The worldwide public health storm begun by the coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives in ways unimaginable just a few months ago. Like you – we are looking forward to the time when things get back to normal. Our Family Formation team has been hard at work to make sure that there will be a smooth transition to our Fall program.
In the meantime, our priority is to ensure that our parish children continue to know, love, and serve God. I will keep you in my prayers as you and your family stay the course in the current storm.
It’s in times like these that I’m reminded of Paul’s wonderful prophecy in Acts 27: “. . . and behold, for your sake, God has granted safety to all who are sailing with you.” May God bless you all.
John Thompson, Dir. Formation & Human Concerns
Virtual Family Faith Formation Weekend
Finding Calm in the Midst of a Storm
Join Jack Beers, the co-leader of Dynamic Parish, as he discusses the importance of embracing this moment, turning to God with faith instead of fear, and trying every day to live these four words from the Our Father: “Thy will be done.”
Try these Age-specific Family Activities
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Get peace like a river in your soul! Kids worship with motions and lyrics, fun and easy to move to in this energetic two-minute video. Praise and dance along!
Sixth through Eighth Grade
In this three-minute video, Mr. Peace (national youth motivational speaker Kevin Szawala), shares his inspirational message of peace, hope, and love for middle school students.
Third through Fifth Grade
Peace is a Fruit of the Spirit, but a watermelon is not. Sing along with Mr. Stanley of Wesley’s Wuppets and learn the Fruits of the Spirit in this wacky three-minute video.
In this nine-minute video, Fellowship of Catholic University Students missionary Jeremy Rivera discusses what’s behind the longing for peace in our lives. You can access the video through FORMED, a Catholic web hub to which St. John Vianney parish has a subscription. To set up your free account, visit: www.stjohnv.formed.org.
Recipes to Enjoy During Your FFF ‘Peace’-filled Weekend
* Recipes approved by Katie V.!
Just click on the image for the recipe and bring peace to your house as your family gobbles it up!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ!
2020-2021 FAMILY FAITH FORMATION (FFF) PROGRAM
As we look forward to our 2020-2021 program, we want to make your lives easier! All class participants will be auto-enrolled in the fall Family Faith Formation program. Traditionally, deposits for the fall program are collected in May. All deposits for the fall FFF classes are being waived until August, 2020. Class fees, schedules and catechist assignments are being figured out over the next few weeks and even months as we look towards a new normal of gathering together. Watch for messaging from our Formation team mid-July regarding program specifics. For new enrollments, please contact Ann Rodig by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, at (262) 796-3944.
Rest assured, we are here for you and exploring all avenues of safe and faith-enriching opportunities. For now, love your family and pray together.
Enjoy the memories of this past year!
“My dear families, I’ve been teaching Christian formation for 12 years. My husband Tim and I have 3 children: Bob, Stephanie and Patrick. During this pandemic, the Serenity Prayer has helped me, along with zoom calls with my family and friends, game nights and walks with our dog, Mango. It is a blessing to be your child’s catechist and I look forward to sharing our Catholic faith. Be safe ”
Linda Kolb, SJV Catechist
“I’ve been a St John Vianney parishioner for the past 12 years. I’ve always wanted to serve the church. I have been teaching Family Formation for 5 years. Teaching the kids at class and spreading the word of Christ gives me lots of happiness. I love listening to the questions kids have to ask and it helps me grow in my faith. ”
Jacqueline Tharakan, SJV Catechist