Sacramental Preparation

2nd Grade: Our second grade elementary parish program consists of religious formation in preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.

7th & 8th Grade: Beginning in the seventh grade year, our parish program consists of religious formation in preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Disciples are confirmed in April of their eighth grade year.

Parents are required to attend the sacramental parent meetings for each sacrament their child receives. 

Confirmation preparation is a life-long process. Disciples should attend some type of religious education from Kindergarten through Grade 8 at a Catholic Church or school. Retreats, service, parent and sponsor involvement are a required part of this program. 

The "Catch Up" Class on Sunday mornings prepares older children (Grades 3-8) who are baptized Catholic, who need Baptism,  have had no previous religious education, and have not celebrated one or more of the sacraments, or children interested in initiation into the Catholic Church. Please contact the Faith Formation Office if you are interested in this program, or if you know of someone who would be eligible for this program. 

If your child has special needs, we offer a "Special Needs" class on Wednesday evening at 6:15 pm. Please contact our Director of Faith Formation, John Gencarelli, at 402.895.0896, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017-2018 First Reconciliation

Important Dates for Reconciliation

  • October 3, 2017: First Reconciliation Workshop for 2nd grade parents and students - 7:00 pm in The Social Hall
  • December 2, 2017: First Reconciliation for 2nd graders – 10:00 am in Church
  • March 7, 2018: First Reconciliation for those in the Catch-Up Class

2017-2018 First Communion

Download the 2018 First Communion Packet here


Important Dates for First Communion

March 6, 2018 (Tuesday): First Holy Communion Workshop for all 2nd grade students, those in the Catch-Up class & their parents – 7:00 pm-Social Hall

April 22, 2018 (Sunday): First Communion Practice for Catch-Up Class Students and their parents in Church at 10:30 am

April 25, 2018 (Wednesday): First Communion Practice for 2nd graders and parents at 5:00 and 7:00 pm in Church.

April 29, 2018 (Sunday): First Holy Communion for current 2nd graders at the 9:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. Masses

May 2, 2018 (Wednesday): Mass & May Crowning at 6:30 pm - First Holy Communion for those in Catch-Up Class

2017-2018 Confirmation Information

pdf Download Confirmation Packet for 2017-2018 Here! (11.09 MB)

pdf Download Confirmation Dress Code Here! (221 KB)

Important Dates for 2017-2018 Confirmation


  • January 17, 2017: Confirmation Meeting for all 7th graders in the Church
  • February 8, 2017: Confirmation Information form is due
  • September 27, 2017: Sponsor Information form is due
  • October 11, 2017: Confirmation Saint Name form is due
  • December 6, 2017: The Confirmation Journal is due


  • January 21, 2018: Confirmation Parish Retreat for all 8th grade students from 11:15 am to 5:00 pm
  • Febraury 6, 2018: Confirmation Sponsor Workshop at 7:00 pm in the Church
  • February 7, 2018: The letter from the sponsor is due.
  • March 14, 2018: Confirmation conversations for all Confirmation Candidates
  • April 15, 2018: Confirmation - Practice at 2:00 pm, and Mass at 3:00 pm

2018-2019 Confirmation Information

Download Confirmation Packet for 2018 -2019 Here

Download Confirmation Dress Code Here


Important Dates for Confirmation 2018 - 2019


  • January 16, 2018: Confirmation Meeting for all current 7th grade students and parents at 7:00 pm in Social Hall
  • February 7, 2018: Confirmation Information form is due back by February 7, 2018
  • September 26, 2018: Sponsor Information form is due by September 26, 2018.
  • October 10, 2018: Confirmation Saint Name form is due by October 10, 2018.
  • December 5, 2018: The Confirmation Journal is due by December 5, 2018. (Those who attend Youth Serve will have a different journal)


  • January 20, 2019: Confirmation Parish Retreat.  The tentative date is Sunday, January 20, 2019.
  • February 6, 2019: The Sponsor writes a Letter to the Pastor.  The letter from the sponsor is due by February 6, 2019.
  • March 13, 2019: Participate in a brief Confirmation conversation. The tentative date is on Wednesday during class on March 13, 2019.
  • March 26, 2019:  All sponsors (only Sponsors) will attend a Confirmation Sponsor Workshop at 7:00 pm in the Church on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
  • April 2019: Confirmation will take place on a Sunday afternoon in April 2019 (we will not know the date until September of 2018)

Service Opportunities

Service to others has always been a priority at Saint John Vianney Parish. Every year the St. John Vianney Religious Education/Formation program participates in the baby bottle campaign and baby shower for Essential Pregnancy Service. For more information, visit their website: Another project would be bringing food for our St. Vincent de Paul Pantry any time during the year. Our parish participates in a Christmas Project to help those less fortunate. Please read the bulletin each week for more information about these projects and possible service opportunities throughout the year. We appreciate your help and support in teaching our disciples the importance of helping people in need.

If you have a 5th through 12th grader, please ask them to consider the following: Would you like to be more involved with Saint John Vianney Parish? Would you like to learn more about the Mass? Would you like to meet other kids and have fun, too? Become an Altar Server! Altar Server trainings are announced in the Sunday Bulletin.

“Our faith calls us to work for justice; to serve those in need; to pursue peace; and to defend the life, dignity, and rights of all our sisters and brothers. This is the call of Jesus, the urging of his Spirit, the challenge of the prophets, and the living tradition of our Church.”    (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Sacramental Preparation Curriculum

Grade 2: Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: Encounter with Christ - Our Sunday Visitor: “Encounter with Christ” is a completely new sacrament preparation program that integrates families as critical participants in their children’s Sacrament preparation in all models.

Grade 7:  Decision Point: Dynamic Catholic - The theology of Confirmation informs us that the Sacrament is about God choosing us. But since we have free will, we need to respond and cooperate as Mary and the saints did in order for God to do his best work through us. This program not only prepares young Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation in a dynamic way, but also inspires them to respond and cooperate with God’s grace in all the circumstance of their daily lives, long after their Confirmation has passed.

Grade 8: Chosen: Your Journey toward Confirmation – “Chosen” is designed to offer teens a life-changing experience as they journey through their Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Chosen prepares your students both intellectually and spiritually to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to become lifelong disciples of Christ. Chosen wins over the hearts of teens at a critical time in their lives and keeping them firmly planted within the faith community of the Church.