St John the Baptist Catholic Church
New Brighton MN


Who we are

Mission Statement

Bearing witness to Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life:


Vision Statement

We strive to be a community of disciples. We live a sacramental life centered in the Eucharist that is marked by prayer, generosity, ongoing formation, and spreading the Gospel.

Our Core Values

We foster a culture that affirms these core values:

a reliance on prayer
a willingness to grow
a generous spirit

Our strategic anchors in living out these core values are:

Creating an inviting environment
Providing vast formation opportunities
Exercising a generous outreach

Our strategic anchors provide opportunities for us to invite each other:

To pray

Active participation at Sunday Mass
Commitment to communal prayer and daily personal prayer
Growing in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit

To grow

Developing our personal qualities and characteristics
Developing our understanding and appreciation of our Catholic Faith, rooted in the Word of God and the living Tradition of the Church
Cultivating the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to share Christ’s love effectively in ministry

To invest

Sharing the lifesaving message of Jesus Christ with others
Sharing our gifts with one another, our parish, and the broader community
Building meaningful relationships with others

Church Address

St John the Baptist Catholic Church
835 2nd Ave Nw
New Brighton, MN 55112-6842
United States
Phone: (651) 633-8333 ext. 1118
Fax: (651) 633-7404
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Church Pastor

Father Paul Shovelain
Parochial Administrator
835 2nd Ave Nw
New Brighton, MN 55112-6842
United States
Phone: (651) 633-8333 ext. 1214
Fax: (651) 633-7404
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Quote of the Day
Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;




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Parochial Vicar Fr. Kevin Magner
Deacon Rod Palmer
Deacon Peter D’Heilly
Deacon Gary Schneider
Deacon John Belian   Edit

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Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule

Saturday Evening 4:30 PM
Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM
(Nursery available at 8:30 & 10:30 AM Mass)

Summer Schedule: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
Sunday Evening Mass 6:15 PM

Monday & Tuesday 8:30 AM
Wednesday 8:30 AM & 5:30 PM
Thursday & Friday 8:30 AM

Please check the parish calendar for current Mass times for Holy Days

Please visit Jesus in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel!

M-F 8:00 AM

M-F – 8:00 – 8:20 AM
Wednesday – 5:00 – 5:20 PM
Saturday 3:30 – 4:15 PM

During the Covid 19 pandemic:

Church hours beginning today, Saturday 28 March Open for private prayer.

Monday – Friday
2 – 6 pm

Saturday Closed

8 am – noon.

Cenacle Chapel of Adoration is open only for regularly scheduled adorers.

Limit 4 adults in the chapel at this time.

All liturgical services are suspended as of today, the Feast of St. Joseph, until further notice.
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Mass Times last updated on the 4th of April, 2020
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Local outreach & community activities

ABLE (Assisting Better Lives for Elders)

St. John the Baptist is proud to partner with and refer our members to Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck, a fellow trusted resource for community elders and their families. Together we are dedicated to providing a wealth of life care management services to help our beloved parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles live independently. Contact Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229

Angel Tree

This is our holiday giving ministry. Parishioners are needed not only to donate gifts, but also to deliver the presents to Ralph Reeder Center. Contact Jay Hunstiger (651) 633-8333 ext. 1212

Befriender Ministry

The role of a befriender is to be a companion on the journey through listening, presence and compassion. Befrienders are companions to parishioners in times of transition, stress, illness and loss. Contact Susan Amos Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. l298

Branch III

Volunteers provide hot lunches at the Catholic Charities Drop in Center in Minneapolis on the first and second Tuesday of each month. Contact Deacon Gary Schneider (651) 633-8333

Fair Trade Ministry

An opportunity to put our faith in action by using our consumer choices to make a real difference in the lives of farmers, farm workers, and their families around the world. Providence coffee is sold October – May at St. John’s.

Families Moving Forward

St. John’s provides shelter for one week, two times per year, for families who are currently without homes. Sixty to seventy volunteers are needed each week for a variety of ministry positions. Contact Teri Shea (651) 633-8333 ext. 1237

Growing Through Loss

Growing Through Loss is a grief ministry program which is held twice a year at various churches in the area. The meetings have a speaker on a specific grief topic and break into small groups for discussion. Come for one class or the whole series. Visit or contact Susan Amos Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. l298
Hospital Eucharistic Ministers

We have volunteers who bring the Eucharist to Catholic patients at Unity and St. John’s Hospitals in St. Paul once a month. If you or a loved one would like a visit while you are in the hospital or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers deliver meals once a month on either a Monday or Friday at 10:45 am out of the Pike Lake Education Center in  New Brighton. Contact Mary Justin (651) 636-8599 or [email protected] if you would like to volunteer.
Nursing Home Ministry

Volunteers provide weekly Word/communion services to Catholic residents in local healthcare centers. (Flexible schedule!) If you or a loved one would like a visit or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229

Prayer Line

Prayer requests are gathered by phone and passed on to our Prayer Line Ministers. There is also an emergency line. Requests remain confidential. Contact Teri Shea (651) 633-8333 ext. 1237

Sharing and Caring Hands

Volunteers from St. John’s purchase, prepare and serve approximately 360 meals to the poor over the lunch hour at Sharing and Caring Hands in downtown Minneapolis on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Contact Marty Schutz at (763) 571-9354.

Tithing Committee

To be a visible sign of the Catholic Church’s commitment to the social mission of charity and justice through parish tithing. Contact Stacey Meyer (651) 633-8333 ext. 1239   Edit

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History of the church

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church can trace its roots to 1883, first in a local home and then in 1884 in a small mission chapel called St. Charles in what is now Arden Hills. This mission parish grew and in the early 1900’s there was a need for a new church to serve the expanding and predominately Polish community. After some convincing by potential parishioners, Archbishop John Ireland approved a new parish, St. John the Baptist, in 1902 along with the first pastor, Polish-speaking, Reverend Anthony Szszukowski. He was born in Poland and ordained in 1902 at the St. Paul Seminary. The first rectory was built on Fourth Avenue in 1903, now the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home. He oversaw the building of the basement church on Fifth Avenue in 1907.   Edit

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Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.
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