Week of April 20 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

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

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

April 27 -3:00 pm


If you are Catholic and would like to return to the church, please call our Rectory at 215-482-4600.  If you are interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic Faith, please call Janet Kempf at 215-416-5881.



Parish Meeting

There will be a parish meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 PM in the church hall for all to hear the results of the Engineering study done on our buildings by the Vitetta Company.


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



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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