Sacrament of Matrimony


Congratulations and God Bless You!  This is a special time in your life as you prepare for Marriage!


Engaged Couples should contact the Rectory as soon as possible for an initial appointment, no less than six months before the wedding date. The priest will assist with all the necessary arrangements, including dates.  


Please take a few minutes to visit the following website, and return often, as you prepare for Christian Marriage:



- Dates are only discussed at your meeting with the priest.

- You do not have to be a registered parishioner to plan a wedding at St. John the Baptist.

- You must plan an initial wedding meeting with a parish priest no less than six months in advance.


- Wedding details and meetings are only scheduled with the couple; no other family members.

- Contact us via email for the initial meeting at  Include the following information and allow at least one week for a reply from the Priest:


Both of your first & last names, phone numbers, and e-mail adresses;
     - your approximate intended wedding date(s);  
     - If one or both of you are Catholic, or religious affiation;

     - If one or both of you have ever been married;
     - any important information you would like to share; 
     - a few available dates and times to meet within two to three weeks.


-After the initial meeting, there is a 30 day period to keep your date.  Please submit all necessary fees and documents within that 30 days.  Any paperwork may be dropped off during office hours  (in an envelope) or after hours in the mailslot, RE:  Wedding of Bride/Groom and wedding date)


Once Your Date is Scheduled

     - Schedule Pre-Jordan (only offered twice per year at other parishes- see PDF below)

     - Send in / Drop off your deposit to confirm your date
     - Submit the following items on dates needed:
       (deposit/ form reserving date and rehearsal / couple photo;
       Later:  marriage license, Liturgy selections, any additional information).  

     - All details regarding photographers, florists, music, etc. in planning your ceremony
        must be discussed with the priest.  



Pre-Cana:  Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage (offered only in Spring and Fall) At Holy Family, 234 Hermitage Street (or another parish):

Couples must attend the Archdiocesan Sacramental Preparation class (Pre-Cana).   It is a full-day class with other couples concluding with mass at day’s end.


The Parishes of Manayunk and East Falls will present the Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation Program for engaged couples in the Spring and Fall Onlyat Holy Family Parish Hall, 234 Hermitage Street. The day begins with registration at 8:00 AM and concludes with attendance at the 4:00 PM Vigil Mass.  NEXT CLASS IS DECEMBER 8, 2018 and the cost is $100.


Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Certificates are distributed after Mass. Cost is $100.00 per couple. To register, please call Holy Family Rectory, 215-482-0450, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 AM and 2 PM.  


Visit the link below before attending Pre-Cana, and also if you would like to register in classes offered throughout the Philadelphia Area at varying times during the year.  Most classes are only offered twice per year in the Fall, and Spring.


A downloadable list is below of other Parishes that offer Pre-Cana.  Note well they are usually only offered twice per year and classes fill quickly.



For parish couples that are Civilly Married, you may also contact the priest to setup an initial meeting.  E-mail us at




Pre-Cana Locations
Pre Cana Locations 2016.pdf
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On Your Wedding Day:


Please do not bring food and/or drinks into church.  



There is a restroom in the church vestibule and our church is handicapped accessible.  There is a break in center of church in the pews for the disabled and wheelchairs.



The Philadelphia Parking Authority is very efficient and tickets violators.  Please be mindful of the No Parking Areas, Curb Cuts, and crosswalks. There is No Parking at any time along the Cresson Street Wall.


Off-street parking is available behind the Parish Rectory, spots are first come first serve.  Please do not double park in the lot or in reserved spots, or block other cars.  


Handicapped and elderly guests may park in the designated spots in front of the school building, adjacent to the entrance ramp to Church.



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

119 Rector Street, Philadelphia PA, 19127.  



For Those Dating


Dating? 4 Steps to Keep In Mind:

10 Proven Steps From I Wish to I Do:

Getting Serious:

For Those Engaged / A Catholic Wedding

What Happens at a Catholic Wedding

In General:

Planning a Wedding In General

Three Forms for Celebrating a Catholic Marriage

Nuptial Scripture Readings

Convalidation / Marriage Blessing: Bringing your marriage into the Church

7 Signs of a Functional Relationship

For Those Married

Prayer and Family Life



Sexuality and Conjugal Love

Overcoming Adversity


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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