Our Mission Statement
We, the people of God gathered as Saint John the Evangelist faith community share the life-giving Word, the Eucharist and the sacraments, so that all might come to believe in the Son and have eternal life. Given this abundant life, we feel called to share our gifts and our faith with others.
Archbishop's Annual Appeal
Thank you to the parish families who have made a gift or pledge commitment to the 2021 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. If you have not yet had the opportunity, please consider prayerfully supporting the many “Good Works” of the Archdiocese. Every gift will be gratefully received and sincerely appreciated.
All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used only for the purposes outlined in the Appeal Literature, which can be found at https://archdioceseofhartford.org/appeal.
No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements.
Click on the image to view the 2021 Appreal video
First Week of Advent
We Need Your Help!
There is much going on in the coming 8 weeks. We can use help from everything from charity collections, to decorating, to Christmas services. Please take a moment to review all of the opportunities to volunteer and see how you can make a difference.
John Lynch, Our Parish Life Coordinator, is in the process of starting a new position and a new ministry, so his available time is limited. The parish would very much appreciate the extra help!
Posted in Parish Life News on 11/19/21
Christmas Mass Set Up We will once again need help setting up the lower church, ... Read More »
Posted in Parish Life News on 11/19/21
Our next Life Night will be December 5 from 6:15-8:00 PM in Fr. Filip ... Read More »
Message from US Council of Catholic Bishops
St. John Music Ministry
The Life Teen Band and the St. John Choirs are looking for musicians. If you are proficient at an instrument and want to use your talent for God, please email Mark Ryan: [email protected]
We can set up an audition for you.
We Need Singers!!!
COVID19 did a number on our numbers for both Youth and Adult Choirs. Please consider joining us. Email Mark Ryan at [email protected] if you are interested.
There is no audition necessary. Please join us on Wednesdays even if you can’t commit to every week. If you have a pretty good voice, don’t be afraid to share it!!!
Weekend Masses Schedule
At St. John the Evangelist Church our Mass Schedule is:
Saturday: 5:00 PM Vigil
Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
There will be no 5:00 PM Sunday Mass, at this time.
Those intentions will be included in another Mass.
Our 9:00 AM Mass will be available through “livestream” on Facebook.
Forward with Faith
Forward with Faith
Investing inthe Church’s Future
Saint John the Evangelist Parish is asking for your participation in Forward with Faith, an archdiocesan-wide capital campaign with a mission of investing in the Church’s future needs by strengthening its parishes, schools, faith formation programs and social service ministries. 50% of the monies raised will meet needs throughout the Archdiocese; 50% goes back to the parish.
Ongoing donations have brought our pledged amount up to $291,717.00 of which 50% will be given back to our parish.
Dependent upon the total amount of money pledged, the monies that remain in the parish will be used for:
- installing handicap accessible bathrooms on the main level,
- repairing the flooding problem at the rectory,
- upgrades to the church sacristy including flooring, wiring and painting,
- dedicating space for multi-media resources supporting Catechesis and Evangelization.
Any excess funds would be applied to the expense of installing an elevator.
Separate from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal - in which the money collected each year is distributed to the ministries of the archdiocese to support them one year at a time - Forward with Faith makes strategic long-term investments in local parish communities, Catholic social service providers and innovative Catholic education programs for schools and parishes.
Pledge envelopes are available at the exits of the church and at the Parish Office.
Forward with Faith is managed by The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation (HBF), an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the mission of the Archdiocese of Hartford. To learn more about HBF and Forward with Faith please visit
Modification of Safety Practices Regarding COVID-19
Effective Wednesday, June 9, 2021, for those who are vaccinated, wearing masks will now be optional while at Mass, at other liturgies, and at any indoor or outdoor events held at our churches. Those who remain unvaccinated should continue to wear masks, with particular attention being given to the safety of young, unvaccinated children.
Saint John the Evangelist Online: Links to internet locations
Online Giving Option
Thank you for your conmtiued financial support to your parish. It is your support that helps us build a strong faith community through the programs we are able to develop and offer, our liturgies, our staff, and caring for our buildings and grounds just to name a few.
Did you ever consider the convenience of signing up for Online Giving with WeShare? The benefits for the parish include
- More consistent giving with recurring contributions
- Online donation summaries for record keeping
- Reaching a wider demographic of givers
- Accommodates all special parish collections
WeShare also makes donating simple and easy for our parishioners, while at the same time keeping the process safe and secure.
If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please click on the image above. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at 860-274-8836.
"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." --Luke 6:38
Welcome to St. John the Evangelist Parish
We welcome all who worship regularly with the St. John the Evangelist Parish Community, and invite you to register at the Parish Office so we may better know and respond to your needs. Membership is required for those seeking a sponsor certificate to become a Godparent or Confirmation sponsor.
We also ask those moving within the parish or leaving St. John the Evangelist Parish to inform the Parish Office in order to keep our records accurate.
If you are new to St. John the Evangelist Church and would like to join our parish, please fill out a census form and bring it or mail it to the Parish Office at 21 Academy Hill, Watertown CT 06795. You may place the form into the offertory basket at Mass.
Census forms may be printed from the link below and are also available at the parking lot side entrance of the church.
Call the Parish Office or click here to obtain a census form.
Jesus announces his return to our world. The Lord is near. He uses signs that anticipate his arrival. Am I able to read these signs? What is God asking of me? If He is asking you to consier a vocation as a priest or religious, call Father Michael Casey, Director of Vocations, 860-761-7456, or email [email protected], or visit the web at hartfordpriest.com.
- Rev. Anthony Smith, Pastor
- Rev. David Carey, Senior Priest
- Daniel Camerota, Senior Deacon
- Robert Gordon, Senior Deacon
- Victor C. Mitchell Jr., Deacon
- Carmelina Calabrese, Director of Faith Formation
- Nora Myers, Parish Secretary
- John Lynch, Parish Life Coordinator
- Seth Urichek, Organist
- Mark Ryan, Choir Director
- Teresa Malaspina, Cantor
- Tony Santoli, Organist & Cantor
Faith Formation Office:
Monday/Tuesday: 1 PM - 7 PM
Wednesday/Thursday 10:30 AM - 3 PM
Sunday : By Appointment
Phone (860) 274-4123
M,T,Th,F 12:10 PM
9:00 AM (livestreamed on Facebook)
Mass Times When Traveling
Have you ever been traveling and wanted to find out the Mass times in the area you were visiting? You can prepare before you travel or during your trip by checking out CatholicMassTime.org