This week, we are gearing up to mark a truly special moment: the 260th anniversary of St. John the Evangelist Church. As we reflect on this milestone, it’s clear that growth and rejuvenation are alive in our pastorate. The beauty of our new stained glass windows at St. John’s mirrors the vibrancy we’re experiencing. And it’s not just here; in the historic St. Joseph’s Church, efforts to restore and revitalize are in full swing. This resurgence symbolizes not only a physical transformation but a spiritual rekindling. Our parish communities are thriving. More hearts are joining us, new ministries are blooming, and our sacred spaces are becoming centers of beauty and worship. This isn’t just about appearances; it’s about the spiritual flame that ignites us as a community of faith. As we approach this anniversary weekend, let’s remember that for 260 years, Roman Catholics have been a source of faith, inspiration, and positive change here in Frederick. This legacy is alive within us, the present-day members of the Saint John’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic community. This anniversary serves as a reminder that we stand on the shoulders of those who paved the way before us. Two and a half centuries of faith is no small feat, and it prompts us to reflect: What legacy are we forging today? How can we continue to be a force for good, just like those who came before us?