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.

    Andy Smith
    Cell: 262-825-6004 / Home: 262-785-5564

  • 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.

    John B. Thompson<
    262-796-3944 ext. 1120
  • Bible Study

    Individual Unit Dates for

    From Separation to Closeness:
    The First Five Books of the Bible Speak Today
    Presented by Dr. Dennis Sylva on Google Meet

    September 10, 2020 through May 13, 2021

    Thursday Mornings: 10:30–11:30 pm (Optional Small Groups: 9:30–10:30 am)

    September 10, 17, 2020              Closeness: The Gift

    September 24, October 1            Why Separation?

    October 8, 15, 22                          What Exacerbates Separation

    October 29, November 5, 12      Stepping Forward to Step Together

    November 19                                 A Blessed Present Despite a Scarred Past

    December 3, 10, 17                      The Person Who Wrestled with God (and Others)

    January 7, 14, 21, 2021              Where Is God?

    January 28                                  The Nadir: When Life Seems Irreparably Sundered

    February 4, 11, 18                      God at the Low Point

    February 25                                 Personality-Based Inclinations at the Low Point

    March 4                                      The Divine Commitment to Closeness

    March 11                                    Challenges to People’s Commitment

    March 18, 25                              What Compromises People’s Commitment

    April 8, 15                                  Not to Be Doomed to Repeat the Past

    April 22, 29                                Signposts to Closeness

    May 6, 13                                   Closeness Revived

    To register, please call Ann Rodig at (262) 796-3944, extension 1116, or you may e-mail her at annr@stjohnv.org. She will need to know your name, phone number, e-mail address, and if you wish to participate in an optional small group.

    The fee for the study is $25.00.

    Please make the check out to “SJV Parish” and put “Dr. Sylva Bible Study” in the memo line. Send the check to St. John Vianney Parish, 1755 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI 53005-5036.

  • Catechists for K4 – High School

    Teach the Catholic faith to children K4-Grade 10. Teach classes Sunday mornings or Monday evenings from September to March.

    Dave Baudry
  • 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.

    Dave Baudry
  • 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.

    Dave Baudry
  • 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.

    John B. Thompson
    262-796-3944 ext. 1120
  • Confirmation—Youth

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

    Dave Baudry
  • Formation 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.

    Renee Larson
  • Immersion / Outreach —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.

    Dave Baudry
  • Immersion / Outreach —Middle School

    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.

    Dave Baudry
  • Men’s Ministry

    This is an audio/visual-based faith, learning and discussion group, for men ages 18+, that meets at 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM prior to daily morning Mass on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, typically in Room P210 of the Parish Center (upstairs). New members are always welcome. Each meeting features a brief Scripture focus, a brief focus on the lives of two Saints, a 15-to-30 minute audio or video presentation followed by an open discussion, then the planning of, or follow through on, various parish service projects, outreach efforts and/or field trips and pilgrimages. The group has a particular commitment to Catholic Adult Religious Education efforts . . . (Adult Formation), and hosts a fellowship-encouraged coffee service in the Narthex for parishioners after the 4:30 PM Saturday Mass on the 1st Saturday of each month.

    Andy Smith
    262-825-6004 and 262-785-5564
  • 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 Edwin Kornath
  • Novel Idea Book Club

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

    Sandy Huhn
  • Parish Mission Team

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

    John B. Thompson
    262-796-3944 ext. 1120

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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
  • Rite of Christian Initiation 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.

    John B. Thompson
    262-796-3944 ext. 1120

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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.

    John B. Thompson
    262-796-3944 ext. 1120

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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.

    Dave Baudry
  • Vocations

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

    John B. Thompson
    262-796-3944 ext. 1120
  • 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.

    Dave Baudry