About Us

About our Parish Family

The parish family of St. John the Evangelist is Christ-centered, welcoming, generous and dedicated. The cornerstone on our church reads, “The Blessings we receive are to be used for the Glory of God.” We believe all that we have comes from God and that we should use our gifts to help others as Christ did. Our parish family gladly welcomes visitors and new members and invites them to become a part of our community. We are generous in sharing our time and talents to serve God and one another. We dedicate ourselves to furthering the Kingdom of God here on Earth.

Mission Statement

We, the people of St. John the Evangelist, pledge to follow the example of Jesus, our Lord, by always being charitable, compassionate, merciful, and loving, each day of our lives.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Address : 502 S. Park Blvd.
Streamwood, IL 60107

Parish Office: : (630) 837-6500 Ext.-100

Summer Parish Office Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday : 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am – 8:30 pm
  • Friday : 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Sunday : 9:00am – 3:00pm

Pastorial Services

Ministry of Care brings the Eucharist to the sick, homebound, Lexington Health Care Center, Alden Poplar Creek Center, and Claremont. Please contact the Parish Office to arrange for a minister to bring Eucharist to the homebound or hospitalized.

Every Sunday our van is available to chauffeur our seniors and other members of the parish who may be in need transportation to and from the 9:00am Mass. Pickup is between 8:00 and 8:30am. Please contact the Parish Office by Friday 4:00pm if you need a ride.

Reserved seating is provided for persons with disabilities in the front of the church. Our sanctuary was designed so that all parishioners may participate in liturgical ministries. A wheelchair ramp behind the altar and a movable ambo allow parishioners with disabilities to participate as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers.

Our church is equipped with an AED device (commonly known as a defibrillator) provided by the Knights of Columbus. Many of our Ushers have been trained to use the device and provide CPR. Our Nurses Ministry provides a nurse at each Mass to help parishioners who become ill.

Please make initial arrangements through the Funeral Director. A member of St. John’s Bereavement Ministry will be available to help you finalize arrangements for the funeral liturgy.

St. John the Evangelist

Let’s live together as a loving family with faith, in the kingdom of God.

History of St John’s

The parish was founded in 1962 by the Archdiocese of Chicago, assigning its first pastor, Rev. John Kyle, to create a parish community in Streamwood, Illinois. At the same time, the Archdiocese had decided to close and demolish a very aged structure known as Old St. John’s. Knowing that a new parish in the same year would be established in Streamwood, Albert Cardinal Meyer suggested that the new parish use the same patron name; thus originated the name, St. John the Evangelist. We are honored to have him as our Patron Saint.

On June 23, 1962, approximately 300 excited and hopeful families came together as a parish for the first time to celebrate the Eucharist with Fr. Kyle in a rectangular, yellow-brown circus tent on ten acres of land. This site would one day become St. John the Evangelist Church, School, and Parish Center. As the winter approached, the new congregation moved indoors, using the gymnasium of a local Streamwood public school. By September of 1963, a second worship site was completed as the new parish school and adjacent hall was finished. The Hall was used as a portable worship site on weekends.

Starting in December 1963, the Holy Name Society spearheaded a parish project to collect enough S&H Green Stamps to buy a school bus before the next school year began.

As always, the parish family of St. John’s pulled together and collected 2,171 books of Green Stamps and received a check for $4,342.00 to pay for a new 66-passenger school bus, with four weeks to spare before the start of the 1964 school year.

The new parish grew quickly, reflecting the vitality and commitment of the community. By 1968, when the doors of the new permanent church were opened, the parish membership had grown to 1,000 families. The new Church structure was built in the image of a Dwelling Tent such as the Israelites built to house the Ark of the Covenant during their 40-year journey in the desert.

In 1969, Fr. Thomas Boeger became the pastor of St. John’s. During his years as a pastor, the community continued to grow in size and vitality. Many of our first deacons were ordained during Fr. Boeger’s term as pastor. The parishioners became a family as they participated in worship and enjoyed other activities like the annual Country Fair. Longtime parishioners still remark about how much fun they had at the Country Fair. The school continued to be an important part of parish life.

In January 1985, Fr. William Moriarity accepted the position of pastor. Fr. Bill encouraged all people to be involved with their parish.

The number of parish ministries increased as parishioners heeded the call to actively participate in the spiritual and communal life of the parish. The parish population continued to increase in size and diversity.

In 1992, Fr. Robert Tonelli accepted the call to be the pastor of St. John’s, a community now numbering 3,100 families. At this time, our school had more than 225 students and over 650 children attended our Religious Education Program. During this time, the Parish reflected on its current needs and its desire to grow and also meet future needs and decided to embark on a campaign to build a new worship space and administration center.

The vision of ‘Securing the Future’ became a reality when Eucharist was celebrated for the first time in St. John’s new church on June 30, 2002. The parish respectfully said goodbye to the former worship site by kissing its altar, for it was exactly 34 years since the first Mass was celebrated in that sacred space then processed to the new church for the Liturgy. The new Church was dedicated on October 27, 2002 by Francis Cardinal George.

