YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED PARISHIONER
TO SCHEDULE BAPTISM.
Visit the Parish Registration tab if you are not registered.
We are unable to confirm a Baptismal Date
until ALL of the following are complete.
The Baptismal Planning and Preparation process takes several weeks including processing.
BAPTISMS ARE HELD THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
AFTER THE 11:00 AM MASS.
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)
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.
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, the first 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. 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 after mass.
We respectfully ask that if guests are not attending Mass, please do not to wait in the vestibule of Church during Mass. Those guests may enter the church after the Mass is over and the congregation has exited church. Please do not bring food and/or drinks into church. The tables and chairs in the vestibule are used for parish functions before and after Mass.
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 within the pews for 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.
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.
St. John the Baptist Church is located in the Manayunk Section of Philadelphia at
119 Rector Street, Philadelphia PA, 19127.
Weekdays in Rectory
All Saints' Rectory Chapel
7:00 AM Monday - Friday
Friday Adoration until 4:00 PM;
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
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)