Religious Education

Religious Education at the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Evangelist strives to partner with its parish families in the catechetical formation of their children including sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion for those children older than 7 years of age. In order for catechesis in the faith to take root in children so that the faith is practiced into adulthood, it is imperative that a strong home and parish connection exists with our Religious Education families. 

We have an excellent religious education offering for the children of our parish. We would like to welcome, invite and encourage you and your child(ren) to become part of our Religious Ed program for children. All children Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to participate whether they are home schooled, attend public school or Catholic school.

Faith Formation registration has been extended through October 10. After October 10, please call 208-342-3511 or email Teresa Wittry ([email protected]), DRE, to inquire about registration.

Sunday Faith Formation classes begin on October 18, and Tuesday Night Family Catechesis schedule will be released soon.

2020-21 Sunday Faith Formation Calendar 2020-21 Religious Education Registration - WITH SACRAMENT PREPARATION
2020-21 Tuesday Night Family Catechesis Calendar (TBD) 2020-21 Religious Education Registration - NO SACRAMENTS


Catechetical formation outside of the home can begin as early as 3 years of age with our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based faith formation program for 3 to 6-year olds.  Children should be toilet trained by the start of the first day. Because this faith formation program has a limited number of spaces available, please e-mail Teresa Wittry at [email protected] if you wish to enroll your child in this program and you will receive a separate link for registration. For more information on this newest offering please visit the CGS national website www.cgsusa.org.

Booklet: "The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Way of Experiencing God"

Article: "A Deep Dive into the Divine: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd" 

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation is for baptized children who have reached the Age of Reason (typically age 7). These children will receive instruction and preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. This year we will be using the Dynamic Catholic Program Blessed.

Sacramental Preparation is available on most Sundays (see RE Calendar for dates) at 11:15 am, or you may choose to participate in the Family Catechesis program two Tuesdays a month from 6 to 7:30 pm.

To learn more about this program, please go to the Dynamic Catholic/Blessed website.

Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children (RCIC)

Children in 6th grade and above needing these Sacraments prepare through the RCIC program.