Faith Formation

The mission of the Religious Education Program of St. John Vianney Catholic Church is to assist parents in the religious, moral, and spiritual formation of their children. Parents are the primary educators of their children, teaching by word and example. Our parish catechists support the parents and students by providing quality religious education in a nurturing, faith-filled environment. Through the cooperative effort of parents, catechists, and students, our children will grow in their love for God and knowledge of their Catholic faith, develop their God-given gifts and talents, live as contributing, respectable citizens, and learn to be full and active members in the life of the Church through their commitment to service as Catholic Christians; along with other acts of kindness.

We are a resource to the parish community offering opportunities in faith formation, prayer and worship, community and service to others. The following opportunities benefit our entire parish community as we work together to bring about the Kingdom of God:

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten children are encouraged to participate in our Sunday School Gathering during the 9:30 am Mass on Sundays during the school year.
  • Liturgy of the Word for Children is offered during the 9:30 am Sunday Masses. This lasts only through the Liturgy of the word part of Mass. Children learn how to live God's Word in a way that they can understand and in which they can participate actively.
  • First grade through eighth grade disciples are encouraged to participate in our Wednesday evening Religious Education Gatherings. There are two gathering times: 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm and/or 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Children - This program runs through the school year on Wednesday evenings for children Grades 3 through 8 who have not celebrated one or more of the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation, and for children interested in an initiation into the Catholic Church.
  • Vacation Bible School - held in June for children ages 4 through Grade 5. Volunteers from teen through adults enjoy making this a fun, faith-filled experience for everyone.
  • All High School students are encouraged to participate in our Teen Life Ministry on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Several other opportunities for fun and service also happen throughout the school year and summer.

 

Sharing Faith

As parents, you are the primary educators of your children, teaching them by word and example. Family support and cooperation are essential to the religious formation of your children. Regular Mass attendance as a family and a genuine interest in your child’s progress serve as great sources of support and encouragement. Sharing your own faith, assisting your child in learning required prayers, and discussing class sessions with your child will help to deepen their religious education experience and strengthen your church/family relationship.

Family and church based faith formation together constitute a vital partnership in the nurturing of the faith of children and youth. We believe parents are the first and foremost Catechists (teachers) of their children. St. John Vianney Catholic Church Religious Education/Faith Formation programs and process are guided by the following principles:

1. Faith formation is a lifelong process that includes everyone.
2. Our Catholic faith tradition comes alive when we enter into relationships with others, especially our family, and through actively sharing in the life of the parish community, especially in worship, sacraments, fellowship and
outreach to the greater community.
3. In order to have a living faith, every individual needs a basic knowledge and understanding of the teachings of the Church.

Our Goals

At Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, we strive to:

  • To share the Gospel message, build community, and give service
  • To share with each child a knowledge of the love of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • To assist students in character development, emphasizing Catholic principles and Christian values
  • To encourage students to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • To nourish each child with the Word of God in Sacred Scripture, and to deepen his/her knowledge of the teachings, practices and traditions of the Catholic faith.

We do this by providing a rich variety of faith experiences through a Christ-centered curriculum, liturgies and prayer services, in addition to regular Sunday Mass attendance.

Registration forms are available in the Narthex of the Church.  A Religious Education parent/child handbook, sacramental information, and a yearly calendar are provided to all registered families in September of each year. For more information or to register your child, please contact John Gencarelli.

Contact John Gencarelli
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