Visit St. John the Evangelist
Our church has multiple entrances, but we recommend first-timers enter via the main entrance facing the parking lot. You’ll pass through our Gathering Space and you may stop at the Welcome Desk if you have any questions or we can be of immediate assistance.
If you are not Roman Catholic, know that you are most welcome. While we are unable to extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion, feel free to come forward at Communion time, and cross your arms over your chest as the minister will say a brief prayer as you make your “spiritual communion.” If you are more comfortable, you may remain in your seat at Communion time.
If you are visiting with us today, or have been away for a while, we invite you to become an active part of our parish community. Please fill out a registration form, available at the welcome desk on weekends or at the Parish Office, and formally enroll as a parishioner. Parish registration is necessary when requesting eligibility forms to serve as sponsors at Baptisms and Confirmations. Young adults, living independently, should register in their own names. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.
Handicapped seating is available in the front row of the center section. Communion is brought directly to those seated there. Also, our confessionals are wheelchair accessible. For any other special circumstances, please speak with an usher or stop by the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Space.
For families with children, we typically offer child care in the Good Shepherd Room (inside the main entrance) for children ages 1—4 on Sundays during the 9:15a.m., 11a.m. & 5:15p.m. Masses. Also, we offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:15 & 11a.m. Masses for children ages 4—2nd grade during most of the year. The children are dismissed from church following the Collect (Opening Prayer), are escorted to the Gathering Space Meeting Room for an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word, and return for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Children are also welcome to stay in church throughout the Mass.
For those with a gluten sensitivity, we have hosts available with trace amounts of gluten for Communion. If you suffer from celiac disease, we encourage you to either receive from the chalice only or to stop by the sacristy (through the doors behind the choir area) before Mass. We are happy to accommodate you. Normally, you would step forward with the Communion Ministers at the Lamb of God and receive at the altar.
We’re a Catholic church, so if you have ever been to Mass before you’ll recognize the liturgy and prayers. The music styles vary depending on which Mass you attend, ranging from traditional sacred music to contemporary praise and worship. If you are not familiar with the Catholic liturgy, you may find the responses to the prayers in the hymnals in the pews.
We don’t like to put anyone on the spot, but if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to make yourself known as a visitor and we will do all we can to make your experience more comfortable.