Funeral Mass for St. John's parishioner Allyson Van Steenbergen will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 am in the Cathedral. PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday Feb. 20th 12:15 pm Mass is cancelled.

Parish Ministries

Our parish community numbers some 1,600 households, and together we are called to build the Kingdom of God. Below is a list of our various ministries. We appreciate and are open to your willingness to give of your time, treasure and talent. Many parish ministries need assistance, and there is room for many different types of service. Please prayerfully consider these opportunities for getting involved in ministry. And if you have an idea for a new parish ministry, please contact us.

May St. John the Evangelist enlighten and guide you!

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 to get involved.


Leadership Councils

At the Cathedral, the Rector regularly seeks advice and counsel from several councils and committees, some of which are designated as leadership councils.  The leadership councils provide advice and counsel regarding three main areas of parish life:  pastoral areas, financial matters, and liturgical issues.  Thus the three main leadership councils are the Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, and the Liturgy Council. All Councils and committees welcome input from parishioners on issues identified or suggestions for improvements in the way we as a parish are growing and providing services.

Finance Council

The Finance Council is a collaborative body of the Christian faithful, working with the pastor in the administration of financial matters of the parish.

Pastoral Council The St. John's Pastoral Council is the lay advisory group that speaks for the people of God in consultation with the Rector. One of its primary roles is pastoral planning, as the Council continually renews and revises the Parish Strategic Plan. Read the complete bylaws here to understand the function and operation of the Council.
Safety Team

This ministry aims to support a safe and secure environment for parishioners to worship and parish staff to serve. It consists of volunteers who are willing to step up and serve as a first responder in the event of an incident at a parish event. Some training is required to deal with specific situations, but it’s worthwhile as it helps to maintain a safe environment for all.

Ambassador Team The ambassador team contacts new registered parishioners, and then tries to facilitate a second connection with a potential ministry of interest, or an upcoming social event, etc. Thanks to the members of this ministry we’re able to make an effort to better welcome our newcomers!
Building Committee


Comite Hispano

This group gathers once a month to plan activities within the Spanish speaking community and provide advice and ideas to staff and clergy on growing and expanding this ministry.


Christian Service

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.

Eucharistic Outreach

Social Justice

St. John’ 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 Cleaners

Cathedral Women's Connection

Cathedral Women's Connection (CWC) is St. John's women's ministry!

Christmas Giving Tree


Corpus Christi House

The mission of Corpus Christi House is to offer hospitality and services to those in need in the city of Boise.

Docent Tours 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.
Faith Community Nurses 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.
Food Bank The St. John's Food Bank is located at 815 N. Hays St. in Boise, across Hays from the Cathedral, mid-block, in a small house. The Food Bank is open Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m., except on major holidays.
Friendship Feast This ministry provides a meal to the homeless or underserved in our community the first Thursday of each month in the Parish Hall.


Knights of Columbus Council 8310 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 every Monday at 9:45 am.

Prison Ministry  
Martha Ministry  
Natural Family Planning  
Sweet Saints  
St. Vincent de Paul

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. Vincent de Paul Web Site

Quinceaner@s Prep  


Faith Formation Ministries

Adult Faith Formation

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.

Baptism Prep Baptism Prep Ministry
Becoming/Returning Catholic Adult Faith Formation
Bible Study 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. 

Marriage Prep

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  
Religious Education (1st-5th grades) 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.
Youth Ministry (6th-8th grades)  
Youth Ministry (9th-12th)  
Confirmation (teens) Learn more on Youth Ministry and Confirmation pages
Confirmation (adults) Learn more on our Adult Faith Formation and Confirmation pages
First Communion/Reconciliation 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.


Prayer Ministries

Adoracion Nocturnal Hombres

This group is based on the Nocturnal Adoration Society, and starting this week and repeating every third Friday, a group of men will gather in the chapel from 10 to midnight for a prayer service following Christ’s words on Holy Thursday of “come pray with me.” This is currently in Spanish, but if it grows with more participants the goal is to make this a bilingual service. The second devotional lay Hispanic group is the Grupo de Oracion “Jesus es mi Pastor” and it has been going for ten years. After mass on Wednesday in the chapel this group of men and women participate in a prayer and Blessed Sacrament adoration. For more information contact

Blue Hat Rosary Group

The women’s Blue Hat group is about prayer and Christian fellowship. There are no dues, nor meetings, but every second Saturday of the month members gather to pray the rosary and share.

Grupo de Oracion  
Grupo Dansa  
Grupo de Baile  
Vocations Committee The Vocations Committee actively supports and encourages efforts to promote Vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life.
Armed Forces Prayer

Once a month, this group gathers parishioners for a special prayer service for those enlisted in the armed forces, and their families and friends.


Liturgical Ministries

Cathedral Music Ministries

To meet the diverse cultural demands of St. John’s worshipping community, we cultivate a wide variety of musical styles.  There are liturgies that use simply a piano and one voice, the cantor, to offer a quieter, more contemplative and prayerful environment. Other liturgies use our biggest musical asset, the historic Tellers-Kent pipe organ, accompanying a single voice or the full Cathedral Choir in leading a more traditional style that incorporates the Church’s great musical treasures. Still others represent the Contemporary Sacred Music canon, utilizing a variety of musical and vocal forces: Coro San Juan, Contemporary Choir, and the Life Teen liturgical music group. To find out more and how to get involved, contact or visit the Music Ministry Page.

LifeTeen Choir This group provides young contemporary repertoire for the 5:00 PM Sunday Life Teen Mass each week. Rehearsals are held in the Cathedral before Mass at 3:30 PM on Sundays. 
Altar Servers / Monaguillos

Our parish community has always benefited from a consistent group of volunteer altar servers / monaguillos. Originally the role of altar server was reserved to males, and in recent years females have also now joined in this ministry. The role of server is integral to the normal celebration of the Mass, in the assistance provided the priest. Tasks vary from carrying the cross in for the opening procession, holding the book for the priest celebrant, assisting with incense when needed, etc.

Coro San Juan Coro San Juan provides music and song for the Hispanic Community. Mass is each Sunday at 1:00 and rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Cathedral. 
Environment Team Those involved in the Environment ministry decorate the Cathedral for holy days and special seasons. Using the philosophy of "many hands make light work" all are welcome to participate in decorating depending upon availability and interest.  
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion This ministry is open to confirmed, practicing Catholics who have a deep love for the Eucharist and who wish to serve the worshipping community as extraordinary ministers. Extraordinary Ministers are commissioned to serve the community of St. John’s with the Body and Blood of Christ during liturgical celebrations. Placement on a team will follow attendance at a training, held 2-3 times a year. Watch the bulletin for training times for your chosen mass.
Sacristans / Sacristanes  
Ushers Hospitality is essential to our identity as a warm, supportive, sharing community and family. We gather each Sunday as a community; the ushers help every person to feel welcomed and included. To help with this, ushers stand at the church doors giving our smiles and friendly hellos. Ushers are needed at all masses.  


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