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.


Join us for a day to travel around to the local parishes to enjoy their beautiful Christmas decorations and traditions!

on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the following parishes:

Assumption – New Haven, St. Ann – Clover Bottom, St. Gertrude – Krakow, St. Francis Borgia – Washington, Immaculate Conception – Augusta and Union, Our Lady of Lourdes – Washington, St. Vincent de Paul – Dutzow, St. Anthony – Sullivan, St. Joseph – Neier, Bethlehem Lutheran – New Haven…and, of course, your very own St. John’s.

Please use CAUTION when entering and exiting the church as construction is ongoing.

***Effective Saturday, January 1st, 2022, our Saturday, 6:00pm Mass will begin at 5:30pm through Saturday, March 12th.

On Saturday, January 29th at the 5:30pm Mass, Archbishop Rozanski will visit St. John’s to bless the new addition and “cut the ribbon” to officially celebrate the achievement…and give the glory to God.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday evening Masses will return to 6:00pm on Saturday, March 19th, 2022.

Coming this January, 8th…our 2nd annual Polar Plunge!

This tax-deductible registration/contribution supports The Helping Hands Community Outreach of St. John’s!

The registration and waiver forms are available for download below: 

You may also pay online here:  Polar Plunge 2022


Word version   PDF version


Word version   PDF version

As the church continues to undergo its first major addition in 150 years, weekday Masses will continue in the “Rectory Chapel”.  The rectory chapel will also continue to be open during the week.  For more details of the addition, check here. For more details of all the changes in our Mass arrangements check out the bulletin here.

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

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

If you are not vaccinated, please do not forget your masks…especially as social distancing is no longer required and our weekday Masses will continue to be in the much smaller Rectory Chapel.

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.

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.

Saturday Mass:  6:00 p.m.  (beginning 5:30 p.m. on January 1st, 2022 until March 13th, 2022)    Sunday Mass Times:  7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.

       Please Join Us!

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.