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11511 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, Idaho 83709
Phone: 208-362-6584   Email:

Mission Statement: Risen Christ Catholic Community is a parish dedicated to worship, education, service, and a communal life in response to God and the neighbor. Risen Christ, in union with the Diocese of Boise, is committed to the vision of Vatican Council II and the diversity of the Catholic experience.


Faith in Action

  • Celebrate Life in October

    In honor of Respect Life month, annually held in October, the Church calls us in a special way to celebrate the unique dignity of the human person. The Book of Genesis reminds us that we are all created in God's own image and likeness, and that all God has made is good. From this, the Church teaches that every person has the right to a life of dignity and respect. Below are some ways to honor God's gift of life every day—in our homes and families, in our neighborhoods and communities, even throughout the world!

    Week One: "Bless This Home"
    Travel around to each room in your house and ask God's blessing on the life and activity that takes place in each room. For example, ask God's blessing on the bedrooms that refresh our lives with sweet slumber. In this way we acknowledge that humanity is essentially good; even our most mundane human activities are infused with the divine.

    Week Two: "It's All about You!"
    Take turns celebrating each person in your family by naming a special gift or ability each person possesses. Each family member writes a family member's name and special gift on a slip of paper and places it in a bowl, one for each person. Continue the celebration by sharing a special dinner together and reading the slips of paper. This activity helps us to remember that each of us has different gifts and abilities, but we are all created in God's own image and likeness.

    Week Three: "Happy Birthday to You!"
    Instead of donating regular canned goods to your local food shelf or pantry, this week create and donate "Birthday Bags" for all ages. These simple bags provide the makings for a special birthday celebration for families who are struggling with a job loss or other economic hardship. Buy a regular cake mix, frosting, and cake decorations and place them in a gift bag. Add festive paper plates and napkins, a drink mix, and noisemaker. You have created a party-in-a-bag! Don't forget the candles. In this way, we reveal that the gift of human life is something to cherish and celebrate. We are all equal no matter our life circumstances.

    Week Four: "You Are Special"
    Find directions for a simple beaded bracelet on a website, in a craft book, or at the library. Once made, give the bracelets to people to let them know you are thankful for their life. Find at least one person who might need to hear that message more than others—the kid who sits alone during lunch, the teacher that made a difference in your day, or the neighbor who seems to be alone. As Christians we are called to not only celebrate life, but also to practice justice and charity in our words and deeds.

    Throughout October: "Thanks a Million"
    Write "Thank you" notes to the public servants in your community such as police officers, postal carriers, and city officials.

    This article comes to you from Grace in Action (Our Sunday Visitor).

Now Happening

  • Office Hours
    The office is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:00AM–4:00PM.
  • Financial Report
    For fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015:
    ~ Parish Income: $546,214
    ~ Parish Expenses: $542,441*
    *Includes operating expenses and mortgage payments made.
  • Be the Hands and Feet of Christ
    The adult RCIA is looking for a hospitality coordinator to set up the classroom, prepare coffee and pitchers of water, and to make sure that napkins, cups, glasses, and snacks are available. If you are interested, please contact the parish office at 362-6584.
  • Bulletin Article Submissions
    All bulletin articles must be submitted to the parish office by noon on Monday for inclusion in the next weekend's bulletin. Please submit articles, in writing, by bringing them to the office or emailing to
  • Magnificat Subscriptions
    We are taking new subscriptions for Magnificat. This publication gives inspiration through daily prayers, scripture, and reflections. The annual cost is $25, for January through December. To subscribe, contact Sandra Magette at 376-1516.
  • Bible Study: Gospel of Mark
    ~ Morning Session
    Thursday mornings at 9:30AM. For more information, call Cathy Yoder at 890-1676.
    ~ Evening Session
    Monday evenings at 7:00PM. For more information, call Jim Scherer at 362-5607.
  • Women's Group Coat Exchange
    Saturday and Sunday, the weekend of October 11/12, for collection. Bring your coat donations to Mass and drop them in the collection bin in the narthex. Coats will be distributed on October 19 and 26.
  • Baptism Prep
    Thursday, October 15, at 7:00PM. This class is for parishioners who wish to baptize their infant or child to age 6. Godparents are also encouraged to attend. To sign up for the class, call the parish office at 362-6584.
  • Knights of Columbus Breakfast
    Sunday, October 25, after both Masses. Come and join your fellow parishioners and enjoy a delicious breakfast cooked by the Knights. Donations are $5 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 6–12, and children 5 and under are free.
  • Saint Vincent's Needs Donations
    Our Saint Vincent de Paul ministry needs donations of diapers, toiletries, toilet tissue, dishwasher detergent, and laundry soap. Leave your donations in the Food Pantry Cart in the parish Social Hall to help those in need.
  • Help Us Update Our Files
    Have you had a change of mailing address, email, or phone number? If so, please contact the parish office at 362-6584 or
  • Knights of Columbus Medical Equipment
    If you or a loved one need medical equipment, the Knights have a variety to lend. Equipment donations are also gratefully accepted. For information, call Dale at 888-3782.

