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.


We have several upcoming Fall events!  The three largest follow:

First, we have a fundraiser coming up on Saturday, October 16th, starting with check-in at 10:00am, for the Hall Family…parishioners of St. John’s.  All proceeds will go to the Hall family for medical bills.

Even if you cannot attend the event, please consider making a donation to the Hall Family.  Email: for more information or to register.

Second…is our upcoming, annual, and famous Sausage Supper!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Supper will be DRIVE THRU, only.  See the flyer below for more details.

You can also Pre-Order various meats:  Linked Sausage (fresh and pre-frozen), Bulk Sausage in 1 pound rolls (pre-frozen), Bacon by the pound (pre-frozen), Ribs*, Back Bones, and Tender Loin.

*Ribs are ordered by the number of Racks you wish.  Since it is unknown how many pounds each Rack will be, your total will be calculated after the total Rack of Ribs are weighed.  The cost of each pound, when ordering a Rack of Ribs is only $3.50 per pound.

You must pickup your pre-order on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Parish Center/Gym.

If you are unable to pickup your order during that time, or just have more questions, call/text Zach Straatmann at 314-808-2032.

All orders must be placed (via dropping the order form in the Collection Basket at Mass or contacting Zach Straatmann by Sunday, OCTOBER 17th.

See the order form below:

Word Version    PDF version

Third, and finally…is our Fall Pallet Painting Party.

In order to RSVP just order your supplies at  When you checkout, please select “St. John’s Fundraiser” as your party, so everything will be there for the day of the party on Sunday, October 17th starting at 1:00pm.

See the flyer below for more details on this party!


***Effective with the Saturday, August 21st, 6:00pm Mass, weekend Masses (only) will RETURN to the church!***

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

However, 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 (which includes those under 12), 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.    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.