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:



- 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.

- Dates are not scheduled over the phone, please discuss this at your meeting with the priest.


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

- Contact us via email for the initial meeting with the priest at


-After the initial meeting, there is a 30 day period to confirm your date.  It is the responsibility of the couple to submit all necessary fees and documents within that 30 days to hold your date.


 Please include the following information and allow at least one week for a reply:

Both of your first & last names, phone numbers, and e-mail adresses;
your approximate intended wedding date(s);  any important information you would like to share; 
a few dates and times you are available to meet within the next two to three weeks, and the priest will reply to your request.




Pre-Cana:  Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage (offered at other parishes)

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 Only in

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 SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 2018.


Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Certificates are distributed after Mass. Cost is $75.00 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.


QUESTIONS?  Email us at


Pre-Cana Locations
Pre Cana Locations 2016.pdf
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Once Your Wedding Date is Scheduled

Stay up to date with any classes, forms, or fees and allow adequate time to acquire.  Save dates on your calendar to submit the following items noted in the wedding packet: (deposit, photo, Baptismal Certificate(s), marriage license, etc).  Review the details regarding photographers, florists, music, etc. in planning your ceremony.  




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.  


 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


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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