St. John Vianney FREP

2015-16 Family Religious Education Program Updates

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FREP this Sunday: January 3, 2016

We're at the half-way point of FREP for the season! This Sunday, January 3rd is the fourth meeting for families participating in this year's FREP program. If you haven't yet, be sure to mark your calendars for the remaining dates of for the remainder of the year:

  • January 3, 2016
  • February 7, 2016* (NOTE: FREP will begin in the St. John Vianney School Gym in February. It will not be possible to have the monthly potluck breakfast.)
  • March 6, 2016
  • April 3, 2016
  • May 1, 2016

January FREP Theme for Families: The Church

During the month of January, the theme and focus for students and families at FREP will be "The Church." Instructors are already preparing lessons and inspiring ideas about this very large topic. As 2016 begins and our Catholic Faith begins to look more extensively at our Jubilee Year of Mercy in our church, now is the perfect time to begin that process.

To prepare for discussions and family work together, CLICK HERE to view Father Robert Barron's short video discussion about the Year of Mercy and gifts of Jesus Christ and what that means for Catholics.

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Family Activities about Epiphany and speaking of those New Year's Resolutions….

Sunday, January 3, 2016 is the feast of The Epiphany. The links below include further information about the celebration of Epiphany as well as family activities related to The Feast of the Epiphany some families may want to consider this year:

For ideas about how to plan, discuss and work with New Years' Resolutions, take a minute and check out the link below from

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Hat, Mitten, Glove Collection this Sunday's Act of Mercy Collection in January

This Sunday, families are asked to not forget our Works of Mercy collection. For January hats , gloves and mittens are being collected at FREP. Take advantage of After- Christmas sales while you are out and about to add to the effort to keep others warm this winter. Here's all you have to do:

  • Purchase new hats, gloves or mittens for adults and/or children and bring them to FREP on thisSunday. The items will be collected and shared appropriately.
  • Drop off the items you have purchased in the hat/mitten/glove basket at FREP this Sunday as you enter the Parish Center for breakfast!
  • The FREP Core Planning Team will plan a distribution plan and share with FREP families in the coming weeks.

For those who'd would like a heads-up for our monthly Works of Mercy collection, February Works of Mercy Collection will be peanut butter and tuna. We are collecting non-meat proteins for the Lenten season.

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7th/8th Grade Christmas Jar Collection Day - This Sunday, January 3, 2016

All students and families who are part of 7th and 8th Grade FREP are reminded to return their "Christmas Jars" overflowing with coins collected during Advent.

Hopefully the hundreds, if not thousands of random acts of kindness that took place during the Advent Season will bring many, many dollars after our counting this Sunday which will enable us to make a helpful donation to the St. Luke's N.E.W. Life Center.

FREP Sunday Schedule for January 3, 2016

  • 9:00-9:30: Each FREP Sunday is a potluck breakfast provided by each family bringing a favorite breakfast "dish" to pass. Breakfast begins at 9:00 am.
  • 9:30-9:35: Following breakfast a short time will be devoted to announcements and special events.
  • 9:40- 10:40 Pre-K and school-age children attend age-appropriate classes
  • 9:40-10:40 Adults have two options
  • Option 1: As usual Parents with school-age children can attend "Parent Class Seminar" for current up-to-date information about how to assist their children with course work and at home and discuss current issues facing parents with others in a seminar style meeting.
  • Option 2: Adults or parents can attend special topics in current Catholic Teaching and/or themed topics related to the liturgical season with guest presenter, Sister Judy Blake from the St. Luke's N.E.W. Life Center.
  • 11:00: Attend mass if you haven't already!

Happy 100th Birthday Helen Bade!

January 26, 2016 is the 100th Birthday of one of our most special participants in FREP since FREP began in 2006! If your family would like to send Helen Bade a birthday card for her 100th birthday, send them to her son Richard's house. Send cards to:

Helen Bade

c/o Richard Bade

507 Windy Bluff

Flushing, MI 48433

Financial Peace University Returning to St. John Vianney this January!

Make a New Years Resolution to become debt free in 2016! Financial Peace University and Generation Change will begin on Tuesday, January 19th @ 7:00 in the parish center. If you would like more information about FPU before you register, there will be a free preview of the program on Tuesday, January 12th @ 7:00 PM in the parish center.

To register for FPU classes go to To register your teenager for GC classes, call Maureen directly. Scholarships are available. Contact Lisa Burgess @ 659-4027 or Maureen Kelsey @ 235-1812 for further details.

Winter Weather Advisories and FREP

As has been the case in the past, if there is a need to cancel FREP due to poor or hazardous road conditions or winter weather advisories, families will be notified this year again in the following ways:
  • Do NOT call the parish office, as there are no office hours or office staff on weekends.
  • Instructors may contact families
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Congratulations to the children and youth of St. John Vianney for making Christmas Eve such a memorable event this year!

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.