Children & Family Life

Contact Laura Stanger for information about Religious Education, Baptisms, First Eucharist, First Reconciliation. 425-823-0787

In order to work or volunteer  with Children at St. John Vianney Parish all adults must complete a criminal background check to download background check form click HERE. After completing the forms, turn them into the parish office.

Celebrating Children at St. John Vianney Parish

  • To the parents of young children, may we suggest… relax, God put the wiggle in children, don’t feel you have to suppress it in His house.
  • Sit toward the front where it is easy for children to see and hear.
  • Help your child follow along in the Mass by suing the Magnifikid booklets provided by the hospitality ministers as you enter church.
  • Sing the hymns, pray the prayers and voice the responses.  Children learn liturgical behavior by watching you.
  • If you need to leave mass with your child, please feel free to do so, but please come back.
  • Remember that the way we welcome children into the church directly affects the way they respond to the Church.  Let them know they are at home in this liturgical space.
  • The parish nursery is available for free at the bottom of the stairs.  It is staffed at the Sunday morning 8:30 am Mass and the 10:30 am Mass.  The sound system from the church is pumped into the nursery.  If you would like to stay down stairs with your child, you may, and you can still hear what is going on in the liturgy.
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered during the Sunday 10:30 Mass all year long.  Children do not need to register to come. Children 3 years old and up are welcomed, with or without a parent.  They will be dismissed by Father right after the opening prayer and will return to the church right after the Homily.  The kids will hear the gospel reading for that Sunday’s Liturgy and have time to talk about it, and explore it more than they do if they were in the Mass with the adults.   There is no fee for Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 “Weird Animals”  IS FULL!!!

e-mail Laura Stanger  if you want to be on the waiting list!

June 23-26, 2014 from 9:30 am to 12 :30 pm for children 4 years old through 5th Grade!  Weird is wonderful and unique and fabulous! ( you have to admit, we are all a little weird) Son of the Reptile Man will be here on Thursday to show us some of his Weird and wild creatures!  Children will learn to appreciate the extraordinary in creation all around them!  Fee is $60.00 per child for the 4 day camp or $120.00 for 2 or more children. Scholarships are available and if a parent volunteers for the whole camp, tuition is FREE!  Please contact Laura Stanger with questions!  EVERYONE WELCOME!  Teens are also encouraged to volunteer!

 

Baptism Preparation for children and infants: Parents who are seeking baptism for children who are newborn up to 7 years old are asked to participate in a Baptism Preparation Program.

Baptism Class/Rehearsal Baptism Celebration
 7:00 pm Tuesday July 8, 2014  10:30 am Sunday July 13, 2014
 7:00 pm Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014  10:30 am Sunday Aug. 17, 2014
7:00 pm Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014 10:30 am Sunday Oct. 19, 2014
7:00 pm Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 10:30 am  Sunday Jan. 11, 2015
7:00 pm Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015 10:30 am Sunday Feb. 15, 2015
7:00 pm Tuesday April 7, 2015 10:30 am Sunday April 12, 2015

Before your child is Baptized we will need the following paperwork:

  • Parish registration form -if you are not already registered
  • At least one parents attendance at the Baptism Class (both Parents and Godparents are encouraged to come)
  • Baptism Registration form
  • A copy of your child’s Birth Certificate
  • A letter from the parish saying that your Godparents are able to fulfill the responsibilites of being a Godparent.

Baptism Preparation for Children over the age of Seven Years:

Children over 7 years will come into the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for children.

They will receive the gifts of the Sacraments of: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist, all at once at the during our Easter Vigil Celebration.  Children will attend classes along with their parents to grow and learn about Our Catholic Faith.  They will participate in a number of beautiful rites with the entire parish community praying for them on their journey.

Baptism Preparation for Children over the age of Seven Years:

Children over 7 years will come into the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for children.

They will receive the gifts of the Sacraments of: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist, all at once at the during our Easter Vigil Celebration.  Children will attend classes along with their parents to grow and learn about Our Catholic Faith.  They will participate in a number of beautiful rites with the entire parish community praying for them on their journey.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation 2014-15

First Reconciliation (Confession, penance) Children at or about the age of 7 years must have received the curriculum for the Sacrament of Reconciliation before they begin learning about the Sacrament of First Eucharist.

