Community Update
for Sunday May 8, 2022
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Pastor's Note
Happy Mother's Day! Today we honor all those who have nurtured life in us (including all our mothers who pray for us from eternity like Fr John’s mother). Today is also Good Shepherd Sunday and a collection has been taken for all our retired priests including Fr Steve Brown and Mons. Gene O'Donnell. Let's celebrate all these good people God has placed in our lives for the life God has grown in us--our physical life and spiritual life. The way we celebrate is by offering this Eucharist.  

An additional way we celebrate is our SJV Fiesta. We are three weeks away from the Fiesta! It has been three long years since we have had our traditional SJV Fiesta gathering. All the food, the music, the games are returning with the exciting addition of animals and additional activities for children. The SJV Fiesta is the longest running community carnival in the County of Santa Clara—and for good reason. Although we had gatherings during the brunt of the pandemic last year, we are now able to gather as a community in larger numbers. For those who are just returning and those who have been coming, SJV is still your home and we are happy you are a part of it. We have many new households to our parish as we this year will celebrate 70 years. It is time to gather. I am happy that more of our community is involved in the planning and executing of our parish. The Fiesta will be an opportunity to gather old friends, make new friends, and build toward our 75th anniversary as a household of God in East San Jose. I encourage you to get involved by getting in contact with Diana Galvan and Cindy Perea through our parish office.  

Read on for some exciting details, especially our Mother’s Day Celebration, Our Lady of Fatima Procession, and the Revs Sems Game. 

Finally, in wake of this week’s news of a possible ruling from the Supreme Court, our Bishop’s response remains the same here. 

 Saint John Vianney, pray for us!  

God bless, 

Fr Joe 

St John Vianney, pray for us! 


Fr Joe


Prayer for our
World, Country, City, Parish
We will have our monthly adoration in the Church
all day Friday until 8am Saturday morning.
Fiesta is Back May 20-22!
Come be part of the SJV Fiesta Tradition 50+ years strong. Our co-chairs Diana Galvan and Cindy Perea are still looking for members on the Clean Up Crew, Set Up, & First Aide Station (Nurses). Please email Diana.

Our Lady of Fatima May 13 
Join us for Mass and Procession Friday May 13 7pm in the Church
Mother of the Year Award
Please send Fr Joe an email nominating the 2022 SJV Mother of the Year Award with a picture and a reason by May 5. The Mother of Year will be honored on Mother’s Day Masses, Sunday May 8.
SJV is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. 
Please contact or call 408.258.7677 for more information. Private tours and financial aid available! Refer a family through acceptance and add $500 to our Scholarship Fund.
Learn more here.
 SJV Prayer Ministry
The Unbound Prayer Ministry provides a way to help Christians free themselves to move toward a closer relationship with God. If you are interested in working with a team to lead others to spiritual freedom through prayer and learning more about the prayer model known as the Unbound Five Keys Model, please join us on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm in the Community Center meeting room. For more information please email Patty McDonald -

 Registration for Camp Thrive is
Now Open!  
Register online at to secure your child/children's spot. Accepting students from incoming 1st grade to 5th grade. Space is limited. Registration will close once it reaches full capacity. Camp is scheduled as follows: week 1, July 18-22 and week 2, July 25-29. Camp Thrive is seeking Adult Leaders. Contact the director if interested. For more information contact SJV director Inez Ramirez, or co-director Rosie Ramirez,
ADA Week 11: All SJV Debt is erased! Now every dollar towards SJV75 Campaign 
ADA Parish Goal: $181,374, Parish Stretch Goal: $250,000

Pledged to Date: $ 181,374 from 379 Families

Thank you to our many generous parishioners that have returned gifts and pledges to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. ADA donations can be made here.
SJV Bible Study Continues May 10 
SJV Bible Study is back! Join our SJV community small group for biweekly Bible Study next meeting is May 10 at 7pm in the Community Center. We will then meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 7-8:30pm. This season we will be kicking off Bible Study with a focus on Mary in scripture and her importance to Catholics. All are welcome to join us. Please contact Zack Williams or Allan Sison for more information about joining the SJV Bible Study group.

Volunteers Needed for Wednesday
Food Distribution 
With many volunteers returning to school, we are in need of volunteers Wednesdays anytime between 1-4PM in our Community Center Parking Lot. If you are 14 years old and older, sign up here.
Listen to an invitation from our Bishop Cantu here. 
Catholic Charities Rental and Food Assistance 
Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Larry Hendel 
Pastor-emeritus Father Larry Hendel is leading a pilgrimage
Nov 7-17, 2022 for $3,413 per person.
For more details please email Father Larry. 
Attend ILM
Institute for Leadership in Ministry
Do you have a call to the ministry of leadership within SJV? Do you currently participate in some form of pastoral ministry? Do you want to learn and get the skills to serve better SJV? Explore attending the ILM this year. The ILM is accepting nominations for the academic year 2022-2023, classes begin September 2022. Please find more about the ILM and how to apply at Congrats to SJV ILM graduates this year, Fernando Celaya, Luz Elena Heredia, Edwin "Jack" Huerto, Rosie Ramirez, & Patricia Rodriguez!  
Online Sacrificial Giving Raffle
for April  
As households commit to their Sacrificial Giving for the year, please consider setting up your weekly Sacrificial Giving on our Parish’s safe, efficient online giving here. Online Sacrificial Giving helps the parish to be sustained in the event of planned or unplanned absences of our faithful. All new weekly online givers in the month of April will be automatically entered into the April Online Giving Raffle. The grand prize is reserved seating at the Fiesta.
Stewardship @SJV 
Our Sunday Offering for Sunday May 01, 2022 was $18,282.77 The Stewardship Committee thanks all our households for meeting our short-term goal over the last couple months. We are achieving our goal because of your participation, which can be done here. It takes all of us to carry out the Mission of our Lord Jesus here at St John Vianney Parish and School.
COVID Update: Santa Clara County Lifting Universal Indoor Masking Order 
On March 1, 2022, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced that all masking metrics have been met and therefore indoor masking will no longer be required beginning March 2, regardless of vaccination status. However, the Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health strongly recommend that the public continue to wear masks in all indoor public spaces.
The Valley Catholic has a new look!
Click here.
Thanks to the Catholic Community Foundation, all our parishioners have access! Go to, type in 95127, click on our parish and get your account to the “Catholic Netflix”.

Registering for FORMED is easier than ever:
1. Go to; click the 2nd button: Sign Up As A Parishioner
2. Select your parish: Enter parish zip code 95127 and select St John Vianney from the provided dropdown menu
3. Register with your name and email address
4. Check that email Inbox for a link to start watching FORMED
California Catholic Conference
The Roman Catholic Bishops of California have released joint statements on the ethics of the vaccines here. Our County is now offering vaccinations for those 65 years and older. Check with your health care provider or
First and Third Mondays
Join Fr Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month for a study of the first book of the bible. The session starts at 7PM on this Zoom (passcode 123).  
Monday - Saturday
Join our parish Rosary Monday-Friday, 630PM on  Zoom or Facebook. Saturday 8:30AM (after daily Mass) Sunday at 11:00 AM on our Website or Facebook.
Please continue to be vigilant against the spread of the virus (masks, sanitize, distance). Contact Luis Estrada as soon you know you may have exposed our parishioners to the virus. 
We thank you for your continued support of our growing parish ministries.

Please consider extending an invitation to someone that might benefit from any of these events or officially joining our parish. God reward you.
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