Celebrating 100 Years

SJBHistory_galacover_31With bold announcement in the December 1996’s first advent parish bulletin, the celebration of St. John’s 100 years as a parish began. Parishioners were asked to pick up individually prepared and named information folders for each family and individual in the parish. Packets contained detailed information on coming events, a specially designed prayer card, a commemorative medallion and a parish seal. In the weeks that followed, each parish bulletin’s cover included a ‘Centennial Moment‘ recounting a small bit of St. John history.

The theme of the centennial year would be ‘We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe‘ and would see such events as a Lenten Parish Mission, a volunteer brunch, a special Winter Festival, an Anniversary and many special masses, a Centennial Family Day, a Centennial Concert, two Marian Theatre Guild productions (Our House and The Mikado) and a Parish Block Party.

A high point in the Centennial Year’s festivities was Bishop Melczek’s consecration rite for the new altar on March 17th. In his homily during the celebration, Bishop Melczek stated ‘The artists took the old and transformed it into the new to the praise and glory of God’. The Centennial Family Day was also particularly large including a Family Mass, the traditional chicken dinner, dancing in the gym and a talent show in the auditorium.

In conjunction with the many Centennial Year celebrations, the old Baptistry in rear of church was re-named the Centennial Room. A beautiful quilt was hung on the back wall of the room containing pictorial reproductions of the people, structures and history of St. John the Baptist.

The cover for the Gala Celebration Program is at right.