The prayer shawls and baptismal blankets that Father Dan will bless at the 11:00AM Mass this week were made with love and prayer by our WIGL group. The WIGL group consists of women of the parish of all ages who meet once a month. The prayer shawls and baptismal blankets are either knitted or crocheted. We give a baptismal blanket to a newly baptized child of the parish at the time of baptism. The prayer shawls are given to any person who may have suffered a loss or is dealing with illness. The symbol of the shawl is that when the person uses the shawl they are wrapped in the prayers of the group. If you know of someone who may be in need of a shawl and prayers, please call Nancy at (716) 474-2992. Referrals are kept confidential.

Temporary Office Hours

As we travel down the Road to Renewal with our new Family of Parishes, there will be adjustments that will need to be made. These adjustments will be discussed within the Pillar groups that have been established for the Road to Renewal Process for our Family of Parishes. In the meantime, there is a need for assistance at St. John’s in Alden so Sue will be splitting her week between both sites. Feel free to call St. Max or St. John’s and speak to Sue at any time if you have a parish need or leave a message on either voice mail and someone will get back to you.

In-person office hours will be:

St. Max Parish Office:

Monday – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Wednesday – 9:00am – 4:00pm

St. John’s Parish Office:

Tuesday – 9:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday – 9:00am – 4:00pm

As we move forward and see where the needs are, these hours could be adjusted so please watch the bulletin for further updates. Thank you for your patience during this adjustment period.

The Blessing of the Baskets will be held on Holy Saturday, April 8th, at 1PM at the East Pembroke Church.

Join the WIGL Ladies of St. Max (Women Increasing God’s Love) for a house plant exchange on Earth Day, April 22nd, from 9-11 AM at the East Pembroke cottage (next to the Church, 8650 Church Street, East Pembroke).  Bring a cutting of your healthy plant to the cottage to swap. Stay awhile for coffee, cake and conversation. 

If you would like to donate flower in honor of a loved one to place around the church sites during the Easter Season, please bring them during Holy Week. Please be sure to indicate the names of those who it is in honor of as it will be printed in the parish bulletin in the weeks following Easter Sunday.

St John the Baptist Church, Sandridge Road, Alden, invites you to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 16th.  All are welcome.

Prior to the Feastday, please begin praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the 9 consecutive days beginning on Good Friday, April 7 through Saturday, April 15th. Then join us on Sunday, April 16th in celebration of this great gift of Mercy

2 PM Confessions 

2:30 Rosary with meditation

3 PM Divine Mercy program with chaplet       

Jesus spoke to St Faustina Kowalska of His desire to pour out extra-ordinary graces of mercy upon sinners each year on one special day, the Feast of Divine Mercy celebrated the Sunday after Easter. He said to Sister Faustina:

“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

Congratulations to Nicholas Compton and Andrew Compton who were presented with the Altar Server Award on March 18th, by Bishop Fisher at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.  The Bishop’s Altar Server Award was established to honor altar servers for their dedication and service to their parish. This award is presented to Nicholas and Andrew because of their enthusiasm, faithfulness, dedication and years of service as an Altar Server.

Thank you for your service to our Parish.