With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic community of St. John the Evangelist will continue to extend our Christian love and service to all in our community. Like Saint John the Apostle, we will love, serve and welcome all who come among us. We will be steadfast in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and promote knowledge and understanding among all people. We dedicate ourselves to the service of others.
The faith community of…
To all who need comfort, to all who need friendship.
To all who are lonely and need companionship,
To all who want sheltering love,
To those who seek their Savior,
To those who would serve a living God,
The church of Saint John the Evangelist opens wide its doors and
In the name of Jesus Christ says, “Welcome”.
St. John the Evangelist parish was started in February 1915 as a mission. It all began with a small group of families of Belgian and German origin. Our “church founders” were immigrants determined to see a Catholic church built in this rural community. The first church was built in the year 1915 and was dedicated in the fall of that same year. In 1928, Saint John became a mission of Sacred Heart Parish of Imlay City. On Palm Sunday 1938, it became apparent that the church was outgrown. With a floor collapse, a new church was built that same year, and dedicated by Archbishop Edward Mooney. On June 16, 1948, St. John was given the status of a parish. On September 20, 2003, the present church was blessed and dedicated by Cardinal Adam Maida. In July 2007, our church was clustered with the parishes of Saint Cornelius, Dryden, and Saint Nicholas, Capac. Today, with nearly 450 families, our faith community continues to thrive thanks to dedicated volunteers and devoted pastoral staff. Most recently, the Altar Society led fundraising efforts for a statue of Saint John the Apostle. The statue and surrounding garden have been installed as of fall 2011 – a beautiful addition to the parish. This addition is a tribute to the Catholic community’s namesake, the apostle who referred to himself in the Gospel of Saint John as the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, the one who was the first to reach the empty tomb, and to whom Jesus said of His mother, Mary, “Behold your Mother”, referring to all of us through Saint John.