Preparen el Camino del Señor Gets Parishioners Closer to God
March 8 was a fantastic day for the parishioners of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Goshen, New York. The church’s Spanish-language event, Preparen el Camino del Señor, a one-day religious retreat for church members to take part in to learn more about Jesus Christ.
The Church of St. John the Evanglist has a storied history. According to the church’s site, the church was founded in 1820 as a mission of St. Peter’s Church on New York City’s Barclay Street. In 1937, Saint John’s became a parish and the first church was built in Goshen, New York, on St. John Street.
The current church and convent was built on Murray Avenue and dedicated in 1885. This church and convent had a lot of firsts. “Our beautiful Gothic Church and Convent was built on Murray Avenue and dedicated in 1885,” states the site. “Our convent was the first rectory and later became both the residence for the Sisters of Charity and our first elementary and high school. Our schools were the first Catholic Schools in Orange County.” A new school was built in 1904 at the corner of Murray Avenue and Erie Street. The school, named the Garr Institute, was built through the generosity of Catherine Garr. The present school was built in 1955 with a second story added in 1960. In 1963, the parish’s high school became known as the John S. Burke Catholic School in 1963.
The church uses a quote from the 1962 book St. John the Evangelist: A House for Worship in Goshen, N.Y. to describe the parishioners who have made the church what it is today. “The people of St. John’s have not been slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, and their handsome edifice will long stand as a monument of their industry and perseverance born of a living faith.”
The church’s Spanish-language events such as Preparen el Camino del Señor keep the church’s mission to spread the Catholic faith. Parochial vicar, Rev. Adaly Rosado, Jr., helmed the event. To promote the event, Rev. Rosado said that word of mouth, the church’s bulletin, and online tickets were used. The event itself was, in Rev. Rosado’s words, “Awesome!” Rev. Rosado said there were “[a]bout 200 in attendance.” “The Mass that was celebrated was the central part of the event,” he said.
If you’re planning an event similar to this one, Rev. Rosado gave this simple advice. “Pray for a successful event,” he said.