A HISTORY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC PARISH

St. John the Baptist in 2006

SJBHistory_sjbtoday2_34Current events have already seen their share of important events. On a sad note, April 2005 brought the passing of beloved Pope John Paul II. The massive media coverage of today provided quite a contrast to the coverage present at his selection as Pope in 1979. Pope John Paul II was succeeded by Pope Benedict XVI.

We have also experienced another very noteworthy changing of the guard. After 32 years as the first lay principal of St. John the Baptist School, Mr. Tom Puplava retired as principal after 2004-2005 school year. In his honor, the School Library was rededicated as the Thomas Puplava Memorial Library. In yet another instance of historical symmetry, Mr. Puplava’s important role as Principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School will be filled by a new Tom; Mr. Tom Feltz.

Today, St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish is a vibrant, multi-cultural community of approximately 1,400 families consisting of around 4,200 parishioners. Our parishioners reside not only in the Whiting/Robertsdale area, but in Hammond, East Chicago, Chicago and many other communities as well. Our school serves more than 500 students from pre-school age up to eighth grade.

Whether serving parishioners in their first or even fifth or sixth generation, St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish is still fulfilling the mission and vision of Father Benedict and its founding Slavic community under the name of patron St. John the Baptist:
‘a voice crying out in the wilderness proclaiming Prepare the Way of the Lord!’