Meet Joe & Earline Raia

How long have you been a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church?
We’ve been parishioners for 40 years – since 1974.

What is your family’s background? Where are you from originally?
Joe is a native Houstonian and Earline is from Weimar, Texas but has lived in Houston since 1965. We are both from Catholic families. Joe is one of 7 children and Earline, one of 4. We have 2 sons both living in Austin. They both attended Catholic elementary and high schools. Our oldest son, Fr. Jonathan, is the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin. Michael is an architect designing churches, youth facilities and family life centers. His free time is spent in youth ministry.

How do you live your Catholic Faith?
We live our faith through daily prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, reading and studying Scripture, being involved in Bible studies, prayer group, attending daily Mass when possible, and being involved in service ministry. We strive to share our faith and love for the Lord.

How has your involvement at the Parish impacted/changed your life?
St. John Vianney community is family to us. Our faith has deepened through our encounters with others and by engaging in many ministries and services.

How do you make a difference? What programs or activities are/were you involved in?
Over the years we’ve been involved in the Charismatic Prayer Group, ACTS retreats, Renew, Disciples In Mission, Catholicism Project, Bible studies, Knights of Columbus, Joseph’s Coat, money counting, food pantry, and the Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion.

What is special about SJV? Do you have a special memory/anecdote you would like to share?
SJV stands out in the love and openness of the parishioners. The most special memory (which is ongoing) is the prayer support of our fellow parishioners in times of need.

What do you tell your friends & family about SJV?
It is a very warm and inviting parish. St. John Vianney Church offers many opportunities to grow in your relationship with the Lord and serve the Body of Christ through various ministries.

What would you say to someone new who wants to get more involved in the church?
There is something for everyone – spiritually, socially and volunteering in social ministry and church activities.