Please refer to the latest issue of the Parish Bulletin for the most up-to-date contact information for the Ministries detailed below. You can also contact the Parish Office at 208-342-3511 or email [email protected] to get involved.
Adopt a Highway
Adopt a Highway is a shared ministry here at St. John’s. On highway 55 between Boise and Cascade/McCall, at milepost 54 there is an Adopt a Highway sign with our parish name on it. As a parish community we’ve committed to four times a year, cleaning the roadside between mile 54 and 56. This is a community service that we provide.
This group of volunteers assists the parish staff by visiting shut-ins with Sunday Eucharist. Time commitment is aobut one hour a month. This is a very rewarding activity—both for volunteers and recipients.
St. John’s Social Justice Committee (SJSJ) advocates for Catholic social justice issues, particularly those affecting the poor and vulnerable. SJSJ also serves as our parish Respect Life Committee under guidance of the Holy Spirit and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prayer and Education on Catholic social justice and pro-life issues are two other important areas of their ministry.
Cathedral Women's Connection (CWC) is a social and service organization open to all women of the parish. The CWC mission is to meet the needs of the liturgy, to increase our spirituality and to promote friendship and unity among all of the women of the parish. The CWC meets monthly; annual events include the fall membership drive and spring luncheon fashion show.
Christmas Giving Tree
An annual parish event where members of St. John's are given the opportunity to select tags from a Christmas tree and provide the requested item to anonymous need individuals from our community. Items range from food, clothing and toys. This event is truly a chance to practice stewardship in the community at large.
The mission of Corpus Christi House is to offer hospitality and services to those in need in the city of Boise.
Docents enjoy sharing the beautiful Cathedral with scheduled groups and Sunday visitors. Membership in the Ministry is available to adult parishioners who make a commitment to study the Docent Manual, to attend at least one training session, and are comfortable answering questions and interacting with visitors. Proselytizing is not a part of the Ministry. To gain experience, new Docents may pair up with an experienced member to lead a Sunday Tour. Each Docent is asked to serve in four tours or more during the year.
The St. John's Health Ministry is made up of a core of professional nurses, (RNs) who are actively licensed. The term Parish Nurse that is often used is familiar to members of the parish; however, the newer term is Faith Community Nurse (FCN) because many other religious congregations with nursing services do not use the term parish. Faith Community Nurses are the same nurses who have been serving Saint John's Cathedral.
The St. John's Food Bank is located in the Riffle Center, at the corner of 8th and Hays Streets. The Food Bank is open Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m., except on major holidays.
This ministry provides a meal to the homeless or underserved in our community the first Thursday of each month in the Parish Hall. Parishioners are encouraged to participate through food donations, serving, set-up and clean-up.
This fraternal, family-oriented order, founded by Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, gives Catholic men a chance to be part of a "band of brothers" who serve God, Church, and community. Answering the instruction of Christ to love one another, the Knights meet monthly and engage in a variety of charitable works and service to our Church.
Legion of Mary
Legion of Mary meets Mondays at 9:30 am and Thursdays at 7 pm.
Prison Ministry provides spiritual assistance and support to people in Idaho State Correctional Institutions and the Ada County Jail. This is a weekly ministry of sharing some hop and joy with those who have lost their freedom. The day and times are different for each corretional institution.
Natural Family Planning
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is named after the patron saint of a lay organization founded in France in 1833 as a response to the challenge of one person who said “yes the Catholic Church has done good things in the past, but are you doing now?” It was then transplanted to the United States in 1845. We have a local chapter here in our Diocese, and it endeavors to provide ways of helping to feed the needy, prescription and transportation assistance, a re-entry program and other programs in addition to the area stores. St. John's St. Vincent de Paul conference meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. All who would like to practice their faith are welcome.