St. John Vianney FREP

2015-16 Family Religious Education Program Updates

FREP this Sunday: February 7, 2016

We're past the half-way point of FREP for the season! This Sunday, February 7th is the fifth meeting for families who are part of this year's FREP program.

REMEMBER This Sunday due to the unavailability of the parish hall, families will meet in the gymnasium of St. John Vianney School. Be sure to mark your calendars for the remaining three sessions of FREP:

  • March 6, 2016
  • April 3, 2016
  • May 1, 2016

FREP Schedule for Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • 9:30 AM All families meet in the gymnasium of St. John Vianney School.
  • Breakfast will not be served, so be sure to eat before coming to classes. Bottled water will be available for participants.
  • After collection of the Works of Mercy donations and announcements are made, students will go to their regular, respective classrooms with their instructors.
  • Adults will remain in the gym with Father Zach.
  • Parent class will meet in the St. John Vianney School Chapel.
  • 10:40 AM Classes will dismiss so families will be able to attend 11:00 Mass.

February FREP Theme for Families: Morality

During the month of February, the theme and focus for students and families at FREP will be "Morality." While textbook and lessons will be focused on this very important topic in February, parents and families are also asked to be involved. Parents are asked to be sure to take time to and look at how the various readings and lessons are set up in the text book. The information in the book is great for engaging in rich conversations with children at various levels about the importance of this theme in their lives.


To prepare for discussions on this topic, CLICK HERE to view Father Robert Barron's short video discussion about the link between God and Morality and how that affects and is understood by Catholics.

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Collecting Peanut Butter and Tuna is this Sunday's Act of Mercy Collection for February

This Sunday, families are asked to not forget our Works of Mercy collection. For February we are collecting non-meat proteins for Lent ~ tuna and peanut butter.

  • Purchase cans of tuna fish and/or peanut butter and bring them to FREP this Sunday. The items will be collected and shared appropriately.
  • Drop off the items you have purchased in the Works of Mercy basket at FREP this Sunday as you enter the St. John Vianney Gymnasium for FREP!
  • The FREP Core Planning Team will follow-through with a distribution plan and share with FREP families in the coming weeks.
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Consider Subscribing to "Take Out Magazine"

Until this year, families have been able to enjoy use of a monthly resource "Take Out" sent home with the oldest child in a family enrolled in FREP. This year, families who would like to still take advantage of this great resource, it can now be accessed online. To use and peruse "Take Out," follow these simple steps:
  • On RED TITLE BAR, click on "Subscribe"
  • Under "Newstand", choose "Take Out: Family Faith on the Go"
  • Under Subscription Services, choose "Start New Digtial Only"
  • Subscriptions are $5.00 for one year.

Living Stations of the Cross Participation for HS and MS Students on Good Friday

All 6th-12th grade students have been invited this year to participate in a mime presentation of the Stations of the Cross on March 25, 2016 after the Good Friday Liturgy Service concludes at 2:00 pm. This iwll be a very rewarding experience for all participants to share this most important Gospel message with our community. Things to keep in mind:

  • No acting ability is required of participants.
  • Practices will be held on Sundays from 12:00-2:30 pm beginning February 14th.
  • Lunch will be provided for students participating.
  • For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Maureen Kelsey at 235-1812, extension 218 or email Maureen at sjvyouthgroup@yahoo.com

Catholic Community of Flint Afternoon Prayer and Vesper Service

Thank you Father Zach and Deacon Paul for leading a beautiful afternoon vesper service of prayer and spiritual focus for all who attended praying for so many people and causes on Sunday, January 31st. The program at St. Mary's Catholic Church was well attended and appreciated very much.

Happy 100th Birthday Helen Bade!

For those who were unable attend, below are photos from the birthday celebration of one of St. John Vianney's charter parish members held on January 24, 2016. Helen is one of the most veteran member of FREP since the first year of FREP in 2006. During a brief moment when Dr. Dismond expressed his happiness for all of us to be with Helen to celebrate her special day, she added, "I'm just happy to be here...period!" Happy, happy birthday to a wonderful lady, 100 years young!
Click here for the SJV FREP Facebook Page

Whether you are a regular participant in Facebook or not, you'll enjoy seeing new updates and activities that happen at St. John Vianney each month of F.R.E.P. You can freely view the SJV Facebook page even without a Facebook Account!

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The 2015-16 St. John Vianney Spiritual Leadership Team

SJV Education Commission Members Wanted!

For the last 9 years, the St. John Vianney Education Commission Committee Membership has remained the same. Each year the planning of the F.R.E.P. Sacramental Prep and Summer Vacation Bible School (VBS) have been been its focus. The committee is looking for new ideas, new thoughts, and new MEMBERS!


If you have a little bit of time and are interested in making a HUGE difference in the future of educational programs at St. John Vianney, the St. John Vianney Education Commission would like you to be involved duing the 2015-16 liturgical season.


For more information contact the parish office, Lisa Burgess, Roxanne Brunger, Martin Jennings or Maureen Kelsey. Help strengthen an area of our parish with your skills, talent, and spiritual contributions!

St. John Vianney Catholic Church Contact Information

Currently, the St. John Vianney FREP is planned under the direction of Father Thomas Firestone, with education committee members Lisa Burgess, Roxanne Brunger, Martin Jennings and Maureen Kelsey. If you would like more information about the FREP, or would like a program brochure, please contact the St. John Vianney Parish Office.