St. John the Evangelist Parish in center city Philadelphia opens it celebration of “185 years on Holy Ground” with a Mass on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. with Archbishop Charles Chaput as celebrant and homilist.

All parishioners past and present, as well as those who regard St. John the Evangelist Church their “home away from home,” are invited to attend. The anniversary year events can be found on the Parish web site: