Welcome to the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of our “new” church edifice!
DID YOU KNOW...
What was later to become the Parish of Saint John the Baptist began in 1883 with one Mass a month for scattered families in Mounds View Township and was often held at the home of Frank and Joann Marston.
The first permanent building was a small chapel built in 1884 by Father B. Genis, a missionary priest from White Bear Lake, near what is now the Arden Hills City Hall.
Because the first little chapel called St. Charles had only French- speaking priests, the people didn't like it since the parishioners being served had Polish and Irish names, and they asked Archbishop Ireland to give them their own parish. The Parish of Saint John the Baptist was established on July 16, 1902.
A legend on how the name was chosen for St. John's: On June 24th, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, a prayer service was held for rain. Subsequently, a severe hailstorm destroyed the crops and there was much discussion about the storm being the result of the Catholic prayer service. A priest from St. Adalbert's Church in St. Paul visited the devastated farms. It was believed that the blessing he bestowed upon the land would keep the severe storms from striking the area in the future. From that day the farmers celebrated the feast day with thanksgiving ... dressed in their "Sunday best" and refrained from working the entire day.
Upcoming events to celebrate the anniversary.
- September 29 - FallFest Fun Run - the course will pass Saint John’s historical sites
- November and May - 50 Year Club
- November 4 - Turkey Dinner – a tradition returns.
- Early 2019 - Lecture series – general themes: What was the Catholic Church like in the late 1960s? What were the influences on Saint John’s Church architecture?
- June 22, 2019 - Second Annual Golf Tournament
- June 22, 2019 - Feast Day Mass and Festival Dinner with Archbishop Hebda
We welcome you to join us in as many events as you can!