Children

Discipleship Opportunities for Families with Children 3 years – 8th Grade

Contact Jen Livermont for programs and activities for children 3 through 6th grade
Contact Mikayla Anderson for 7th-12th grade

Sunday Mass Nursery

Sunday Mass Nursery is currently suspended due to COVID-19.  We will announce the reopening in the bulletin once we have new protocols and procedures in place.

The nursery is open to children ages 1 – 3 during the 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday mass on most Sunday mornings throughout the year, even during the summer months! The nursery is staffed by a nursery supervisor with volunteers who assist. The nursery is located in the preschool rooms.


Catholic Kids Bulletin

Catholic Kids Bulletins are available for all children of the parish to pick up as they walk into Mass.  They can be found next to the Mass Leaflets.  The bulletin offers activities and coloring related to the Gospel story, the liturgical calendar as well as a spotlight on a saint each week.  Please bring your own crayons or colored pencils from home to use.  No markers, please.


Sunday School

Sunday School is discipleship training for our littlest disciples (ages 3 through kindergarten). The sessions consist of a bible story and lesson, songs, crafts, and saint stories. We meet most Sundays during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses from October through April. All children must be registered prior to attending/participate in the Sunday School program.  This will be strictly enforced this year due to COVID-19.

To Register, click here

Please email Jen Livermont at livermontj@stjohnnyb.org with any questions.


Childcare for Events

Childcare is offered for limited parish functions in order to enable parents to attend formation, meetings, etc. This is open to children of all ages on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sign-ups for particular events and ministries will be held during registration. Childcare is staffed by a paid childcare supervisor with volunteers assisting during each event or activity.

Due to COVID-19, childcare will be very limited.  Please contact Jen Livermont with questions.


Family Formation

Family Formation is offered to families with preschool-8th grade children, both parents and children grow in discipleship together.

This program is offered in person and is the 1st Wednesday of every month of the formation year (October through May) Families meet at Church for their onsite formation.  All children preschool-8th grade must be registered to attend/participate in the Family Formation program.

  • Children under 3 will meet to play in the childcare room upstairs. They must be registered on the registration form for childcare but there is no charge.
  • Preschoolers and Kindergarteners will meet upstairs for their lesson. They will stay upstairs for the entire time slot.
  • Children in grades 1-6th will go to grade-specific classrooms.
  • Children in 7th and 8th grade will go to the Youth Room to receive their own formation.
  • Family Formation is designed for parents to be equipped to fulfill their call to be the first and foremost educators of their children’s faith. It will bring the family together once a week to grow and strengthen their relationship with Christ and learn more about their Catholic Faith.  Parents will receive materials and guidance to teach their children three additional lessons at home during the rest of the month.

*Note: Again this year, we will offer formation to 8th graders since the Confirmation program has been changed to a one-year program in 9th grade.  Please make sure to register your 8th grader because the one-year Confirmation program is dependent on students having a good foundation of Catholic teaching.

Register Here

For any questions, please contact Jen Livermont at livermontj@stjohnnyb.org


1st Sacraments

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are for students who are in second grade.  Preparation is done primarily at home with parents, with 2 large group onsite gatherings.  Parents and children will work and learn together.

All children must be registered in ongoing formation through our parish school or Family Formation in addition to the 1st Sacraments preparation program.

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) is for children between ages 8 and 14 and have completed 2nd grade, whether baptized or unbaptized. Children preparing to receive the Sacraments they have missed since Baptism, or to join the Catholic Church through Baptism, will attend RCIC classes on a regular basis. Please contact Jessica Balzarini with questions


Sunday Funday

Families and children of all ages are welcome to attend. more

 


Totus Tuus

Named after St. Pope John Paul’s papal motto, “Totally Yours” referring to Mother Mary, this program teaches children, grades 1-6, a lot about the Church. The trained team of young adults puts prayer and catechesis into active learning along with games and songs. The children can’t wait to return for the next day’s activities!
For more information, click here. To register, click here


Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Coming Summer of 2022

Information or questions contact Jen at livermontj@stjohnnyb.org.