Volunteer Positions for 2017-2018

There are many volunteer positions that we need people to fill this coming year. 

For a complete list, please see the     pdf Volunteer Position Description Sheet (368 KB)

Faith Formation/Religious Education Registration

Religious Education/Faith Formation for grades  Pre-K to 12 begins September 6, 2017.

Registration begins April 1, 2017 and must be completed by May 10th for the 2017-2018 School Year. After May 10, there is a $20.00 late fee.

We offer the following:

  • Sunday School for Pre-K and Kindergarten on Sundays during the 9:30 am Mass
  • Liturgy of the Word for Children during the 9:30 am Mass on Sundays (all year)
  • Religious Education Classes for 1st to 8th Grade including sacraments  meets on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Two class times are available 4:15 pm and 6:15 pm.
  • Religious Education and Sacramental Prep for Special Needs Children ~ Meets on Wednesdays evening at 6:15 pm
  • Catholic "Catch Up" Class is offered on Sundays at 10:30 am for children who have missed some years of Religious Education Classes or who have not received Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and/or Confirmation in a timely manner.
  • Teen Life Ministry for High School Students meets on Wednesday nights from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm.

CLICK HERE FOR: Online Registration for all Religious Education is OPEN! You can register and pay the fees online. We no longer offer paper registration forms. If you need help with the online registration, please contact the office.

Faith Formation for Young Adults and Adults will continue, including a men's and women's retreat, a Lenten Mission, Theology on Tap, and other wonderful adult faith formation opportunities. Check the Bulletin or the Faith Formation Tab for more information.

2017-2018 Religious Education Forms

2017-2018 forms and handbooks will be available in September.

The Domestic Church

Parents are the foremost educators of their children A couple weeks ago parents sent their students off to school with overloaded backpacks and their best advice: “Behave and pay attention to your teachers.” Sending a child to school doesn’t free parents from their teaching obligation. The Second Vatican Council said, "Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators. This role in education is so important that only with difficulty can it be supplied where it is lacking. Parents are the ones who must create a family atmosphere animated by love and respect for God…” (Gravissimum Educationis 11).

In other words, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children.  Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. There is no exception to this teaching.  Parents must cultivate, nurture, evangelize and pass on the faith to their children.  It doesn't happen by itself.  There are no shortcuts.  It requires time, effort, commitment and love.  There are no magic seeds.

Because children are a gift from God, ultimately they belong to God. Jesus has generously put the Kingdom into parents’ hands. He doesn't want to do all the work; he wants parents to help him.  He puts the message and power of salvation into their hands and asks parents to teach it to their children in his name.  No one has ever trusted parents with as much.  No one else has ever thought so much of parents.  Who would have guessed that God would be so generous with parents, to make them a steward of his children, to put his saving power into their care so they can hand it on to their children.

No other endeavor has, by its very nature, eternal consequences, so nothing else a parent can do matters as much as teaching the faith to their children.

In the Catholic tradition, the family holds a special place--especially in the formation of faith. So important, in fact, that it is called "the domestic church." This video invites parents to reflect on being the church in the world and what that might look like within their family.

Prayer and Practices by Grade

While prayer is not a practice unique to Catholics, those prayers that are called "Catholic" are generally formulaic in nature. That is, the teaching Church sets before us how we ought to pray. Drawing from the words of Christ, the writings of Scripture and the saints, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she supplies us with prayers grounded in Christian tradition. Further, our informal, spontaneous prayers, both vocal and meditative, are informed by and shaped by those prayers taught by the Church, prayers that are the wellspring for the prayer life of all Catholics. Without the Holy Spirit speaking through the Church and through her saints, we would not know how to pray as we ought (CCC, 2650)

The Archdiocese of Omaha puts forth the Parish Based Catholic Faith Formation Standards for Religion Curriculum.

You can download the Prayer and Practices your child should be familiar with by grade level below.

pdf Prayers and Practices - Preschool (49 KB)

pdf Prayers and Practices - Grades Kindergarten to 2nd (64 KB)

pdf Prayers and Practices - Grades Three to Five (83 KB)

pdf Prayers and Practices - Grades Six to Eight (101 KB)

pdf Prayers and Practices - Grade Nine to Twelve (102 KB)

Online Resources for Parents and Adults

Here are some resources for adults, parents, and families for continued learning in our Catholic faith.

