SJV Youth Choir members at the RSCM Gulf Coast Winter Festival

Two of St. John Vianney’s youth choir members recently participated in the annual Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Winter Festival. This year’s winter fest was hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. Isabella (6th grade) and Madelaine (4th grade) Coronado,  daughters of Dan and Josephine Coronado, experienced a full weekend of intensive choral rehearsals with youth choirs from other churches throughout the state. ...

Façade of our New Organ

In these pictures you can see that the façade pipes and wood casework for the new pipe organ. The polished pipes are made of zinc and are being fitted to the casework which will sit in front of the black shutters of the upper half of the organ. The woodwork is currently in the finisher’s shop where it is being stained and prepared for shipment back to the organ builder. The casework will then be prepared for shipment to Houston, where it will be installed around the organ....

Ritual of Choir Investiture

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, choristers of the St. Gregory Schola Cantorum and the Cantate Choir participated in a Ritual of Choir Investiture in the Ars Chapel at St. John Vianney. The liturgy was based upon similar rituals used for the St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square, the only Catholic boys choir school in the United States, as well as the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City, the first co-ed choir school in the world. After celebrating a liturgy of the word, the ritual of investiture began with the choristers being presented to Fr. Clark Sample,...

Christmas Carol Concert

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the youth choirs and CCE students of St. John Vianney joined forces to present “An Evening of Christmas Carols” in the Ars Chapel. The evening begin with the tolling of bells and the sound of Gregorian chant wafting through the space, as the St. Gregory Schola, an advanced youth choir led by Associate Director of Music Kirk Rich, sang “Creator of the Stars of Night” from the back of the chapel. After processing to the foot of the altar, they were joined by the Cantate Choir, led by Ms. Keira Knecht, in Christmas carol settings...

Gift Giving Weekend 2017

Thank you to all the parishioners and volunteers who shared their blessings and contributed to this amazing event. Thanks to you, Christmas will be a little bit brighter for many children!...

Helping Families in Need

An invitation to all parishioners to get involved in our Social Service Ministry's Christmas Program! As Christmas approaches, the number of people in need of assistance increases.  Please help us continue to feed and assist those in need within our parish during this season of hope. ...

Pipe Organ Onsite

Join our Music Department in celebrating that the unloading of our new organ at SJV has begun! Piece by piece our pipe organ is arriving at its new home in the Church. See the latest pictures and when at Church, take a moment to admire the unique complexity of this beautiful instrument in the process of being assembled....

Blessing of the Animals

On the Feast of St. Francis, friend to all living things, there was a special blessing of the animals at SJV. Parishioners and pets gathered in the scout area in the late afternoon and the non-humans were especially well-behaved. This year Fr. Clark joined veteran pet lover, Fr. Chuck, in the prayer service and blessing. Attendance grows every year. Dogs were in the majority but it was fun to see the geckos and bunnies too. The best part is watching the childrens’ happiness when their furry friends get their own blessing from Father....

“Bells Will be Ringing”

Our new bell tower standing at 120 feet will house our 14 bells from the McShane Bell Foundry in Maryland. There are 10 vintage bells which have been restored to mint condition and 4 newly cast bells. The combine weight of the bells is 14,470lbs with the smallest bell weighing 300lbs and the largest at 3100lbs. Our bells will be heard daily and for special masses such as funerals and weddings....

Progress on our Pipe Organ

The pipe organ for St. John Vianney is Austin Organ Opus 2798. Four keyboards and a pedal keyboard control 61 ranks of pipes, which is over 3500 individual pipes. The ranks of pipes heard in the videos below are the Solo division Cello, Cello Celeste, and the Tuba....