In the Catholic marriage ceremony the bride and groom are asked: Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God and to bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church. The bridegroom and bride each say: I am.

In baptism parents/guardians accept a serious responsibility on two fronts.

First is fulfilling the very serious obligation to make sure that you and your children attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Your must make sure your children have the opportunity to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and Holy Eucharist.

Second, there is an important and grave responsibility to make sure your child attends religious education classes. This obligation can be fulfilled by sending your child to a Catholic school or by helping your child complete parish religious ed classes.

At St. John Vianney CCD classes are taught by trained volunteers from the parish, all with proper child safety certification. We always welcome extra adult help with our religious education program. To volunteer, please contact our parish office at (814) 322-4789 or click here to send us an e-mail.

St. John Vianney Blesses an Orphan - Detail of Stained Glass Window at Saint John Vianney Church, Johnstown, PA

Our religious education classes are now on hiatus for the summer. In-person religious education classes for our parish youth were suspended in 20-2021 due to the Covid-19 emergency. Instead we used a home-school program, the Pflaum Publishing program selected by our diocese. For questions about our religious education program, or to enroll your child, please contact the parish office or Karen Whited at 322-4970.

Normally our religious ed classes are held each Sunday in our church hall from mid September through May. We usually begin at 8:30 AM. Classes conclude at 9:45 AM, which is just before our 10 AM Sunday Mass. We hope to go back to in-person classes for the 2021-22 academic year.

We urge parents to make special efforts to give their children and teens religious education. Parents are the primary teachers of their children. Our parish religious ed program is an important part of the effort to insure that our Catholic faith is passed on to the next generation. Please help us in this important duty.  

During the academic year, we celebrate a parish Youth Mass on the first Sunday of each month. Our students take special responsibilities for this Mass.

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