Thank you all sincerely -- whether you prayed, volunteered, attended, or supported
(or all of these) for the Saint John the Baptist 185th Jubilee Celebration!
As we continue each day moving forward, let us reflect on and live the words of our
Parish Mission Statement, ratified on January 31, 2016 by Parish Assembly:
Saint John the Baptist is a multiethnic Roman Catholic Parish
rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Founded in 1831, the Parish has a rich history of providing
spirituality, education, and worship in the
Manayunk, Roxborough, and Wissahickon neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
As a Christian community we are united in our mission to share the Gospel,
the Sacraments, and love and serve God by caring
for one another. We welcome all people to
become part of our vibrant and
Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, youth faith formation at St. John’s will offer more than just a traditional elementary PREP program.
“Little Lambs” is an exciting new endeavor for young families with children ages 2-5, who are ready to begin exploring their faith and place in the parish community.
For our post-Confirmation teens, a youth discipleship program will be offered. Held in our soon-to-be youth lounge, this program is geared specifically for our parish teens. There will be food, there will be fun, and there, our older youth will have the chance to find Christ in the world that they understand.
Finally, our entire youth faith formation program is renewing its commitment, in a particular way, to welcome and involve families of children with special needs.
As with any expansion, extra hearts and hands are always needed. Please prayerfully consider sharing a little bit of your time, your talent, or your treasure with our parish youth. For more on our youth faith formation programs and volunteer opportunities please take a brochure, located in the back of the church. You can also contact Melissa Maleski, our DRE, at either email@example.com or 267-403-4054.
May the Holy Family bless us and keep us as we continue to support the young members of our parish community!
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Many thanks to everyone for their prayers, help and support!
Help us restore our stained glass windows. Save your change to make a difference.
As of April 24, $5316.87 has been raised to restore our beautiful stained glass in the church!
Thank you for your generosity!
Monsignor Lawrence on a quick break after 5 hours of plowing in the Blizzard of '16
on Saturday, January 23.
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Restore Saint John the Baptist Campaign
After an initial Alumni Appeal conducted by the Friends of
Saint John the Baptist in 2014, The Restore Saint John the Baptist Campaign
began in earnest in the fall of 2015 with an overall
goal of $1 million dollars.
As of April 14, 2016, the campaign
has surpassed its goal with a total of $1,095,242.
To date we have collected $567,418.00 on the total amount
gifted and pledged from 546 campaign participants.
In addition to this, $18,691 in Friends of Saint John the Baptist memorial gifts
from 243 donors has also been realized.
Thank you to all who have made a gift or 3-year pledge.
Thank you to the volunteers who have helped make the
campaign’s success possible.
Please pray for the continued success of the Campaign
along with the healing, unity and growth of Saint John the Baptist parish!
Msgr. Lawrence asks you to participate in this historic endeavor and to consider a gift or 3-year pledge proportionate to your circumstances or to consider a family gift. Your support will help restore the exterior of your church. Please consider a gift today. Call us at 215.482.4600 or give online at:
For more details on the restoration project, visit our
VISIT OUR WEBSITE! JOIN US AT sjbfaithformation.org for more inforation on our children's PREP program, Adult Faith formation through RCIA, Gospel Reflections, Women of Faith, and more!
Looking For A Good Bible-Based Church? You Found It!
Did you know that no Christian denomination uses more scripture in their worship services that the Catholic Church? Our Catholic faith is rooted and grounded in the Bible.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church’s Liturgy makes extensive use of scripture. Each weekend mass three scriptural readings are selected (two during weekday masses). One mass reading is typically chosen from the Old Testament that anticipates or reflects the theme of the daily gospel reading from the New Testament. A second New Testament reading provides further insight. In addition, the responsorial psalm, the hymns sung, the homily, and prayers are taken from the Bible or based on passages from the Bible.
