Adult Faith Formation

Intergenerational FAITH FORMATION

learn more on the Companions Page

Parish Mission-To the Heights

All are welcome to join us for this inspiring 3-night event November 15, 16, and 17.

Our Mission speaker, Katie Patrizio, will awaken your heart and inspire you to live out your faith in the light of God's saving Love.

Each night begins with Rosary at 6:30, followed by Katie's message from 7:00-8:00.  

After the message, please stay for fellowship gatherings on Sunday and Monday evening. 

Tuesday Night, we will have a special hour of Adoration from 8:00-9:00, so that we might gather to worship and praise our King.

Watch for details on a special session which will be offered for our high school youth.

Are you looking for a good book?

St. John's has a number of resources for you to use at home.  Prayer-Saints-Catholic Teaching-whatever your interest, we may have what you need. Check out our list here and contact the office at 993-4590 if you see something you would like to borrow.  


Are you looking for a way to deepen your SPIRITUALITY?

The Emmaus House in Des Moines has several on-line opportunities---Find out more HERE

Welcome Back to Mass

Motivation to Go To MASS

Please view this short video from the Diocese

As we prepare to regather you can read about the FRUITS OF HOLY COMMUNION here


Learn your Faith

Bible Study

IF you feel called to begin your own Bible study or small faith community, Ascension has the resources you want to use.

Daily Mass

Daily Mass readings and meditation is available from THE WORD AMONG US


Prayer and Comfort during Covid-19

At Home with the FAITH

Monthly Senior Potluck

We look forward to when we can gather once again.  

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.