Family Religious Education Program


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Welcome back to FREP!

This year marks the 16th year for the Catholic Community of Flint FREP Program. Ironically, the FREP program has always been, and may still be one of the most unique Distance Learning Programs in our diocese since the program's inception.

As has always been advocated, in sync with The Catechism of the Catholic Church, parents are the first and most important teachers of the faith. Students will attend FREP on the first Sunday of each month and be inspired during class about each month's theme, while parents guide their children through the month-long prescription of lessons to be completed each week until the next FREP meeting. If necessary later, the FREP Course Website will continue to provide updates to guide families with next steps during any required closures with direction from the CDC or The Michigan Department of Health.

Again this year, we will continue using the FREP website for Catechists and Parents to use as was introduced last year. Information, activities, directions and ideas will be posted by each instructor to help parents guide, interact and teach their own children in their homes. We're confident that what has been a success for the last 15 years has potential for being successful again as we partner with parents for a great 16th year! Stay tuned for even more details about the first class meeting for FREP on October 3, 2021.

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Registration for the 2021-22 FREP program now open!

Registration is now open for families who will be participating in FREP this year. Registration can now be completed online, however, payment is not due until the first day of FREP, October 3, 2021

  • To register online, click on the bar below and your family will be all set.
  • To accommodate family budgets tuition fees remain the same this year as follows:
  • Full Family Tuition: $75
  • Families without Children: $25
  • There is an additional fee of $20 for each participant in Sacramental Prep for materials. (First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation)

Payment for registrations will not be due until the first day of FREP on October 3, 2021. Tuition costs are the same for 2021-22 as they were the previous year.


Be sure to click on the bar above to learn about new safety protocols for FREP meetings will take place this year following guidelines from The CDC, and The Diocese of Lansing.


Read details in this year's updated FREP Fact Sheet regarding classes, expectations, payment, important dates.

Save the Dates!

Meeting dates for FREP for the 2021-22 FREP Year are as follows:
  • October 3, 2021 (Tuition Payments Due)
  • November 7, 2021
  • December 5, 2021
  • January 2, 2022
  • February 6, 2022
  • March 6, 2022
  • April 3, 2022
  • May 1, 2022

SJV FREP Volunteers and Religious Education Commission Members Welcome!

Volunteers are always welcome and needed in many areas from additional instructors to instructional assistants, as well as those who can help with logistics for planning each month's activities, childcare assistance, etc.. The committee is always looking for new ideas, new thoughts, and new people!

For more information contact Director of Religious Education, Maureen Kelsey at the St. John Vianney Campus Office at 810-235-1812. Help strengthen the FREP program for the Catholic Community of Flint with your gifts, skills, talent, and spiritual contributions!

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church...

CCC 2685 - The Christian Family is the first place of education in prayer. Based on the

sacrament of marriage, the family is the “domestic church” where God’s children learn to pray

“as the Church” and to persevere in prayer. For young children in particular, daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church’s living memory as awakened patiently by the Holy Spirit.

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FREP Leadership Team Contact Information

Currently, The Catholic Community of Flint FREP is planned under the direction of Father Thomas Firestone, with education committee members Bernadette Atanga, Margaret Fox, Martin Jennings and Maureen Kelsey, Director of Religious Education. If you would like more information about FREP, please contact the St. John Vianney Parish Office.