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Statement of Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Regarding Reinstating the Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass
“We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 in as individuals and families. It has been a time of acute hardship and struggle, of separation and isolation. It has also had an impact on our lives of faith. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, has been with us throughout this challenging period and is most especially near to us when we encounter him in the Eucharist. The Eucharist offers us His healing and peace, His mercy and reconciliation. It is now time for everyone to return to the Eucharist with renewed faith and joy.
As many aspects of life are now returning to normalcy, each Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania will reinstate the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days beginning on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Bishops previously jointly decided to dispense the faithful from this obligation in March of 2020 in order to provide for the common good given concerns over the developing pandemic. Now, with the impact of the pandemic considerably reduced, it is again possible for the faithful to assemble for the Eucharist. It is time to lift the dispensation from the obligation.
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days comes from our Baptism as Christians. Baptism compels Christians to unite themselves with Christ at the altar in his saving Sacrifice of the Cross. Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2182). This is the foundation for the law of the Church that binds Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (Code of Canon Law, canon 1247) and the Christian way fully to observe the Third Commandment, to keep holy the Lord’s Day (Deuteronomy 5: 12; Exodus 31: 15; Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2180-2181).
This obligation, as is always the case, does not apply to those who are seriously ill, have a serious health risk, as well as those who have serious anxiety about being a part of large groups at this time. Likewise, the obligation does not apply to those who care for those who cannot attend Mass in person (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181). Those who are legitimately excused from Mass on Sundays and Holy Days are encouraged to spend time in prayer, meditating on the Death and Resurrection of the Lord, reading the Sacred Scriptures, and uniting themselves to Christ in his worship of the Father of us all. Those who are legitimately excused are also encouraged to view a broadcast of the Mass which is intended for those who cannot participate in person.
As Bishops, we welcome this moment of the reinstatement of the obligation for all Catholics in Pennsylvania. This is a moment to thank God anew for the great gift of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus to us in his Holy Body and Blood as well as the joy of gathering together as people of faith.”
Most Reverend Nelson Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia
July 15, 2021
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Join us on the front steps of St. John's for FREE Concerts on behalf of Artcinia! Our next date will be: Thursday August 12 at 7:00 PM. We are proud to partner and support our music community, Visit https://artcinia.com/concerts/ to RSVP or for more information!
Summer 6:00 PM Sunday Mass at St. Josaphat
Beginning June 13 and throughout the summer months, the 6:00 PM Sunday Mass will be held at St. Josaphat Church. All are welcome to attend and cool off in the summer heat. St. Josaphat Church is located adjacent to Pretzel Park at the Corner of Silverwood and Cotton Streets. It currently serves as a worship site within St. John the Baptist Parish and has since the parish merge in 2012. A Mass is held each First Saturday at St. Josaphat at 8:30 AM and Novena to St. John Paul II. Following the Mass a meeting of the Polish American Heritage Association is held. If you would like more information on please email email@example.com.
SJB SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR Download file above available to parish families with children in Catholic
Elementary School. Please see application for FAQs and deadlines.
Thank you to the St. John the Baptist Alumni Association for this great opporunity for parish families. Applications will be accepted through JULY 30, 2021.
Online Giving Has a New Look!
If you are using our online giving platform, please enjoy the new user-friendly features! If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Rectory at anytime. Visit
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Beginning June 12 the 4PM Vigil and Sunday 9AM Mass will be livestreamed to the above link or by clicking on the photo. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from One License,
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St. John the Baptist Parish Celebrates 190 Years! Save the Date of April 30, 2022 when we plan to celebrate!
The parish was officially founded on April 4, 1831 by Jerome and Eulalia Keating, through their charity and piety. Due to the pandemic the parish will celebrate in a year from now when we can safely gather, Save the Date of April 30, 2022! Click here for a brief history of St. John the Baptist. Please keep our parish in your continued prayers!
Archdiocese Announces Observance of the Year of Saint Joseph
Dec. 8, 2020- Dec. 8, 2021
We will continue to stream the mass at facebook.com/sjbmanayunk if you are unable to attend Mass in-person at 4PM Vigil and 9AM Sunday.
Please follow the local and state Mask wearing current guidelines.
Funerals, weddings, and baptisms may continue to be held as planned; Baptisms may be scheduled if all baptismal preparation and paperwork is submitted and complete. Pre-Jordan is still being held virtually.
The parish office is open Monday-Friday from 9AM - 4PM. Feel free to call 215.482.4600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM &
Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 AM; &
6:00 PM Mass Held at St. Josaphat
Through August 29
Holy Days 7AM, 12:05PM, 7PM In Church
Livestream of Vigil & Sunday Masses at
St. John the Baptist, Manayunk
Confessions: 3-3:40 PM Saturday
at the Blessed Mother's Altar
ALL SAINTS RECTORY CHAPEL
Weekday Mass at 7:00 AM
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Fridays until 4:00 PM
ST. JOSAPHAT CHURCH
Mass for Increased Devotion to St. John Paul II each First Saturday
8:00 AM Confessions; 8:30 AM Mass
Novena to St. John Paul II after Mass
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PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
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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