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:
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.
At Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, we strive to:
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.