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. .

2016-2017 First Reconciliation

 Important Dates for Reconciliation

  • October 25, 2016: First Reconciliation Workshop for Parents ~ 7:00 pm
  • November 9, 2016: Final date to turn in Baptismal Informational Form
  • December 3, 2016 : First Reconciliation     Service ~ 10:00 am

pdf First Reconciliation Parent Packet (440 KB)

2016-2017 First Communion

Important Dates for First Communion

  • March 7, 2017: First Holy Communion Parent/Child Meeting ~ 7:00 pm
  • April 26, 2017: First Holy Communion Practice ~ Both class times  *Parents Attend*
  • April 30, 2017: First Holy Communion  at 9:30 am and 11:30 am Masses
  • May 3, 2017: First Holy Communion at 6:15 pm Mass for those in Catch-Up Class

First Communion Parent Handbook (Coming Soon)

2016-2017 Confirmation Information

pdf Download Confirmation Packet for 2016-2017 Here! (5.01 MB)

pdf Download Confirmation Dress Code Here! (221 KB)

Important Dates for 2016-2017 Confirmation

2016

  • January 12, 2016 – Confirmation Meeting for all Parents and Candidates
  • March 2nd, 2016 - Student Confirmation Information Form returned
  • September 21, 2016- Sponsor Information Form returned
  • October 5, 2016 - Pick a Saint Name and form returned
  • November 9, 2016 - Sponsor Letter returned
  • December 7, 2016 - Service Journal returned


2017

  • January 22, 2017 (Sunday) - Confirmation Retreat for all 8th grade students (11:30 to 5:00 pm)
  • February 7, 2017 (Tuesday) - 8th Grade sponsor workshop in Church at 7:00 pm (Only Sponsors attend)
  • March 29, 2017 (Wednesday) - Confirmation Interviews for all 8th Graders
  • April 23, 2017 (Sunday) - Confirmation for all students – Practice at 2:00 pm and Confirmation at 3:00 pm

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


2017


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

2018

January 21, 2018: Confirmation Parish Retreat.  (This date is tentative)
February 7, 2018: The letter from the sponsor is due.
March 14, 2018: Confirmation conversation. (This date is tentative)
March 27, 2018:  Confirmation Sponsor Workshop at 7:00 pm in the Church
April 2018: Confirmation will take place on a Sunday. We will not know the date until September of 2017.

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: http://essentialps.org/services.html. 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)

Youth Serve - Summer 2017

YOUTH SERVE

Youth Serve is a three-day, two-night service learning program designed for teams of adults and students entering 8th and 9th grades. The program offers quality time for learning, service and prayer.  

PROGRAM GOALS   

  • Involve young adolescents in a creative and integrated approach to service learning from a Catholic perspective.
  • Impact the way families with young adolescents view, understand and respond to justice issues in their community.
  • Introduce and model a process for local leaders to effectively engage young adolescents in Catholic service learning experiences.  

By participating in this program young adolescents will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the gospel call to discipleship and justice
  • Learn about local and domestic poverty and explore its causes, consequences and responses
  • Explore Catholic social teaching and its application to life today
  • Live, learn, pray and work in community with other Catholic youth and adults
  • Engage in hands-on service involvement with people and agencies that assist people in need locally
  • Share their learning insights and creative ideas with peers and family members
  • Discover ways to continue their justice and service involvement as individuals, with their families and with their parish or school groups.  

PROGRAM INFORMATION  

Dates

  • June 25-27, 2017
  • July 16-18, 2017
  • July 23-25, 2017

All sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The program ends on Tuesday with a special, evening session for parents beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Registration Deadline:  April 5, 2017 

Cost: $140.00 (including Adults)

Maximum Number per date: 10 youth and 2 adults

Need: 2 parents to participate on each trip

*Online Registrations information will be available in February 2017. All Registrations are completed online using a Special Code for Saint John Vianney. I will provide an initial Registration form for you.

pdf Click here for the Youth Serve 2017 Flyer (5.58 MB)

pdf Click here for the Youth Serve 2017 Initial Registration Form (469 KB)

For More Information: http://archomaha.org/events/conferences/youth-serve/

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.

 

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