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To say Father John Gaglione is a man of service would be an understatement. He not only serves as a Priest in the Diocese of Buffalo but also served the United States of America as a member of the Air Force Reserve for twenty- five years. Currently, he is serving as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Snyder, returning to the place where it all began.
John R. Gaglione, along with his brother and sister, grew up at Christ the King Parish in Snyder. Father John received all his sacraments at that parish from Baptism to Priesthood Ordination. He attended the parish elementary school and attributes his early thoughts of becoming a priest to his involvement in the parish as a student. He recalled, “I was always hanging around the church. We used to help the sisters in grade school take care of the Sanctuary area. I was an altar server and always had a leaning towards priesthood.” He then went on to graduate from Bishop Neumann High School and earned a BA in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College in Kentucky. In 1976 he earned a Masters of Divinity from Christ the King Seminary and was ordained to the Priesthood on June 12, 1976.
Father John’s first assignment as a priest was to Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Buffalo. He spent two and a half years there and was then reassigned to St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore as a parochial vicar with the added duty of Secretary to the Most Rev. Bernard J. McLaughlin, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Buffalo. He held this position from 1978 until 1986 and it was during this time period when he began serving our country as well. He was commissioned First Lieutenant, Chaplain in the Air Force Reserve on April 16, 1983. He moved on to become parochial vicar at St. Lawrence Parish in Buffalo from 1986 to 1988 and was promoted to Captain in the Air Force Reserve on October 16, 1985. In June of 1988 Father John became the Coordinator of the Priests’ Personnel Board for the Diocese of Buffalo. He held that position until June of 1994 and spent that summer as pastor of Holy Name of Mary Parish in Ellicottville. He was also promoted once again on April 16, 1994 to Major in the Air Force Reserve. Father John was then reassigned as Senior Parochial Vicar at St. Paul Parish in Kenmore from September, 1994 to December, 1995 when he was made Pastor once again at Our Lady of the Rosary in Niagara Falls. He held that position until September, 2000. Promoted to Wing Chaplain at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on October 1, 1996, he held that position until 2008. During that time he was promoted once again to Lt. Col. On April 16, 2001. He was activated for Base Support at Niagara Air Reserve Station from August, 2005 to February, 2007. On January 30, 2008, Fr. John retired after twenty-five years of Military Service. He is a Veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm as well as Iraqi Freedom and has received numerous military decorations. Appointed Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Snyder in May of 2007, Father John remarked, “It’s quite an honor to be back here.”
Over the years, Father John has been active in many organizations. He has been a member of volunteer fire companies and rescue squads as well as emergency medical services, chaplain of the Council #247 Knights of Columbus, member of the Diocese of Buffalo Finance Council, and chairperson for Niagara Falls Catholic School Network. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mercy Flight and is a member of the Scientific Staff of the Buffalo Police Department. He is Chaplain for the Snyder Fire Department, Amherst Fire Council and Erie County Emergency Services and also currently serves as Defender of the Bond for the Court of Second Instance on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal.
Even with his involvement in so many areas, Father John finds free time here and there. He likes to relax at the beach as well as pursue the hobby of amateur radio operation. He has a base unit in the car and in the house and had to study to get a license to operate. There are different levels that can be obtained which offer different frequencies and privileges associated with each level. Through this radio operation, Father John is able to contact people all around the world.
Father John remarked that he really enjoys “being a part of people’s lives, being able to share your faith and their faith.” He added, “I’m always inspired by people’s lives. The greatest homilies aren’t preached from the pulpit but lived in the pews.” He feels that as a priest he gets more encouragement from the people he interacts with daily than they get from him. The people he deals with would probably say it is the other way around! Father John also feels that without a business manager, things would be much more difficult. He believes that things pertaining to administration are very complicated these days and he is grateful for help in that area.
Concerning the priesthood, Father John advises those who are discerning to “really make sure that it’s what you should be doing.” He adds that, “Like any commitment in life, be it marriage or anything else, you never really know what it’s like until you’re involved in it. Always keep your eyes focused on the local ministry, the people that you’re sent to serve. If you start looking up (aspiring to receive greater promotions and recognition) it can be very frustrating. Do what you’re asked to do and what you’re sent to do.”
Father John is a humble man who has accomplished much while believing nothing has been more important in his life than serving. He sums it up by stating, “I’m happy ministering to people and doing those things I’m called to do.”
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On behalf of the entire staff at the Church of Christ the King, I want to welcome you and introduce you to the many ministries and opportunities for service our parish offers.
In these pages, you will find everything from Mass schedules and sacrament information to ministries of prayer and good works. Please consider deepening your faith and sharing your talents by participating in one of these ministries.
Our staff and heads of ministry would be happy to help you choose the best fit for your talents. Contact information is included with each ministry.
Please join us as we follow the Holy Spirit and proclaim our steadfast faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. John Gaglione, Pastor
Christ the King Parish
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Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
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Congratulations on expecting your child! Before your child’s Baptism, parents are expected to attend a Pre-Baptismal instruction class held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Msgr. McMahon Church Library. Attendance at such a program is necessary before any infant’s Baptism is scheduled – call the Rectory to reserve a space. Baptisms are usually celebrated at 1:15 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, and must be scheduled in advance.
Congratulations on your engagement! As a couple seeking a Catholic marriage, you should meet with the priest at least six months in advance of the marriage to make arrangements and set the date. Attendance at a marriage preparation program (Pre-Cana) is required. Pre-Cana Coordinators are David & Donna Ortolani, please call them at 633-9908.
Is the Holy Spirit prompting you to become Catholic? Those who are interested in learning about the Catholic Faith should contact the Rectory.
Call anytime to arrange for a visit. If you desire to see a priest, please call as soon as possible. Arrangements can be for the sick to receive Holy Communion at home. Please notify the Rectory of sick parishioners who are in the hospital.
If you or a family member are nearing the end of your life’s journey, anticipating surgery or a stay in the hospital and wish to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Rectory.
Thanks for joining us. We warmly welcome you to our parish community and we look forward to worshipping with you. Please call the rectory so that you are placed on our parish register.
We are sad to see you go. Please notify the rectory office when moving out of the Parish so our parish register is up-to-date.
To act as sponsors for the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation can be given only to registered members of the Parish who are confirmed, attend Mass and receive the sacraments regularly. If the requesting person is married, the marriage must have taken place in conformity with the laws of the Church. Please stop by the Sacristy after Mass.
Updated November 1, 2011
Would you like to take a more active role in our parish? Please fill out our Spiritual Interest Form.
Deacon: John Coughlin
Rectory Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30 am –12:30 p.m.
& 1:30 p.m – 4 p.m