St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Every Friday of Lent:
St John the Baptist-12:30 P.M.: Stations of the Cross
St. Aloysius/Sacred Heart-5:30 P.M.-Stations of the Cross
March 29-Holy Thursday @ St. John the Baptist at 6:30 P.M.
March 30, Good Friday @ St Aloysius/Sacred Heart at 6:00 P.M.
March 31, Easter Vigil at St. John the Baptist at 6:30 P.M.

* St. Bernadette's
Mass is Sunday, March 25 at 10:00 A.M.
Monthly meeting is Wednesday, March 28-Potluck at 6:00 P.M.
Hostesses: Beverly Chismar and Jean Connor
Bring canned goods for the food pantry.

* From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners,
Some of our senior parishioners have voiced their willingness to sponsor a student or students from impoverished families who want to send their children to St. John's School, but presently cannot do so. A monthly donation of $260.00 for 12 months would cover the tuition costs of one child. This will truly help to boost the school's enrollment as well as give life to these wonderful kids.
In the light of the above and in the spirit of the Lenten season, I am appealing to those who are able to support this life-giving program to please consider making a monthly donation to the school. You are always welcome to talk to me in person or to Mr. Spiller (the principal) or to Mr. Bryce Levanti, president of the school board.
Depending on how much money comes in, we will give preference to kids from St. John the Baptist church, West Frankfort and St. Aloysius-Sacred Heart, Royalton-Zeigler.
In hope of the success of the above, we are calling on families that want to send their kids to St. John's Catholic School but who are experiencing financial difficulty to please make a visit to the principal's office and talk with him on the possibility of realizing the dream of your families.
IThank you and God bless you.
Fr. Eusebius

St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School
In the last 22 years, St. John School students have accounted for 55% of FCHS Valedictorians and many additional Salutatorians, In 22 years, students who came to FCHS from SJS made up a total of 24 Valedictorians, due to small class rooms, advanced educational opportunities and higher educational standards.
At St. John the Baptist Catholic School, God is at the center of our education. Our school is open to ALL students of any denomination and boasts a strong Christian-based education that caters to families of all backgrounds and religious beliefs. Your child will be allowed to express themselves individually while learning foundational lessons in prayer, loving one another, walking like Christ and attending services to worship and learn about the common God we all share, despite Christian denomination.
At St. John's we truly believe it does take a village to raise a child and we are so thankful for our families who come together multiple times a year to put on events and support our school and students.
"Our kids are not only receiving a great education, but they are also making lifelong friends, as we are, with the close-knit community of parents and grandparents," one parent said. "We know the parents of our children's friends and we all lean on each other to help these kids grow and feel loved, safe and supported. It's like joining a family when you come to school here."
Small classrooms and many school events allow parents an opportunity to be a part of their children's education. Parents are invited to volunteer at school events, host parties in the classroom, join the Parent's Association, go on field trips and much more. You can do as much or as little as your schedule allows.
SJS has opportunities to aid with tuition and tuition is tax deductible.
SJS is open to ALL denominations and caters to many non-Catholic families
SJS boasts a music program with band, choir and more.
SJS has a low student to teacher ratio allowing for more one-on-one educational services to each student.
SJS thrives on parental involvement and welcomes parents to be an active part of your child's education
SJS is NOT Common Core based and mandated

* Area Fish Fries
Christopher Columbian Club Hall-109 N State Street
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
All you can eat Fish, Fries, Beans, Slaw, Bread, Coffee/Tea $10.00

DuQuoin-Haffner Hall 16 N, Walnut Street
4:00-7:00 p.m.
All you can eat Fish, Baked beans, Baked potato or fries, slaw, hush puppies, bread, dessert and drink
$10.00 Adults,$5.00 children 12 and under, free for children 3 and under.
$5.00 Sandwich and hush puppies. Extra dessert: $1.00. Carry-outs available .

* St. John's School Mega RAFFLE
2 Chances for $50
You could win up to $13,000!
$500 drawings in October, November, and December, 2017
$500, $1,000, and $10,000 drawings in March, 2018
Maximum of 500 tickets sold
Need not be present to win
For tickets, contact the school, (618) 937-2017 or Valarie Haley, (615) 479-0710.

* Springtacular
"An Evening in Old Hollywood"
Music provided by Moonbeam Lane
Dinner provided by JT'S On The Hill
Black and White attire encouraged
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 6-11 P.M.
Where: St. John the Baptist Catholic School
Ticket Prices: Non Corporate Single - $60 Corporate Single - $75 Corporate/Family Tables - $600(Seats 8)
For tickets please contact Kelly McCord at (618)923-3557 or St. John’s School at (618)937-2017
All proceeds benefit St. John's School

* West Frankfort Columbia Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbia Hall

School News from the Principal

We are continuing our Rice Bowls for our March Monthly Mission. We ask that you turn in the Rice 'Bowls by Monday, March 26.

Easter Bingo is Friday, March 23. Doors open at 6P.M. and Bingo starts at 7 P.M.

Easter vacation begins on Thursday, March 29 and school resumes on Monday, April 9.

We would like to invite everyone that is able to attend the School Mass on Fridays at 8:15 am. Each Friday, the classes take turns in being in charge of the Mass Readings and other duties. The students would love to share this time with each of you.

Please remember that we are collecting Box Tops for Education. Please collect these and send them with your child to turn in to their class. We get $0.10 for each box top collected. It is an easy way to help out the school and students.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.