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Welcome to St. John the Baptist

Lenten Reflection from Fr. Tony

When I was growing up, Lent was this solemn and sometimes scary time of year. It was solemn because it focused on our weaknesses; our bad side; our sinfulness.

For the 40 days of Lent, let us not set our eyes on sin or focus on the fear that our sinfulness brings. Let us focus on the love in us; the love that is stronger than sin, not sentimental love or a romantic love or a selfish love, but a love that carried Christ to the cross; the love that can turn the other cheek; a love that does not sulk until an apology is given;  a love that keeps a marriage alive through stress and sickness, hard times and infidelity. A love that goes out to those who are different from us in race or face or religion; that goes out to the homeless and the loveless; the ugly and grimy; the sick and the dying.


ChristLife Series

“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; in so far as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”                                                                   ~~ Galatians 2:20


We are currently journeying through the Following Christ portion of our series.   The Holy Spirit is moving us in ways we have never imagined!   Please pray for our participants as they have Discovered Christ, are now Following Christ and will soon be preparing to Share Christ.


 Religious Education News ~~ God is Good!!  All the Time!!

Sacramental Preparation Classes for our 2nd Grade Class are scheduled as follows:

  Tuesday, March 3 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm – Social Hall – Parents are to attend with child

  Tuesday, March 10 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm – Social Hall – Parents are to attend with child

  Saturday, March 21 – 9am to Noon – Social Hall – Children only retreat day


Please keep our children preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time in your prayers.  This is a time of growth in the Spirit, great excitement and many emotions for them.



 Youth Ministry

  All youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to join our Youth Ministry! Youth Ministry has 4 parts : Catechesis, Service, Social and Worship. We gather together 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!   Bring a friend!!


What is ahead for our youth:

· Middle School Faith Night “Follow Me” —Friday, April 25 6pm to 9pm at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.  To register contact the Parish Office. Cost is $8, includes T-Shirt and Snack.   Guest Speaker is Jesse Manibusan.

· Diocesan High School Youth Celebration “Follow Me”  - Saturday, April 26  10am to 5pm at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.  To register contact the Parish Office.  Cost is $15 and includes dinner and snacks and T-Shirt. Guest Speaker: Jesse Manibusan.

· National   Catholic Youth Conference   “Here I Am Lord” - November 18-21, 2015!  We have 7 youth members who will be attending…..Dan, Josiah, Ben, Vinny, Chris, Ivana, & Annya… help defray their costs to attend this journey in their Spiritual Formation the group will be doing fundraisers.  If you would like to help, please consider sponsoring a member. 



Pope Francis News


During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession


Pope: Don't let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge


Pope Francis Papal Visit to Philadelphia –  September 25-28, 2015,

Hosted by Fr. Tony and Sponsored by St. John the Baptist!  

Highlights include:

Philadelphia Outdoor Papal Mass & Festival of Families Celebration

Sight & Sound Millennium Theater’s Joseph (Lancaster County)

Click here to see our information flyer and to print a registration form.


LENT – 2005

Join us for Mass each Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:30PM.


Lenten Soup & Study                         “Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis

   Join us on a wonderful journey, along with Pope Francis, as we learn to find “The Joy of the Gospel”.    In this letter written to the world, Pope Francis gives us a very clear teaching of how we should live as followers of Christ.  If you did not receive a copy of the book in church, free copies will be available.  All our welcome to share homemade soup, snack, drinks as we gather around the table together as a Parish Family and embark upon this Lenten journey,    Mondays 23 at 6:30pm to 8pm in the Former Convent. Sessions will continue every Monday during the Season of Lent.


Perryopolis Area Ministerium Lenten Ecumenical Services

          are held each Wednesday in Lent at Noon.

February 25—Perryopolis Methodist Church

March 4—First Christian Church

March 11—Perryopolis Methodist Church

March 18—St. John the Baptist

March 25—Harmony Presbyterian


Regional Penance Services - 7pm


Thursday, March 12 – Holy Family, West Newton

Wednesday, March 19 - Church of the Epiphany, Monessen

Tuesday, March 24—St. Anne, Rostraver

Wednesday, March 25—St. John the Baptist

Thursday, March 26—St Sebastian, Belle Vernon


Stations of the Cross - 7pm on Friday


February 20—Led by Father Tony

February 27—Led by members of the Choir

March 4—Led by members of Youth Ministry

March 13—Led by members of the Altar Society

March 20—Led by members of the Pastoral Council

March 27—Led by Faith Formation Catechists

Good Friday, April 3—Stations of the Cross will be at Noon


Lenten Fish Fry

Each Friday in Lent (Feb 20—March 27)

Noon until 6PM  

Take-Out Available—Call Ahead 724-736-0675


Fish Dinners / Fish Sandwiches (Fried and Baked available)

Homemade Pieroghies – sold cooked and frozen – side orders or by the dozen

Homemade Haluski

Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Green Beans also available

Please bring containers for take-out orders.


Seder Meal -- Sunday March 22nd 3:00 PM

The Seder Meal is a commemoration of the Passover and Exodus. The meal is celebrated with readings, prayers, meager meal and rituals that Jesus would have celebrated during His Last Supper Feast.  If you would like to join us for this meal, please RSVP to the Parish Office by March 15 at or 724-736-4442.   


Tenebrae Service -- Palm Sunday March 29th at 7:30 PM

A Service of Shadows

The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his Journey, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death; and through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.


Holy Week Schedule


Monday, March 30—Mass 8:30AM

Tuesday, March 31—Mass 8:30AM

Wednesday, April 1—Mass  6:30PM

Thursday, April 2—  Mass of the Lord’s Supper  7PM  

                                      followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11PM

Friday, April 3—Stations of the Cross  Noon

                       Service of the Passion of our Lord  7PM

Saturday, April 4—Blessing of Baskets  Noon

                          Easter Vigil  8:30PM

Sunday, April 5—Mass of our Lord’s Resurrection   8AM and 10AM


The Parish Office will be CLOSED on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.



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.


 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.



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.


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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