September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Links to televised Masses below.

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

Daily Mass is offered Monday – Thursday at 8:35AM and on Fridays at 9AM

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately follows Mass on the first 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
To register or for more information, 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)


From the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

August 17, 2020: Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation 2020

August 1, 2020: Concerning the Sacred Liturgy and the Use of a Masks (Green Phase)

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

June 26, 2020: Parish Life in the Green Phase” 

Open Doors Video 
Get a glimpse of the open doors of our local parishes as we welcome everyone back to the public celebration of the Mass. In this video, pastors and parishioners joyfully announce that the doors are open for Mass once again, culminating with a “welcome home” from Archbishop Pérez! All are welcome to use this short video clip to announce the great news that public Masses have resumed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the weekend of June 6 and 7.

Open Doors video:

CDC and Diocese instructional video for the faithful Returning to Mass:Instructional Video in English (Captioned):

Video instructivo en Español:

Returning to Mass & Instructional Video in American Sign Language:

Instructions from the Diocese for the:  RESUMPTION of Public Mass 

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:

Wed, September 23, 2020 – 7:00 PM     ~     40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally

Come and join with amazing Keynote Matt Britton from 40 Days for life National Leadership to kick off our Annual Fall Vigil!!! Hear from Local Pro life leaders and understand why your presence is more important than ever outside of these abortion centers.                                                                                1144 locust street -public right of way in front of Planned Parenthood Philadelphia, PA 19107 More information: Visit and consider signing up for a prayer vigil time slot!

September 28, 30 and October 1, 2020 – 7:00 PM                                                                          Modernity and the Gift of the Given: John Paul II’s Authentic Theology of Integral Human Liberation

Sept. 28: “The Primacy of God” / Sept. 30: “Truth and Freedom” / Oct. 1: “Integral Liberation”

Presenter: Dr. Schindler, Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology and Dean Emeritus of the John Paul I Institute   Location: Livestreamed and presented in person in Washington, DC

The lectures will be available via livestreaming. Please contact 202-526-3799 or to add your name to the guest list. Everyone who has RSVP’d will be contacted in September with the livestreaming link, or with a seat reservation, if available.

October 1, 2 and 3, 2020 – 6:40 PM Rosary; 7 PM Holy Mass                                                          Triduum in Honor of St. Therese (Feast Day, October 1)                                                            Carmelite Monastery, 1400 66th Avenue, Philadelphia

Join the Philadelphia Carmelite Sisters for their annual Triduum honoring the Little Flower. Parking is available. The closing Mass will be a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass). 



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:

  1. Miraculous Medal
  2. St. John Neumann Shrine
  3. St. Rita
  4. Old St. Augustine
  5. Pink Sisters
  6. East Coast Shrine
                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                              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.

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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 if you are available to dedicate one hour a month. Thank you.

View the video Midnight Watch