Understanding that Jesus is our savior and our God is one thing. Coming to him is another; it takes belief to the next level of personal commitment. This involves choices, decisions, and actions. Coming to Jesus means being near him-through a spiritual life that involves a real relationship with him-as well as being focused on him by charting our life's course in the light of faith. This is what we strive to do during the ups and downs of this life.

But it isn't always easy. Even as faithful Christians we often fall short of perfect cooperation with God. But this is not cause for despair! Today we remember that even Christians who die still "imperfectly purified" can ultimately share the blessing of heaven. We pray for these souls in purgatory to come closer and closer to perfect union with the Lord. And meanwhile, we strive to increase our own union with Christ in the hopes of sharing eternity with him and with the whole communion of saints, including our loved ones who have gone before us in faith.



Next weekend, Sunday, November 2, 2:00AM clocks get turned back one hour. FALL BEHIND. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.



Oct 7, 2014.



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

               Mass Schedule                

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”***


















2nd Annual Saint Marianne Way

 Street Festival




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.











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Looking Ahead


The International Food Festival is Saturday, November 8 beginning at Noon. If you would like to participate as a “CHEF” call the rectory during business hours, 478-0916 for information.


Again this year we are asking for “Themed Baskets” for raffles, your delicious “Baked Goods” and if you would like to share with us a favorite family recipe “Chefs”. Your thoughtful donations of themed baskets can be dropped off at the rectory at anytime prior to the festival. If you are unable to deliver it we will make arrangements to pick it up. Mark your calendars and join us Saturday, November 8 for what is always a Good Time! Call the rectory for information on becoming a chef.









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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 in memory of

The Mancuso and Campese Families

Requested by










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



Homeless Project - Part 2


Homeless Project II

We will be collecting hats, gloves and socks for the homeless of our area the month of October. NO CLOTHING please. May we kindly ask that your donations be neutral in colors and sizes. A donation box will be located in the Park Street vestibule.


 You may Mary Olmsted at 200-9286, or call the rectory at 478-0916.  Thank you!






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Tuesday, November 4, 2014


6am to 9pm


When you feel you’re “drowning”

in life’s situations, don’t worry.





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.










Fri. Oct. 31           Group 2 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Nov. 7             Group 3 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Nov. 14           Group 4 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Nov. 21           Group 1 Altar Cleaning

Fri. Nov. 28           Group 2 Altar Cleaning

Sun. Nov. 2           Word Service for all departed

                                    6:00PM in Church

Mon. Nov. 3          Parish Council Meeting

                                     7:00PM SJB/HT Parish Center

Tues. Nov. 4Election Day

Sat. Nov. 8International Food Festival

                                      12:00-7:00PM SJB/HT Parish Center

Thurs. Nov. 13Parish Life Committee Meeting

                                      7:00PM SJB/HT Parish Center

Thurs. Nov. 20TNT Neighborhood Watch Meeting

                                      7:00PM SJB/HT Parish Center

Sat. Nov. 22BUNKO 6:00PM SJB/HT Parish Center

Thurs. Nov. 28Thanksgiving Day






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Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.


NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.


In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.