Faith formation is a vital element of the Catholic life as we grow in knowledge and understanding of our faith in Jesus Christ and the Church he gave us. A deeper understanding can lead to a more intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and through the Trinity to the Church and our family, friends, neighbors, parish, and community. Such faith formation is not just for children, but for all of us as we grow as Catholics. Our parish has many opportunities for faith formation that we encourage you to explore. Faith formation is not just for children and youth, but also for adults. We have many child-focused programs, a vibrant youth ministry, in addition to programs for parents and other adults. Learn in many ways, and study many topics, including scripture study, lectures, retreats, and other formation activities that help each adult continue a lifelong journey of faith.
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.
Welcoming and Returning Catholics: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries. If you are an adult baptized Catholic who has received First Communion, but would like to be confirmed, we can help you with that part of your journey.
Bible Study groups meet Monday evenings and/or Tuesday afternoons.
Catholic Book Club
From the works of the early Church Fathers, to today’s popular faith commentators, there is no shortage of great Catholic books with ideas to ponder for faith formation. Usually meets Tuesdays
Endow Women's Group
Endow brings women into small group communities that transmit the depth of our Catholic faith to awaken each participant's particular genius and ignite them as luminaries who heal, mother and prepare families and the world for the love of Christ.
Fourth Day Men and Women
Men's and Women's Fourth Day ministry here at the Cathedral is a follow-up/continuation of the Catholic Cursillo Movement, a consecutive 72 hour period called a “Three Day Weekend.” It was founded in Majorca, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944 while they were refining a technique to train pilgrimage Christian leaders. The Cursillo Movement in the United States was established in 1965. Today, Cursillo is a worldwide movement for both men and women. During the three day weekend, a team of religious and lay personnel present a series of talks to the participants and the entire group calls upon the Holy Spirit for enlightenment and guidance. Throughout the weekend the participants will pray together, attend daily mass and have an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Typically, by the end of the weekend, participants have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The challenge, however, is sustaining this and that’s why “Fourth Day” was established.
Here in our parish we offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. The goal is to help make the marriage “for better and forever.”
Vacation Bible School
Held each summer. Visit our Events page for more details.
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.
Sacramental preparation consists of the formal instruction and catechesis of our parish children ages 7+ in the two Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation (Confession) and Eucharist in a parish setting. Children will be prepared first to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then their preparation will continue with preparation for reception of the Eucharist.