“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’… ‘And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me.”
Matthew 25: 35-36:40
The mission of the Social Services Ministry at St. John Vianney Parish is to act on Catholic Social Teaching and our commitment to the Corporal Works of Mercy by providing a compassionate response to those parishioners and families in our community in need of assistance.
We also provide an opportunity for our parishioners to get involved and to answer God’s call to grow in faith by sharing their unique gifts and talents while serving and reaching out to those in need. Our ministry is part of the continuous support that St. John Vianney Catholic Church provides to the surrounding community and its parishioners. It is simply one more way of continuing our vision of Living Faith, Changing Lives and Making a Difference!
As the parish begins a return to normal operations, the Social Services Ministry is also taking a phased approach. Some ministries continued to assist when possible throughout the last year and a half. These include the Gabriel Project and Respect Life, our Service Missions, our Disaster Relief Team and The Gathering Place.
We transitioned our Food Drives into the Drive-by Food Drives. These were so successful in terms of participants, donations, and the impact that we have in helping others, that this will be the way going forward. Be on the lookout for our Fall and Spring Drive-by Food Drives as well as the Turkey Drive!
Our Assistance Ministries and Joseph’s Coat resumed operations in August. In September we will begin offering ESL classes and bring The Gathering Place back on campus. After that, we will focus on ministries such as our Mentoring Program and others.
We are so grateful for all the volunteers who stuck with us and who are now eager to return to serving! Be sure to check all our pages on the SJV website and stay connected with our ministries by subscribing to our monthly Electronic Newsletter and following our Facebook page.
Our Social Services’ Assistance Ministries hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 am – 12 Noon, by appointment, at the Social Services Building. For directions, general information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 281.497.4434.
Last year was a challenging year for many, and SJV’s Social Services Ministry was no exception. But 2020 was also a year of countless blessings. The creativity and ‘outside-the-box’ thinking of our volunteers, parishioners, partnering organizations, and staff allowed us to continue to help so many in need, albeit in indirect and unusual ways.
The Disaster Relief Team assisted with clean-up efforts after the Spring Branch explosion in January, 2020. The Team also made two trips to DeQuincy, LA to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.
Our Mission Team made two trips to Eagle Pass, Texas. The Spring Mission Trip was delayed until May, and it consisted of repairs to five homes. The Team marked their 10th Year Anniversary by building a house from the ground up in six days during their Fall Trip.
Our Social Concerns Committee organized two Drive-by Food Drives in May and September. In total, parishioners donated approximately 14,000 pounds of food. Our volunteers took the food to Catholic Charities, Magnificat House and West Houston Assistance Ministries.
With ingenuity and from a safe distance, ministries such as The Gathering Place and The Gabriel Project continued to serve the elderly and expectant women respectively. Adhering to the Archdiocese’s guidelines, Respect Life Ministry members took part in the Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign.
From September through December of 2020, parishioners served food at Loaves and Fishes one Saturday each month. They prepared the food and served it to 250 – 320 homeless individuals each of those months.
With the donations received through March, 2020, Joseph’s Coat volunteers donated over 90 bags of clothes, shoes, toys, and books and more than 60 boxes of housewares to organizations that depend on our donations or that use the proceeds from sales to assist those in need. These organizations include St. Jerome Catholic Church, Isaiah House, Emergency Aid Coalition, West Houston Assistance Ministries and Memorial Assistance Ministries. Joseph’s Coat also donated medical supplies to St. Thomas High School, which were shipped to Honduras as part of post back-to back hurricane relief.
SJV parishioners collaborated with the National Charity League – West Houston Chapter, and Girl Scouts Troop 18372 to collect and distribute 55 new or gently used coats and 55 backpacks filled with toiletries to homeless individuals.
We closed out the year 2020 with our annual Gift Giving Weekend, donating over 4,000 toys to thirteen parishes across the Archdiocese.
We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported us in 2020. Without your prayers, support, and donations, we would not have been able to serve those in need. We would like to acknowledge:
What an amazing group of volunteers we have at Joseph's Coat! So thankful for each and every one of them and for their dedication to the shop & hard work leading up to, on the day of, and right after our Bazaar!😍 ... See MoreSee Less
The Gathering Place meets this
Friday, October 15, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm.
Big-hearted volunteers offer interactive and affirming activities for members of the parish and community who suffer significant memory loss or dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, stroke or other form of cognitive dysfunction.
Lunch is provided. Family members are welcome to attend or to take respite during the meeting time.
To register your loved one for The Gathering, contact CarePartners Texas at 713-682-5995. ... See MoreSee Less
Do you want to improve the life of a child? If so, we encourage you to become a mentor for a child in SBISD.
There will be a New Mentor Training at SJV on Wednesday, October 13, 9:00 - 10:30 am.
You can attend without committing to be a mentor; come and learn about the program.
Just one hour each week can change the future of a child! ... See MoreSee Less
We had a wonderful visit from Fr. Kingsley and Leon from our sister Parish, St. Peter Claver. Did you know that your support of the Bazaar helps us support our sister parishes? #SJVBeTheDifference ... See MoreSee Less
Our final and cutest post of today: future difference-maker! #SJVBeTheDifference
A big shoutout also to Felicia B. from Habitat for Humanity NW Harris County! Looking forward to working with them in the spring of 2022! Another way your support of the Bazaar supports our ministries! #SJVBeTheDifference
SJV Mission Team at Magnificat Houses (MH) - Work started in August on interior renovations to MH apartments. These units are part of the MH programs to provide a welcoming community where those needing housing, food and mental health programs can grow in stability, productivity and independence. To learn more about MH: mhihouston.org/ ... See MoreSee Less
Did you know? Magnificat House is one of the almost 30 organizations that benefit from our Bazaar. Your support of the Bazaar, plus the generosity of spirit of our Mission Team members allow us to do the work that we do to make a difference in others’ lives. Way to go SJV Mission Team! #SJVBeTheDifference
When you are at the Bazaar tomorrow stop by our booth, inside the big tent! Look for the Missions/Catholic Booth and have their picture taken with our props. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less