Parish Registration

 

THE NEW SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH

PARISHIONER REGISTRATION FORM

 

Welcome, all members to our new parish family!

All are encouraged to participate  fully in both the spiritual and social life of St. John’s, and  join our parish  Ministries & Organizations.  If you would like to share your talents, organize or chair a Parish Organization, or just want to become more involved and informed, please contact the rectory and we will get you in touch with a parish volunteer.

Masses are Monday – Thursday at 6:30 am, Saturday Vigil at 4:00 pm, and Sunday morning at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m, & 6:00 pm.  Confessions begin at 3:00 pm before the Saturday Vigil mass.  Holy Day Masses are at 6:30 & 9:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. (no holy day vigil.)  Our church is handicapped accessible, on-street parking is available, and our parking lot is behind the Rectory.

Please notify the rectory if you are moving from the parish, or if you have changed your address or telephone number.

 

A Brief History of St. John the Baptist Parish and Church

The tenth oldest parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, St. John the Baptist Parish started in the small milltown of Manayunk, and the parish founders were Jerome and Eulalia Keating.  In the winter of 1829-30 it is believed that the first Catholic Mass in our area was celebrated in the Keatings’ home (the former convent located on Cresson St.).  Mrs. Eulalia Keating was said to have held a weekly Sunday school for a dozen or so neighboring children.

Eventually when about 20 families were attending, Jerome Keating proposed the start of the parish, and made a gift of the ground for the (first) church and cemetery, which opened 1831. The rapid growth of the church and beginnings of a school became too small for the manufacturing town, calling for the building of a new cathedral-like church 60 years later.

The current church was designed by architect Patrick Charles Keely of New York, and dedicated on April 1, 1894.   It was built at a total cost of $250,000, with a legacy gift of $100,000 in 1881 from Bernard McCane and his wife, combined with the help of the local community.  Over the following decades it was outfitted with interiors, the stations and many of the sculptures the work of eminent sculptor Joseph Sibbel of New York.  The church organ is the original from 1906.

It is believed our cemetery has buried more Civil War Veterans than any other small cemetery in America.  Our school buildings served as a Parish Hall, Boys and Girls’ High School and elementary school.  When visiting our Social Hall, please note our Honor Roll, listing our parish veterans who served our country during World War II.  Before the Social Hall was remodeled into a gathering place for parish events, it was a chapel, and served as the lower church.  It was for a time used for mass during neighboring parishes’ Church remodeling and construction.

The Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Initiative closed neighboring parishes St. Josaphat’s (Polish), and St. Mary of the Assumption (German), and in 2012 parishioners from the three parishes merged to form the New St. John the Baptist.