Did you know…

We have a nursery that provides care for little ones at the 9:30, a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Masses every Sunday?
SJV has faith formation and bible study opportunities for adults on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings?
We have social, prayer and support groups for singles, marrieds, men and women, Young Adults, Seniors and In-Betweens?
That if you come in late for Mass you should always use the side aisles?
Confessions are heard on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel (old church)?
Our Young Children’s Program (YCP) teaches and cares for 150 little precious ones?
That there is a large and vibrant Young Adult community (20-35 year olds) at SJV?
The Adoration Chapel is open for prayer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Our parish has six young men preparing for the priesthood, one young woman in the convent and two men in formation for the permanent diaconate?
Our Community Garden feeds hundreds of needy families with fresh healthy produce?
That a number of choir members sing with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony Chorus?
That when children become loud and upset at Mass, we have two cry rooms located on each side of the church where they can be taken?
Because we live in the heart of the Energy Corridor, we have approximately 600 households move in and move out of the parish each year and that we have bi-monthlyNew Parishioner Nights to welcome our newest members?
Over 3000 SJV parishioners have been trained in the VIRTUS Safe Environment program for the protection of children?
Our parish has made pilgrimages to shrines in the Holy Land, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, and Austria?
That SJV has outreach to the local community through our ESL Classes, tutoring and mentoring programs, home building and home repair missions and our Social Services Ministries?
An average of 110 individuals who are sick or aged and cannot come to Mass receive a weekly visit from our Pastoral Care ministers?
SJV has different support groups for those who are grieving the death of a loved one, a divorce or the loss of a child?
SJV has Bridge groups, Golf groups, Tennis groups, Running groups, Beer Tasting groups, Wine tasting groups, Teen groups, Cooking groups, Seniors groups, Ladies who like to Lunch groups and many more groups the pastor doesn’t have any idea about?

In Pace Christi,
Fr. Troy Gately