Meet Natalie Horak

How long have you been a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church?
I’ve been a parishioner for 24 years.

What is your family’s background? Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Houston at St. Francis de Sales parish and have lived here most of my life.

How do you live your Catholic Faith?
I go to Mass and the sacrament of Reconciliation often. I volunteer at the church and at my childrens’ school. We are sending our children to Catholic school as well as instructing them at home and modeling the faith to them. I am in several Catholic Bible studies to continue to learn about my faith and I volunteer to lead CCE classes and Bible story time for kids to pass on the faith I have learned.

How has your involvement at the Parish impacted/changed your life?
My best friends are those that I met through St. Anne’s Society. It is a part of our family life and hopefully it will impress on our children to stay involved in church as they get older.

How do you make a difference? What programs or activities are/were you involved in?
I teach Bible Story Time for moms and toddlers up to 5 years old. I give a Baptism talk. I help with Sacrament preparation. I teach a CCE class and I substitute for others. I am a member of St. Monica’s Society and the Respect Life Committee. I am a wedding manager and sometimes an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

What is special about SJV? Do you have a special memory/anecdote you would like to share?
My favorite memories are when my children were small and it seemed like we were up at the church every day with the Young Children’s Program, St. Anne’s Society, Familia, and Bible Story Time. The friends they made then are still their friends today and their parents are now our best friends.

What do you tell your friends & family about SJV?
I tell them it is a GREAT place for worship, especially for families. There are so many different types of ministries and it is really easy to get involved.

What would you say to someone new who wants to get more involved in the church?
You just need to take a small step and put yourself out there and volunteer. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming and there is so many different opportunities; you should have no trouble finding where you fit. It is like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it.