Our History

St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist Parish was founded in 1883, having been briefly a mission of North Attleboro with St. Mary's in Norton.

  • St. John ChurchSeptember 17, 1883: a cornerstone is laid for the wooden church, (pictured on the right). The basement was finished in December of 1883, where Masses were held.
  • September 22, 1885: the new Gothic Style wooden church, located on 150 North Main St. was dedicated.
  • 1891: a rectory is built across the street at 155 North Main St.
  • 1904: the church is now part of the newly formed Diocese of Fall River.
  • 1908: land is purchased on West St. for SJE Cemetery.
  • 1930: plans are finalized for a new and grander church designed by Maginnis and Walsh of Boston.
  • 1932: a fire destroys the original church, while flying embers destroy local homes, and even the new church structure.
  • November 6, 1932: the new stone Gothic Church at 133 North Main St. is dedicated.
  • 1947: a house at 165 North Main St. is renovated as a Convent for the Sisters of Mercy, who arrived to supervise the Religious Education Program at the church.
  • September 4, 1955: a new school, St. John the Evangelist, opens for Pre-Primary and Grade 1. The Sisters of Mercy staff the school.
  • 1959: plans for Bishop Feehan High School are announced by Bishop James Connolly. The Sisters of Mercy make plans to move to the new convent there.
  • 1960's: the church is renovated and liturgical changes from Vatican II are implemented.
  • 1961: The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, (CCD), is established.
  • 1983: the parish celebrates their 100th Anniversary.
  • 1996-1997: new plans are announced for a new Parish Center and Rectory near the church.
  • 1998: the new Parish Hospitality Center is dedicated.
  • 2005: the parish school celebrates their 50th Anniversary.
  • 2010: new plans are announced for a new addition to St. John the Evangelist School.
  • 2012: the new addition to the school is finished and dedicated.
  • November 6, 2016: the parish celebrates its 84th Anniversary of its dedication.