are very privileged to assist families in preparing
their children for the sacrament of Reconciliation,
First Communion and Confirmation. Preparation occurs
both at home and in the parish sacrament preparation
program. Parents, as the first and primary teachers
of their children, must attend Sunday Mass with
their youth every week and maintain a home
environment that fosters the development of deep
love for God.
Registration takes place in September and proof of
baptism is necessary.
We are pleased to assist you and your family in any
way possible. Any questions you have concerning the
reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation,
Eucharist and Confirmation may be directed to the
Parish Office for contact information.
It is expected that children will be enrolled in
Sacrament Preparation and either the parish Faith
Formation program or Catholic school for two years
prior to receiving these sacraments. The normal age
for reception of this sacrament at St. John Vianney
is in the 2nd grade.
Youth wishing to complete their initiation by
receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation are also
expected to participate in either the parish Faith
Formation program or be enrolled in Catholic school
for a period of two years prior to receiving this
sacrament. The normal age for reception of this
sacrament at St. John Vianney is in the 8th grade.
High School youth may also be prepared in this or
the RCIA program.
Weekly participation at Sunday Mass and regular
reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are
The candidate’s sponsor must also be an actively
practicing Catholic and if possible, occasionally
attend Mass with the candidate. Sponsors should
actively encourage and support the candidate in
their faith development throughout the preparation
period and be committed to continuing this role into
Religious Education and Faith Formation
Pre –K through 8th Grade
Our Faith Formation / CCD program provides
excellent instruction on the teachings of our
Catholic Faith. We have an intergenerational program
serving Pre-K through High School and also adults.
We meet on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays each month
from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Parents, as the first
teachers of their children, are provided tools with
which to teach their children at home on the 3rd
Sunday (and 5th if there is one). This also allows
for families to come to the 10 a.m. Children’s Mass
on the 3rd Sunday each month.
On the 1st Sunday of the month we have Family Faith
Formation. Parents, grandparents, and children come
to Monsignor Trainer parish hall together for a
shared meal, prayer, and then we break into small
groups by age.
On the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month the children go
directly to classrooms.
High School youth are encouraged to participate
in the family event on the first Sunday each month.
If there is no breakout group for teenagers that
month they are welcome to join the adult session.
For more information on our High School Youth
ministry program please go to page .
Vacation Bible School (pre-k to 12th grade)
Each summer, St. John Vianney offers a one-week,
high-energy, fun and effective Bible School for
children ages 5–11 using a Catholic curriculum. Each
day the children hear a bible story, learn a verse
and a bible point that they are encouraged to put
into practice in their daily life. The children
travel within a small group from station to station
where these points are reinforced through a variety
of activities and lessons. The children have lot of
fun learning more about God. Each day begins and
ends with prayer.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY
EDGE is part of Life Teen, an international Catholic
youth ministry. This widely successful program is
now being used in more than1,500 parishes. It is a
comprehensive youth ministry program based on,
focused on, and directed toward Christ. Our goal is
to lead teens closer to Christ.
EDGE is geared specifically to middle school
adolescents who are on “the Edge” because so much is
going on in their lives. It can be a very stressful
and difficult time for young people and their
parents. Within the context of faith, middle school
youth are moving from a child-like spirituality to
an independent ownership of their Catholic faith and
identity. Through EDGE, we develop in these youth, a
fuller and stronger understanding of Faith; a habit
of living it in their daily lives and a strong
foundation on which they can continue to build for
The EDGE meets weekly, on Friday nights, from
October through May. Meals are served.
Please call the Parish Office for more information.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY
St. John Vianney offers the YDisciple program from
Augustine Institute as a means to develop our high
school youth to become faithful, active, and
effective disciples of Christ and adult leaders of
our Church and greater community.
As YDisciple says, “It is our firm conviction that
the future of the Church depends on good youth
ministry. Future priestly and religious vocations,
future marriages and families, future strong
Catholics . . . all grow exponentially when a solid
foundation is experienced during the formative
YDisciple is a process for youth ministry that
empowers parishes to bring the vision of the New
Evangelization to life through a comprehensive
approach to youth ministry that includes:
Adult Leader Training, Curriculum Resources, Ongoing
Support and Parent Resources.”
YDisciple meets weekly, on Wednesdays, from October
through May. Meals are served.
Please contact the parish office for more
OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
R.C.I.A. OF ADULTS
The Rite of Christian Initiation (R.C.I.A.) is the
process of welcoming adults into the Catholic
Church. Adults who have not been baptized, have been
baptized in another Christian faith or baptized
Catholics who have not received the Eucharist and/or
Confirmation are invited to be part of our R.C.I.A.
process journey. There are four stages in the
process : Inquiry or Precatechmenate, Catechumenate,
Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, and
Mystagogy (further Catechesis).
All of these stages have sessions for adults that
are held in the Vianney Center on Tuesdays, from 7–9
Remember: God's love is always approachable.
Our doors are always open.
R.C.I.A. ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN
We also have a religious education program for
children that is adapted from the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults It is especially designed for
young people, ages 6 to 17, who have not been
baptized. Preparation of these young people for the
Sacraments of Initiation is part of a journey of
faith for the whole family which helps them come to
the realization of God’s immense love for them.
To schedule an appointment or for more information
on either program, please call the Parish Office.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Pastor’s Secretary, 727.360.1147, ext 227, three
months before the proposed date of baptism.
Baptisms are scheduled on Sundays at 12:45
p.m., in the Chapel.
Parents must be St. John Vianney registered
parishioners; if not, a Letter of Permission
from their parish must be provided for the
Baptism to take place at St. John’s.
First-time parents must attend a baptism
A Registration For Baptism form must be filled
out prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of
At least one Godparent must be a practicing
Catholic and provide a Sponsorship Certificate
for the Baptism.
If you are not a parishioner and wish to be
registered, please contact an usher, the parish
or submit a form from this website.
If you are a parishioner and need a Sponsorship
Certificate, contact the parish office.