Sacrament of Baptism

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED PARISHIONER TO REQUEST A BAPTISM.
Visit the Parish Registration tab if you are not registered.

 

 
BAPTISMS ARE HELD THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
WITHIN THE PARISH COMMUNITY.

 

The Baptismal Planning and Preparation process  takes several weeks including processing.

 

We are unable to confirm a Baptismal Date until ALL of the following are complete.  

Please read below carefully.

 

  1. PARENT(S) MUST BE REGISTERED IN THE PARISH (AS THEIR OWN FAMILY).
     
  2. PARENTS WILL ATTEND PRE-JORDAN CLASS ideally while expecting so that you may schedule the Baptismal Date soon after your child is born.   Call 215-482-4600 to sign up for Pre-Jordan no less than a week before, to ensure a seat in the classDates are:  
    July 3, September 11, November 6.  
    Doors open to McKenna Hall (next to the Rectory) at 6:45 PM for the class.  Godparents are welcome!
     
  3. Prayerfully consider Godparents (that are actively practicing Catholics) and have them request a LETTER OF ELIGIBILITY from the parish where they are members as soon as possible (if Godparent is not from our parish).  

    Required For Baptism:

     (Minimum) - One Catholic Godparent;  OR                
    - Two Catholic Godparents (one man, one woman) OR
    - One Catholic Godparent, & One Christian Witness (one man, one woman)

    IMPORTANT:
    At least one Godparent, fully initiated Catholic and registered in a parish, is required.  Eligible Catholic Godparent(s) are:
    - fully initiated Catholic, meaning, having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, AND
    - practicing Catholic, meaninng, they are regularly attending Massand receiving Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance; AND

    - at least 16 years or older, AND
    - Living in conformity with Church teaching; validly married if applicable

    PLEASE NOTE WELL:
    An inactive Catholic, that is,
    a baptized Catholic who is not practicing their faith,
    and not a participating member of a parish,
    and therefore cannot acquire a Letter of Eligibility,
    cannot be a Christian Witness. 

    Also, a non-baptized or non-Christian person cannot stand as a Christian Witness.


    CHRISTIAN WITNESS
  4. While it is preferable to have Catholics stand as Both Godparents, it is possible that one person who is not a Catholic but is baptized as a Christian, and is practicing their Christian faith, to stand as a Christian Witness.  (It is only possible to have a Christian Witness when the other is a Catholic Godparent.) 

    An Eligible Christian Witness must be:                                                                
    - 16 years or older; 
    - Fully initiated in the Christian faith as prescribed by the Christian church where
    they are members                                                                       
     
    Practicing their Christian Faith regularly                                        
    - Able to provide a letter of recommendation from
    their pastor to stand as Christian Witness for baptism. 

    Once
  5. 1) Pre-Jordan is complete,
    2) you have received (both) Original Godparent Letters of Eligibility,
    3) you have completed the Baptismal Registration Form, then
    4) Visit the Rectory with the forms completed to set the date
    (call in advance of your visit, 215-482-4600).
      

    A date may not be scheduled without all Letters and Registrations submitted and complete. Baptismal Registration Forms are available at the Rectory if you have BOTH
    Godparent Letters of Eligibility Ready.  

    Baptisms are held on the Second Sunday of the Month in Church after the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass.

 

 

ON THE DATE OF YOUR CHILD'S BAPTISM

Please attend 11:00 AM Mass and invite your family members!

Family and Friends are encouraged to attend your child’s baptism, this is a wonderful Sacrament of Initiation -  Please invite them to attend Mass!  Visitors unable to attend Mass are welcome to wait outside of Church while mass is being said, and the congregation has exited the church.  There is no set time that mass ends, therefore we ask the Godparents, parents and their child to be present and attend the 11:00 AM Mass so the Baptism may begin promptly when mass ends.

 

We respectfully ask that if guests are not attending Mass, please do not to wait in the vestibule of Church while Mass is being said.  The congregation will be exiting the church between, and the tables and chairs in the vestibule are used for parish functions before and after Mass.  Those guests not attending Mass may enter the church for your child’s baptism after the Mass is over.  Please do not bring food and/or drinks into church.

 

Facilities

There is a restroom in the church vestibule and our church is handicapped accessible.  Handicapped parking is in front of church, and also adjacent to the ramp in front of the lower school building.  There is a break in center of church in the pews for the disabled and wheelchair access.  Strollers may be kept in the church vestibule or rear of church, and clear of the aisles.  The church is not air conditioned.  

 

Parking

Manayunk is a busy place!  Please be aware of the No Parking areas, Curb Cuts, and crosswalks. The Philadelphia Parking Authority is very efficient and unfortunately tickets violators.  Also, no parking is permitted along the Cresson Street Wall, marked "No Parking Any Time".  After the 11:00 AM Mass ends tickets have been issued.  (As a courtesy, Mass Visitors have permission to park there during Mass, but must move the cars immediately afterward.)

 

There is a parking lot behind the Parish Rectory, spots are first come first serve.  Handicapped only spots are available adjacent to church in front of the lower school buildling marked with signs.  There are also several handicapped parking spots in front of church.  Please do not double park in the lot or in reserved spots in the church parking lot, or block other cars.  Thank you.

 

Location

St. John the Baptist Church is located in the Manayunk Section of Philadelphia at

119 Rector Street, Philadelphia PA, 19127.  

 

 Weekdays in Church

until Chapel Renovations are complete
6:30 AM Monday - Thursday
8:30AM Friday,
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM

Sunday:  9:00 & 11:00 AM; 6:00 PM

 

Holy Days of Obligation

6:00 PM Vigil Mass

6:30 AM; 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM Holy Day

 

First Saturday At St. Josaphat Church

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

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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