Discipleship Opportunities for Families with Children 3 years – 8th 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.
Liturgy of the Word
In place of Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we now have a Catholic Kids Bulletin available for all children of the parish to pick up as they walk into Mass next to the 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 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, contact Jen Livermont at email@example.com
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 is offered to families with preschool-8th grade children, both parents and children grow in discipleship together.
On the 1st Wednesday of every month of the formation year (October through May) families meet at Church for their onsite formation. (We will also offer a completely at home option as well.) All children preschool-8th grade must be registered to attend/participate in the Family Formation program. (There will be no family meal offered this year due to COVID-19.)
New this year due to COVID, we will offer two time slots for families. Families will choose to come at either the early time slot from 6:00-7:15pm or the later time slot from 6:45-8:00pm. If possible, we ask that families with 7th and 8th graders choose the later time slot.
- Children under 3 will meet to play in the childcare room upstairs. They must be registered 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 not meet in grade-specific classrooms. Instead, they will sit in St. Joseph Hall as a family unit at a table socially distanced from the other tables. We will do the classroom unit and go over the home lessons, so you are prepared to do them as a family. The speaker will speak from 6:45-7:15pm to all families in the church. If you choose the early slot, your family activity will be before the speaker. If you choose the later slot, your family activity will be after the speaker. We will sanitize St. Joseph Hall while everyone is in listening to the speaker, so it is ready for the second group.
- Children in 7th and 8th grade will go to the Youth Room to receive their own formation. To keep all 7th and 8th grade students together, we do ask that they register for the later session if possible.
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: New 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.
To register, contact Jen Livermont at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 7 – Where Heaven and Earth Meet An Overview of the Mass Watch on YouTube and Facebook
Wednesday, November 4 – “I Believe” (The Creed) presented by Father Paul.
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Wednesday, December 2 – Water and Fire with speaker Jena Kolles.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – The Call: Are you Listening? with Fr. Michael Skluzacek and Seminarian Ben Snyder.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – Everything You Always Wanted to Know and Never Got to Ask (Sacrament of the Sick) by Deacon Rod Palmer
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – Written On Stone, Chiseled in Your Heart by Fr. Magner Watch on YouTube
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Kneeling Before the Majesty of God
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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 Fundays are currently suspended due to COVID-19.
Is a great opportunity for families to get to know each other and their priests. This is a once a month event at St. John’s on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer that includes a potluck meal, games with kids, and family rosary. NEW this year – separate games for teens! Bring them along!
Families and children of all ages are welcome to attend.
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
The Fruits of the Spirit VBS
Join us on July 13, 14 and 15 from 9-noon for the Fruits of the Spirit VBS! VBS is for students in preschool through children entering Kindergarten. (Children entering 1st grade can choose either VBS or Totus Tuus, whichever program works best for your child and family.) We will read stories, make crafts, pray, have a snack, and playground time. VBS is a fun way to experience Christ’s teachings and the Holy Spirit through hands-on play with friends from school and church! We will meet in the First Grade classrooms. On our last day, we will end with a big water extravaganza! The registration form is on our website. The cost is $30 which includes the cost of a VBS t-shirt. Questions? Email me at email@example.com.
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