Sunday, July 3 - 11:00 am Mass followed by the Patriotic Rosary


Monday, July 4:  8:00 AM Mass in Church;

Parade Starts at 9:00 AM


(If you are coming to the parade from Mass and are marching, please go directly to the Parade Start at Lyceum and Manayunk Avenues after Mass)


8:15 AM - Parade Marchers Assemble!  Meet at Pensdale and Mitchell Streets.  We will then will proceed to the start of the Parade Route at Lyceum and Manayunk Avenues.








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Entrance to the Woods is Below Eva Street, past the Schuylkill Center, turn in driveway on left.  Plenty of parking is available.  Bring the family!  We'll be there all day!



St. John the Baptist Scholarship Application - July 15 Deadline
If you are a parishioner with a child in Catholic Elementary School your child may be eligible to receive the St. John the Baptist Catholic School Scholarship. Click on this document to download and print the application; must meet criteria to be eligible. Call the Parish Business Manager at 215.482.4600 with any questions. Deadline for application is July 15, 2016 and may be e-mailed to, or faxed to 215.482.2976; Attn: Monsignor Lawrence, re: SJB Scholarship Application.
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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. 


Do you have a toddler, a teenager, or a child with special needs?

Do you know someone who does?  

Our PREP program is expanding, 

and has set a place just for you!

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 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!

Alleluia!  He Is Risen!

A Blessed Easter to you and yours!



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St. John the Baptist, Manayunk


Manayunk Young Adults at St. John the Baptist


Friends of St. John the Baptist

The Cross and Our Prayers Are In Place -

Atop Saint John the Baptist Bell Tower!


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!

Winter at St. John's, Manayunk


Monsignor Lawrence on a quick break after 5 hours of plowing in the Blizzard of '16

on Saturday, January 23.




Friends of Saint John the Baptist
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:


St. John the Baptist Online Giving


For more details on the restoration project, visit our 

Restoration Campaign Page Here

Faith Formation at St. John's!


VISIT OUR WEBSITE!  JOIN US AT 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, 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.

From the Pastor - Thank You to Our High School Alumni/ae

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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.

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.

Join us on Facebook!


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



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