Family Religious Education Program

St. John Vianney FREP Updates for December 2014

Third FREP Meeting this Sunday, December 7, 2014

A month has passed, fall is soon over, temperatures continue falling, snow has started flying and as planned, this Sunday marks the third meeting for families at St. John Vianney to gather for FREP. As we move into one of the busiest times of the year for families, we hope as we all work on practicing patience while waiting, the spiritual side of our lives will not be forgotten. Don't forget to review the monthly objective document and review among each other as a family what has been learned about following the theme of the trinity. If additional copies of the diocesan required monthly "Unit Objectives" document are needed, families should contact the parish office at 235-1812 or the instructor of a child's class.

Two special features for December's FREP meeting include:

  • Missionary guest speakers brought to St. John Vianney by Father Tom to lead the adult FREP group this month.

  • Once again "Advent Gift Drawings" will be held during breakfast which include several beautiful donated items for families to use and own surrounding the meaning of Advent and Christmas, not to mention at least 12 sets of Advent Candles!

Remaining 2014-15 Meeting Dates for FREP at St. John Vianney

To help with planning, please mark calendars and schedules at home to make sure everyone has all dates in mind for the remainder of the year. As instructors only meet with students to "kick-off" the next month's religious education work, it is very important that all families make every effort possible to be certain to attend. The following dates are set for the reminder of the FREP year:
  • December 7, 2014
  • January 4, 2015
  • February 1, 2015
  • March 1, 2015
  • March 29, 2015 (no FREP in April due to Easter and Spring Break and Vacations)
  • May 3, 2015

**NOTE: As always, each and every month FREP Sundays begin with a potluck breakfast at 9:00 am followed by classes and meeting groups at 9:40 am.

Focusing on God's Gift: Jesus Christ during December

During the month of November, families focused on in-depth understanding if the holy trinity. The Sundays in December are complex in our observance of Advent and the birth of Christ; the ultimate gift from God our Father. During December while we wait and ask for patience, families and students will be reading, writing and doing activities as a family discovering in greater depth the great gift of Jesus Christ to us from God. To prepare for Advent CLICK HERE to view a short video with Father Robert Barron discussing and help with understanding the spirituality of Advent.

2014 Christmas Eve Mass Plans in Progress

As has been a tradition for many years at St. John Vianney, this year children and youth of the parish are invited to participate in Christmas Eve Mass as readers and lectors as well as characters in the retelling of the story of the nativity and singers in the Christmas Eve Choir. Last year, Santa Claus even made an appearance at the end of mass.

This year we are once again hoping we can get in touch with Santa Claus to make a return visit to our parish at mass. If anyone is able to get in touch with him, please have him contact Martin Jennings, coordinator of the Christmas Eve Mass.

For complete information about how to be involved in the 2014 Christmas Eve Mass, CLICK HERE.

Real baby needed to portray Baby Jesus at Christmas Eve Mass

It would be great to have a real live baby participating this year in the role of Baby Jesus. If anyone is aware of a healthy, relatively new baby who's been born in within the last month or two, whose parents wouldn't mind having him or her portray such an auspicious role, they should also contact Martin via email at

Helpful FREP Links for FREP Families for December!

The following links are helpful for parents and families looking for additional activities and information when working with children during the season of Advent. Click on each links below and feel free to download and/or print activity sheets for use at home:
Click here for updates!

Ideas, activities, articles and thoughts for families of all age to consider during the season of Advent.

Feast of Immaculate Conception: December 8, 2014

The heart of this Feast is the fact that God preserved Mary from all sin, personal and even original, because God foresaw that Mary would agree to be and then become the mother of Jesus. Because of this singular gift to Mary, she stands with us today as a unique model of grace. There will be a Mass at St. John Vianney at 10:30 a.m. on this Holy Day of Obligation.

St. John Vianney FREP Facebook Now Available.

Did you know you don't have to have a Facebook Account to view the St. John Vianney FREP Facebook Page. Please be sure to check out our new Facebook page. This will be especially helpful if at anytime during the year classes are not meeting due to inclement weather emergencies. If there is an emergency, an announcement will be on the Facebook Page and announced via abc12 News. Click here to access the St. John Vianney FREP Facebook Page!
Click here and "Like US" on Facebook!

If you're participate in Facebook, you'll enjoy seeing updates and activities happening at St. John Vianney each month of F.R.E.P.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church Contact Information

Currently, the St. John Vianney FREP is planned under the direction of Father Thomas Firestone and Deacon Ron Rowe, with education committee members Roxanne Brunger, Lisa Burgess, 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. Feedback is always welcome!