Dear Parishioners,

Many of you may have seen a news report that aired on FOX 29 Thursday, March 27th concerning our parish church.  It was saddening and disheartening to see that false information was provided to the news media by some members of this parish as part of this broadcast.  In truth, we all know that we face great challenges related to the condition of our church building and that we are at a crossroads.  I have repeatedly provided you with the facts of this situation and continue to do so as they become available to me.  These facts may not be pleasant to any of us, but they are an indisputable reality.

I know the road has been a tough one in Manayunk over the past few years and that everyone has had to deal with frustrations.  It’s important for you to understand that we all seek the same outcome – strength and vitality for our Church.

In the coming weeks, plans for the Archdiocese to work with parish leadership and parishioners on what can be done are going to be forthcoming.  I ask that you help us move forward with an open heart and an open mind.  Whether or not we can succeed is an unknown, but I do know that when many committed people work together, we stand a much better chance of accomplishing the goal.  If we splinter and fight with each other in public or in private, we diminish those chances greatly.  The time for grievances is over.  The time for bickering is over.  The time for factions is over.  The time for unity is now.

                                                                                       Fr. Kletzel

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Week of April 13 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

All Manayunk Parishioners are invited to join us for our Holy Week Services.  On Tuesday Night we will offer our annual Lenten Cluster Penance service, this year to be held at Holy Family parish.   This will be the last opportunity to receive the sacrament before Easter.  If you have not been to confession lately, please join us, several parish priests will be available for the sacrament of Penance.  Our Lord is calling us back to him in peace in our lives, our hearts and our relationship with Him.  During Lent, take this opportunity for a new beginning with the Lord and life in Easter.

 

Holy Week Services are as follows:

 

Tuesday Evening Cluster Penance Service at Holy Family Church
Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm

Holy Thursday
9:00 am Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
10:00 pm Holy Hour until 11:00 pm

Good Friday
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 pm Passion, Veneration of the Cross, & Communion
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
9:00 am Morning Prayer
6:00 pm Divine Mercy Novena
7:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass;
RCIA Candidates to Receive Sacraments during mass

Easter Sunday
9:00 am & 11:00 am Easter Masses
After 9:00 am mass Divine Mercy Novena

Easter Monday
No 6:30 a.m. Mass
7:00 pm Divine Mercy Novena

April 21-26
Divine Mercy Novena at 7:00 pm; April 27 -3:00 pm

The Rectory will be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
Parish business will resume on Monday, April 21, 2014.  Thank you.

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Easter Baskets

Any children who would like to have their Easter baskets blessed may bring them to either of the Easter Sunday masses and I will be happy to bless them.

Easter is indeed God’s timely and welcomed gift to us. The Resurrection reminds us that the favors of God are not exhausted and His mercies are not spent. Christ has won the victory! The jaws of death shall not prevail over us. May the power of Jesus’ cross and resurrection deepen your trust and fill you with joy. A Blessed Easter to you and your families.  - Fr. Kletzel

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PARISH LOTTERY JACKPOT – $87,000!

Our parish lottery increases by $1,000 per week.  In the event there is no jackpot winner(s) a consolation prize(s) is awarded in the amount of $700.  When there is more than one winner prizes are divided.  All Prizes must be claimed within one week.  Tickets are sold before and after masses and at the Rectory.  Good Luck!

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Join Our Parish (click here)

We welcome all to join our Parish Family.  If you are not officially registered in our parish, please download the form above and return the completed form to the Rectory or in the collection basket.  During the 2012 Manayunk Parish Merge, there was no automatic registration, therefore a new parishioner registration is needed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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St. John’s News & History on the web:

Ash Wednesday on NEWSWORKS (2011 Article)

St. John’s Church Architecture & Interior Fittings:

Keely Society – Church Architect

http://www.keelysociety.com/stjohnmanayunk.htm

Joseph Sibbel – Sculptor

1906 Historic Pipe Organ (2008 article)

 

 

USEFUL LINKS:

 

Catholics Come Home         *        CATHOLIC PHILLY (Standard & Times and PHAITH)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops         *         The Vatican    *         Pope Francis