We will begin our Preparation Session for 2014-15 school year in September.  Dates and times are below:  A supply fee of 75.00 per child is requested.

Sacramental Preparation is a Family Focused opportunity.  We provide parents with the curriculum to teach at home and then ask Parents and children to attend a monthy class as they prepare for these wonderful sacraments.  Child care is provided for younger siblings during our sessions.  Sessions are scheduled on Friday nights at 7:00 pm or Saturday mornings at 10:00 am.  We repeat the same session twice, if on one month you can’t make it on a Friday just come on Saturday instead.

REGISTRATION FORM

First Reconciliation Session #1 Friday. September 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm or Saturday. September 20, 2014 at 10:00 am
First Reconciliation Session #2 Friday. October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm or Saturday. October 25, 2014 at 10:00 am
First Reconciliation Session #3 Friday November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00 am
Celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation Thursday December 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm
First Eucharist Session #1 Friday January 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 am
First Eucharist Session #2 Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 10:00 am
First Eucharist Session #3 Friday,March 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am
First Eucharist Retreat  Sunday April 26, 2015 time and place tba
Rehearsal for First Eucharist Friday May 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm Group Photo will be taken
Celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion Sunday May 17, 2015 at 10:30 am Liturgy
First Communicants may lead the may lead the May Crowning Procession on Sunday May 10th at the 10:30 am Mass wearing thier First Communion Clothing!

Special “First” First Eucharist Retreat for our First Eucharist Candidates: Sunday April 27th at St. Edwards Park in the GREAT HALL. Registration form required. This is a child only event but some parents are welcome to volunteer to chaperone. 1-4 pm.  Contact Laura Stanger for  a registration form.

Mom’s Morning Out:

Children ages 1-5 are invited to join us in the parish nursery from 9:30 am until 12 noon each Wednesday, registration is required. Parents can drop off thier children for child care and some catechesis while thier parent is free to get things done on thier own.  There is a registration form to be filled out and there is often a waiting list for this ministry.  There is a fee of $12.00 per day per child or $24.00 per family of 3 or more.

Click here for a Mom’s Morning out registration form

St. John Mary Vianney Catholic Preschool:

Please see the Preschool tab on the main webpage for a brochure, registration form and information about the amazing gift this program is to our children and families.  REGISTRATION GOING ON NOW FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR!

Catholic Kids’ Catechism Club: PRINT OFF A Catholic Kid’s Catechism Club REGISTRATION FORM HERE!

Putting our heads together to learn about our Faith!

Catholic Kids’ Catechism Club grew out of the dreams of Laura Stanger, our Pastoral Assistant for Children and Family Life, and Chris Lystad, Catholic Kids’ Catechism Club’s Consultant-o-Fun!  They wanted to have the joy and excitement that comes from a Vacation Bible School Experience lived out in our year round faith formation program.

Clubhouses compete against each other in challenges based on each grade levels individual Archdiocesan Curriculum Guidelines.  Kids’ play icebreaker games for points, we pray together, memorize prayers and vocabulary words and complete challenges, that use many senses to bring the meaning of our Faith to life.  We also proclaim the Gospel in an opening activity each week.

Each clubhouse completes tasks with the guidance of thier Clubhouse Leader or othe specialist who help support them.

