Join us at our next Senior Social on Friday, March 15th, 11:30 – 2:30 pm in Mullen Commons. Come hang out, socialize, and meet new people. This is also a great opportunity to renew and invigorate old friendships. Singles, widows, widowers, divorced, separated, and couples are all welcome. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. To signup, call the parish office at (925) 939-7911, ext. 0. You can also register on Sign-Up Genius by clicking here.
Mark your calendars for future socials: April 12th, May 17th.
Alpha: New Session Starting Wednesday February 13th
Do you want to explore some of life's big questions, questions that we rarely have enough time to think about such as: Why am I here? What's my purpose? Is there more to life than this?
If you crave a deeper connection with God and others, try Alpha. Alpha is a rare opportunity to explore questions of life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No pressure. No charge. No follow up.
Alpha runs in churches, homes, coffee shops, and bars all over the world. It typically includes a meal, a video and time afterwards for sharing your thoughts. Alpha is open to all people, whether you’re a regular parishioner who’s just curious about what this new program might be or you’re interested in learning more about Christianity, you are welcome to attend!
Alpha runs every Wednesday evening, 7-9pm in the Mullen Commons Vista. Our new session starts Wednesday, February 13th.
Lenten Soup Suppers begin March 8th
The Stations of the Cross are prayed each Friday evening during Lent here at St John Vianney beginning at 6:30 pm. This year you will have the opportunity and option to attend any or all of three events that includes the Stations of the Cross, Simple Soup Supper and Father William’s talk on being Called and Gifted.
Please join us on Friday nights in Lent for the Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm in the Church followed by Simple Soup Suppers at 7pm in the Vista. Soup suppers are sponsored by different ministries every Friday.
SJV Summer Campout, July 26th- July 28th
What is a labyrinth? The labyrinth is a spiritual tool serving as a walk-centering activity for the human heart, mind and soul.
Is it Catholic? Yes, it a form of meditation and centering prayer. The most famous Catholic labyrinth is in the Chartres Cathedral in France
Is it a maze? No, a labyrinth has a single path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edge again. It resembles the indirect path of our lives, which may lead us into the center of the human condition, into the heart and mind of God, sometimes into the very core of illness or pain, perhaps into the focal point of enlightenment or understanding.
Where is it? The labyrinth is outside in the courtyard between the church and Mullen Commons.
What do I do and how long does it take? Usually people take a moment before entering the labyrinth to quiet themselves. In silence slowly walk follow the path to the center letting go of stress and distractions. Once in the center remain there as long as you wish. You may kneel, face several directions and pray in silence. Slowly walk back out of the labyrinth in gratitude taking time to integrate this experience into your life. Plan on at least 20-30 minutes.
Calling all parish volunteers! Our Diocese and all dioceses in the United States requires that all volunteers retrain for Safe Environment for Children when they begin their ministry. The Diocese of Oakland uses a Safe Environment training program called Virtus and it is a Catholic based training system that provides wonderful material for both in-person and online trainings.
All parish employees and volunteers must update their training by attending a Safe Environment for Children training class or taking the training online. Whether you take the online class or sign-up, you must register through the Virtus system by going to Safe Environment Page. You will see a place to click for all the training classes. If you prefer to do the online class that is fine, your registration through the system will be all the proof that you need. The parishes are paying a fixed fee for the use of this system, so we are no longer being charged a per person fee.
The purpose of this training is to make sure that all our volunteers are knowledgeable about the facts and indications of child abuse so that we can protect our children here in our parish, at home and in our neighborhoods. Even if you are not currently a parish volunteer, we welcome you to be trained. We have trained over 300 volunteers over the past few years and we are committed to doing all we can to keep St. John Vianney a safe environment for our children.
To get started please register through the Oakland Diocese website. If you have questions or need help registering please contact the parish office, 925-939-7911 ext. 0.
Training should be completed by ALL parish volunteers before starting their ministry.
Thank you all for your commitment to serve and to keeping our children safe here in the St. John Vianney Community!!
Death Ends A Life – Not a Relationship
Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Our grief ministry members are here for you, accompanying you on your grief journey...you are not alone. Workshops facilitated by Fr. Padraig Greene. Fr. Greene, has been working with hurting families for almost thirty years. Please share this workshop information with your grieving families. No preregistration required.
Workshops for those who have suffered a loss: 2nd & 4th Tuesdayeach month, 7:30pm, Mullen Commons Vista
Workshops for the Loss of a Child: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00am, Mullen Commons Library
For information call the Parish Office, 939-7911 ext. 0.
Stewardship "Living Our Faith Daily"
Being part of a ministry is a great way to give back to your family, the parish and the community. We are all endowed with many gifts from God and it is His expectation that we will cultivate and share those gifts accordingly dedicating Time & Talent to service in His name.
Which ministry interests you? Please click on the ministry for more information.