St John the Apostle Church

A Catholic Christian Community of people who gather in the name of Jesus to praise the Father in Word and Sacrament.  Our mission is to enrich the mind, body and spirit by fostering Christian ideals and beliefs for all; especially for the youth, elderly, sick, and poor.

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Timeline - History of St John the Apostle

1800's

Multi Homes -

In the early 1800's, priests serving the Diocese of Bardstown rode the mission circuit and visited the scattered Catholic families in Meade County about once a year.

1824

Rev. Elisha J. Durbin

 began to attend to the congregation of St. Theresa, near Rhodelia, about once a month. Rev. John Thomas O'Connor became the resident pastor of St. Mary of Pazzi in Payneville and was also entrusted with the care of Brandenburg. Rev. O'Connor locally erected a church on West Hill in Brandenburg and placed its people under the patronage of St. George. 

1892-1901

The early St. George records

 November 19, 1892 stated, "On Tuesday, November 15 St. George Catholic Church was dedicated to the service of God."  The first baptism (Eleanor Hardesty Brown on September 17, 1899), the first marriage (Romanus Burch and Lela Craycroft on September 7, 1899), and the 1st burial (Agnus Malin) on March 11, 1901).

1902

St. George Cemetery

 was established in 1902 on land donated by the Sebastian family along Hwy. 448.

1919-1920

The first church was struck by lightning

 in 1919 and destroyed. A new building was also struck by lightning in 1920 and once again destroyed. Due to these tragedies, except when the priests celebrated the Eucharist in individual homes, the people attended Mass in neighboring parishes.

1931

St. George became a mission of St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi

A large contribution was received from John Kelly of Philadelphia, the father of Princess Grace of Monaco, through the Catholic Extension Society. This allowed for construction of a church building on Old State Road. In gratitude, the church was placed under the patronage of St. John the Apostle in honor of Kelly's patron saint. Mass was celebrated there on Sundays and Holy Days.

1948-1949

The church

 was enlarged to double its seating capacity.

1950

Reverend John Floersh purchased 19.6

acres of land in anticipation of future growth-the site of our current parish.

1957

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity

Were assigned to St. Mary Magdalen and thus, took over the care of St. John the Apostle Mission. The Trinitarians served St. John's until 1982, when diocesan priest once again served the parish.

August 18, 1960

St. John the Apostle became a parish

Rev. Lambert Stack, S.T. became the first pastor. A rectory was erected in 1964. An elementary school opened in 1965 and was staffed by the Augustinian Sister from Malta. The former rectory on Old State Road served as both a convent and school building. The school closed in 2005.

1998-Present

The parish undertook a new model of parish

Leadership with the appointment of Sr. Justina Heneghan, R.S.M. as Pastoral Administrator and Rev. Philip Erickson as Sacramental Moderator. A parish center was added in 2000, which was blessed and dedicated by Archbishop Thomas Kelly, O.t. Father Paul Beach was assigned to serve both St. John's and St. Martin of Tours in 2005, followed by Father Anthony Chandler in 2008. Our current pastor is Father Kevin Bryan.