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...

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...

SJV’s Drive-by Food Drive is a huge success!

On Saturday, May 30, almost 100 volunteer SJV parishioners came together to collect food for our first-ever Drive-by Food Drive. In total, 370 vehicles/families dropped off and donated food over a span of 3 hours.  At the end, 17 vehicles ranging from SUVs, pick-up trucks and trailers carried approximately 450 boxes of food to Magnificat House and Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Center!  We thank everyone who made this possible by helping to plan or promote the event, and by volunteering or donating food! ...

Easter Joy

The long-awaited celebrations of the Initiation sacraments began Tuesday, May 26 evening at the 7 pm Mass, and continued on the Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday, May 30. Congratulations to the men and women who were received into full communion with the Catholic Church. ...

Phase II of Reopening

Dear Friends in Christ,  Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and Forever! Amen.   On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott initiated Phase II of the Open Texas recovery plan.  As part of Phase II, churches and places of worship may have occupancy up to 50% of capacity.  This now allows for up to 800 people per Mass at St. John Vianney Parish.    Beginning this weekend, May 23/24, we will resume our regular weekend Mass schedule.   The Directives require that non-household members maintain the practice of social distancing of six feet (two empty seats).  Further, there will be no offertory collection taken.  Instead, baskets will be at the entrance doors of the church.  Parishioners are encouraged to give electronically, mail or drop off your envelope to...