Coronavirus Updates


Beginning Wednesday, June 3, if a parishioner, who has viewed a daily Mass either televised or Facebook desires to receive The Eucharist, they may drive to the portico of the retreat center at 12 noon to receive holy communion from the car.

This Sunday, at 12:00 noon, Holy Communion will be distributed in the same way for parishioners who have viewed the Mass and desire to receive the Eucharist. You may drive to the retreat center entrance, under the portico to receive communion.

Driving through seems to work best rather than parking and walking to the door in our particular layout, but if you want to pray in the church after receiving the Eucharist, you may park and walk up to receive the Eucharist and go to the church to pray making sure to social distance.

In addition, beginning June 14/15 regular Mass times will resume with social distancing in place, masks still being used. Confessions will be in our chapel Saturdays from 11- 12:30 and 5:00 – 5:45 pm.

If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

For those who still feel uncomfortable attending/gathering at Mass inside the church, or who’s health may be compromised, please continue to view Sunday Mass on TV or Facebook and then you may drive to the retreat center entrance under the portico on Sundays at 12:00 noon to receive the Eucharist.

    • Confessions will be heard starting on May 16th and every Saturday under the church from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM and by appointment as always.
    • Private Prayer   Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
      Private Prayer    Saturday and Sunday  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Fr. Mark is broadcasting Mass on Facebook live. Recently we resolved a technical difficulty and have now fixed the problem. Fr Mark’s Facebook page is named Mark Pattock. We will use this for liturgies or other scheduled prayer for Mass and the Sacred Triduum. Daily Mass from our chapel is Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri at 7:30 am. Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Sunday morning at 9:00 am. You may also tune into Proclaim TV on Sundays at 10:30 am on channel 9.More information to come on the Sacred Triduum.
    • Online Mass 
          • Proclaim! Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 Mass with Bishop Mark
            Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC23
            Sundays at 9:00  p.m. on Atlantic Broadband channel 9
            Posted on Diocesan website, Facebook, and Twitter
            Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on WFBG AM 1290
          • Daily Mass

Message For the Youth

Mrs. Francine Swope, Diocesan Director Youth Ministry

The Parish

Learn more about Parish life here. View the weekly bulletin. See Mass times and special Holy Days of Obligation Mass times. View and plan for receiving the sacraments. 

Retreat Center

Built in 1890 as a Carmelite Novitiate, St. John the Baptist Retreat Center has been completely restored. Its uniqueness will help make your stay with us both prayerful and Spirit-filled. That has been the experience of the many hundreds who have come to experience the living God and go home renewed. 

The Capuchins

Staffed by the Capuchin Friars of the St. Augustine Province, St. John the Baptist Church and Retreat Center continues its legacy of being managed by religious.

The Famous Church On The Turnpike

Our Mission Statement

St. John the Baptist Parish is a Catholic Christian Community centered in rural New Baltimore, Pennsylvania. As members of the Body of Christ, we seek to live as entrusted stewards using God’s gifts responsibly, intelligently, prudently, and gratefully to bring about his kingdom. As stewards of our time, talents, possessions, and faith, we are called to put our lives in proper focus and to live in accord with one another giving love and caring support; to accept Christ’s challenge as related in the Gospels – to serve one another.

“I am the light of the world.
He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:12

A Message of Hope- Fr. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap “In this time of social distancing, of hunkering down, take care to allow for a slowing down, to deeper prayer. Reinstitute the family recitation of the Rosary. The family that prays together stays together. Now is a privileged time to sink deeply into love, prayer, sacrifice, and mercy. Let your relationship deepen and know the tender love of God. Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me.”