Meet Anabel Acosta

How long have you been a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church?
16 years

What is your family’s background? Where are you from originally?
My husband, Alex, and I were raised in Venezuela, but we have lived here in Houston since we married 27 years ago.

How do you live your Catholic Faith?
In Venezuela somehow we had a lack of involvement with the Catholic faith. Here in Houston we started to attend Mass again! My husband and I received adult formation at SJV, such as bible studies, marriage courses, prayer groups, ministries, etc. Everything we learned through the Church, we taught and passed down to our children, and we truly began experiencing a Christian life like never before. We prayed together, spent time with the Blessed Sacrament as a family, and we reflected and talked a lot about how Jesus, Mary and the Saints related to our daily life. My first daughter got married in the Church to a wonderful catholic young man. Both practice their faith with so much love! We have been really blessed!

How has your involvement at the Parish impacted/changed your life?
One word, LOVE. Love grew in us and we now have a sense of being children of God in a large family consisting of different cultures and heritage. It’s truly amazing!

How do you make a difference? What programs or activities are/were you involved in?
We enrolled our children in CCE classes all these years. Two of them are now young adults volunteering on their own, as a lector and an altar boy. I have volunteered by teaching elementary students, worked with the Young Children’s Program, and worked in the nursery as well. My husband and I became Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and lectors. We are also facilitators in the “Marian Studies” program, helping with the New Evangelization that St. John Paul II spoke of.

What is special about SJV? Do you have a special memory/anecdote you would like to share?
It’s been very rewarding serving the community of SJV – the staff and the volunteers are amazing! Father Troy’s homilies are inspiring too. Everybody serves and works very hard and with a real zeal of charity and faith.

What do you tell your friends & family about SJV?
Many of my friends are looking to rediscover their faith and I tell them that SJV is the right place to understand, live and love the Catholic faith.

What would you say to someone new who wants to get more involved in the church?
Come and see how great the goodness of the Lord is. Let the Holy Spirit that inspired you to come here continue to guide you. We have many programs for the whole family. We have brothers and sisters in Christ to accompany you. We want to share with you the joy of our faith. Remember that the Catholic Church seeks to bring Jesus into every human situation. We are called to set the world aflame with the desire for Jesus Christ. With the help of prayers, words and deeds all of us together offer one more stone in the building up of the Kingdom of God.