Sunday - 10:00 a.m. (Solemn Mass with music and incense)
followed by fellowship in the parish hall
Monday - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. (healing prayer and laying on of hands after Mass)
Thursday - 6:00 p.m.
Friday - 12 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m.
All Masses are offered according to the Ordinariate's Divine Worship Missal.
All Catholics may fulfill their Sunday or holy day obligation by attending our form of Mass.
Sunday - 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Monday - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday - 5:30 p.m.
DAILY OFFICE SCHEDULE
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday - 5:00 p.m.
Our clergy lead the public prayer of the Church, known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours, every day according to the Ordinariate's approved breviary, Divine Worship: Daily Office.
The Ordinariate's Office may also be prayed online at this link.
The Last Gospel at the end of our solemn Mass on the eve of the Presentation (Candlemas): February 1, 2022.
During the Mass of installation of Father William Cantrell as Pastor of St. John the Baptist, celebrated by Bishop Steven Lopes. September 5, 2021.
St John's has the care of a Catholic church formerly known as Our Lady of Mount Carmel: formed in 1926 to serve the Italian-American community of Bridgeport, PA. The upper church was built in 1940 and dedicated in 1949.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is a joyful Catholic parish in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. The Ordinariate is the North American diocese created by Pope Benedict XVI in answer to decades of earnest prayer that enabled formerly Anglican parishes, priests and individuals to come into full communion with the Holy See. We are a missionary diocese obedient to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in all things.
Our liturgy is deeply reverent and rich with traditional music, Anglican and Gregorian chant, and Biblical preaching. Our form of Mass--Divine Worship: The Missal--is approved by the Vatican for use in the Ordinariate. We are permanently settled in Bridgeport, PA and serve the Philadelphia area.
News & Events
**Eucharistic Revival - The US bishops are planning a three-year revival to foster greater devotion to our Lord in the Eucharist, which was inaugurated this past Corpus Christi Sunday. Please see Bishop Lopes's video below for more information.
Photos from our solemn Requiem Mass on Memorial Day: May 30, 2022.
Photos from the Great Vigil of Easter, 2022 at St John's. Photos by Peter Tulay.
October 7, 2021, with Bishop Lopes and Archbishop Perez. Photos by Peter Tulay.
Photos by Allison Girone.
Photos by Peter Tulay.
How to join
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? We invite you to use our contact form at the bottom of this website. Whether you come from another Christian denomination, a different faith tradition, or no religion in particular, our parish offers catechesis (formation and initiation in the Catholic faith) to all.
Are you already Catholic and wish to join our parish? Please contact us and we will register you as a member of the parish and add you to our mailing list. (Note: you do not need to have been formerly an Anglican to register as a member St. John's.)
Are you interested in joining the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter? For those who have not been baptized or confirmed at St. John's (or another Ordinariate community), joining the Ordinariate is a separate process. More info on becoming a canonical member of the Ordinariate may be seen here. To view the Ordinariate member registration form, click HERE. Please fill in the blanks, print and sign the form, then submit or mail it to the parish.
The Baptism of Christ, by Piero Perugino. 1482, Sistine Chapel, Rome.
How to serve
The life of our parish depends upon the sacrifice and support of our members and friends. Below are a few of the several ministries and apostolates we continually need volunteers for. Click on any of the images below for more information.
Clergy & Staff
Father William C. Cantrell
Father Matthew M. Hummel
Deacon Roger W. Converse
Dr. William J. Gatens
Organist & Choirmaster
James T.M. Griffin
Master of Acolytes
Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church was formed in 2015 after acquiring the property of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania. The first liturgy was offered on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2015.
Bishop Steven J. Lopes, first Bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established Saint John the Baptist as a canonical parish of the Ordinariate. He visited Bridgeport on November 18, 2016 to erect the parish, and to install Fr David A. Ousley as the first Pastor. Following Fr Ousley’s retirement in August 2021, Fr William C. Cantrell became the second Pastor in September 2021.
Soon after St. John the Baptist was established, came the development of a variety of ministries in Bridgeport and the surrounding area. Together with the Legion of Mary, the parish regularly makes calls on the homes in Bridgeport through Evangelization Days reaching out to those seeking full Communion with the Catholic Church. A new thrift shop opened in 2017, providing material as well as spiritual service to our neighbors. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which began in 2021, serves families from outside the parish as well as parishioners. St John’s hosts a number of groups from both within and outside the parish. The Holy Family Council of the Knights of Columbus meets monthly at St John’s and has been unfailingly supportive of our mission in innumerable ways.
“Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” (Luke 18:16)
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and the entire Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, are committed to providing a safe environment for all our parishioners - from the youngest to the oldest.
As a part of that effort, the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has instituted a robust Safe Environment program. Here at St. John the Baptist, we participate fully in this program. We provide mandatory training (including detailed background checks) for all volunteers who work with children. We also provide parents with materials to use in discussing safe environment issues with their own children.
If you would like to read about the Ordinariate's Safe Environment Policy in detail, please go HERE.