SJV Youth Ministry

K-6 Faith Formation | 7-10 Faith Formation

Children’s Liturgy of the WordYouth Ministry

Fundraising | Volunteers


Grade K-6 Faith Formation

Classes meet on Wednesday at 5:30-6:30 PM in St. John Vianney School, September through April.

The curriculum used will be Be My Disciples, published by RCL Benziger.

Sacramental preparation for First Confession and First Communion are part of the Second Grade curriculum. We use the sacrament program “God’s Gift” by Loyola Press.

Additional activities at the elementary level include service projects, prayer services, Faith Sharing Centers with parents for 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades, a Seder Meal for 6th grade, and Activity Day for Kindergarten and 3rd grade.


Grade 7 -10 Faith Formation

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 PM at St. John Vianney Church, September through April.

The curriculum for 7th and 8th grade includes Theology of the Body, Encounter and Altaration by Ascension Press. Other resources include God’s Word, Your World!  reflections of the Sunday Readings for teens, prayer services, service projects, and Eucharist celebrations will be included in the curriculum.

The curriculum for 9th and 10th grade Confirmation preparation is Chosen by Ascension Press.

Those in 9th grade also use God’s Word, Your World! reflections on the Sunday Readings for teens, prayer services, service projects, and Eucharist celebrations will be included in the curriculum.

The 10th grade preparation also includes sponsor meetings, additional service projects, a retreat experience, choosing a Confirmation saint name, and other events leading up to the celebration of Confirmation.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a free ministry offered during the Sunday 10:00 AM Mass for children who are in K-3rd grade. CLOW gives children the opportunity to hear the Word of God in an age appropriate setting. Children are dismissed before the First Reading and return in time for the collection. We use drama, music, and activities to bring the Gospel to life.

Prayer leaders (confirmed youth and adults) guide the children as they read from the Children’s Lectionary and lead their peers in the Liturgy of the Word. More prayer leaders and helpers are needed for this ministry.


Youth Ministry

Follow us on our SJV Youth Ministry Facebook page.

Annually, we have several opportunities for our young people to engage with one another in their faith.

EPIC! – Monthly Sunday evening gatherings to discuss a topic, have a meal, have prayer, and have fun! Check the bulletin for details.

Camp Summit – an overnight Catholic adventure camp for middle school youth entering grades 6-8. High school youth are invited to serve on one of our two leadership teams. Nestled in the bluffs of Lanesboro, Minnesota, we provide a fun, formative, and faith-filled experience for parish groups throughout the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

Steubenville Retreat – For high school students during the summer, a powerful experience of prayer, Eucharistic adoration, confession, Mass, testimonials, and praise & worship.

Totus Tuus – Our summer program in the parish for our youth to have a week to be with each other, pray, have fun and learn about our Catholic faith! Read more.



SJV Youth Ministry fundraising efforts focus on summer youth retreats.  Steubenville North and Camp Summit are two popular retreats, sponsored by the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, that are well attended by our youth on a yearly basis.  SJV Youth have participated in the March for Life (Washington, D.C.) and National Catholic Youth Conferences in previous years as well.

Pick a Day, Pray and Pay

This fundraiser supports our Youth Ministry Program – DOWR Summer Camps and other activities. This purpose of this fundraiser is to help supplement student trips costs and pay for the chaperone costs. The duration of Pick a Day, Pray & Pay is 90 days or 3 months.   Please click on the links below to see how the program works and how you can help!

Butter Braids

Each Spring, our young people sell butter braids in order to help offset the costs of these programs. Please keep an eye out for this annual sale and order a bunch to help them attend these worthwhile retreats!

Annual Bake Sales (Fall)

Bake Sales proceeds will be reserved to pay for chaperone costs for the summer retreats.



Our programs aren’t possible without all of our volunteers. We need you! Please contact us to let us know you’re availability to help.

Who has to attend the Protecting God’s Children awareness programs?

All volunteers in the parish and school need to follow Safe Environment policies which include:
1) Attend a Virtus Session and keep updated with online trainings;
2) Have a current background check in the system; and
3) Have a current Code of Conduct Acknowledgement on file.
These forms are available here.

Useful Websites for Volunteers

Diocese of Winona-Rochester Safe Environment