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Enjoy additional photos from our visit with our friends from Prince of Peace.

The 6th Grade Girls White team placed second place in the Christ King Reindeer games tournament over Christmas Break.

Way to go!
January 6, 2015

On January 4th, the Feast of the Epiphany, an enthusiastic group of St. John Vianney parish and school families went to our sister parish, Prince of Peace, on 24th Street in Milwaukee for the 11:30 Mass, an Epiphany play, and lunch. Father Hugo Londono, pastor of Prince of Peace, and our own pastor, Father Ken Knippel concelebrated the Mass in Spanish and English.


In addition to our twinning relationship with Prince of Peace in Milwaukee, St. John Vianney has a twinning partnership with Santisimo Sacramento in Piura, Peru. Father Ken Knippel will be traveling to Peru next week along with a team of 48 others from SJV. Parish Twinning is a partnership with a parish, village or organization in another community or part of the world. Parishes benefit in ministry and faith formation through meaningful relationships with parish communities nearby and in other countries. Ultimately, twinning relationships are not about financial help. They are about connecting with our wider Catholic faith community. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a growing commitment to establishing these connections.  Click here to learn more about twinning.

Following the Feast of Epiphany Mass, Father Hugo visited with the St. John Vianney families.

The Epiphany play included a lovely little baby in the role of the Christ Child.

¡Muy delicioso! Everyone in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch of tostadas and rice along with dessert and beverages, such as horchata and tamarin juice.


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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
More Friendly Faces at SJV!
St. John Vianney School has expanded our school community.  Please extend a warm welcome and introduce yourself to these fine people! 
  • Mrs. Kelly Feng, Lunchroom Supervisor
  • Mr. P.J. Galganski, Playground Supervisor
  • Mrs. Ann Marie Hess, Playground Supervisor
  • Mrs. Karen Nell, Food Service
  • Mrs. Susan Newell, Long-Term Substitute in 4G
  • Mrs. Mary Jo Shapiro, Long-Term Substitute for Music class

Volunteers Needed for Junior Achievement Program 

Starting next week, the 8th grade social studies classes will participate in an exciting month long economics program created by Junior Achievement program called JA Finance Park. JA Finance Park encompasses important educational lessons about personal financial literacy and career awareness, specifically focusing on the important skills of budgeting money, managing finances and income, savings and investing, debit and credit, and risk management.


As part of the program, the 8th graders will spend one day at a hands-on, experiential JA Finance Park site on Friday, February 13th from 9:00am-2:00pm. This visit will provide students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a realistic setting.  Students will be responsible for planning a budget for themselves and their fictional family and putting all of their knowledge they have learned to use during the simulation.


To make the visit to JA Finance Park a real success, we need NINE volunteers to accompany us. Volunteers must also participate in a 60 minute training in preparation for working with the students before the students.  The training would occur on February 13th from 8:00-9:00am at the Finance Park location before the students got there. Volunteers must have completed the Safeguarding All of God's Children training beforehand.  Please contact Mr. D at [email protected]  if you are interested in volunteering.

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. 
Home & School News

Home & School Meeting

Where is the best place to learn what is happening at school?   Where can you get answers to your specific questions?  The answer is at our Home and School meetings!  Join us Wednesday, January 14, 9:30am in P209.  Bring your phones (or paper calendars) and add in all the new dates for the year.  It's a new year...there's new information to share.   See the attached agenda for specifics.


You are invited!

Much of the success in our school is due to our dedicated parent volunteers.   As parents graduate out of SJV, new volunteers need to come in.  It's time to think about succession as we have many gifted parents out there that have talents they can share.  For those of you that have been a member of a committee, now is the time to let your light shine.  Think about stepping up to the next level and volunteering for a Home and School officer position.  How much time is involved?  What do officers do?  Come to the Executive Board meeting, Tuesday, February 3rd at 1:00pm in the Conference Room and see first-hand.  You are not committing yourself to a job!  Please let Janet Fisher know if you plan to attend.


Looking for you!

Do you like numbers?  Are you organized and pay attention to details?  Home and School is looking for a Treasurer for next year.  You don't have an accounting degree?  You don't need one!  All can be learned first-hand from current treasurer, Martha Connelly.  Come aboard now and see how it's done during a Bids year.   


Are you a planner and a communicator?  Do you like to organize and manage?  Consider Chairing or Co-Chairing Home and School next year!   Yes, even working parents can do this job!  Meeting times can be in the evenings so don't let that hold you back on offering your talents and service.  Thinking about it?  Talk to Clare Lange or Janet Fisher.

