DAY AT THE BAY - Backfin Blues Bar & Grill

Our 2016 Annual Day at the Bay Parishioner and School Reunion location has been changed due to unforeseen circumstances.  We have been able to secure a new location and the Reunion is still on!  Join us on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Wildwood Crest at Backfin Blues Bar and Grill, located at 517 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood NJ.  Tickets are still on sale at the same price - $35 per adult and Bus Transporation is available leaving from MITCHELL & PENSDALE BEHIND THE REC (not St. John's)  for an additional $35.  Marie has posted the following note on Facebook:  

To all my FB friends that are planning on attending this years St. John's all school reunion on August 21, There has been a change of location. Lighthouse pointe/Bay Club/Vittorio's is now closed for the season. Therefore, everything has been moved to Backfin Blues Bar and Grill just across from Uries.  Sorry for any inconvenience. Please help spread the word.  Marie

Contact Marie Kwartnik at 215.317.2775 for tickets


Registration for our 2016-17 year is open!  Parishioners of St. John the Baptist may click here to register online and find out more about our PREP (Parish Religious Education) Program offerings.  You may also pick up a registration at the Parish Rectory, or in the church vestibule. 

Starting this 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, or visit our website HERE!  You can also contact Melissa Maleski, our DRE, at either 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!


Thank you  - all of you - our past & present parishioners, parish families and extended families and friends, and wonderful parish volunteers, who made a spectacular Fourth of July celebration in our 185th Jubilee Year.  It is with your support and dedication that our parade and picnic was a great success.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year, please feel free to download our church bulletin above and keep posted here and on Facebook for some memorable moments! 



The 2017 Mass Book is now open for Mass Intention requests.  Suggested donation is $10 per Mass intention.  Requests may be made in person during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, the office is closed for lunch from 12-1 pm.  Please note that Masses can be offered for the living and the deceased and that only one (1) intention, that is, the name of one person, a married couple or the name of one family can be accepted per Mass.  Also, please provide the following information for your request:  The Intention, date requested, name of the person requesting the mass, and phone number.  For the Saturday Vigil Mass and Sunday Masses, it is customary that those requesting the Mass or those related to the “intention” participate in the Offertory Procession by bringing the gifts of bread and wine forward on that date.  Intentions will also be open for the 2017 Sanctuary Candle ($10 donation) and Bread ($20 donation) and Wine ($20 donation).  Unfortunately we cannot accept phone requests, hold dates, or check dates over the phone.  Please call the Rectory at 215.482.4600 with any questions.  Additionally, the Rose For Life for 2017 is also available ($10 donation), you may call Pat Reilly at 215.482.5416 with your intention.  Thank you.


Happy Anniversary!


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 
growing community. 




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Many thanks to everyone for their prayers, help and support as we continue our church restoration!  


Click the Restoration Campaign tab above for more information on how you can help!

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, for more information.  


Serve at the Table of the Lord - Be an Altar Server

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.

St. John’s Young Adults

Join St. John's young adult group for Theology on Tap, lots of fun outings and outreach ministries. Contact Alyssa  with any general questions.

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The All Saints' Prayer Group of our parish prayerfully makes rosaries.  In preparation for distribution at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Father John Kelly blesses the beautiful handiwork of our parishioners.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact Kathy Hack at  
If you can't make our monthly group we pray the rosary every Monday night at 7PM.  Call 712.775.7031, enter  ID# 582 093 520, and join us on the phone.


On Sunday, September 27, on the historic closing mass of the 2015 World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia, PA.  The Manayunk Community joined together through the efforts of North Light Community Center and St. John the Baptist Parish, as community members viewed the Mass with Pope Francis in St. John's Church Followed by a Potluck Dinner.  Thanks and Blessings to all who helped organize, attended, and supported this momentous occasion.

 (Photo Credit:  Karen Smith)

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Grotto at St. John's 

Thanks for all who participated in our Grotto of Our Lady Undoer of Knots.  We had a great participation from the parish and the whole neighborhood community.  The Prayer Group will continue to pray for every petition named on the ribbons.  When the ribbons were removed, they were taken down to the Catherdral and combined with their ribbons to be used as insulation in a house being built by Project Home.  How wonderful to see our little part in helping the homeless in the city.

Join St. John's Senior Citizens Club


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


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!



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 for more
information. Thank you for your support.

 Weekdays in All Saints' Chapel
6:30 AM Monday - Thursday
8:30AM - Friday

Fridays in Chapel until 4:00 PM

Saturday Vigil Mass:  4:00 PM

Sunday:  9:00 & 11:00 AM; 6:00 PM

Holy Days of Obligation
6:00 PM Vigil; 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 3-3:40 PM


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 growing community.  (Ratified January 31, 2016 by Parish Assembly)



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