CATHOLIC KIDS’ CATECHISM CLUB

  • Early Birds- ages 3 years to 5 years or in Kindergarten- During the Sunday 8:30 am Sunday Mass.  We begin our session in room #6 and finish the session in our preschool room Room #2.  Parents pick their child up after 8:30 Mass in room #2.
  • God’s Gang- Children in Grade 1- God’s Gang’s Clubhouse members learn about God and Creation in their first year in Catechism Club. Their clubhouse color is YELLOW  and they gather at the Yellow Mat in room #6 on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:20 am or at 7:00-8:00 pm on Monday Nights.
  • Meal Makers-Children in Grade 2- Meal Maker’s Clubhouse members learn about the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist their second year in Catechism Club. Their clubhouse color is RED and they gather on the Red Mat on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:20 am or at 7:00-8:00 pm on Monday Nights.
  • Faithful Followers-Children in Grade 3- Faithful Follower’s Clubhouse members learn about The Catholic Church and Saints in their first year in Catechism Club. Their clubhouse color is BLUE and they gather at the Blue Mat on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:20 am or at 7:00-8:00 pm on Monday Nights.
  • Busy Bees- Children in Grade 4- Busy Bee’s Clubhouse members learn about The Beatitudes, Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and moral decision making in their forth year in Catechism Club. Their clubhouse color is Green and they gather at the Green Mat on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:20 am or at 7:00-8:00 pm on Monday Nights.
  • Lucky Sevens-Children in Grade 5- Lucky Sevens Clubhouse members learn about the Seven Sacraments in thier fifth year in Catechism Club. Their clubhouse color is Purple and they gather at the White canvas mat colored with purple marker on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:20 am or at 7:00-8:00 pm on Monday Nights.

 Catholic Kids’ Catechism Club 2014-15 Schedule

Kids 3 years old through Kindergarten will attend our Early childhood program from 8:30 am on Sundays only.  The class ends at 9:45 am.

Kids 1st Grade through 5th Grade can come to our Sunday Sessions at 9:15 am to 10:20 am or our Monday Sessions from 7-8 pm.

  1. Sunday October 5, 2014 or Monday October 6, 2014 - Kick off parent and child session
  2. Sunday October 12, 2014 or Monday October 13, 2014- session #2
  3. Sunday October 19, 2014 or Monday October 20, 2014- session #3
  4. Sunday October 26, 2014 or Monday October 27, 2014- session #4
  5. Sunday November 2, 2014 or Monday October 3. 2014- session #5 (Daylight Savings time ends)
  6. Saturday November 8, 2014 Cemetery Tour- Holy Rood Cemetery  time to be announced
  7. Sunday November 9, 2014 or Monday November 10, 2014- session #6 FAMILY AUCTION IN THE AFTERNOON
  8. NO CKCC NOVEMBER 16 OR 17 DUE TO PARISH AUCTION
  9. Sunday November 23, 2014 or Monday November 24, 2014- session #7
  10. NO CKCC NOVERMBER 30 OR DECEMBER 1 DUE TO THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
  11. Sunday December 7, 2014 or Monday December 8, 2014 – session #8 (Monday night will attend the evening mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
  12. Sunday December 14, 2014 or Monday December 15, 2014- session #9
  13. Sunday January 4, 2015 or Monday January 5, 2015 – session #10
  14. Sunday January 11, 2015 or Monday January 12, 2015- session #11
  15. NO CKCC JANUARY 18 OR 19 DUE TO MLK.
  16. FRIENDSHIP DAY FOR EVERYONE: BRING A FRIEND: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21 FROM 2:15-4:15 PM
  17. Sunday January 25, 2015 or Monday January 26, 2015- session #12
  18. Sunday February 1, 2015 Superbowl Sunday or Monday February 2, 2015 Superbowl Monday
  19. Sunday February 8, 2015 or Monday February 9, 2015- session #13
  20. NO CKCC February 15, 2015 or February 16, 2015 due to mid winter break.
  21. Sunday February 22, 2015 or Monday February 23, 2015- session #14
  22. Sunday March 1, 2015 or Monday March 2, 2015- session #15
  23. Sunday March 8, 2015 or Monday March 9, 2015- session #16
  24. Sunday March 15, 2015 or Monday March 16, 2015-session #17
  25. Sunday March 22, 2015 or Monday March 23, 2015- session #18
  26. Sunday March 29, 2015 or Monday March 30. 2015 – session #19
  27. NO CKCC SUNDAY APRIL 5TH, APRIL 6TH, DUE TO EASTER AND SPRING BREAK
  28. Sunday April 12, 2015 or Monday April 13, 2015- session #20
  29. Sunday April 19, 2015 or Monday April 20, 2015- session #21- Parish Mission with Steve Angrisano
  30. Sunday April 26, 2015 or Monday April 27, 2015- session #22
  31. Sunday May 3rd: 1-3 pm final survivor party!!!
  32. Friday May 8th: 5th grade overnight
  33. Saturday May 9th – lucky winner for CKCC party!