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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