Welcome to St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church!
We strive to make our parish a beacon for all who seek God's light and warmth, and we want all parishioners and visitors to feel at home here.
This page addresses Frequently Asked Questions about our parish. But we don't expect it to answer everything, and we hope to meet and speak with you personally!
For questions or concerns at any time, kindly contact Barbara Fergone, our parish secretary, at 610.874.3418 ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or click here for a complete list of clergy and staff contacts.
Follow these links for more information.
Church & Mass Information
Q: Where is St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church?
St. John's is located at 617 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086.
Click here for a map and directions
Q: What is your Mass schedule?
Our weekend Mass schedule is 5 p.m. Saturday (Vigil) and 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The 11:30 Mass on the first Sunday of the month is our
Mass of Welcoming and Inclusion
. Daily Mass is celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Mass on civic holidays is celebrated at 9 a.m. Complete Mass information, including second collections and special liturgies, is posted on our
Q: What is your confession schedule?
Confessions are heard from 4 to 4:50 p.m. Saturdays in the church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may also be scheduled outside this time by calling the Parish House at 610.874.3418.
Q: How do I reach the Parish House/Rectory?
Please call 610.874.3418, email PHoffice@sjcparish.org, or stop by during our regular office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
Q: How do I obtain a Mass card, request a Mass intention, or add a name to the parish sick or deceased list?
Call, email or stop by the Parish House during our regular hours: 9 to 5 weekdays and 10:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Our parish secretary or Parish House Ministers will be happy to assist you. For complete information on Mass Intentions,
please click here
Welcoming and Inclusion
Q: Is St. John's prepared for visitors and parishioners with special needs?
Absolutely! St. John's is an inclusive and warm parish family, and we welcome everyone to all of our Masses.
The church is fully accessible via the front entrance on Providence Road. That entrance also offers access to the Lower Church Hall via a stairlift through the double doors to the right in the vestibule (narthex).
Our ushers and parishioners are happy to welcome and assist you. If you have a special need, kindly phone the Parish House ahead of time (610.874.3418) so that we may be prepared to assist you.
Our 11:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month is a
Mass of Welcoming and Inclusion
, with several modifications for persons with special needs. This Mass, and the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of each month, includes an American Sign Language interpreter.
Ministry with Persons with Disabilities
is engaged in activities and liturgies that bring the love of Jesus, the sacraments, and the Eucharist to all. These include an Adaptive
Parish Religious Education Program
(PREP) for children with special needs.
Like all St. John's ministries, our Ministry with Persons with Disabilities welcomes new members and inquiries at any time.
Q. I have a vocal toddler and sometimes-fussy baby. Does St. John's church have a "cry room" for the little ones?
A: No, we don't. Your little ones are welcome to cry (and laugh and talk and use their sippy cups and munch Cheerios) in church! If you or they need a break, you are welcome to step into the vestibule (narthex), where the Mass is broadcast over speakers.
Q: I have not been to church in years for personal reasons, and I'm not even sure
that I am welcome or allowed to attend anymore. How do I find out where I stand with the church and my Sacraments?
Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, Jesus welcomes you with open arms, and we want
St. John's to be your parish home. Wherever life has taken us, we always remain children of God.
We encourage you to contact Father Ed (610.874.3418 x 102 or email@example.com) to share your concerns. Please be assured that you will be welcomed with God's grace and in warmth, compassion and complete confidence.
Q: I have a gluten allergy. Are gluten-free Hosts available?
A: Low-gluten Hosts (with a gluten content of
0.01%) are available at all Masses. Kindly see the presider and sexton in the sacristy before Mass. Note that these Hosts contain trace amounts of gluten as required by Church teaching. Hosts with no gluten are considered invalid matter for Mass. Click here for more information.
Q: How do I register with the parish?
A: Please register in person at the Parish House during regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or 10:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
Q: Why should I register with the parish?
A: St. John's is an active and welcoming parish family. Registration allows you and your family to become full participants in parish life!
Once you register, our Welcoming Committee will reach out to you, and you will begin receiving parish communications on events, volunteer opportunities, parishioner funerals and other news. If you have been attending Mass with us, we hope that you will register so that you can participate fully in our parish life.
Q: Do I need to live within a certain boundary to register as an SJC parishioner?
No. St. John's has no borders. We welcome new parishioners from across the area. (And we hope you will stay with us if you move locally!)
Sacraments & Religious Education
Q: Where can I find Sacramental information for the parish?
A. Complete information about weddings, funerals, baptisms and other sacraments is available under the
tab (second from the left) at the top of each page of the website.
Q: Where do I find the forms for godparents and Confirmation sponsors?
Please click here for our parish forms
Q: Where can I learn about the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) and Sacraments like First Communion for my children?
Information about our PREP program is available under the PREP tab at the top of each page of our website. Or you may contact Theresa Hedlund, our Director of Religious Education, at
or 610.872.4673 x 131.