On July 1, 2010, Father Theodore Schmitt became the new Pastor and was installed on November 6, 2010.

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Mrs. Billmeyer Mary Ellyn Billmeyer received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Work from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching for a few years, she enrolled at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., to pursue her Master's Degree. After several years of hard work and long hours of study, she was awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Administration and Supervision. She started her career as a primary teacher and taught Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She became the principal at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and remained there for twelve years. She was also the principal at St. Theresa Parish and at St. Peter the Apostle School in Itasca. Mary Ellyn and her husband Brian have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children, Jonathan and Jennifer. Catholic education is a priority for Mary Ellyn and she is firmly committed to ensuring that Catholic education is available to all children for many years to come. She is excited and confident about making St. John's School one of the most vibrant schools in the Northwest Suburbs. Mrs. Billmeyer Mary Ellyn Billmeyer received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Work from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching for a few years, she enrolled at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., to pursue her Master's Degree. After several years of hard work and long hours of study, she was awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Administration and Supervision. She started her career as a primary teacher and taught Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She became the principal at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and remained there for twelve years. She was also the principal at St. Theresa Parish and at St. Peter the Apostle School in Itasca. Mary Ellyn and her husband Brian have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children, Jonathan and Jennifer. Catholic education is a priority for Mary Ellyn and she is firmly committed to ensuring that Catholic education is available to all children for many years to come. She is excited and confident about making St. John's School one of the most vibrant schools in the Northwest Suburbs. Mrs. Billmeyer Mary Ellyn Billmeyer received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Work from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching for a few years, she enrolled at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., to pursue her Master's Degree. After several years of hard work and long hours of study, she was awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Administration and Supervision. She started her career as a primary teacher and taught Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She became the principal at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and remained there for twelve years. She was also the principal at St. Theresa Parish and at St. Peter the Apostle School in Itasca. Mary Ellyn and her husband Brian have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children, Jonathan and Jennifer. Catholic education is a priority for Mary Ellyn and she is firmly committed to ensuring that Catholic education is available to all children for many years to come. She is excited and confident about making St. John's School one of the most vibrant schools in the Northwest Suburbs.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Information

 

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All candidates must have posters APPROVED on Tuesday, 9/4 and speeches APPROVED by Wednesday, 9/5.

Candidates: only 8th graders are eligible as President/VPresident
6th - 8th candidates:
Secretary
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NO CANDY OR REWARDS CAN BE DISTRIBUTED during campaign.

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On Friday, April 6th, we dropped off 120+ gallon-sized ziploc bags at the Elgin PADS location. Over 60 bags were filled with personal hygiene items and another 60 bags were filled with various snacks and food items. We also donated 46 gift cards to fast food restaurants and Target - to be dispensed by the center as they see the need.
THANK YOU to our SJE students and families for your generosity.

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<h3>Prayer Service dedicated to 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima October 2018</h3>
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On Friday, October 13th, Student Council officers and class reps led an all school Prayer Service in KH to honor Mary on the 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.

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On Tuesday, September 19th, we dressed down and collected $1.00 or more from our students. Once again, SJE generosity is evident, because we raised $700.00. This money will go to our "adopted" Hurricane Harvey school, in Sugarland, TX - St. Theresa's Catholic School. This suburb received over 35 inches of rain in the 5 day period the Hurricane Harvey stayed over the Houston area. 
THANK YOU SJE families for your donations!

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Congratulations!! The election results are in! 

2016-2017 
SJE Student Council OFFICERS: 

Zuzanna Lapa and Kirsten Jose - PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT 
Claire Capra - SECRETARY 
Adrian Mocarski - TREASURER 
COMMISSIONERS OF SCHOOL SPIRIT: 
The Spirit Squad!! Breanne Frost, Sophia Scheider, Kaya Filimon , Rylee Cundiff, Alyssa Martinez 

2016-2017 
SJE Student Council Class REPRESENTATIVES: 

4th Grade Tyler Cabrera and Ariana Krzesinski
5th Grade Genevieve Frost and Kayla Villacastin 
6th Grade Jack Cunniffe and Lenore McBean 
7th Grade Freddie Greco and Kelly Hancock
8th Grade Michael Tripicchio and Jansen Viloria </div>
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Curriculum Night Information:

FOR PARENTS ONLY
Grades 6,7,8 at 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Combined Session: 6:00-6:30 in Kyle Hall
Grade Level Sessions in the Middle School Annex 6:30-7:00

(Grades 1-5 at 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.)