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 39 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015
What is Bids for Kids? It is St. John Vianney School's major biennial fundraiser, run by Home and School association volunteers, which supports and enhances the curriculum and programs of our school. It all began in 1991 and ran for three years before changing to a biennial event after 1993. The funds raised have supported numerous improvements to our school: security improvements, iPads, SMART Boards, a new computer lab, microphones and risers in the Activity Center, play structures, textbooks, and many more items.


The 2015 Bids for Kids Auction proceeds will be used primarily to fund school capital improvements and technology upgrades.



Invitations have been sent through school mail.  Tables seat ten and you can indicate with whom you are sitting when you complete your reservation online.  Reservations are due January 28th.



The donation deadline is approaching fast - Friday, January 16th!  Hit those after-Christmas sales or get a group of friends together for a large item and make your donation.  You can make your donation right on the Bids website or print the form and send it to the school office.  Contact Karen Parks at [email protected] or 262-649-3745 if you have any questions. 



Successful auctions rely on the generosity of many individuals and businesses.  There are several levels of Sponsorship opportunities:


Telegrams from Morocco for $125 and $250. 

Coriander, Paprika, and Saffron Sponsorship from $500 to $2000 include several benefits- full details can be found on the donation form.  Sugar and Spice Sponsorship is in the amount of your choosing. 


Financial contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated.  Please consider sponsoring our auction to benefit the long term success of St. John Vianney School.  Visit our auction website  for more information and donation forms.  Contact Amy Lodes at 414-333-9963 with any Sponsorship questions.



Did you know that one of the trees on the course for the Masters is called the Eisenhower Pine? The former US President and member hit it so often, he proposed it be cut down. He was overruled and they named the tree after him instead! You could see a part of history if you win the Masters raffle this year and travel to Augusta April 8-10, 2016. Only 150 raffle tickets are available in the school or parish office - don't delay!


One Grand Prize: Two 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, Georgia also included.

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 on the night of Bids for Kids.  Tickets cost $100 and 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 24th & 25th and February 7th & 8th.  Any questions, please contact Beth Dobrzynski or Tracy DiPiazza.



Many volunteers are needed to set-up on Thursday and Friday the 13th and 14th, at Bids on Saturday night, and for clean-up on Sunday the 15th. Watch for a Sign-Up Genius link coming soon


Teen Volunteers

30 High School Students are needed to assist the caterer, work the coat check and various other jobs the evening of the auction.  Dinner, snacks and training are provided that evening.  You will receive service hours for your school or Confirmation.  Contact Suzy Windsor to sign up or for further information.


Pre Event Item Pick-up 

If you can give any time over the coming weeks to help with the pick-up of auction items from donors, please email Liz Doherty.   All assistance offered would be greatly appreciated.


Silent Auction Display: Supplies Needed  

The Silent Auction Display Committee is in need of small to medium boxes to help prop and display items. The boxes will be covered so they do not need to look nice. They are also in need of large baskets. Please drop them off in the school office. Contact Katie Gilson if you have any questions.

Child Ministry

Children's Liturgy of the Word

A year round ministry for all parish children offered every Saturday at the 4:30pm Mass and every Sunday at the 11:00am Mass.  Children K4-4th grade are invited to participate and no registration is needed.  Parents are welcome to visit anytime and we especially encourage you to bring your young child the first time, so that they feel more comfortable.  Come hear the Word of God! 


Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

We are looking for additional people to break open the Word and teen helpers to assist with the children.  This is a once a month commitment at a Mass of your choice.  All materials and training are provided.  For more information, please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.  Men and teens please consider this wonderful ministry.  We need your help! 


Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars!  Summer Vacation Bible School is June 22-26, 2015.  Plan to join us for a week long adventure at EVEREST where kid's conquer challenges with God's Mighty Power and Love!  Watch for more details to come.  

Parish News

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach the end of the year, various sports, news and entertainment commentators select their top 10 events or moments from the last 12 months. It's an interesting task and reminds us all just how quickly significant moments pass into history.
I decided to select the top 10 events in the last 12 months in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This is purely my opinion and certainly subject to additions and corrections by many. But what it does accomplish is to demonstrate just how active and significant our Catholic community has been. Well, here's my top 10:   

