“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 we embark on 2021, we do so with enthusiasm and the hope that the good Lord has great plans for our ministries! We are currently working on plans for a gradual re-opening through this year’s spring, summer and fall. Some of our ministries will look the same, while others will return in new and innovative ways that adapt to the needs of the time. Whatever these may look like, we will come back stronger and with a renewed commitment to serving the Lord through serving our brothers and sisters in need. We look forward to the safe return of our volunteers, and we invite you to prayerfully consider living out your discipleship through our many wonderful ministries.
If you are in need of assistance, visit our COVID-19 Resources page to see available resources for Basic Needs, Financial and Employment Advice and Physical, Emotional and Behavioral Well-being. We continually update this page as we learn of new and updated resources.
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:
Way to go SJV Mission Team!Since 2011, the Spring Break Mission Trip to Eagle Pass in south Texas has been a kind of spiritual rite of passage for many Houston Catholic high schoolers. It is a week-long trip of service and prayer, learning about others and community building.
For years it has inspired Archdiocesan high schoolers and invited them into a deeper relationship with their faith. In March of 2020, two days before the 10th annual mission, the trip had to be canceled due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19.
For 2021, the Spring Break Mission Trip went ahead as scheduled, only a little closer to home and with appropriate safety protocols in place.
Volunteers from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory, St. Agnes Academy, St. Pius X High School, St. Thomas High School and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory gave up their holiday to serve communities in the Houston area from Sunday, March 14, through Friday, March 19. The group consisted of eight school chaperones, 18 students and 13 volunteer project managers. Many of the project managers are parishioners of St. John Vianney Church.
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SJV Eagle Pass Mission - One of the blessings of the mission trips is to experience some of the local cuisine - enchiladas for dinner one night and tostadas for lunch by the client family at the house on Roman. Thank you Sr. Ursula and Marisela of the Benedictine Sisters and Perez family! ... See MoreSee Less
They were delicious!
SJV Eagle Pass Mission - School Circle House - home owner Maura with daughter Esther and granddaughter, and mission crew on final day ... See MoreSee Less
Wow, that is amazing. What an act of love.
SJV Eagle Pass Mission - School Circle House - before (roof and window water leaks) and after (re-shingled roof, strived to seal house from the elements - replaced various window and corner trim pieces, installed roof fascia and structural members, used 19 tubes of caulk - excluding roofing caulk) ... See MoreSee Less
What you did for the least....