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We are asked to remind all families to call in by 9:00 a.m. at the latest if your child will be absent. Sending a note to the homeroom teacher is ok also, but you MUST call in. If Mrs. Szpila does not receive a phone call, she will call a parent to verify an absence.
Thanks for understanding.
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REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LUNCH the week of August 22-24th, and the week of August 27th.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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All hardcover books must be covered and kept covered through the school year. It protects and sustains these books, avoiding costly replacement which affects our tuition base.
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REMIND App

PLEASE SIGN UP! (Sorry, I need to update the codes for 2018-2019. I will let you know when they are available. IN THE MEANTIME, AND ANYTIME, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT dkruse@mystjohns.org) 2017-2018: rmd.at/38f5d If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @38f5d to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @38f5d to (630)980-6977 . Join more than 2.5 million teachers on Remind. It's like text messaging, without compromising privacy. Get Instant updates Get important information from your child’s classroom when you need it. Use any device Choose how you see messages with notifications on your phone, email, or computer. See scheduled announcements Reminders are set in advance—they’ll send automatically. ASK QUESTIONS - about homework, behavior, etc.

Scholastic Book Clubs

Welcome back, and welcome to our new 7th Grade families. If you wish to order books online from Scholastic, please use the following link, and you can pay by credit card. Please let me know if you do order online so that I can submit your order with the regular classroom orders. THANKS for you support. https://orders.scholastic.com/GRT68 Mrs. Kruse OUR CLASS CODE IS GRT68

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St. John’s welcomes all those who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Trinity through the Roman Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a spiritual journey leading to the celebration of the three sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. (Once you have celebrated these three sacraments you are considered to be fully initiated into the Church.)

 The early Church developed a process of welcoming to those who wanted to explore and join the new religion called Christianity.  Over time this process fell into disuse.  The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) renewed the process and today parishes throughout the world prepare people for full initiation into the Church through the RCIA.  This process is for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and includes non-baptized persons, baptized Catholics who have not celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and adults baptized in another faith tradition.  

There are five periods or steps to becoming fully initiated. Each step begins with study, discernment, and prayer and has the celebration of a public rite in church.  Each step and rite is guided by the RCIA Team that is committed to welcoming the catechumens (unbaptized persons) and candidates (persons baptized with water in the name of the Trinity) into full initiation in the Catholic Church.

The Period of Inquiry or Pre-catechumenate is a time to become better acquainted with Jesus and the Catholic Church.  It is usually during this time that some may decide that this is not the right time in their lives for them to consider membership in the Catholic Church and decline to continue in the process.

The Period of the Catechumenate is a time when the person publically witnesses that he/she has faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and desires to become a member of the Catholic Church.

The Period of Purification or Illumination corresponds to the prayerful time known in the Catholic Church as Lent when we are all called to examine our hearts and our actions.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, an extended night-watch of prayer, singing, and hearing the Word of God.

The Period of Mystagogy is a time to reflect on what the process has meant to the person and to look to the future as to how he/she can share in the mission of Christ and His Church.

If you are interested in seeking more information about this process, please contact Mary Rybicki at 630-847-6500 regarding how to begin your spiritual journey.  The RCIA group meets on Sunday mornings after the 9:00 Mass in the lower level of the church from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Sessions for the coming year begin on Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Have you ever felt daunted by the struggles within the Church, or had your faith shaken by the trials of your local parish community?  Then join us for First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community, a Bible study written and presented on video by Dr. Tim Gray, a noted Scripture Scholar.

The conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians.  They, too, witnessed division, scandal, immorality, persecution and other trials.  In response St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the Church as the Body of Christ, introducing them to the most powerful gift of all:  the Eucharist.

Join us as we explore through the vision of St. Paul and his confused people at Corinth the true meaning of the Eucharist and what it meant to be a follower of Jesus then and what it means now.  We will see that we are not as different from the early Christian communities as we think we are which is why the Church has included this letter in our Sunday readings.  We have heard it many times for it contains not just trials and tribulations, but some of the most beautiful words ever written about human and divine love.

Participants of First Corinthians:  The Church and the Christian Community will receive a workbook and will meet every Tuesday beginning September 16 and ending November 20 from 7-9 P.M. in the school annex.  We will view a video presentation by Dr. Gray and engage in group discussion and fellowship.  A workbook fee of $25 is due at the time of registration.  Registration forms are available on this website, in the gathering area of the church, and the Parish Office located in the lower level of the church.  Please register before Friday, August 31 as workbooks may not be available for the first session if you register after that date.  A schedule of session dates and topics is also available on this website with details regarding parking and entrance into the building, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to speak with a Bible Team member, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office (630.837.6500 X6) or use the Learn More tab provided on this website.  A member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

If you choose to join us on Tuesdays you will find, as we have, that God speaks to us in many different ways but especially through the written words of Scripture.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.    1Cor 13:13

Bible Study Schedule

REGISTRATION FORM FOR BIBLE STUDY 2018

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Adult Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday at 7:30pm in Church. Please go to Music Ministries for more information about this choir or to sign up. We always need MEN and ALTOS.

CRUSH Choir will meet once a month just prior to the 6 p.m. CRUSH Mass as scheduled. Please see our CRUSH page for more details.

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