Restore Saint John the Baptist Capital Campaign Prayer
Heavenly Father, we come to you at this moment in time, asking for Your help.  The needs of St. John the Baptist Parish and the neighborhood it serves are great.  If we are to fulfill the mission of Your Church in this place and time, we need your inspiration, guidance, and leading.  Breathe the spirit of generosity, unity, prudence, and commitment into our hearts so that this campaign may cause the building up of Christian community and sacrificial service towards others for the next 185 years.  This we ask through Christ our Lord, Amen.   Saint John the Baptist, pray for us!


Saint John the Baptist Capital Campaign
As of November 20, 2015

81% of Goal
$808,775 in cash and pledges 
243 donors


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

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 Mondays at 11AM.  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.

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 Young Adults

Join St. John's young adult group for the following upcoming events. We have lots of fun outings planned and would love to have you with us. Contact Marisa Deshaies ( with any general questions or the person in charge of your chosen event with any specific event questions. 

October 17th: Hershey Park (Joanna

October 24:  Corn Maze at Wilcox Farms

November 8:  Theology on Tap - "Church, Life, and My Weekend with Pope Francis"


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)

Faith Formation at St. John's!





Call Janet Kempf at 215.416.5881 to register.


PREP HAS BEGUN!!  Join our Family of Faith!  Visit our Religious Education Tab, Faith Formation website above, or for full details or contact Melissa Maleski at 215.482.4600.

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

Bereavement Support Group for Widows & Widowers

Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Avenue  Philadelphia, PA  19128


Sessions meet on alternate Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm.  There is no fee and refreshments are served.  Facilitated by Deborah K. Gawthorp, M.S., G.M.S.  Ms. Gawthorp was widowed, has her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a certified Grief Management Specialist

For more information please call 215-624-8190/215-482-5200 or email


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. 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.



St. John the Baptist, Manayunk


Manayunk Young Adults at St. John the Baptist

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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