We are excited and proud to share that our Director of Parish Life, Richard Fairly, received the Council Member Greg Travis of District G’s Greatness Award, in recognition for Richard’s 24 years of service to our Parish and the Houston Community and his efforts in coordinating volunteers and securing St. John Vianney Parish as a distribution site during Hurricane Harvey and the recent Winter Storm. Join us in congratulating Richard for this very well-deserved award!
After having to move our Faith Formation program to an online format in the spring, the 2020 fall semester had a late but awesome beginning. On Sunday, November 1st, featuring the Solemnity of All Saints, 100 teens and 30 volunteers participated in our first (in-person) Sunday Night Youth Group. Our new youth ministers, Matt Zelinsky and Erica Rohde welcomed everyone with great enthusiasm and closed the evening by singing the Litany of Saints. What an incredible way to honor our saints! The teens were in great spirits and happy to be back in person, not only because they saw their friends again but most importantly to share Jesus’ love with each other.
To end our 2020-2021 year on a high note, the youth enjoyed many fun and faith-filled activities throughout the summer. We were blessed to attend the Steubenville Lonestar Youth Conference in Irving, Texas with 24 teens from SJV! It was an amazing weekend of prayer, joy, friends, and fellowship with over 2000 other teens from around the state, country, and the world!
Help us continue to pray for our Youth Group, volunteers, and coordinators as we get ready for an awesome 2021-2022 school year.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!
Sadly, not everyone who comes to church comes to worship. Please always be attentive when on the church campus. Please do not leave valuables exposed in your car. Always lock your car. When in the church, do not leave your purse or other valuables in the pew when you come to communion. We have not had any problems, thank the Lord, but we do not want to tempt anyone who may come to do unholy things.
Periodically, there are people who show up to panhandle on our campus. They are not looking for real help but are playing on people’s sympathies. If approached, PLEASE NEVER GIVE THEM ANY MONEY. Instead, direct them to our Social Services Ministries. We want to help people. We help thousands of people in need every year. Giving money to panhandlers is not helping. If you see someone panhandling on the campus on the weekend, please immediately inform our security officers or an usher. During the week, please report them to our office.
SJV’s Pantry takes donations that in turn are given to individuals in need in our community.
We want to improve the assistance we provide to those in crisis by focusing on items that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. Items such as diapers, wipes, personal hygiene items, laundry and dish detergent, among others, are some of the most sought-after products by those seeking assistance through our Pantry.
SJV’s Pantry takes donations Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. With your cooperation and generosity, we can truly make a difference in the lives of so many!
Click here to learn more about our Pantry and Food Program.
Congratulations to the women and men of our parish who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation at Christ the Redeemer Church (4) on May 23 and at Christ the Incarnate Word Church (40) on May 30!
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts
of your faithful;
and kindle in them
the fire of your love!
A message from Fr. Troy…
Dear Friends in Christ,
We look forward to seeing you all this weekend as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. I invite you, as you feel comfortable, to in-person participation in the Sacraments and parish life. With the updated news from the Archdiocese, below are the updated protocols for St. John Vianney:
- Social distancing is no longer required.
- Masks are no longer required but may still be worn by those who choose to do so.
- The offertory procession of the gifts will resume.
- For those who choose, Holy Communion may be received on the tongue.
- Meetings and events may resume.
Beginning Tuesday, June 1 the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays will return the chapel. On Wednesday, June 2, the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual and the other devotions will also return to the chapel.
I continue to pray for each of you and your families. God bless.
New Auxiliary Bishop named in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Father Italo Dell’Oro, C.R.S., was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston by Pope Francis on May 18.
Bishop-elect Dell’Oro has served as a priest for almost 40 years, 30 of those in the local Archdiocese. Since 2015, he has served as Vicar for Clergy and the Secretariat Director for Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services. He was named Vicar General in 2021.
When Bishop-elect Dell’Oro first arrived in Galveston-Houston in 1992, his initial assignment was as pastor of Assumption Church in Houston. Growing up in Valmadrera, Italy, the Somascan priest was an avid rock-climber and mountaineer during his teen years on the pristine countryside of Lake Como.
In 2001, he served as Director of Vocations for the Somascan Fathers in Houston before taking on the role of Formation Director in 2014. From 2005 to 2012, he also worked as Director of the Ministry to Priests for Galveston-Houston.
View the press conference:
There will be major parking lot renovations for the next few weeks on the parking lot on the south side of the campus (by the classrooms) and the back parking lot on the west side of the campus (by the Activity Center).
The south side and rear entrances will be closed.
Please use the main entrance and park in the main parking lot (north side) during this work.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Let’s join the entire Church in prayer
Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic.
Each day in May, there will be a livestream from one of 30 chosen Marian shrines or sanctuaries to guide the prayer at 6 pm Rome time (noon EDT) on all Vatican media platforms.
The pope will open the monthlong prayer May 1 and conclude it May 31, the council said.
Click here for more information from the Texas Catholic Herald.
For daily prayer and spiritual resources, visit our Pastoral Care Webpage.
Happy Retirement! Thank you, Maria “Milagro” Martinez
Milagro is retiring after 40 years of hard work and dedication to St. John Vianney.
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How it works:
- Open the Amazon app on your phone
- Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
- Select “St John Vianney Catholic Church” as your charity
- Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
Members of SJV’s Mission Team traveled once more to Eagle Pass, TX on April 6-10. The Team worked on five homes that needed full or partial re-roofing and structural repairs. They had committed to work on these homes last Spring, but the trip had to be postponed. The owners of these homes all face financial difficulties and severe health issues. Without the Team’s help, the homeowners would never be able to repair their homes. We thank them for braving Eagle Pass’ extremely high temperatures and going to help the elderly and homebound of Eagle Pass!