“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:
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SJV is resuming its ESL Program! Mark your calendar! The next semester of ESL will begin on September 7th (Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm). Registration begins on August 17th, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm through September 2nd. Levels offered: Introductory, I, II, III, IV & V. Limited spots available. The cost per academic year is $100, cash or check only. Please contact the Social Services office at 281.497.4434 for additional information. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you Deacon Jeff for leading us in prayer and blessing not only the shop but also the Pantry and our Assistance Ministries offices! We can't think of a better way of resuming our service through these ministries! Thanks also to the volunteers who were able to join us this morning!
THIS FRIDAY! Coming from all over the world, 40 Days for Life Prayer leaders will be in Houston to pray for an end to abortion! Houston Coalition for Life is delighted collaborate with this network to help bring peaceful life-affirming solutions to vulnerable pre-born children and pregnant women that are targeted by the violence of abortion. Thanks to people like YOU, HCL helps over 100 women choose life during every 40 Days for Life campaign here in Houston! And we continue that prayer through out the year! We invite YOU to join this prayer event on Friday, Aug 6! ... See MoreSee Less
Join Houston Coalition for Life THIS Friday as they welcome pro-life prayer leaders from around the world for a powerful prayer event outside Planned Parenthood Gulf Freeway. For more information:
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Welcome back to Joseph’s Coat!
Starting on August 2nd at 10:00 am, come in and see our updated store, new items and back-to-school clothes!
Our volunteers have worked incredibly hard to get the shop ready for reopening, and we can’t wait to see you!
Store hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
All proceeds benefit SJV’s Social Services Ministries.
In serving the poor and needy, we serve Jesus. As he reminds us in Matthew 25:40: “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.’” ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for joining us this past week as we learned about NFP! We pray that all married couples experience the true gift God has given us through marital love. If you still have questions or would like more detailed information, check out this comprehensive guide:
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In 1968, Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Church's ban on contraception and caused a countercultural stir. Read one priest's reflection on the importance of this timeless document here:
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