About Our Parishes
We are located in the heart of Western Kenosha County – where tradition and country life come together. Our area of the state is growing with sprawling new neighborhoods emerging to meet the growing economic development in this area. We are also a great location for commuters – those who work in Chicago or Milwaukee. Come explore our parish setting where you can experience tradition in God’s country.
In June 2005, St. Alphonsus in New Munster and St. John the Evangelist began sharing a pastor under the direction of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In total, we have about 1,100 families – with 500 at St. Alphonsus and 600 at St. John’s
While we are two separate parishes, our efforts are collaborative and coordinated under the direction of our pastor, Fr. Arthur Mattox:
- We have a shared Faith Formation Program – where students from both parishes come together to learn about Christ and His Church.
- Our Masses are scheduled to accommodate parishioners at both churches.
- We’ve transformed our St. John’s rectory into a place of outreach with social service support such as the Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry and an office for our local St. Vincent de Paul Chapter,
With the Holy Spirit to guide us, we will continue to work together and use our collective resources to welcome people to Christ – who truly is the Light that guides us through darkness.
St. John The Evangelist Parish – Twin Lakes, WI
In 1926 priests from Holy Name of Jesus parish in Wilmot began to visit Catholic families around Lakes Elizabeth and Mary. In 1932 a Mission Church of Holy Name was formally established under the patronage of St. John the Evangelist. Five years later, the Village of Twin Lakes was incorporated in 1937.
In 1942 a church building was constructed on what is now the site of the Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory in Twin Lakes. The church building was a simple, unfinished cement block structure with only the essentials for conducting Mass. The majority of the initial building cost was funded by Holy Name. When the mission became a parish in June 1950, the building was improved to include heating, a finished hall, and other improvements.
On May 3, 1970 ground was broken for a new church at the current site that was similar in design to a Catholic Church that was radically changed by the Second Vatican Council. The wheelchair accessible building includes a large yet intimate worship space with a gathering area that flows into parish offices and catechetical space. These design concepts are still used in new churches today, some 42 years later.
In June 2005 St. Alphonsus in New Munster and St. John the Evangelist began sharing a Pastor under the direction of the Archdiocese. The parish rectory was later converted to provide area residents with social service support such as the Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry, Daybreak Adult Day Program and an office for our local St. Vincent de Paul Chapter, although one suite in the rectory was maintained for occasional overnight use by visiting priests.
Over the past number of years, parish collaboration has become a key element in maintaining a vibrant and spiritual faith community. Through collaboration, the mass schedule was modified and a number of key staff positions are now shared between St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus parishes which creatively utilize our resources while enabling our parishes to function more efficiently.
At this time, there are about 600 faith-filled families within St. John the Evangelist Parish. With the Holy Spirit to guide us, we will continue to work together with our neighboring parishes to use the resources of all to welcome people to Christ – who truly is the Light that guides us through darkness.