Catholics have been encouraged since Vatican II to make daily Bible reading a part of their lives. If you attend Mass every day for three years, you will have read through almost the entire Bible.
Though reading the Bible on our own or in Mass will help us grow in faith and virtues, it is still not enough. To reap the fullness of our faith we need to meditate on the message and put it into action in our lives. Then the word becomes “living and effective”(Hebrews 4:12).
Join us in a weekly Gospel Reflections Bible Study in the “Upper Room” in McKenna Hall on Monday Evenings at 6:00 pm. No pre-registration is required. All materials are supplied. ALL are welcome to attend. Contact Diane Browne 301-520-2723, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Altar Servers help facilitate our Eucharistic liturgies in a traditional and reverent manner. Serving the people of God while we worship in the church is a way of growing closer to God, and it is a very special privilege. Altar Servers help our priests at the altar, they carry the cross, and they carry the light of Christ as the Gospel is proclaimed. How wonderful this is! This ministry is open to anyone who has entered the fourth grade or older, and has received their First Holy Communion. We encourage and welcome older youths to volunteer as well. Many St. John the Baptist altar servers have served throughout their high school years, because they enjoy this service and bringing joy to our parish community. This ministry is also open to seniors, and retired adults who may be available during weekdays to assist our priests with funerals and other masses and services. Training sessions can be arranged around your schedule, and Mass assignments made in keeping with the Mass that you and your family usually attend. If you are interested in sharing in our altar serving ministry, please contact SJB Rectory at 215.482.4600.
Last week at the 11:00 a.m. morning Mass we welcomed our Saint John the Baptist Boys and Girls High Schools Alumni and Alumnae. Naturally, it was great to have them with us, to hear stories of their time at Saint John’s and it gave us an opportunity to thank them for all their support. As is their custom, they gave the parish a check for $5,000.00 to assist parish with in its evangelization efforts particularly through Catholic education. I would like to greatly thank the Alumni/Alumnae Association for the generous gift presented to the Parish. It will be used to help provide scholarships to our parish children attending Catholic Schools in our area. Over the past 17 years, the Association has made contributions of over $105,000.00. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of Joe and Carolyn Kern, who without their efforts, the Alumni/Alumnae Association would not exist to be the great organization it is today. We are gratified for the Alumni and Alumnae who are “Friends of Saint John the Baptist” and have stepped up with significant financial support to lead the effort in our campaign to Restore Saint John the Baptist Church. May the Lord continue to bless our Alumni, Alumnae and all of the parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Parish.
(Photo Credit: Karen Smith)
If you are 55 yrs of age and interested in meeting old friends or making new ones, please consider joining the St. John’s Senior Citizen Club. Meetings are every other Tuesday at 11 am - . Annual Dues are $2.00 a year plus a $2.00 meeting fee. Bingo is played after each meeting. If you are interested in joining or have any question, please call the president, Ed Kiefski at 215-913-4485 or email him at email@example.com.
PARISH LOTTERY JACKPOT FOR APRIL 28 - $40,000.00!
Our parish lottery increases by $1,000 per week. In the event there is no jackpot winner(s) a consolation prize(s) is awarded in the amount of $700. When there is more than one winner prizes are divided. All Prizes must be claimed within one week. Tickets are sold before and after masses and at the Rectory and must be purchased in person. No tickets are sold online or over the phone. Tickets are $1 each and have two chances to win. Winning numbers are available on our Lottery Hotline by calling 215.482.8728 Friday Mornings at 10 AM. Good Luck!
SUPPORT OUR PARISH THROUGH YOUR EMPLOYER'S UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
If your employer participates in the United Way’s Annual Fund and would
like to make your United Way contribution to directly benefit St. John the
Baptist Parish, you may choose the “Donor Choice” option on your
contribution form. Our Donor Choice # is 3179, and your contribution is
much needed and greatly appreciated. Go to www.unitedforimpact.org for more
information. Thank you for your support.
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