November 2018
Randy Nohl
Family Faith Formation Session:
October 28 and 29
Is God Welcome Here?
The Home as a Faith-Filled Dwelling
Randy Nohl, Director of Synod Implementation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
The fourth Family Faith Formation session will build on our third session on prayer. Randy Nohl, the Director of Synod Implementation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will lead us in exploring practices to share faith in the home more effectively with our children. He will highlight ways in which our families can simply and practically pray in their own words at home different types of prayers.
Both adult and teen volunteers are needed . Please click here to find a shift that will work for you. Students can earn service hours. Please sign up by Thursday, October 25th.
Family Faith Formation Schedules
We welcome your suggestions for continued growth in making the Family Faith Formation sessions family-enriching ones. To this end, we have tweaked the schedule so that it will 
  • Provide ten more minutes for catechesis with the children and youth
  • Eliminate the difficulty of parents and children finding each other for the family project after the catechesis
  • Provide a more natural transition to the family project.

We propose to achieve these ends by having the family project right after the meal, while each family is already together.


The new schedules for Sunday and Monday are as follows:

Sunday Schedule
8:45-9:15       Breakfast
9:15-9:25       Family Project
9:25-10:35     Adult, Breakout Group
9:25-10:45     Children and Youth Catechesis
10:35-10:45   Cleanup
10:45             Children and Youth return to their parents in the Activity Center
Monday Schedule
6:00-6:30      Dinner
6:30-6:40      Family Project
6:40-7:50      Adult Breakout Group
6:40-8:00      Children and Youth Catechesis
7:50-8:00      Cleanup
8:00              Children and Youth return to their parents in the Church Hall
Advent Wreath
Advent Session on December 2 and 3
Nativity Play by Children and Youth
In the fifth Family Faith Formation session we will focus on the Advent season, which is the time at which we are called to prepare ourselves for the Lord's coming into the world. We will look at how Jesus himself comes into the world, what this says about how we are to live in the world, describe the significance of an advent wreath and together prepare these wreaths for each family to take home with them, and watch the children and youth participate in a Nativity play. Please click here for more information on the Nativity Play.
Please click on the link below to sign up your children for a part in the play that they would like to have. We ask that the children and youth participate, if even in a non-speaking role, so as to help them learn through involvement.
"Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I will remember.
Involve me and I will understand.
Step back and I will act."
The older children will participate through doing readings and singing carols.
Please click here to sign up to participate in the Nativity Play. We are also looking for some Parent Volunteers to assist with the children at rehearsals and during the performances.
Family Faith Formation Session on January 6th and 7th
Our session on January 6 th and 7 th will be devoted to learning about Christian service by doing it. Research has shown that one factor in helping a child or youth come to a mature faith that they embrace is their experience of participating with their families in service to others.
Parents, children and youth will be together the whole time to make fleece blankets, hats, and scarves to help the homeless and others in need in the winter. Please bring your scissors for cutting fabric.
Warm Clothing Drive
Warm Clothing Drive for
Family Faith Formation Session on January 6th and 7th
Please go through your closets and donate any of the following clothing items that are gently-used and no longer used by you. These will be taken to Cross Roads Kitchen, a program of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Bring your donations either to the Christian Formation office from now until January 6 th, 7 th or to the session on these dates.
- Socks (especially men's)
- Gloves, hats and scarves
- Hand Warmers
- Sleeping Bags
- Jeans (men's - all sizes)
- Sweatshirts (men's, women's and children's - all sizes)
- Snow pants (men's, women's and children's - all sizes)
- Winter boots (men's, women's and children's - all sizes)
Upcoming Events
Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry... On the Move
Our goal in Youth Ministry is to lead young people to live as disciples of Jesus in our world today. Youth are provided with opportunities for fellowship, service, ministry, in liturgy and leadership in our parish and wider community.
Our hope is to accomplish this through social & spiritual events such as youth helping at Mass, Christian youth rally, service projects, summer mission trips, youth meetings, retreats, open gym nights, dances, snow tubing, laser tag, sky zone trampoline.
There will be a short Student Ministry Planning Meeting on Saturday, November 10 at 6:00pm in the Gym, right before open Gym Night.   If you would be interested in planning or chaperoning please contact Dave Baudry at 262-796-3944 ext. 1117.   We need adults that have taken Safeguarding Training!

St. John Vianney Youth Ministry Presents:
Open Gym Night. Click here for a flyer.
Fun, Games and Music - Grades 6-11
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: Free-Plus a canned good for the food pantry
Contact Dave Baudry at 262-796-3944 ext. 1117

There will be music, activities and prayer led by our God Squad. Last time we had over 50 youth enjoying having fun, playing basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. Just bring your permission slip along with a canned food.
Next Open Gym Night: Saturday, December 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
Youth Mission Trip

Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-8:00pm - Youth Mission Trip Planning Meeting in the Christian Formation Center. We will be looking at possibilities for Summer Youth Mission Trips. This meeting is for youth and parents in Middle School and High School. Some of the possibilities are Catholic Heart Camp, Shine, Matthew 25, Reach out Reach In, along with other possibilities. Please join us on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00pm. If you have any questions contact Mr. Dave Baudry at 262-796-3944 ext. 1117. We NEED parents to help chaperone!
Confirmation retreat

Please pray for our Confirmation Candidates who will be on Retreat on Saturday and Sunday November 3-4 at Camp Whitcomb/Mason. They will be returning here for 11:00am Mass on Sunday, November 4 with their Sponsors followed by lunch and a short session in the Church Hall.
Looking forward to our next session together,
Dennis Sylva, Dave Baudry, Janlyn Carvalho, Ann Rodig
St. John Vianney - Christian Formation -

1755 N. Calhoun Rd. -  Brookfield, WI 53005 -   262-796-3944