Matthew 25 reminds us that, in the end, we will each be judged based on how we treated the least important people we meet or hear about. Remember? “Whatsoever you do to the least of these you do to me.”
St. John Vianney has several groups that deal specifically with making the world a better place for everyone. Are you called to join one of these ministries?
Outreach Groups & Ministries
Faith in Action
St. John Vianney Faith In Action is a group of parishioners interested in Catholic Social Teaching. Projects include the Deanery Social Justice workshop and Fair Trade Weekends.
Meeting: 2nd Saturday of the month at 9:30AM-11:00AM in the Faculty Room
Ministers to the Sick and Homebound
“I was sick and you came to visit me.” Matt.25
Our mission is to bring life and action to Christ’s teachings and commandments “To love one another” and to “Tend His Sheep”. As ministers of the Sick and Homebound we serve our brothers and sisters who are ill and homebound, unable to join our Eucharistic Celebration on Sunday. In bringing Communion to them the Eucharistic Ministers represent Christ, manifest faith and charity of love, prayers, and blessings on behalf of the whole Community of St. John Vianney. We bring the Eucharist, prayer, and provide a friendly visit with spiritual support. Once a year we sponsor the Mass of the Anointing of the Sick and provide a beautiful luncheon for those who attend the Mass.
Homeless Ministry - Safe Parking Program
Homeless Ministry – Safe Parking Program
St. John Viannney Catholic Parish Community has established a Homeless Ministry to aid the most needy in our community with temporary shelter during the worst weather. We started with a Safe Parking Program. Homeless families, currently living in their cars need a safe place to park. Without that, they are likely to awake in the middle of the night with an officer’s large flashlight shining in their faces, only to be told they must move on. This is terrifying, especially for any children living in a car! Our guests are carefully screened and agreed to abide by our strict rules, but in return they are able to have a safe night, and maybe a few good meals. Volunteers check in guests, serve meals and manage sign-out in the morning. Many of these families are the working poor, who just cannot scrap together enough money for first and last month’s rent and security deposit. Many children in our local schools are living in cars. If we can provide them with a little bit of safety, they will have a better chance at school.
The SJV Safe Parking Program ran in February and March 2016 and from December 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Currently, the program is not operating.
PACT (People Acting in Community Together) LOC (Local Organizing Committee)
As we work to fulfill our vision of ending racial and economic inequalities, we affirm our commitment to creating a shared prosperity with dignity and respect for all.
We are committed to creating an inclusive organization that welcomes people of different races, faiths, cultures, languages, gender identities, sexual orientation, health, age, socio economic and immigration status to fully participate in our work for economic and racial justice.
We dedicate ourselves to having honest and even difficult dialogues to deepen our relationships and our understanding and acceptance of each other in our multi-faith, multi-racial organization.
PACT’s actions to strengthen inclusion include:
providing translation and interpretation
reducing potential economic barriers to participation (in special training and meetings)
striving to meet in spaces that are physically accessible
actively interrupting any form of disrespect
sometimes, “agreeing to disagree” without judging or blaming
providing training and opportunities for dialogue and learning on racial and economic equity, LBGBTQI inclusion, etc.
investing in each other to both work with best intentions as well as learn from misunderstandings and to deepen our individual, collective and organizational understanding of and commitment to inclusion.
St. John Vianney LOC (Local Organizing Committee) / PACT. As a social justice group, we listen and work on the concerns of the community. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm at the Alum Rock Youth Center. We will not meet in December and will resume meetings beginning in January.Also,
St. Vincent de Paul
Our conference at St. John Vianney parish is dedicated to serving the needs of the poor in our neighborhoods. We have a help line where people can call us to request help with emergency food, PG&E bills, water bills and other needs. 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM in the school. The demands for our services are greater than ever! Please consider regular donations of non-perishable foods, or money, to help us help our neighbors in need.