Formation

K-8th Faith Formation

St. John’s offers many opportunities for growth in the religious education of your families, and particularly, for your young ones. We hope we can be a resource for you as you continue on your journey in discipleship of Christ! We provide weekly classes for your children on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7pm here at the church, an in-depth, hands-on, and interactive Sacrament Preparation program for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, and various opportunities for you and your children to come together to learn about our faith and witness to the love of our Lord in community with one another.For information on Confirmation preparation for 9th and 10th graders, please visit the Sacraments page.

Vacation Bible School

This year VBS will take on a different look and be over the course of 4 weeks this summer.  Each week will focus on a differnt virtue and there will be music & dances, a craft, a memory verse and opporunities to engage in live virtual videos and engage in service projects as a family.  Please register online by June 19th, there is no fee to register and we will follow up with more inforation once you registerion. 
The weeks and themes are as follows:
Charity: June 22-25
Gratitude: June 29-July 2
Courage: July 6-9
Perseverance: July 13-16
Click Here for More information and to register!

Youth Ministry

St. John’s Youth Ministry is committed to fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person in our community by empowering them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. We should Live In Faith Together!

Young Adult Ministry

Rochester Catholic is an initiative of the Rochester parishes seeking to connect young adults to Christ and His Church. Our website is a landing page for young adults in the area desiring to: find a community of peers, plug into a parish, engage the world through outreach and service, and further commit their lives to Christ. https://www.rochestercatholicmn.org/

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
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Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Sunday Morning Childcare
  • During the 9:30am Mass
  • Available for ages three months through three years
  • Child care is a co-op requiring participation of parents/guardians as caregivers on a rotating basis
  • Children who are older than three are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:30am Mass

There is no registration for childcare. Children may be dropped off and signed in before 9:30 Mass on Sunday mornings.
The childcare schedule follows the school schedule: there is no childcare on weekends following a school break.
Supervision is provided by parents/guardians who are in compliance with the Safe Environment requirements of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

Adult Faith Sharing

  • Grow in your own personal relationship with God
  • Set an example for your children
  • Form friendships within our parish community
  • Gain knowledge of Christ and His Church as well as grow in your faith
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Adult Bible Studies

St. John’s has several adult Bible studies on an ongoing basis, and you’re more than welcome to join!  Right now, we’re meeting virtually, so you’re welcome to join via video or phone to reflect on Scripture and learn more about the Bible.

  • Tuesday 10am Bible Study: We use a number of videos and studies to learn more about Scripture and Church teaching.
  • Wednesday 6pm Bible Study (school year only): Watch engaging videos to learn more about the faith and share your questions and insights with your peers.
  • 1st and 3rd Sundays 11am: Reading and reflecting on the Sunday Gospel (focus for people unfamiliar with Scripture or the Church)

If you are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic, please visit our RCIA page by following this link.

For any questions, please contact:
Person to contact
Philip Lomneth
Director of Formation
Ext. 4510
plomneth@sj.org

Rochester Catholic Schools

THE RCS DIFFERENCE!

When you invest in an RCS education you become part of community that aspires to:

  • Ensure all students believe they have worth and are loved;
  • Educate the whole child and celebrate the unique God-given gifts and talents of each student;
  • Nurture and cultivate within students a sense of purpose, a hunger for excellence, vision, courage and relentless curiosity to never stop learning;
  • Root students in faith and foster God’s love in our community;
  • Inspire students to listen to God’s call, share their faith with others, and respond as leaders to the needs of a complex and diverse world;
  • Be a premier educational institution and serve the world as a beacon of academic, moral, and spiritual formation.

Visit the RCS Website here for more information.

Visit the St. John’s/St. Pius X webpage here.

Parish Grant Form available here.

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Safe Environment Program

VIRTUS is derived from the Latin word for valor, moral strength, excellence, and worth — a proper name for the program given to the Church for the protection of our children and vulnerable adults. The VIRTUS program empowers Christian organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. Moreover, it encourages us all to aspire to the highest, most positive attributes of human interaction.

Contact our Formation Team to learn more about certification in the VIRTUS program, or vist VIRTUS online for more on the program itself. All volunteers who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults are required to go through a Virtus training and have an up to date background check ran and on file through the parish.