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St. John's celebrates Silver Jubilee

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By The Staff

Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland came together last Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the church.

The first mass in Chiefland was celebrated in December 1973 by Father Paul B. Hogarty at the Chief Theatre.

When Father Roland Julien replaced Father Hogarty, services were moved to the Chiefland Recreation Center and in 1975, it became a mission church to St. Madeline Parish in High Springs.

From 1977-1982 mass was celebrated at the First United Methodist Church and with Father Patrick Foley leading the congregation, ground was broken on the construction of a new church.

By 1987 with more than 100 families registered at the mission, it was raised to a formal parish.

During its anniversary year a bell tower was constructed and this past weekend, Father Joseph McDonnell and Bishop Victor Galeone blessed the tower.

Today more than 250 families are represented for daily, Saturday vigil, Spanish and Sunday masses.

After Sunday's service, parishioners enjoyed dinner in the parish hall.

"It is with our renewed enthusiasm we embark on the next 25 years, to spread our time, treasure and talent to our community and beyond," a church statement read.