Q: How do I learn more about becoming a Catholic or about receiving First Communion or Confirmation as an adult?
Please contact our
, led by Elaine Mott (
or 610.874.3418 x 107).
Parish Mission & Leadership
Q: What is the mission of St. John's parish?
The parishioners of St. John Chrysostom are called to live out the mission of Jesus. We serve all our sisters and brothers, particularly the poor and needy, by generous acts of charity and by working together with all people of goodwill for justice and peace. We actively look to help those who are not practicing their faith experience a conversion that will restore the joy of faith to their hearts and inspire a commitment to the Gospel. We welcome all to gather for worship, service, and community.
Q: What is the parish leadership structure?
A: St. John Chrysostom has been blessed in pastoral leadership since September 2011 by
the Rev. Edward J. Hallinan, MDiv
. Father Ed is advised by a lay
Parish Pastoral Council
and a lay
Parish Finance Council
and assisted by other
clergy and staff.
Q: What is parish life like at St. John's?
A: Spirited and busy! Our parish takes our mission statement to heart. In serving the people of our church, our community and beyond, we walk in the steps of Jesus (and we have fun doing it!).
Our parish life involves dozens of ministries devoted to Worship + Music, Community Service, Parish Service, and Faith Formation.
From the youngest to the oldest, there is a role (and usually several) for everyone in our parish family. Our ministries warmly welcome new members. Whatever your interest or availability, be assured that there is a place waiting for you at St. John's.
For an overview of our ministries, please "mouse over" the
tab (third from the left) at the top of this page. That will give you a "big picture" menu of all our ministries, like this:
Click on any ministry name to visit that page.
Another view is available on our
page, which you can reach
Not sure where to start? Contact the ministry coordinator, Mary Chollet, at 610.874.3418 x 106, or email
Q: What if I have an idea for a new ministry that is not listed?
A: We welcome new ideas for ministry! Please contact the ministry coordinator, Mary Chollet, at 610.874.3418 x 106, or email
to share your thoughts.
Q: How do I find out what is going on at St. John's?
A: There are many ways to stay connected with parish life.
- First, make sure we have your current email address, so you are receiving parish eblasts and the monthly parish enewsletter. (Not sure what email is on file? Contact Barbara Fergone, the parish secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.874.3418 x 101.)
- Visit the www.sjcparish.org home page frequently. It is kept up to date with events, collections, volunteer opportunities, and news from the pastor.
- Pick up the bulletin weekly!
- Keep your eye on the electronic marquee on Providence Road!
- Check the parish calendar, which is packed with schedules, meetings, events, ministry contacts and more.
For Organizations and Ministries
Q: My group or ministry wants to publicize our events and meetings. What are my options?
A: St. John's wants to spread the word about our events, meetings and activities! There are several channels to do so.
- Bulletin announcements are due at noon Monday before the weekend of publication.
- Bulletin inserts (full-page flyers) are limited and must be submitted for approval two weeks before the desired date of publication.
- Parish calendar listings may be submitted at any time and are posted as soon as possible.
- Suggested items for the weekly parish eblast (normally sent Wednesday or Thursday) may be submitted at any time.
Submit items for any of the above channels to Mary Chollet, the parish communications director, at
or 610.874.3418 x 106.
Q: May my organization sponsor a fundraising event on the parish grounds?
- The electronic sign on Providence Road alerts our community to our activities. Contact Glenn Ward, email@example.com or 215-399-6531
A: Kindly contact Fr. Hallinan (610.874.3418 ext 102) first, to discuss any fundraising plans involving the parish name or conducted on parish grounds.
Q: How do I reserve a room for a meeting or event at the parish?
A: Contact Barbara Fergone, the parish secretary, at the Parish House (610.874.3418 x 101 or
) to check availability for meeting space and to schedule your event.
Q: What meeting space is available on the parish grounds?
A: Meetings may be held in the following locations:
- The Stevenson Center, in the basement of the parish house, can comfortably accommodate groups of up to about 45 people.
- The Lower Church Hall is a large gathering space in the lower level of the church.
- The Parish House Conference Room seats six to eight people and is available only during regular office hours.
- The School Library at Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School is sometimes available.
Please note that the parish's meeting facilities are in high demand, and schedule your events as soon as possible.
Other Parish Matters
Q: What are my options for parish giving?
A: Weekly envelopes are still available and are delivered to all registered parishioners. However,
we encourage you to consider online giving through
the nation's premier online giving program for Catholic parishes.
The Parish Giving program is easy and safe, and provides you with flexibility in managing your giving, whether for regular contributions or for special and second collections.
Learn more here
, or contact our Business Manager, Rosemary Endres (
or 610.874.3418 x 108), with questions.
Q: Um, St. John Who?
from the Greek
Our patron saint (c. 347-407) was a prominent
and an eloquent preacher. His Feast Day is Sept. 13.
Read more about St. John Chrysostom