Upcoming Events

Thanks to all who attended the beautiful Mass of Installation and Reception as Pastor Monsignor Kevin Lawrence received the keys to the Parish from Bishop Thomas.  Please read an Important Letter From Our Pastor below:


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If you have not yet registered your child for 2014-2015 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), registration is ending for levels K-6.  Please call Janet Kempf at 215-416-5881 or visit our Religious Education tab for a registration form that may be dropped of at the Rectory during business hours.  Full instructions and registration form may be found here.   



Pope Francis has named Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas, a native son of Manayunk, as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. The Archdiocese will hold a farewell for Bishop Thomas on Wednesday, October 1 with Solemn Evening Prayer in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 5:30 PM followed by a light reception. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bishop-designate Thomas will be installed in as Bishop in Ohio on October 22, 2014. Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares to accept this new assignment.



On Saturday, October 4, we will show our thanks and appreciation for Deacon Baratta in his formal retirement at a Mass of Celebration and Reception.  Mass Begins at 4:00 pm., please plan to attend.  There will be a reception in his honor immediately following mass.  Please RSVP by calling the Rectory at 215.482.4600 if you plan to attend the celebration with the number of people attending.  We are also requesting donations of homemade baked goods and desserts.  If you can help serve, setup, cleanup, or can bring an item, please call the Rectory or deliver it to the Social Hall that evening.  Thank you for helping to show our thanks & appreciation for our Beloved Deacon.



The Polish American Heritage Association of Manayunk/Roxborough (PAHA) will participate in the Pulaski Day Parade on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Show your support and march or ride in the trolley/bus.  Our float is honoring Saint John Paul, II.  PAHA is in the first division of the parade and assembly time is 11:00 a.m. Participants will meet at St. Josaphat Hall at 10:00 a.m., the trolley/bus will leave for the parade site at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, refreshments will be served at St. Josaphat Church Hall. If you plan to participate, please call – Joe Deskiewicz at 215-482–9276 or Carol Hrobak at 215-482-0114.



Do you have friends or relatives interested in exploring the Catholic faith but don’t know where to start? Maybe you are attending mass and feel ready to take the next step. St. John the Baptist Parish offers opportunities for people seeking more information about the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and living the Christian Life. The program is called the Roman Catholic Initiation of Adults Program (RCIA). RCIA is for adults who would like to inquire about following Jesus and becoming a member of the Catholic Church. If you are a Christian who would like to become a Catholic, you are a baptized Catholic and like to receive Confirmation and Holy Communion, or you are a “cradle Catholic” who wants to better understand the basic tenants of your faith, this program is for you. There are many inquiring people like yourself and we are ready to answer your questions. St. John the Baptist’s RCIA program will meet from 7 – 8:30 PM on Monday nights at McKenna Hall (next door to St. John’s Rectory). The program begins October 6 and runs weekly through April 4th (Easter Mass Vigil). We will explore the basic tenants of Catholicism through exciting presentations, films, and lively discussion. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and we are ready answer to whatever questions you may have. Facilitators Janet Kempf and Diane Browne know the journey home to the Catholic Church. Janet returned to the Church after being away for several years and Diane is a former protestant. Both have their own conversion experiences and are certified to teach about the Catholic faith. To learn more or to register, please contact Janet Kempf at 215.416.5881 or jkempf@stjohnmanayunk.org



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 www.unitedforimpact.org for more information. Thank you for your support.



The new CCD/PREP year will be starting on October 12 and we are getting the classrooms ready for our students. Could you please help us with the school supplies that we will need this year? Items that we can always use are: Crayons – Chalk – Hand Sanitizer – Tissues – Anti-bacterial wipes – Paper – scrap or copy machine paper – Pencils Other items – new or used – that would be greatly appreciated are: Lives of the saints for children – Catholic themed coloring books – -Catholic Children’s Bibles or bible stories books – Catholic DVDs for children A gift card or cash is always appreciated and we will do the shopping for you! If you would like us to dedicate a book in the name of a loved one just let us know and we will make sure that they are mentioned on a bookplate in the front of the book. Items may be brought to the rectory during office hours. There will also be a box in the back of church to collect the items after the weekend Masses starting September 13. Thank you in advance!


Our Parish and Future

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Task Force & Meeting Updates

 The task force is a committee established to study the three original sites of the parish with a particular focus on what church building will act as the primary worship site.  It was formed as a result of the Engineering reports which were formally presented to the parish on April 29, 2014.  Click the underlined link below to download the details of May 27, 2014 meeting minutes regarding the future of our parish.  Uploaded July 29, 2014.

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Click the underlined link below to download the details of May 8, 2014 meeting minutes regarding the future of our parish.  Uploaded May 26, 2014.  Download here:

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Engineering Study Results

Click the link below for the Exterior Condition Assessment of the Main Church and Rectory of St. John the Baptist.   {UPDATE:  5/ 6/14:  This is the Report that was presented by Vitetta and MacIntosh  at the April 29, 2014 Parish Meeting including thermal imaging studies.  The previous draft version that was originally posted, was mistakenly provided for posting.}

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The first report findings, completed by O’Donnell and Naccarato, may be viewed by clicking the link below.  (6.3 mb PDF)



Welcome our new Pastor,

Msgr. Kevin C. Lawrence,

and Parochial Vicar, Fr. John Kelly!







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!


Father Charles Ravert

Prayers and congratulations to Fr. Charles Ravert of St. John the Baptist, receiving his Priestly Ordination on May 17, 2014.



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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