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Welcome to St. John the Baptist


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Perryopolis Police Officer Richard Champion, who was killed tragically in a traffic accident this past weekend.  Our parish faith community grieves the loss of a member of our extended community.   May Officer Champion find eternal peace in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.  May his family find peace and comfort through our show of God’s love.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured driver of the other vehicle.  May he and his family find strength in God’s healing touch in these difficult days.    


Rev. Louis Cheatham, diocese oldest priest passes away.  Fr. Cheatham was a frequent visitor to St. John the Baptist.  He will truly be missed by our Parish Family.

Christmas Mass Times
    5:30pm (Vigil)  ~~  Midnight  ~~  10am

Prior to the Midnight Christmas Mass, the choir will present the Christmas story through song beginning at 11:30pm.   This time of meditation is a beautiful way to enjoy the quiet and stillness of that night which celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth.


New Year's Mass Times
   6pm (Vigil)  ~~  10am

Parish Office Holiday Hours
   Christmas Eve - Closing at Noon
   Christmas Day -- Closed
   December 26 -- Closed
   New Year's Eve  -- Closing at 3pm
   New Year's Day -- Closed



ChristLife Series

“For the love of God has been poured in to our hearts through the Holy Spirit whom He has given to us.”  ~ Romans 5:5

Thank you to all who participated in the Discovering Christ Series.   What an amazing and transforming experience for us all.  We look forward to the upcoming Following Christ Series beginning in January.

Gluten Free Hosts
 St. John the Baptist is pleased to now offer gluten free hosts.  If you suffer from gluten intolerance, please take a moment to place a special host in the ciborium on the offering table at the back of church.  If you need assistance, someone will help.   At the distribution of the Eucharist, those receiving the gluten free host   will approach first on the ambo side in the center.




Masses can only be scheduled in the Parish Office during the following office hours  -   Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
¨ Masses can only be scheduled by phone or e-mail by those persons who are homebound by chronic illness or age.

Only three Mass Intentions will be accepted per person/family with a limit of one weekend Mass and two weekday Masses. In keeping with Church Law, Mass Intentions may only be made in remembrance of one person/family; multiple individual/family intentions are not permitted.

Please understand that with the number of Mass Intentions that need to be satisfied in the Parish Mass   Intention Book and with the growth of our Parish, we need to be able to satisfy those outstanding Mass Intentions within a twelve month period and be able to fill the needs of all parishioners that would like to schedule Mass Intentions.

 Any questions regarding the Mass Intention guidelines may be directed to the Parish Office or see Fr. Tony.

Sanctuary Candle --  In order to provide more families the opportunity of scheduling a Sanctuary Candle Memorial, only two Memorials per family / per year will be accepted. Memorial Intentions can be scheduled through the Parish Office.

Altar Flowers are a beautiful way to remember a loved one’s special birthday, anniversary, etc. Altar Flowers may be scheduled in advance. Altar Flower Memorials are not scheduled during scheduled weddings and the seasons of Lent,    Easter, Advent or Christmas. Should you like to schedule  a weekend for 2015, please contact the Parish Office.


 Youth Ministry

  All youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to join our Youth Ministry! 
Youth Ministry has 4 parts:
    Service - Works of mercy and justice - doing works for charity, visiting the elderly
    Social - Fun time with other Catholic youth - parties, bonfires, picnics and more
    Worship - Praising God! - Mass, Prayer Services, Stations of the Cross
    Catechesis - Growing in knowledge about the faith - traditions, scripture, doctrine
Youth Ministry meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Religious Education Building.  We have an awesome room dedicated especially to us....designed and decorated by us!   
Join us this Sunday, October 12 for our Welcome Party!   We encourage all to attend and bring a friend!




St. Vincent de Paul Society

          “Please help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul bring respite and hope to the elderly who are not able to find relief from the summer heat and you will bring them faith and hope!”


Did you know that we have a St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry?   This pantry is filled with canned goods, boxed items, non-perishable goods, paper products, shampoos, soap, etc.   Donations to fill our pantry are always accepted by placing items in the back of the church near the statue of Mary, special drives are help throughout the year.

Also, a donation box is available in the back of church above the offertory table.  These funds make our efforts possible.  (box is emptied weekly)


Our St. Vincent de Paul Society meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the Faith Formation Building.   If you would like to help those less fortunate, please come and join us.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact the Parish Office at 724-736-4442 and a member of our society will assist you.



Father Anthony W. Ditto
  Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Daily Mass: Tuesday through Friday  8:30 a.m.
Reconciliation: Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and by appointment 

Contact Us:  724-736-4442  
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Our Mission Statement

St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church is nestled in the historic town of Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. We are a church of diverse nationalities, a friendly community of caring, hardworking people, who have a passion and concern for fostering and strengthening family ties.

Our mission is to spread the Good News of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We do this through personal, communal and daily sharing of faith along the road of salvation; leading ALL to the treasure of graces in the Sunday worship and sacraments.

We seek to be Christian models for our children and communities while we ourselves are in faith formation, challenging ourselves to also meet the needs of the elderly among us.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we arrive to build a stronger community through our efforts at evangelization, leadership, stewardship and spiritual growth.

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