Parish Liturgical & Spiritual Ministries

All in our parish are encouraged to share their time, talent and treasure to continue to grow and sustain our parish community.  Please consider joining us in a Parish Ministry or Activity listed here.  At this time, there are no in-person activities or meetings to ensure the safety of all.



All Saints' Prayer Group

All are welcome to attend as we pray for the intentions of our parish and personal intentions.  Join us the 4th Monday of every Month at 7:00 pm in the All Saints Chapel in the Parish Rectory, 146 Rector Street.  Pray with us for special intentions and those placed in the Parish Prayer Box in the rear of  Church and in the All Saints’ Chapel. Pray with us on our weekly Call-in Rosary at 712.775.7031, and use access code 582 093 520.


Altar Servers

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 fifth 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.


PREP (Parish Religious Education Program / Youth Ministry)

Our Parish Religious Education Program meets once weekly and provides Religious Education for Students in Levels 1-7.   If you are Catholic, knowledgeable about your faith, and/or a teacher and would like to find out more about joining our team as a Catechist, aide, parishioner or parent, please contact the Rectory at 215.482.4600, ext.104 or visit our Prep Tab above.


Choir & Musicians

Contact us if interested in joining our Music Ministry, as a Cantor, Choir Member, or to join our instrumental music ministry. 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

If you are interested in finding out more about this important ministry, contact the Pastor or visit the Rectory.


Heart 2 Heart Parish Outreach

Contact us if you would like to help with our Parish Food Baskets at Thanksgiving, and our Giving Tree Program at Christmas to assist parish and community families.  Check the parish bulletin for ways you can help.


Guitar Group and Musicians

Our guitar mass is Sunday 9:00 AM, contact us on how to become involved in our Guitar Group.  The Musicians are at masses September through June.


Hospital Ministry / Communion Calls

Please contact the Rectory if you or a family member are a parishioner, are ill or homebound and would like to receive communion.  If you are out of parish boundaries you may contact the Catholic Church in which you live for regular communion visits.


Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers

If you would like to become more involved in our regular masses by sharing your gifts as a Lector, or are a practicing Catholic insterested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the rectory at 215.482.4600.  

 Liturgy Committee 

 The Liturgy Committee is committed to foster the full and active participation of all in the liturgical life of the parish in all aspects of the Liturgy and worship, and meets once per month.  If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact the Pastor.


People of Faith

Join us in the Upper Room of McKenna Hall next to the rectory, on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm for a wonderful ministry of prayer, discussion, and sharing of our Catholic Faith.  Our group studies are often book based.  Contact jillian.buhl for more information.


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults 

Are you or someone you know considering joining the Catholic Church or learning about the teachings of the Church?  Do you have a desire to be Baptized or receive Holy Communion?  If the answer is YES, please join us in the RCIA  -  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults beginning this week. This is an opportunity to come together in a small group with other inquirers.  Sessions focus on the teachings of the Church, the experience of being Church, and how to pray and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.  The goal is to help prepare individuals to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist); or to be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church if an individual has already been baptized in another Christian denomination.  Candidates are welcome to participate in the process with questions, personal insights and their own faith story in a warm and accepting setting with others.  The RCIA process is a beautiful and often life-changing journey, and all are welcome.  Please join us by calling 215-482-4600 and ask for Kristi, Adult Faith Formation DirectorSt. John the Baptist is located at 146 Rector Street in Manayunk, We also offer Confirmation-only for Adults in the Spring each year beginning after Easter.  Contact Kristi above for more information.

Ushers & Greeters

We welcome anyone who attends weekend masses regularly to serve as Usher and greet our parishioners and visitors.  Please see one of our ushers in the rear of church at the mass you are attending if interested in Ushering.

Parish Councils & Community Associations

Activities & Events

In order to build up the parish community in love and service of others and God, the Parish Activities Committee organizes social events in an effort to bring people together primarily for fellowship. Activities Committee events may also at times be organized to raise funds to support the needs of the parish and its outreach efforts.  All the events provide a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to volunteer their time and share their gifts with the parish.  All are welcome to join, help plan, or give a hand on the day of to support the parish.  Meetings are annoiunced as needed in the parish bulletin. 


Alumni/Alumnae Association

We gratefully thank all who have generously contributed annually for so many years in support of students of Catholic Education and supported our parishes.  If interested in finding out more, please contact  Ann Marie Meyers regarding the High School(s) Alumni/ae Newsletter,  and Annual Reunion Mass and Luncheon.  An all-parish/school reunion is planned each August in Wildwood (Marie Kwartnik).


Financial Council

The Financial Council meets once monthly to discuss budgets, our parish buildings, and how our current realities moving forward as a parish can best serve the pastoral plan of the community. 


Friends of Saint John the Baptist

The Friends of Saint John the Baptist serve a two-fold purpose: 1. Assist the pastor in fundraising for the church building restoration and maintenance and 2. Assist the pastor in sustaining and growing the parish.  Board members meet monthly in the rectory.

Parish Lottery

Ticket sales are in the vestibule of church before and after weekend masses, and are also available through individual sellers and at the Rectory during office hours.  Your support directly benefits our parish expenses.


Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council meets monthly, and is responsible for prayerfully discerning God’s plan for the parish community. Directed by that discernment they then form a pastoral plan to guide the work and ministry of parish. Please keep our Pastoral Council members in your prayers for God’s direction and to expand our faith and love for Jesus Christ in the neighborhood and beyond Manayunk.


Seniors 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.  Our Seniors also hold regular Bus Trips once monthly to Harrah’s Chester Casino as well as other special trips to Dinner Shows and star-studded venues. Buses leave from Pensdale and Mitchell Streets as announced. Contact Nancy Domino if interested in finding out more about our scheduled trips.


Young Adults of Manayunk

Join us for Mass on Sunday at 6:00 pm, Holy Hour Every other Thursday in the Rectory Chapel, and Contact us with any general questions at  

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