  1. The Archdiocesan Synod, Declaration and commissioning of the Archdiocesan Synod Implementation Commission (ASIC)
  2. Bishop Hying's appointment as the fourth Bishop of Gary, Indiana
  3. The 2nd Annual "Soles for Catholic Education" Walk at Mount Mary University, approximately 9,500 participants
  4. The ordination of six candidates to the priesthood
  5. The ordination of seven candidates to the order of permanent deacon
  6. The Catholic Stewardship Appeal Dinner at the Pfister Hotel, jam-packed with diocesan supporters
  7. The annual St. Francis de Sales Seminary Dinner at the Hyatt Hotel, displaying the new logo for the seminary
  8. The bike collection to assist St. Vincent De Paul, where  over 175 bikes and donations were collected to aid the poor
  9. The Roman pilgrimage for the canonization of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII, with more than 60 attendees
  10. The Hispanic Youth Convocation, more than 500 participants considering religious vocations and commitment to the Catholic faith.
I could also add any number of parish anniversaries, visitations to Catholic hospitals and health care facilities, visits to Catholic schools, the Catholic Schools Dinner, Holy Week celebrations and Christmas (TV) Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, the annual Pallium Lecture, visits to the House of Peace for Thanksgiving, St. Ben's Community Meal program and more.
We really are blessed to have an archdiocese with so many men and women of faith. It is inspiring to witness the good that is generated for the entire community. It makes me excited to envision the coming year as we all try our best to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 
Christ at the Core,
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Bishop HyingDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Saying goodbye is never easy. When the goodbye means a change - like a friend traveling to another state - we realize that the common encounters and the routine of life will change, but the good news is that person will always be a friend. Time and history together has assured that. Still, it will be different. The same is true for a child getting married. They will leave the family home and establish a new one. In a similar manner, it is true also for a death - when one loses the presence of a friend or loved one.
There is a type of selfishness in our lives, such as always wanting to possess a person, or never wanting to upset our own comfort zone. But life is in constant flux. God is referred to as the One who is changing but never changing. It is imperative that we see the sign of God's presence in the ebb and flow of life and celebrate the mystery.
What we want to possess is the good we've experienced. In the funeral liturgy, at the commendation, the priest states: "We give thanks for the blessings which you bestowed upon the person in this life: they are signs to us of your goodness and of our fellowship with the saints in Christ."
I mention this because today our auxiliary bishop, priest and friend, Don Hying has been installed as the fourth bishop of Gary, Ind. I realize that the Diocese of Gary is not a foreign country (although for some in Wisconsin it may seem like one). When Bishop Don returns to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, it will be as the bishop of 185,000 Catholics who claim him as their Shepherd. I think I speak for all when I say that we will miss his spiritual and pastoral presence, but we must remember that it was Christ who called Bishop Hying to surrender his life for the sake of the Gospel. It is that same Christ who calls us into a relationship with him; it is that same Christ who now calls Bishop Hying to serve in another diocese. We can't be angry at Christ, because without Christ we would never have experienced the "good" of the relationship.
So let us celebrate the "good" in the relationship that we have been so fortunate to have had with Bishop Hying and realize that his friendship and good works are held by God. We experienced a glimpse of the transcendent in the "good" and we long for it always and forever, but it will never be fully realized until we are in God's presence, as St. Augustine said so well: "Our heart is restless until it rests in you."
We bid goodbye to our bishop, priest and friend, knowing that he will carry with him the "good" experienced in our archdiocese and share it generously with the people of the Diocese of Gary, pledging always to carry out Jesus' command to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Christ at the Core,
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Chess Tournament at St. Dominic School
St. Dominic School is hosting the IAC Grand Prix 3 on January 10.  Please see the chess tournament flyer for further information and registration information.

CMH Prospective Parent Preview Night

January 14th, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm

Prospective parents are invited to go back to high school for a night!      

Whether you are still deciding on a high school for your student or want to learn more information before your son/daughter attends in the fall, Prospective Parent Preview Night is a great way to learn more about CMH, experience the academics, and meet faculty and staff.


Parents will hear more about Catholic Memorial's curriculum, vision, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Program from our Principal, Dr. Bob Hall and IB Coordinator, Mr. John Burke.  Parents will also get the chance to attend mock classes in English, math, theology, and several electives.


Please R.S.V.P. by going to and clicking on Prospective Parent Preview Night or call Krissy Hartung at (262)542-7101 ext.: 552.

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].

DSHA presents An Evening with Julia Taylor  

Julia Taylor is a school counselor and author whose dedication to adolescent female leadership development and healthy relationships has produced high school curricula, workbooks for teenagers and their parents, and led to her founding the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy - an all-girls charter high school focused on leadership development.  DSHA is excited to welcome Ms. Taylor to talk with parents about the realities of being a teenager and how leadership skills and self-esteem affect everyone's well-being. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 in DSHA's Hansen Family Theatre.  Parents of middle school-aged girls are welcome to attend free of charge.  Click here for the flyer

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