Welcome to St. John’s!

Welcome to St. John the Baptist – Gildehaus Catholic Church and Parish.  The parish was founded over 175 years ago as a Jesuit Mission.  About 150 years ago, the church building was burned to the ground during the civil war.  The church was rebuilt and still stands today.  Modern conveniences have been added, of course, like electricity, an audio system, and an electric organ.  However, some of the old still remains…like an original beam that still supports the loft that you will notice as you enter the church.

Why “-Gildehaus”?  Why not just “St. John the Baptist”?  When St. John’s was founded over 175 years ago, all the land of the parish was donated by the Gildehaus family.  One condition of the donation was that their name be part of the parish name.  Hence, the -Gildehaus.

For more details about our history…click here.

***Effective with the Saturday, May 29th, 6:00pm Mass, all weekend Masses will be in our Parish Center at the school as our church undergoes its first major addition in 150 years.  For more details of the addition, check here. For more details of all the changes in our Mass arrangements check out the May 23rd bulletin here. 

*Note: The “Rectory Chapel” is the first room on the right as you enter the Rectory from the front door.

If you are not vaccinated (which includes those under 12), please do not forget your masks…especially as our Masses move from the church to the much smaller Rectory Chapel and the Parish Center and social distancing is no longer required.

If you must wear a mask because you are not vaccinated, you must continue to wear it throughout the entirety of the Mass with the only exception being receiving of the Eucharist.

Per Archbishop Rozanski, the mask mandatenow only applies to all parish faithful who have not received a vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.” (

Even though masks are only mandated for those who are not vaccinated, you may still wear a mask, if you wish, even if you are vaccinated.

St. Louis Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal, 2021

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Saturday Mass:  6:00 p.m.    Sunday Mass Times:  7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.

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Our PastorFr. Tim Foy

Our Deacons:  Deacon Randy Smith      Deacon Randy Maune 



St. John’s also offers a school which prides itself on offering an education program for all faiths for Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Parish School of Religion (PSR) is also offered for those who attend public school in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-7:45pm.