Adult Faith Formation

St. John's offers opportunities for adults to grow in their faith. 

Wednesday Night Adult Faith: 1st Session 5:00-6:00, 2nd Session 6:30-7:30

Come and learn about selected topics and deepen your understanding of the Catholic Faith.

Dates                           Topics

Oct. 2                           The Bible--origins and praying with sacred scripture. Bring your bible. We will have bibles in case you forget.

Oct. 16                         The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  Bring your bible.  We will have bibles in case you forget.

Oct. 30                         Eucharistic Miracles

Nov. 20                         The Mass: The Veil Removed

Dec. 4                           Mary

Please join us for the Potluck Luncheon for Adults (50+) the first Tuesday of every month.

St. John's parishioners share prayer, food, and fellowship at this monthly senior potluck luncheon.    

Our next luncheon will be November 5th.  If you have a pair of sewing scissors--bring them along.  Those who have some extra time can help prepare a project for the faith formation students. See you there!

Questions? Please contact Kelly Howard.





Small Faith Communities


Contact the Director of Faith Formation if you would like more information on our Small Faith Communities or would like to lead your own group. [email protected] or 993-4590




Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a formation education process that takes place within the parish community for those joining the Catholic Church.  This culminates at the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation. If you would like to join the Catholic Church or be a part of the RCIA Team contact the parish office.



catechetical-sunday-2015-clip-art-03Teams Of Our Lady  (TOOL)
TOOL is a lay movement officially recognized by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  A team is a group of five to seven couples and a spiritual advisor who meet once a month to share, pray and discuss challenges of living a Christian marriage and life. Couples use a time-tested format to meet their needs and desires of growing closer in love and faith through Teams of Our Lady and in the process they discover support for one another and for their marriage. Currently St. John’s has two teams.  If you have any questions please contact Erin Merschman (515) 480-3842.



The St. Joseph Education Center supports St. John’s parish and all the parishes in the Des Moines area with their Adult Faith Formation needs.  Their website and blog are updated weekly to help aid even the busiest of adults in nurturing their ongoing faith formation. St. Joseph Education Center



3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press invites you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move one. Just click the button below to start your 3-Minute Retreat and return everyday for the perfect way to start your day in prayer!

3-Minute Retreat from Loyola Press 

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Looking for Adult Faith Formation and personal study resources?  Don’t forget about the AFF Bookshelf downstairs.  The bookshelf downstairs has a variety of books available for parishioners to check out for personal use.  Several DVD, VHS, and CD resources will also be available once the catalog process is complete.  If you would like to donate materials, help catalog items, or have questions, contact Kelly Howard. 993-4590 or [email protected].  Check-out a book to take home for your own use.