Alive In Christ: Adult Learning - Articles and videos to foster a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith.

Alive In Christ: Student and Family Home - Sunday Readings, Family Connection, Teaching Catholic Kids, and downloadable apps.

Our Sunday Visitor: Teaching Catholic Kids - Valuable tool for parents, teachers and catechists. Free downloadable activities and teacher resources are updated each month and made available from the best of Our Sunday Visitor books, workbooks and writers. Take advantage of these great resources.

Our Sunday Visitor: Resource Library - Deepen your own faith knowledge with hundreds of Resource Library articles on important Catholic teachings such as the liturgical year, prayer, the Mass, and more. And we’re just getting started. Be sure to check back often as we are always adding new relevant articles and timely topics.

Our Sunday Visitor: Catechist Help - Catechists, this ever-growing, special collection of Catechist Help articles addresses your Religious Education needs, including topics such as classroom management, catchy and fun teaching tips, seasonal activities, and more!

Ascension Presents - Ascension Presents is an evangelistic platform bringing entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters straight to your news feed. By providing engaging content for our audience that reflects the good, the true and the beautiful we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ.

When to Keep Your Child At Home

All snow and weather related announcements will be put on our website at http://www.svjomaha.org. There may be situations where gatherings for Wednesday evening must be canceled. Our policy for weather cancellations follows Millard Public Schools policy. If Millard Public Schools are closed due to weather, then Religious Education gatherings are canceled for the evening. Other instances may arise, and each instance will be handled individually. We will try to post cancellations on our Facebook Page, our website, and notify parents by e-mail if possible. There will also be cancellation signs posted on the doors or outside.

During flu season, parents do their best to keep kids healthy, but sometimes even the most vigilant preventive measures can’t stand up to the flu. Preventing the spread of flu in Religious Education is critical to keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Healthcare professionals recommend that sick children stay home until they're recovered enough to go back to school, typically about 24 hours after symptoms improve. This helps not only to protect the child's health, but also to prevent the spread of the virus to other children. Determining whether your child is well enough to attend on Wednesday evenings can be tricky. Consider the following signs as you make your decision.

Fever: If your child has a temperature of 99.5 degrees F, or more, it's best to keep him or her home. A fever is a sign that the body is fighting off infection, which means your child is vulnerable, and can also spread the virus to others. Wait at least 24 hours after the fever has come down and stabilized without medication to consider sending your child on Wednesday.

Vomiting and Diarrhea: Vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons for your child to stay home. These symptoms are too difficult to deal with at Church, and are signs that the child is still capable of spreading the infection. Wait at least 24 hours after the last episode before considering a return to Religious Education.

Fatigue: If your little one is falling asleep at the table or acting particularly fatigued, he or she is unlikely to benefit from being in class. Make sure your child stays hydrated and let him or her rest.

Persistent Cough or Sore Throat: A persistent cough is likely to be disruptive, and is one of the primary ways of spreading a flu infection. If your child has a severe sore throat and a regular or persistent cough, keep him or her home until the cough is nearly gone or easily controlled.

Red, Runny Eyes or Rashes: Red, runny eyes can distract a child from learning and can be difficult to manage in class. A rash can be a sign of another infection, or a reaction to the flu virus. Keep your child home until these symptoms clear up, or until you've checked with the doctor about them.

Appearance and Attitude: Does your child look pale or tired? Does he or she act irritable or seem disinterested in regular daily activities? Are you having a hard time getting your child to eat anything? These are all signs that more recovery time is needed at home.

Pain: Earaches, bellyaches, headaches, body aches, mouth sores, and other types of pain are signals that your child is still in the middle of the flu period. He or she will be contagious to other children and won’t gain anything from being here. Keep your child home until the pain has disappeared. 

In addition to these signals, ask your child's doctor or school nurse to weigh in. Most schools have general guidelines for when it's safe to send your child back to school after being sick, and will be happy to share these with you. They may also be available online.