Religious Education

Religious Education for grades 1st to 8th begins September 6, 2017. We meet on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Two class times are available: 4:15 pm and 6:15 pm. Please meet in the Church at your class time. The registration form is available online below.

2017-2018 Online Registration is here.

pdf 2017-2018 Religious education Calendar (380 KB)

pdf 2017-2018 Wednesday Night Religious Education Parent Handbook (3.81 MB)

You, the parent, are the most important component in the religious education and formation of your child. St. John Vianney’s Faith Formation/Sunday School program exists to supplement the teaching of the Catholic faith that you live at home. There is no adequate substitute for the active involvement of parents in nurturing their child's emerging faith as disciples of Jesus Christ. It is the parents who encourage their child's personal response to God's words and gifts.

In our program, parents and catechists (teachers) are partners supporting each other in their efforts to provide religious education for the disciples (children).

We are a resource for your child and your family. We see your child approximately 30 hours a year. It is up to you to make the decision that your faith is important – then it will be important to your child. Take time to utilize the resources and lessons sent home. There is so much information available!

In our program, parents and catechists (teachers) are partners supporting each other in their efforts to provide religious education for the disciples (children).

Catechists are volunteers from the parish community who generously give of their talents and time. All catechists are required to attend orientation and in-service programs during the year to help them work effectively with the children. All are encouraged to become certified catechists with the Archdiocese of Omaha.  (Parents who volunteer to teach are not required to pay tuition for their children.)

You can expect for yourself and your family:

  • a welcoming, loving atmosphere
  • community-building activities and experiences
  • growth in your family’s relationship with God
  • information to help make decisions based on Christian values
  • preparation for leadership and ministry in the local community, church and world-at-large
  • convictions that help you cope with modern trends of media morality, the "me first" generation and the desire for material possessions above all else
  • an awareness of opportunities to act for peace and justice for humankind
  • ideas and activities that can help bring new understanding of faith into your home

 

We expect:

  • your involvement and interest in all facets of the Faith Formation/Religious Education program
  • that you will talk with your child about each meeting and event related to the Religious Education program
  • that you will contact your child's catechist at least twice during the year to discuss your child's progress
  • that you will contact your child's catechist or the Faith Formation Office each time your child will not be attending class
  • that you will contact the catechist or the Faith Formation Office if there is a issue with your child's participation so that we may assist with a solution
  • your attendance at the parent information meetings and any other parent meetings related to a particular grade level
  • your attendance at family reconciliations, Christmas program, and other special liturgical events
  • your family’s weekly attendance at Mass. This is an important component of your child’s formation

If, at any time throughout the year, you have questions or concerns about your child’s religious education/ formation, please let John Gencarelli, the Director of Faith Formation know. You may call 402.895.0896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  In order for us to provide the best experience for your child, we need to be aware of any possible problems.

Saint John Vianney Religious Education Curriculum

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten:  I Am Special, Revised – Our Sunday Visitor: “I am Special” Includes Scripture references and commentaries on the Catechism. Children are invited to explore, discover, and learn more about themselves, relationships with others, and about God's creations.

Grades 1 & 3-5:  Alive in Christ – Our Sunday Visitor: “Alive in Christ” features a unique spiral scope and sequence based on seven essential doctrinal themes: Revelation; The Trinity; Jesus Christ; The Church; Morality; Sacraments; and the Kingdom of God. Age-appropriate content for each theme is presented at every grade level as the child grows and develops.

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 6:  Encounter – The first part of the year will delve into this 8 part, video based introduction to the Scripture that leads middle school students into a life changing encounter with God. Based on the Great Adventure Bible Timeline.  Theology of the Body for Teens—The second half of the year will tackle the difficult issues of body image, techno-socializing, dating, sin and reconciliation, healthy sharing of emotions, cyber bullying, weekend culture and more.

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.

Our Sunday Visitor provides curriculum and services for catechists and educators so that Catholics of all ages better understand, grow in, and live their faith. At the core of everything they do are the values we hold dear; values founded on integrity and trust; being responsive, relational and collaborative; offering creative and innovative solutions; and above all, promoting a distinctly Catholic identity. Our Sunday Visitor is bringing your Catholic faith to life through curriculum and resources that focus on:

  • Scripture – effective presentation of God’s Word
  • Prayer – presenting a rich diversity of Catholic prayers and practices
  • Families and Faith – supporting families in experiencing and sharing faith together
  • Ease of Use – materials that are easy to use both for the children and the adults that teach them
  • Building a Strong Catholic Identity – everyone will know their Catholic faith through Scripture and Tradition, prayer, authentic Catholic images, activities, and online resources!

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