Religious Education

 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

The Parish Bible Study takes place each Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM in the St. John Vianney Church Parish Hall. The Bible study program is open to everyone.

 

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

RCIA is the process through which people explore the Catholic Faith to determine if they wish to join the Catholic Christian Community. It is a program of shared discussion, instruction, prayer and community experience. Classes are held on Monday Evenings from September through May.

For more information call the St. John Vianney Rectory at 610-642-0938 and speak to Msgr. Leighton or Mary Anne Monroe, Director of Religious Education.

 

Religious Education Classes (PREP)
for the 2017-2018 School Year

Registration

PREP Registrations for the incoming school year are now being accepted for students in Grades 1 through 7. St. John Vianney's PREP -- or Parish Religious Education Program -- caters to all parish children in public and private schools. Our PREP will run from September 13, 2017 - May 23, 2018. Classes are held every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-5:15 PM in the Church Hall and Parish House. Please take a moment now to submit your PREP registration form. Forms are available on the Parish bulletin board in the vestibule of the church or you may download the form below.

Student Registration Form. (One form for both New and Returning Students.)

Please note that all new PREP students must submit a copy of their baptismal certificate along with their PREP Registration, unless they were baptized at St. John Vianney Church or St. Justin Martyr Church. Students must be registered members of St. John Vianney Church in order to attend our PREP.

2017-2018 PREP Calendar. (Download PDF)

In case of inclement weather on Wednesdays, the PREP inclement weather policy is the same as LMSD. Listen to KYW for school closings. We are number 302. PREP families are also notified by email.

Sacramental Information
All students are required to complete two consecutive years of religious instruction in order to receive their Sacraments of Initiation (First Communion or Confirmation). Students who are NOT registered members of St. John Vianney Parish -- but would like to receive first sacraments here -- must obtain written permission from their Pastor. The sacraments of (First) Communion and Confirmation are usually administered in May.

Sacramental Programs

Baptized Catholics who have completed PREP Levels One and Two are prepared to receive First Penance and First Communion in the spring of their 2nd Grade. Children preparing to complete their Sacraments of Initiation are usually confirmed in the spring of their 7th grade. All PREP children preparing to receive their Sacraments of Initiation are required to participate in a Presentation Mass, Sacramental Retreat, Final Rehearsal, and May Procession. Parents of students preparing to receive first sacraments must attend an informational Sacramental Meeting before their children can receive first sacraments. Children receive their First Penance during the Lenten season, First Communion during Easter, and Confirmation either in Ordinary Time or on Pentecost.

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

The Children's Liturgy of the Word (or CLOW) is a liturgical program for children between the ages of 3 and 7. This program is geared towards children who have not yet received their First Communion. (Older children who have already received Eucharist must participate fully in the Mass.)

The CLOW is facilitated by a team of dedicated volunteers who use stories and activities to teach the Sunday Gospels. Young children are given the opportunity to hear the same scripture readings that their parents hear in church, but in an easier, more child-friendly manner. The CLOW is always in need of volunteers who -- when placed on a rotating schedule -- need only attend to the program once a month. The CLOW occurs within the context of the Sunday 10:30 AM Mass, and the entire Sunday segment lasts all of about 15 minutes. Please consider volunteering for this worthwhile ministry, especially if you have younger children who come to mass with you on a regular basis. For more information, or to sign up as a CLOW volunteer, please contact Mary Anne Monroe, DRE, at (610) 642-0938 or MMonroe@sjvgladwyne.com.

Continuing Faith Formation (CFF) for 7th and 8th Graders

St. John Vianney parishioners are most fortunate to have access to one of the few faith formation programs in the archdiocese designed for middle school students who have already been confirmed. The St. Margaret Continuing Faith Formation Program -- or CFF -- meets every first Friday of the month from November to May from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Antioch Annex (lower level) of the St. Margaret Church. First Friday night sessions involve prayer and reflection, movies, guest speakers, service projects, and games and activities. DINNER is always provided! The CFF program tackles topics such as community-service, the lives of the Saints, social justice, the Sunday scriptures, etc. It also involves the children in Mass and the Stations of the Cross. Please note that ALL children in 7th and 8th grade who would like to participate in St. Margaret's CYO are required to enroll and participate in the CFF. The CFF is open to all Confirmed Catholics in 7th and 8th grade.

For more information on the St. Margaret CFF Program, or to register for the incoming school year, please contact Mary Anne Monroe at mmonroe@sjvgladwyne.com or PREP@smsnarberth.com.

PREP is always looking for volunteers!

Our program of religious instruction meets only once a week, but we are always in need of Catechists, substitute Catechists, teacher's aides, and Hall Monitors. No experience is necessary, although police clearances and Safe Environment training are required of all volunteers. If you are enrolling your child in PREP for the incoming school year, please consider giving of your time to help out with our weekly program. If we can get enough parents to volunteer, everyone can be placed on a rotating schedule. Our PREP would not be possible without your support and participation. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mary Anne Monroe, DRE, at mmonroe@sjvgladwyne.com. Thank you!