Parish 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.

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.  Please contact Kathy Hack at if you would like more information.  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 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.


Connections is a program that inspires and equips Catholics to be the best version of themselves.  The Connections Program helps people grow in their faith by talking about the readings and homily from the previous Sunday Mass.  Meet us in the Upper Room of McKenna Hall on Monday evenings from 5:45 - 7PM; Tuesday afternoons from 1-2:30; and Tuesday evenings at St. Josaphat Hall from 7-8:30 PM.


PREP Program

Our Parish Religious Education Program meets once weekly and provides Religious Education for Students in Levels 1-7.  We also offer Pre-PREP for Preschool and Kindergarten age students getting ready to begin Religious Education, and Youth Group for returning Post-confirmation students in Grades 7  / 8.  Additionally, If you are an interested instructor, aide, parishioner or parent and would like to assist us in this impotant volunteer ministry, please contact the Rectory at 215.482.4600, ext.104 or visit our Prep Tab above.


Cantors / Choir / Musicians

Contact Mr. Bob Leso if interested in joining our Music Ministry, see bulletin cover for Bob’s contact information.


Holiday Giving Program

Contact Bettyanne Samarco 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

Heard at our Sunday 9:00 am Mass, contact Mrs. Dee Karakaedos if you would like to become involved in our Guitar Group.


Hospital Ministry / Communion Calls

Please contact the Rectory if you are a parishioner, are ill or homebound and would like to receive communion.


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.  We thank our Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for their service, and post the schedule here for your convenience.  

 Liturgy Committee - NEW!  Description coming Soon

 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.


People of Faith

Join us in the Upper Room on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm for a wonderful ministry of prayer, discussion, and sharing of our Catholic Faith.  Our current study is on Beautiful Mercy!


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 Director, or email faith@stjohnmanayunk.orgSt. John the Baptist is located at 146 Rector Street in Manayunk,


Senior Care Program - please see tab above!



All are asked to become involved in our masses.  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.


Young Adults

Join us for Mass on Sunday at 6:00 pm, then meet us for Theology on Tap the Second Sunday of each month at the Manayunk Brewing Company.  Each meet up features a different speaker or topic we face as Young Adult Catholics in today’s world.  Then, check out our Facebook Page at, to meet us at our next special event, for lots of fun outings and outreach ministries!  Bring a friend!  Contact us at  with any general questions.  Join us on Facebook!


Parish Organizations

Activities & Events Committee

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 Mrs. Carol Kern 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), as well as an All-Class Reunion at St. John's Social Hall in the Fall. (Denny Meyers).


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.

Liturgy Committee - New!  Description Coming Soon!


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 starting September 5, 2017.  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 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.


Weekend Masses in Church

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM

Sunday:  9:00 & 11:00 AM; 6:00 PM


Holy Days of Obligation in Church

6:00 PM Vigil Mass*

7:00 AM; 12:05 PM; & 7:00 PM Holy Day
Beginning in 2019 there will be no
Holy Day Vigil Mass


Weekdays Masses in

All Saints' Rectory Chapel

7:00 AM Monday - Friday
Adoration Thursday from 6-7 PM

Friday after mass until 4:00 PM


First Saturday At St. Josaphat Church

124 Cotton St., Phila., PA  19127

for Increased Devotion to St. John Paul II 

Confessions:  8:00 AM

Mass & Novena:  8:30 AM


Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 3-3:40 PM


Rectory All Saints Chapel Hours

Monday - Friday until 4PM

Adoration in Chapel

Thursdays from 6 - 7 PM

Friday until 4:00 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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