St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
Bloomington, Indiana

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Education/Faith Formation

Faith Formation Commission
The Faith Formation Commission is a parish advisory body in matters of total Catholic education Any registered member of the parish 18 years of age or older who do not currently hold a position as a catechist at St. John's may run for a 3 year term on the Commission. Contact: Scott Benningfield, 876-1974 ext 203 or

Religious Education Programs (REP)
Religious Education opportunities are provided for the youth of our parish (Kindergarten - grade 10) on Sunday mornings. Our program encourages our young people to form their faith with an understanding of our Catholic beliefs, traditions, and values through the use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Scripture, Archdiocesan approved texts, fellowship and liturgy. Parents are essential and irreplaceable in this process. Contact: Scott Benningfield, 876-1974 ext 203 or

Teen Youth Group
Through various activities such as retreats, classes, social functions, and community service the teens of the parish are invited to know, treasure and live their Catholic faith. All teens are invited to participate in any or all activities scheduled on the third Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Contact: Barb and John Kubisch, Michelle and Dean Wells or Scott Benningfield.

Pre-Teen Youth Group
Youth in 4th - 6th grades are invited to join in the fun. This group has the same focus and schedule as the Teen Youth Group but is geared toward the younger participants. Contact: Bill Montgomery

Adult Study Group
All adults of the parish are invited to continue their ongoing faith journey through a study group that meets Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 11am following the same schedule as the children's Religious Education Program.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program established for non- Catholics who are seeking to become part of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pastor and Director of Religious Education lead this process with the help of dedicated parishioners who provide help beyond measure through catechesis, witness and example. R.C.I.A. meets Tuesday evenings from September through Easter. Contact: Scott Benningfield, 876-1974 ext 203 or

Daughters of Isabella (D of I)
The D of I is a charitable organization of Catholic women founded on the principle of their motto: "Unity, Friendship, and Charity." The St. Bernadette Circle #712 invites all Catholic women from the three parishes in Bloomington to consider membership in this organization. D of I fundraisers help local charities, including St. Vincent de Paul, Community Kitchen, Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Hannah House. The main focus of all thirty-five D of I chapters in Indiana is St. Elizabeth/Coleman Pregnancy and Adoption Services located in Indianapolis. Contact: Norma Lou Knerler 825-9619

Knights of Columbus (K of C)
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal organization dedicated to the principles of charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Our council stays busy participating in social and fund-raising events. The fruits of their labor goes to support Pro-life issues, Catholic Vocations, and the Church and community in general. It is also a way to meet other like-minded Catholic men who want to deepen their faith through service to God and His Church. Contact: Dave Martini 334-9185

Parish Fellowship
The Parish Fellowship Commission is responsible for organizing events throughout the year such as Oktoberfest, Advent Wreath Making, Marriage Enrichment Dinner, etc., that promote parish fellowship. Come and be part of the fun of organizing these events! Contact: Brian or Melissa Banks, (812) 296-1614


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Last Updated: October 24, 2013