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-Weekly Contributions, Poor and Needy, Friends of St. John the Baptist Capital Campaign, Friends of St. John the Baptist Memorial Fund, St. John the Baptist Memorial Fund, General Parish Donations-


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4th of July PREP

HELP YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW PARISHIONERS!  JOIN US EVERY THURSDAY AT THE WOODS TO PREPARE FOR THE PICNIC!  Every Thursday Night at 6pm for the next several weeks, rain or shine, we gather at the Woods at Port Royal to prepare for the Fourth. WE NEED HELPING HANDS AND CANNOT HAVE A PICNIC WITHOUT HELP. Bring rakes, gloves, anything to help clean up, and dress for outdoors prepared to help. All are welcome to attend, bring the family. A recurring suggestion has been to bring back the events within the parish. This is a great service project for your students! MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK. Stay posted to the bulletin for details on the fourth. We will also need volunteers for the stands, prep, food, and more. Contact Lee Ochal at if you would like to be part of a team to support this event. THANK YOU!!! REMEMBER, WE CANNOT HAVE EVENTS WITHOUT YOUR HELP.



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It was a delightful evening filled with Music by Traction, (our own Bob Leso), food by 18 chefs, live auction items: African Safari, Costa Rica vacations, Taylor Swift tickets and Dinner for Eight at the rectory cooked by Msgr. Lawrence. The live auctioneer was Heather Patrone Shook. The Chef winners are: Fred Schindler for Chicken Salad, Frank McKelvey for Ribs a la Allison, Blueberry Soup by Joe McCormick, Caramelized Onions by Charles McCarthy, Best Dessert Cookies by Keith Buhl, and finally the People’s Choice Award for Pulled Pork went to Lee Ochal.  Congratulations to the Chefs! Thank you to the Committee chaired by Kathleen Kelley, all who participated, all who provided prizes and services, and all the Chefs. Thanks, too, to the Women who were the Judges: Winnie (from LeBus), Joyce Miller, Mary Vitas, Anne Gallagher, and Gerry Blum. They, too, had fun. The financial gain from the evening is a bit above $45,000.00. So once again… thanks one and all for contributing to a fun and successful evening for the benefit of Saint John the Baptist Church.


Dear Parishioners, Alumni and Friends,

Thanks to 385+ Alumni and Friends who attended our First Annual Take Me Back to Manayunk All Class Reunion. It was a wonderful gathering for our church and community. With your support, $18,000.00 was raised for the Friends of Saint John the Baptist, a parish and community organization founded to raise funds to repair, renovate and maintain our beautiful church. The proceeds from our All Class Reunion will go directly towards some of the primary and urgent repairs of the Bell Tower and supporting buttresses on Cresson Street. If you could not attend the reunion and would like to support our fundraising efforts, tax-deductible donations are being accepted at: Friends of St. John the Baptist, 146 Rector Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127. Follow our Facebook page, and support the events and activities of St. John the Baptist Parish in Manayunk.





World Meeting of Families 2015 Philadelphia





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Starting Tuesday, March 24, for six weeks, the parish Women of Faith Group invite you join us as we begin a beautiful book – Consoling the Heart of Jesus.We will be watching a 30 minute video each week and having a discussion about it. This is a beautiful, interesting, easy and very grace grace filled experience. We encourage you to give this a try, maybe bring a friend. The book will be available for $5.00. This is a great gift to you and your relationship with Christ. If you think you will be joining us please contact Jillian at so that there are enough books. See you at St Josaphat’s Rectory Tuesdays at 7pm.




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St. John’s Seniors Meeting Dates:

March 31,

April 21,

April 28,

May 12,

June 9, &

May 26, 2015 -Memorial Service & Luncheon



If your employer participates in the United Way’s Annual Fund and would like to make your United Way contribution to directly benefit St. John the Baptist Parish, you may choose the “Donor Choice” option on your contribution form. Our Donor Choice # is 3179, and your contribution is much needed and greatly appreciated. Go to for more information. Thank you for your support.



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!


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.


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

Joseph Sibbel – Sculptor

1906 Historic Pipe Organ (2008 article)





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