Children & Family Life

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

The Archdiocese of Seattle requires all Church Personnel (defined as all clergy, all employees and all volunteers who have ongoing, unsupervised contact with minors or vulnerable adults) to take part in our Safe Environments program in three ways: 
  1. Successfully undergo a criminal background check every three years.
  2. Complete the Protecting God’s Children course within 90 days of beginning service.
  3. Read and sign the Archdiocesan policies of conduct.

You may complete these requirements by accessing Virtus database ,  follow the directions under the “registration” tab.  

Celebrating Children at St. John Vianney Parish

Children and Family life Information booklet for download

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. The nursery is recommended for children 1 to 4 years old.
  • 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.

 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
 10:00 am Saturday  Sept. 2, 2017  10:30 am Sunday  Sept. 3, 2017
 10:00 am Saturday Nov. 11, 2017  10:30 am Sunday Nov. 12, 2017
 10:00 am Saturday Jan. 6, 2018 10:30 am Sunday Jan. 7, 2018
 10:00 am Saturday Feb. 3, 2018 10:30 am  Sunday Feb. 4, 2018
 10:00 am Saturday Mar. 24, 2018 10:30 am Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
 10:00 am Saturday June 2, 2018 10:30 am Sunday June 3, 2018

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

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 2017-18

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 2016-17 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 monthly class as they prepare for these wonderful sacraments.   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.

First Eucharist/First Reconciliation REGISTRATION FORM

First Reconciliation

Session #1

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

or Saturday. September 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

First Reconciliation

Session #2

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

or Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 am

First Reconciliation

Session #3

Friday November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

or Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

Celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

First Eucharist

Session #1

Friday January 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm

or Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

First Eucharist

Session #2

Friday, Feb.23, 2018 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

First Eucharist

Session #3

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm

or Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

First Eucharist Retreat  Sunday April 15, 2018 1-4 pm
Rehearsal for First Eucharist Friday May 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Celebration of the

Sacrament of

First Holy Communion

Saturday May 12, 2018 at 5:00 am Liturgy
First Communicants may lead the May Crowning Procession on Sunday May 13th at the 10:30 am Mass wearing their First Communion Clothing!

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 $15.00 per day per child or $30.00 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.

Catechism Club Registration forms:

Preschool through Kindergarten Register here!

Elementary (grade 1-5) Register here!

Story illustration sheet

Putting our heads together to learn about our Faith!

Prayers for CKCC members to know by heart

CKCC Members Vocabulary

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.


  • 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 at 9:45 am  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 2017-18 Schedule

Sunday, October 1, 2017 or Monday October 2, 2017 Kick off parent and child session

Sunday October 8, 2017 or Monday October 9 2017 Session #2

Sunday October 15, 2017 or Monday October 16, 2017- session #3

Sunday October 22, 2017 or Monday October 23, 2017- session #4

Friday October 27th, Parish Trunk or Treat event!

Sunday October 29, 2017 (Parish Family Auction– following all masses)

or Monday October 30, 2017 session #5

Dress up as Saints and lead the opening procession for All Saints Day! 7 pm November 5, 2017

Saturday November 11, 2017 Cemetery Tour- Holy Rood Cemetery 1 pm Session #6

Sunday November 12, 2017 or Monday November13, 2017 Session #7

Sunday November 19th and 2oth– CKCC to host Watoto Children’s Choir! More EXCITING information to come!

  • November 19th:
    • 8:30 am- Preschool and Kindergarten Catholic Kids Catechism Club
    • 1:45 pm- Grade 1-Grade 5- Catholic Kids Catechism Club- Clap in our Watoto Choir Guests
    • 2:15 pm- Grade 3, 4, 5- Stay at church and help prepare the meal for our Watoto Choir guests and CKCC families.
    • 4:00 pm- Grade 1 and 2- come back and join us for dinner help with clean up and set up for the cookie reception.
    • 6:00 pm- Watoto Choir Concert
    • 7:15 pm- Cookie reception following the concert
    • Youth group will clean up from the reception.


Sunday December 3, 2017 or Monday December 4, 2017 – session #8 Advent Wreath Making and Blessing

Sunday December 10, 2017 or Monday December 17, 2017- session #9

(Christmas break– December 17– January 6th)

Sunday January 7, 2018 or Monday January 8, 2018 – session #10

(NO CKCC January 14 or 15 MLK Holiday)

Sunday January 21, 2018 or Monday January 22, 2018- session #11 Training Camp

Sunday January 28, 2018 or Monday January 29, 2018– session #12 Training Camp

Sunday February 4, 2018 Superbowl Sundae or Monday February 5, 2018 Superbowl Monday

Sunday February 11, 2018 or Monday February 12, 2018– session #13

Ash Wednesday—February 14th

NO CKCC February 18, 2018 or February 19, 2018 due to mid winter break.

Sunday February 25, 2018 or Monday February 26, 2018– session #14

Sunday March 4, 2018 or Monday March 5, 2018 –session #15

Sunday March 11, 2018 or Monday March 12, 2018- session #16

Sunday March 18, 2018 or Monday March 19, 2018- session #17

Sunday March 25, 2018 or Monday March 26, 2018-session #18

NO CKCC April 1 or April 2 due to EASTER and LWSD Spring Break

Sunday April 8, 2018 or Monday April 9, 2018- session #19

Sunday April 15, 2018 or Monday April 16, 2018- session #20– Friendship day!Bring a friend!

Sunday April 22, 2018 or Monday April 23, 2018- session #21-

Sunday April 29, 2018 SURVIVOR PARTY FROM 1-3 PM

(5th OR 6th Grade overnight)

  • Lucky Winner for CKCC party to be announced!


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