Religious Ed, Pre-K thru Grade 6

  • Classes
    ~ 11, Noon–1:00PM
    ~ 18, Noon–1:00PM
  • Youth Ministry, Grades 7 thru 12

    • Senior High
      ~ 11, Grades 9–12, 4:00–5:30PM
      ~ 18, Grades 9–12, 4:00–5:30PM
    • Junior High
      ~ 14, Grades 7–8, 6:00–7:30PM
      ~ 21, Grades 7–8, 6:00–7:30PM

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children)

  • Information and Classes
    This program is for:
    ~ Youth age 7 and older who have not been baptized.
    ~ Youth age 7 and older who were baptized in another Christian tradition.
    ~ Youth age 9 and older who were baptized Catholic but have not received First Communion.

    For information, contact Al Hidalgo, 789-1952.

    ~ 14, 6:00–7:00PM

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

  • Information and Classes
    Classes began Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00PM. If you, or someone you know, would like to become a full, participating member of the Catholic Church, we invite you to attend classes on Tuesday evenings at Risen Christ.

    Adult Education Opportunities
    ~ Tuesday, October 13. Lou Aaron presents "Salvation History: Part 2, Christian Scriptures."
    ~ Tuesday, October 20. Deacon Ted Vermaas presents "The Ten Commandments."
    ~ Tuesday, October 27. Newly ordained Deacon Gene Fadness presents a class on the Trinity. Please join us and congratulate Deacon Gene.

Seminarian Spotlight

  • Joseph Lustig
    In my formation towards priesthood, much of my spiritual life has been spent discovering what the spirituality of a diocesan priest is. This summer, while reading a document of Pope St. John XXIII on St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests, I pinpointed a spirituality which I called the nine-fold goals for the parish priest, namely: Poverty, Chastity, Obedience, Constant Prayer, Eucharistic Prayer, Holy Mass, Pastoral Zeal, Pastoral Ministry, and Teaching Truth. I found that the key to developing the last three goals of the parish priest was to integrate all nine by drawing a path between my head, soul, and heart. Starting June of this year I was given a testing plot for doing this when I began what we call the year of pastoral internship. During this year, I will be away from formal study at the seminary and be taking part in multiple pastoral ministry opportunities.

    This summer, I was a Chaplain Intern at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. During this time I was a student in a Clinical Pastoral Education program (CPE) and a full-time provider of spiritual care to multiple medical units, including the Pre-Operation Room, the Surgical Waiting Room, and the General Surgery floor. Working as a chaplain in a hospital and especially being on-call during various hours of the day offered me some fairly intense experiences. I spent hours counseling those in pain and those who had lost all hope. I sat with families mourning the unexpected loss of a loved one in the Emergency Room, or other families waiting for hours while their loved ones breathed their last in Critial Care Units. I also spent lots [of] time going room to room becoming comfortable with entering into the lives of patients of various faiths and walks of life, attempting to bring the love of Christ into their lives.

    Nevertheless, developing my pastoral skills and embracing the care of souls was not the only outcome of this epxerience, because in these hospital experiences I was able to apply my vocational desires as a parish priest and discover more of who I am, including my strengths, my weaknesses, how I think, feel, desire, and act. I will be applying my experiences of who I am and how I serve often throughout this year.


  • Blood Drive
    Monday, October 19. Your blood donation might save a life!.

  • Harvest Dinner Party
    Saturday, October 24, at 6:00PM in the Social Hall. Come and enjoy a delicious dinner and bid on the wonderful raffle items. For more information or to donate, call Gary at 859-3410.

Around Town

  • 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil
    Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, November 1, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life—40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. All are welcome to join in standing to peacefully pray in Boise from 7:00AM to 7:00PM, 7 days a week, during this 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside of Planned Parenthood (3668 North Harbor Lane in Boise, off State Street). You are also invited to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information, and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact Blaise Bernal at or 208-409-9276. To learn more and get involved, go to
  • Diocesan Young Adult Catholic Conference
    Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11, at the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise (700 W Main St). The theme is "Reflect," and the cost is $75. Access to register. This is a first annual event and you don't want to miss it! For more information, contact Chris Kreslins: or 208-350-7547.
  • Capstone Missions Fall Fiesta
    Saturday, October 10 at Saint Mark's. Dinner will be served by El Gallo Giro, Boise and live entertainment provided by Danza Azteca Tonatiuh, and Mariachi Sol de Acapulco. To purchase tickets, make a donation, or donate an auction item, contact Molly Bullock at 208-863-8786 or For more information on Capstone Missions, visit our website at
  • Bishop Kelly Fall Concert
    Thursday, October 22, at 7:00PM in the Carley Center (located just behind the school). The concert features the BK band, choir, and orchestra performing a wide variety of music from the past and present. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students with a school ID, and $2 for senior citizens and elementary School Students.

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