Family Religious Education Program


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Welcome back to FREP!

This year marks the 17th year for the Catholic Community of Flint FREP Program. As many know, the FREP program is one of the most successful unique religious education programs of its kind in the Diocese of Lansing.

As we are all aware, as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, parents are the first and most important teachers of the faith with their children.

  • To assist parents and families, students attend FREP on the first Sunday of each month to be inspired with a kick-off of the theme during class about each spiritually driven monthly theme.
  • Parents are expected to guide their children through the month-long designated 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.

Again this year, we will continue using the FREP website for Catechists and Parents to use.

Information, activities, directions and ideas will be posted by each instructor to assist parents with guiding, interacting and teaching their children about the Catholic Faith.

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Registration for the 2022-23 FREP program now open!

Registration is now open for families who will be participating in FREP this year and can now be completed online, however, payment is not due until the first day of FREP, October 2, 2022

  • To register online, click on the bar below.
  • 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 2, 2022. Tuition remains the same for 2022-23 as in previous years.


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 2022-23 FREP Year are as follows:
  • October 2, 2022 (Tuition Payment /Due)
  • November 6, 2022
  • December 4, 2022
  • January 8, 2023 (first Sunday of January is New Year's Day this year)
  • February 5, 2023
  • March 5, 2023
  • April 2, 2023 (Also Palm Sunday)
  • May 7, 2023

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 welcomes new ideas, new thoughts, and new people!

For more information contact the parish office at St. John Vianney 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.

FREP Leadership Team Contact Information

Currently, The Catholic Community of Flint FREP is planned under the direction of Father Thomas Firestone, and the FREP Core Planning Team which includes Bernadette Atanga, Margaret Fox, Martin Jennings and Kasie Johnson and Cindy McNea. If you would like more information about FREP, please contact the St. John Vianney Parish Office.