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Christian Formation Ministries

Christian Formation ministries encompass a variety of opportunities to enrich, educate and enhance the lives of our parishioners at various stages on the faith journey.

Often, the prerequisite for joining this ministry is simple…just having the interest is enough. The Holy Spirit guides, leads and provides inspiration for you to be the conduit for sharing. In addition, training and mentoring provide knowledge for leadership.

If you are interested in learning more about these ministries, contact the individual listed for more information. At Saint John Vianney, our ministries always have “room for one more” and you are welcome to come and see.

  • Baptism Gowns – Sewing Gowns

    Make baptism apron used during the celebration and given to parents at baptism of a child. Sew baptism aprons as needed.

    June Beiermeister

     

     

  • Baptism Greeters

    Greet parents of infants who will be Baptized at the Mass in the Hospitality Room. Baptisms occur during Mass one weekend per month during the Saturday, 4:30 PM Mass and the Sunday, 11:00 AM Mass.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

  • Baptism Preparation

    Prepare parents for baptism of a child. Leader couples present a video and lead further discussion. These sessions are offered 11 times per year.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Bible Study

    Further education in scripture via a Catholic Bible study group. Two groups meet to study a book of the Bible each year,
    one on Wednesday morning and the other on Thursday morning during the school year.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Catechists for K4 – Grade 8

    Teach the Catholic faith to children K4-Grade 8. Teach classes Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings from September to May.

    Dawn Van Dorf

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Catechists – High School

    Teach the Catholic faith to youth in grades 9-10. Teach classes Sunday evenings from September to May.

    Claire Hoffmeyer

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Children’s Ministry Sacramental Preparation

    Provide second grade children and families additional opportunities to grow in the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. Adults and teens are needed to assist with sacramental preparations at Family Retreat Night, Joy Day, the Church Tour, or serve at First Reconciliation and First Communion celebrations.

    Dawn Van Dorf

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word Presiders

    Celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with children K4-Grade 4. Proclaim the Word of God and help the children understand the Gospel once a month at the Saturday 4:30 pm Mass or the Sunday 11:00 am Mass.

    Dawn Van Dorf

     

    262-796-3944

     

  • Confirmation—Adult

    Prepare adults, age 19 and up, for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Rotates among quad parishes. Meets Tuesday evenings the six weeks before Pentecost to gain an adult understanding of faith.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Confirmation—Youth

    Prepare high school juniors for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes meet eleven times from September through May on Sunday evenings.

    Claire Hoffmeyer

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Evangelization Committee

    Coordinate activities to evangelize the parish and beyond.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Formation Standing Committee

    Working as an advisory committee, members partner with the Christian Formation staff of the parish to support formation classes and activities and parish programming for children, youth and adults, which include educational, service and social opportunities. We seek to create a place where parishioners want to come together in prayer and community. Our work answers His call to pass on the light of Christ to future generations.

    Ted Uczen

     

    785-6265

     

     

  • Immersion / Outreach (Summer SWEAT)—High School

    A week-long experience of providing service to communities undergoing hardships in the U.S. and abroad. This involves repairing homes and simple construction to allow people to remain or return to their homes.

    Claire Hoffmeyer

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Immersion / Outreach (Li’l SWEAT)—Middle School

    Li’l S.W.E.A.T. offers an immersion/service experience for middle school students entering Grades 7, 8, 9. It combines service work with community building and social activities as well as faith-filled leadership opportunities. Variety of service opportunities in and around Milwaukee and Waukesha.

    Claire Hoffmeyer

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Library Volunteers—Parish

    Staff the Parish Library on Sunday mornings during the school year. Shelving of books.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Men’s Ministry

    An interested group of men who get together to discuss readings for the upcoming Sunday liturgies. Interested individuals meet once a week in small groups for a Gospel reading discussion. Then, as a large group, join together to share their thoughts. Periodically, the group will hold social functions, such as dinners that include spouses.

    Craig Colopy

     

    262-782-4056

     

     

  • Ministry to Engaged Couples

    Help engaged couples prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Married couples assist engaged couples in taking and discussing the pre-marriage inventory. Training is provided through the archdiocese.

    Reverend Kenneth Knippel

     

    262-796-3951

     

     

  • Novel Idea Book Club

    Christian fellowship. reading and discussion of the book as a group.

    Sue Grimm

     

    262-797-7888

     

     

  • Parish Mission Team

    Plan and facilitate 3-day Parish Mission. Work to plan all aspects of Mission.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

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  • Reception Committee

    This group helps to plan, organize and carry out receptions and events that are held throughout the year. They provide food for ongoing programs such as RCIA meetings and new parishioner breakfasts. Prefect for a good cook or baker or party planner.

    Katie Vitalbo

     

    262-513-9113

     

  • Rite of Christian Formation for Adults and Children (RCIA)

    Prepare individuals to become Catholics and initiate them into the Church. This process includes Liturgical Rites, meetings on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings for theological reflection and learning about the faith.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

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  • Small Group Faith Sharing

    Help people share faith in small groups and form a community. Meet as frequently as each small group decides. Focus each meeting on a study book, Scripture or topic. Group leaders are needed to facilitate the new groups.

    Dennis Sylva

     

    262-796-3944

     

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  • Theology On Tap

    An archdiocesan series for young adults held for 4 weeks during the month of July and occasional other programs. Young adult committee members are needed to plan, choose topics and be small group leaders.

    Claire Hoffmeyer

     

    262-796-3944

     

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  • Vacation Bible School

    Plan and coordinate a week-long summer event for children ages K4 through Grade 5 to learn more about God in a fun, casual and interactive way. Music, games, stories, crafts and snacks are incorporated into a morning of learning where both adult and youth volunteers are needed. A VBS coordinator is needed to work with the director to recruit and train adult and youth volunteers, organize games and activities, facilitate outreach project, create an atmosphere of fun and learning, order supplies and work within a budget.

    Dawn Van Dorf

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Vocations

    The Vocation Committee mentors, empowers, advises, supports and helps to augment vocations through providing speakers and helping to plan approaches to promoting vocations.

    Father Nathaniel Miniatt

     

    262-796-3952

     

     

  • Youth Group

    To provide opportunities for High School teens to gather for social, prayer and reflection activities. Format varies; activities include Bible study, discussion about putting faith into action, experiences for prayer and faith formation.

    Claire Hoffmeyer

     

    262-796-3944