The year 1841 marked the beginning of a Catholic denomination in the Arthur area. At this time Irish immigrants were settling the the surrounding townships. The first resident pastor did not arrive until some twenty years later. Until that time, missionary Jesuit priests from Guelph visisted this area about three times a year. The earliest missionaries celebrated mass in private homes. Prior to the year 1857, arrangements were made to celebrate Mass in a log school house about three miles from Arthur. The first Catholic Church in Arthur was built in 1857 on the site of the St. John's school beside the present building. That building was moved to Charles St. and the new Roman Catholic Church in Arthur was opened in 1874. It had a 150 ft steeple that could be seen for miles in every direction. Between 1917 and 1922, they installed a pipe organ, stained glass windows and electric lights.
St. John Church is a Christian congregation serving the Arthur community and seeking, engaging, and encouraging others through a life-changing Christian journey.
St. John Church at Arthur, Ontario seeks to be a loving, friendly community that worships God, and serves others. We place a high priority on teaching from the Bible and following the example of Jesus.
Our vision is to impact and renew Arthur, Ontario and beyond with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are - we'd love to get to know you.
Mass: Saturday 7:30pm & Sunday 10:30am