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The Kauai Channel, about 70 miles wide, separates the island of Kauai from which other Hawaiian island? Did you know the answer to this question is Oahu?  These were the type of questions asked in the annual geography bee. 

On December 14, members of the Laudate Children's Choir performed for residents at the Regency Senior Living Center.  The children sang Advent and Christmas Carols and led the seniors in a Christmas sing-a-long.

Several student from the choir performed piano solos. At the conclusion of the concert, the choristers passed out Christmas cards they made to each resident.

Sixth graders celebrated DARE graduation on Friday, December 19 in the church hall. They were taught by Brookfield Officer Kevin David once a week for ten weeks this past fall. The students really enjoyed DARE class and all they learned from Officer David. He did a great job working with the students.

The 8th grade boys A basketball team won the SJV tournament on December 14.  The team and coaching staff is pictured above and the team trophy is on display in the SJV trophy case.

The 5th and 7th grade Girl Scout troops of SJV's Parish School volunteered in November and December at St. Hyacinth's Food Pantry on 14th and Becher in Milwaukee.  The St. Hyacinth Food Pantry is run by St. John Vianney parishioner Jim Luther.  It is open for 2 hours every Tuesday and Wednesday and serves hundreds of families each month.  Clients can receive food, toiletries, clothing, and visit with a nurse.  To learn more about their mission, contact Jim or Bev Luther at 414-783-5147.  

December 23, 2014

We draw closer to Christmas and the wonder we experience in remembering the birth of Jesus.  I pray that we are all blessed with a Christmas of comfort, joy, and confidence in our God who enfolds us with a love that surpasses all understanding.

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All School Liturgy
All are invited to pray with us at the next all-school liturgy, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 7 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Knippel's 8th grade class.
School News
Annual Fund
Please remember the Curé D'Ars SJV School Annual Fund in your year end giving.  The 2014-2015 Annual Fund goes until June 30, 2015, but there's still time to make a donation that will count on your 2014 taxes.  Invest in the future of your child's school!

Archbishop's Catholic School Dinner- Celebrating Success in Catholic Education             

The Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, cordially invites you to the annual Archbishop's Catholic School Dinner.  To learn more about this evening dedicated to supporting Catholic education, click on the invitation and reply card. 
K5 Requests

If you have any empty Chobani, sour cream or cream cheese plastic containers, please send them in to Mrs. McRae's classroom.


Kindergarten is revamping the scenery from the Nativity Play. If any family is getting a new fridge or stove this Christmas, please consider donating the empty box (in good shape) to be used as inns for our future Nativity Plays. Please contact either Mrs. McRae  or Ms. Rittgers if you have a box we can use.

Home & School News


Remember no orders for plastic cards will be processed on Monday, December 22nd or 29th during Christmas break.  PrestoPay customers may order ScripNow (the cards you can print from your home computer) or do Reloads to existing plastic cards during this time.

Parish News

8th Grade Volunteers Needed at the Christmas Masses

Liturgy needs 8th grade volunteers (and older) at all the Christmas Masses to help hand out free books to parish members at the end of Mass. Can you help out? Please email Angela Bravata in the Liturgy Office or call 262-796-3947 to let us know if we can count on you. 


Help Decorate for Christmas

There are many ways to help decorate the Church for Christmas, and we need many volunteers. You can help the Liturgical Environment Committee on Tuesday morning (10:00am), December 23, with the installation of the live trees in the church and the assembly of artificial trees in the Narthex.  That afternoon (1:00pm), decorating Narthex trees with student and parish family ornaments.  In the afternoon, work will continue in the church and outside the chapel until it is finished.  Wreaths will be hung, pine garland strung, and we will be setting up the nativity. Email Angela Bravata for more details or call 262-796-3947.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Child Ministry

Christmas Blessings

Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and talents to make our Christian Formation programs possible and to those of you who participate in these events and help to make them successful.  Blessings to you at Christmas and happiness in 2015 from the happy and hopeful Christian Formation office of Martha Malloy, Sr. Nelda Hernandez, Claire Hoffmeyer, John Thompson, Dawn Van Dorf, and Janlyn Carvalho.


First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation for second grade children is Monday evening, January 5th at 6:30pm or Saturday morning, January 10th at 9:30am in the Church.  Please turn in all your family sharing experiences and make sure your sacramental fee has been paid.  Please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117 with any questions or concerns.  Wishing you a beautiful Christmas season and many blessings in the New Year! 


Family Epiphany Celebration at Prince of Peace

Our sister parish has invited families from our parish to join in the celebration of We Three Kings... The Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the 11:30am Mass.  Our friends at Prince of Peace will present the Christmas Story after Mass and all will enjoy a potluck luncheon together.  Please bring a dessert to share.  Let's journey to Prince of Peace to continue our twinning relationship with the families just as the children have been doing with their classes in school.  

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 53 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015
Our auction is only two months away and there are many exciting ways to get involved and support our school.  See information below or visit the Bids for Kids Website for further information and all necessary forms.


Watch for a special delivery!  Bids for Kids Auction invitations will be sent home during the first week of January. 

Two Exciting Bids Raffles 

There are two very exciting raffles this year - The Masters Golf Tournament 2016 and The Cash Purse

Cash Purse Raffle 

The Cash Purse Raffle has limited tickets- 75 available for $25 each.  The tickets will only be available on the night of Bids for Kids. The lucky winner will receive a designer bag filled with cash and gift cards!

Masters 2016 Golf Tournament Raffle

There are only 150 tickets available for $100 each.


One Grand Prize: 2 one-day badges to the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament (April 8-10, 2016).  Full tournament hospitality access with open bar and meals included.  One night hotel accommodations in Augusta, GA.


Five - 2nd Prize Winners: $75 gift certificate toward a private golf lesson with Paul Mindel of the National Golf Center


Five - 3rd Prize Winners: $50 Gift Certificate toward a private golf lesson with Paul Mindel of the National Golf Center


The Raffle Drawing will be held at 8:15pm at the Bids for Kids Auction.


Tickets are available for purchase during regular business hours at the St. John Vianney School Office (by cash or check), the St. John Vianney Parish Office (by cash, check or charge) and in the Narthex after all masses the weekends of January 24 & 25 and February 7 & 8.  If you have any questions, please contact Beth Dobrzynski or Tracy DiPiazza.

Item Donations

We are looking for individuals and businesses to donate items for our silent and live auction to be held that evening. Donors will receive recognition in the auction catalog, the school newsletter and the parish bulletin. If you would like more information you can email Karen Parks or call 262-490-4751. You can also fill out an online donation form and drop off your item at the school or parish office.

Sponsorship - Telegrams from Morocco

You can send a personal note with a Telegram from Morocco in the Bids for Kids auction catalog.  Support your favorite thespian, athlete, coach or teacher and help support our auction. Place your order online on the Bids for Kids Website or download the Telegrams from Morocco form


CMH Registration Night for Incoming Freshmen

January 26th, 6:00-7:30pm  

If you have not already submitted an application, please do so by going to and click on Be a Crusader.  Please remember that if your son/daughter took a placement test at a different school to request that the school send the results to CMH so we have them on file for Registration Night.  Information and directions for Registration Night will be mailed directly home for all applicants in early January.  For any questions please call Krissy Hartung in the Admissions Office: 262-542-7101 ext: 552 or email [email protected].

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