October 25, 2020 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Gospel of Matthew 22: 34-40

The Two Greatest Commandments

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with
all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “You shall love
your neighbor as yourself.”

For those who are still unable to attend Mass in person, click the link below to read this week’s homily from Fr. Lucas and Fr. Tony:

Links to televised Masses below.

If you would like to be included in all parish email communications, please send your name and current email address to:  prep@stjohnsottsville.org – in the email Subject line write, SIGN ME UP.”

Scroll down to view the most recent pandemic updates coming from our Diocese.

Effective Monday, November 2nd our Daily Mass, Monday – Friday will start at 9AM                          Monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately follows Mass on the1st Wednesday of the month. Closing Benediction is at 7PM.



Wednesday: 8am -Flame of Love Rosary     

Below Weekly Devotions Follow morning Mass:                                                                  1st Friday: Sacred Heart of Jesus             2nd Friday: St. Peregrine                                  3rd Friday: St. Nicholas                                    4th Friday: St. John the Baptist                      5th Friday: St. Joseph


To View a Televised Mass, click on any of the links below:

Cultivating Good Habits When viewing Mass at Home
For those who are live-streaming Mass at home to participate more fully and fittingly, these tips are a great way to help everyone cultivate good habits – and avoid bad habits – by maintaining a level of reverence and engagement in their approach to the Mass even from home. Please consider following this great advice and sharing it with others!
To make a Spiritual Communion (pray the prayer below or click on video below)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.


We are grateful, and we Thank you! 

Your weekly Sunday contribution is our only source of income. It is your contributions that sustained us during these difficult times and continues to do so throughout the year….

Our PARISH GIVING online weekly contribution program is simple and secure!

To sign up today, click the “Parish Giving” tab at the bottom of this page and follow the online screen prompts. If you need assistance with your sign-up, our parish office is here to help. Call 610-847-5521


Parish Religious Education of Children
Please visit our PREP page on this website or call the parish office. 
RCIA to register or for more information visit our our Faith Formation page n this website or call the parish office.                 
Parish Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-1pm. 

The Lord’s Pantry is operating under normal business hours. Pre-packaged bags of food will be distributed AT THE TABLE OUTSIDE THE ENTRY DOOR only.  No in-pantry shopping is permitted.    NO CLOTHING DONATIONS ACCEPTED during the  COVID-19 pandemic.


Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet (recorded at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy) https://youtu.be/p5TGfisOKM


From the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 


October 22: Liturgical Directives for Advent and Christmas 2020

October 6: There are no changes to Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments and Non-Liturgical Parish Ministries; Both sets of guidelines remain fully in effect.

August 13: Concerning the Sacred Liturgy and the Use of Masks

July 29, 2020: Diocese Webinar View Clarifications to Parish Life in the Green Phase 

July 29: New document: Recommendations for Non-Liturgical Parish Ministries

Save these 2021 Dates!

Diocesan Upcoming Events

September 2020-May 2021 – First and Third Sundays of Each Month  ~  Bible Novena

The Word of God is living and speaks to each of us daily.  Each day, we turn to God and ask for His guidance and strength. This is accomplished no better than by turning to the Bible – the inspired word of God. Between September 2020 and May 2021, the Vocation Office will be praying an extended Novena, reading the entire Bible over the course of these 9 months, and we invite you to join us as we proclaim and hear the word of God and listen for His voice in our lives. Video reflections from local presenters will be made available to accompany your reflection.                                                                                      Sponsored by: The Vocations Office for the Diocesan Priesthood                                                                      More info: https://heedthecall.org/BibleNovena/

Wed, Oct 21, 7 PM (Chapel or Basilica) – Built Upon Rock lecture with Christine Flowers

Sun, Nov 1, 2-3 PM (Basilica) – Holy Hour for the Election



Ascension Press
Ascension Press offers free parish resources that include videos, podcasts and articles to help parishes and families handle the pandemic and beyond


For Your Marriage
For Your Marriage helps families become places of prayer and faith and navigate the challenges that come with marriage, parenting, extended family relationships, caregiving, and more. It also provides resources for engaged and newly married couples.


The Faithful Traveler (an EWTN series) created  videos for the World Meeting of Families on Phila. Shrines and Holy places.You can access on Youtube the following:

                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                              OUR PARISH MISSION 

We the faithful of St. John the Baptist Parish, in communion with our Pope, Archbishop and Pastor, proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. We desire to share His love with everyone in our community through our words and actions.

Through the many gifts we have received from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we strive to live Gospel values every day of this life in anticipation of the life to come. Our guides for this journey are:

  • Spirituality: We pledge to honor, obey and worship God in reverent celebration of liturgy, sacrament and prayer.
  • Personal Development: We proclaim the Good News so that all lives may grow in faith, from the elderly who are our foundation, to the young who are our future.
  • Community Service: We take up Jesus’ call to reach out to each other through the many talents we are given.
  • Stewardship: Our response to God’s love requires self denial and tithing to enrich the spiritual and physical life of our community.

We pray to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of our patron, St. John the Baptist, that the Word of God continues to be spoken and believed in our countryside, just as it was by the small and courageous community that preceded us more than two centuries ago.

Administered by the MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEART – USA                                       visit us at: misacor-usa.org


The Parish Office, The Lord’s Pantry, and PREP follow the Palisades School District guidelines for inclement weather “Closures and Delayed Opening.”

Before heading out in bad weather, call the parish office at 610-847-5521 to verify if we are open.




Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been moved to the First Wednesday of each month, 9am – 7pm.

Face covering and social distancing required.

Email Anita Colahan at amcolahan@epix.net if you are available to dedicate one hour a month. Thank you.

View the video Midnight Watch