ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST – GILDEHAUS CATHOLIC PARISH
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.
Sunday Mass Times: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Please Join Us!
SEE WHAT WE OFFER:
Our “Infamous” Sausage Supper…Reserve the Date! Will continue, as scheduled, on Sunday, October 25th from 10:30am to 6:00pm at our Parish Center. Details to follow!
How would you like to be a part of St. John’s for the next 150 years?
As a building, St. John’s has not changed in form since the late 1800’s aside from minor modern conveniences. With prayers and God willing, it will be around for another 150 years (or more). But, that begins with you…
St. John’s is now looking to make a major addition to the front of the church. This addition will add a vestibule where people can take their children during inhospitable weather without disrupting those trying to pray in church. It will add wider, safer steps to the front of church. It will bring the current ramp to today’s ADA standards. Some may say, the most important part will be adding a restroom to the church. A modern “inconvenience” is having to visit our school to use the restroom. This would minimize the time away from anything in church…Mass, a wedding, a funeral…in addition to avoiding inhospitable weather. Of course, for this addition to last another 150 years (or more), it needs to be part of the church. Even after some generous parishioners making substantial donations, we still need to raise $100,000.
If you would like to contribute to this project, there are several ways. You may send a check to the rectory or place it in the basket at Mass and indicate “Church Addition” on the Memo Line. You can also go to our Online Giving site by clicking here where several options are available with either direct withdrawal from your checking or savings account or Mastercard/Visa/Discover. You can donate a “Quick Give” donation without setting up an account. The Fund selected should be “Church Addition”. Or, you can setup an account and setup a pledge to be withdrawn on your schedule or a one time donation here. Please be sure and select the fund “Church Addition”. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your prayers and contributions as we begin this first major addition in 150 years.
Please welcome Rev. George Knab O.M.I. who will be with us the weekend of Aug 15th-16th to celebrate Masses and tell us about the work of Unbound, a lay Catholic sponsorship ministry that helps children and elderly in 19 developing countries. To learn more, call (800) 875-6564 or visit Unbound online at www.unbound.org. Or, for more information, click here.
Our Pastor: Fr. 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.