Sacrament of Baptism

Visit the Parish Registration tab if you are not registered in the parish and submit a registration form.



You may confirm a Baptismal Date when the following are received - at least one week before the intended date.  We are unable to discuss or confirm a date without the following in office:
             - Baptismal Registration form
              -Photocopy of birth record
              -Both Godparent Letters of Eligibility
                    - one if only one Godparent
                    - a letter is still required from their Church if a person is 
                       an eligible Christian Witness.


Parents Must:


  1. Be Registered Members in the Parish as their own family
    (visit Parish Registration Tab above if needed)


  2. Attend Pre-Jordan Baptismal Preparation, ideally while expecting.
    Call 215-482-4600 to sign up no less than a week before, to ensure a seat in the class
    . Next available Dates are:  May 6, July 1, September 3, November 4.  Doors open to McKenna Hall (next to the Rectory) at 6:45 PM for the class.  Godparents are welcome!

  3. Prayerfully consider Godparents  and have them each request a LETTER OF ELIGIBILITY from their pastor.  Only submit Original signed and sealed Letters  (no scans or copies accepted.
    A child may have Two Catholic Godparents (one man, one woman), or
     -  One Catholic Godparent;  OR   
    -   One Catholic Godparent, & One Christian Witness (one man, one woman)       


    Each Catholic Godparent Must be:

  4. 1.  A Practicing Catholic (regularly attending Mass, receiving Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance & Reconciliation; Living in the norms of Catholic Teaching AND

    2.  at least 16 years or older, AND

    3.   fully initiated Catholic, meaning, having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, AND

    4.  If married, then married sacramentally in the Catholic Church
    (not civilly or married in another Church or denomination)

    5.  If unmarried, living single

    NOTE WELL:   An inactive Catholic, that is, a baptized Catholic who is not practicing their faith, and not a participating member of a parish, that 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.


  5. A person who is not Catholic but is baptized and practicing as a Christian (not a former Catholic) may stand as a Christian Witness - only in addition a Catholic Godparent  (One man, one woman).  


  7. An Eligible Christian Witness is:                                                               - 16 years of age or older; 

  8. - 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. 


  9. 1) Pre-Jordan is complete,
    2) you have received (both) Original Godparent Letters of Eligibility,
    3) you have completed the Baptismal Registration Form and attached the birth record and letters of Eligibility, 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.




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.  


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