St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


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

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200


St. John's School Phone: (618) 937-2017



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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

* 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

* Huge Indoor Flea Market
Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:00 A.M. To 3:00 P.M.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center, Benton, Il.
Art, collectibles, glassware, musical instruments, appliances, fabric, white elephant items, plants, yard art, furniture and more. Silent auction and 50/50 drawing/food & refreshments available. $5/person Early Bird Entrance fee from 7-8 A.M. Specials after 2:00 P.M. Donations accepted through April 26.

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

School News from the Principal

We are currently looking for a 3rd/4th grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. The person needs to have a current Illinois teacher license in Elementary Education. If you know of someone, please have them contact the school at (618) 937-2017. Thank you.

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.

* Friday, April 27-School mass led by 8th grade 8:15 A.M.
* Saturday, April 28-SPRINGTACULAR at 6:00 P.M.
* Friday, May 4-School mass led by 6th grade 8:15 A.M.
* Friday, May 4-teacher in-service-dismiss at 1:15 P.M.
* Saturday, May 5-First Communion Practice 10:00 A.M.
* Saturday, May 5-St.John's Hawks Sports Banquet 6:00 P.M.
* Sunday, May 6-1st Communion 10:00 A.M. with reception to follow
* Thursday, May 10-Spring Concert/Musical 6:30 P.M.
* Friday, May 11-School mass led by 3rd & 4th grade
* Friday, May 18-School mass led by 1st & 2nd grade at 8:15 A.M.
* Friday, May 18-Kindergarten and 8th grade pictures after Mass
* Saturday, May 19-8th grade graduation at 5:00 Mass
* Monday, May 21-8th grade Banquet at 6:00 P.M.
* Tuesday, May 22-Kindergarten graduation at 6:00 P.M.
* Thursday, May 24-Teacher institute. No school for students
* Friday, May 25 —School mass led by 7th & 8th grade at 8:15 A.M.
After mass: report cards and School Picnic at West Frankfort City Park

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