The goal of the Youth Formation Office is to provide a comprehensive process of the highest possible quality of Continuing Christian Education (CCE) and spiritual formation for the children and youth of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. We do this in a safe, welcoming, caring, and hospitable environment while enabling their parents and guardians to successfully accept and perform their role as the primary teachers and role models of their children.
Volunteer with Youth Formation:
Volunteer registration is open and ongoing! Opportunities include but are not limited to teaching CCE, chaperoning, helping at VBS, sacrament preparation, retreats, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us by email or calling 281.497.6665.
As a Catholic parish, we must ensure that all children and youth are offered a setting that is at all times as safe and secure as possible. St. John Vianney volunteers and staff members serving children and youth are required to take the VIRTUS workshops. For more information on VIRTUS and serving children and youth, please visit the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Office of Child and Youth Protection.
2017-2018 CCE Registration is open and ongoing. Forms are available in the Youth Formation Office.
Note: CCE Registration is separate from Sacrament Preparation Registration.
Continuing Christian Education (CCE):
Our Pre-K (4) and Kindergarten programs provide Christ-centered and age appropriate lessons featuring activities, Bible stories, music, crafts, prayer, games and a child/parent activity worksheets that meet busy parents where they are, reinforcing positive Catholic family rituals such as praying together, eating meals together and talking to each other. For more information regarding Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten CCE, email Anabel Acosta, Coordinator of Early Childhood.
Pre-Kindergarten CCE: Beginning at the age of four, children are invited to participate in religion classes with a parent. Parental involvement is vital at this age, so that the lesson learned in class can be reinforced at home. Students must be accompanied by a parent or adult at each class. Each class offers a faith message, craft and prayer opportunities.
Kindergarten CCE is an excellent introduction to our Catholic Faith. Children participate in religion classes that are geared toward instilling a sense that God loves them and that they are members of the Church. Bible stories, stories of saints, basic prayers, songs and crafts are the main focus. Parental involvement within the class is strongly encouraged, with parents invited to attend one of more classes during the year.
The textbook series being used for grades 1 to 5 is “Alive In Christ,” which is published by Our Sunday Visitor. This series has what is known as a “spiral” curriculum. That means, on each grade level the order and focus of the units and chapters is the same. However, each grade will learn the material on their specific level.
For children and youth ages 7 to 17 years old, preparing for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)/ Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, and Confirmation – is a wonderful and special time. The community of St. John Vianney is pleased and blessed to partner with the families and guide them through this process.
More Formation Opportunities: