Moving Forward

Dear Friends in Christ: With everything going on, it is difficult to know how to navigate from one day to the next. Just to bring you up to date on where we are here at the parish, we are attempting to chart a course that is prudent and moderate. While a middle road aimed at the common good is a good approach, there is a problem with it.  There are always some who are dissatisfied.  Unlike with Goldilocks’, there is no porridge that is “just right” for everyone. Because what we are doing is not perfect for everyone at all times,...

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let us not sleep like the rest do. ~1 Thes 5:6 In Book IX of Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus recounts how his crew arrived in the land of the lotus-eaters. The lotus-eaters were the region’s inhabitants who would feed upon a certain flower that grew there that not only was delicious but also had the effect of causing one to forget about one’s home, family, and general plan of life. Today, we would identify the mythical lotus-plant as a type of narcotic that had euphoric and soporific effects. When Odysseus discovered that some of his men had eaten of the lotus-plant, he...

Parish Update

Dear Friends in Christ, I would like to give you an update on things here in the parish.  We hope to have our Annual Report ready soon and it will be published on our website. To say that this has been a challenging year is a gross understatement.  For us here at St. John Vianney, it has not been just one year of challenges but several.  In the last few years, we have had to contend with a downturn in the energy industry. The low price of oil has impacted not just the energy companies but also our parish as so many parishioners work in...

Generosity at its Finest

On September 12, almost 100 volunteer SJV parishioners came together to collect food for our Drive-by Food Drive. In total, 243 vehicles/families dropped off and donated food over a span of 4 1/2 hours. We also had special donations from St. John Paul II & St. John XXIII Catholic Schools, donating more than 800 food items and 146 grocery bags respectively. Volunteers delivered approximately 7,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities and West Houston Assistance Ministries. ...

A Message from Fr. Troy

In the media, notably the Associated Press, The New York Times and The Houston Chronicle, there have been several biased and misleading articles concerning churches and the PPP loan program.  The following is an excerpt of a letter that I sent to the Finance and Pastoral Councils in March. I am aware and understand that the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loans are being made available to churches and non-profits by the federal government through the CARES Act as part of the economic relief in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.  While many would consider the securing of one of these loans as...

Covid-19 News & Updates

Dear Friends in Christ, A few weeks ago, we had a series of severe thunderstorms come through in the middle of the night. Besides the loud claps of thunder there was also quite a bit of lightning. Our campus was struck by some of this lightning which did quite a number on our facilities. Many of our electrical systems were fried. The HVAC, microphones, computers, telephones, fire alarms, irrigation, church bells, lighting and almost everything else electrical were all damaged. We have had repair crews out constantly since that time making repairs and replacing components and wiring that were damaged. Some...

Parish Update

Following the advice of the county "Stay home, Stay safe" guidance, the parish office is closed until further notice. Our parish staff and clergy will continue to be working only from home and will be accessible by e-mail. View our Clergy and Staff Directory for contact information. The Adoration Chapel will remain open 24/7 with the Blessed Sacrament present in the tabernacle. Please continue to pray, stay strong in the faith and assist one another.  Please be safe and prudent during this time. ...

Observing the Health Protocols

St. John Vianney Church has resumed weekend Masses. We ask that all please be aware and follow the appropriate health protocols. Governor Abbott and the Open Texas Task Force ask that we: Wash our hands frequently Wear a face mask when in public Observe social distancing (6 FT between non household members) When receiving Holy Communion, Cardinal DiNardo asks that we receive in the hand. Holy Communion is only distributed by the clergy. ​For your protection and safety, all of the surfaces in the church and chapel have been treated with an anti-microbial barrier and the entire church and chapel have been sanitized. ​There is no offertory...