Community Update

for Sunday September 4, 2022

Mass Times

When I joked at the conclusion of our 70th that we should have a celebration like this every week, you laughed. But we do! It is Alpha. And Alpha is right around the corner. Alpha is the spirit of SJV come alive with teams of parish and school leaders hosting ten dinners for new members of our community. We take a page out of Jesus’ playbook who knew how to feast! When you have ten dinners with someone, you feel connected, you feel you belong, you feel loved, you feel God. 

One of the greatest gifts you can give anyone is a relationship that will not fail but will give life to the full. You and I are part of this community because we believe in God and we believe God is the source of our meaning, our future, our salvation, our healing, our freedom. Why not make that invitation to that someone who is searching for meaning, for healing, for freedom? Pray with me this weekend that SJV may welcome all the lost, the hurt, the wounded, the tired, the lonely. 

If you feel compelled to participate, sign up here. If you feel compelled to join the Alpha Team this Fall or next Winter, sign up here and leave in the comments how you would like to help (prayer team, table host, kitchen, hospitality, retreat team). 

Read on for more ways our community is reaching out to our children, our youth, and the hungry. Come join us for an hour of prayer Friday night. Happy Labor Day weekend to you all! 

Saint John Vianney, pray for us!   

God bless, 

Fr Joe 

SJV75 Plan

Prayer Ministry

St. Vincent de Paul
Come pray for an hour

Faith is revived when its exercised! Come join us for an hour during our weekly holy hour. Our next 24 Hour Prayer is Friday, September 2. There is much to pray for our world, our country, our Church, and our community. Let’s also pray in thanksgiving for God’s grace for a successful catechetical and evangelization season of Alpha. 

Join the SJV Youth Group for all high school aged young people on Sundays for 6PM Mass and youth nights following starting September 10. Their first big event is OnFire at Six Flags Vallejo on Sep 17. For more information contact the SJV Youth Ministry Team (Nica Nellis, Rosie Ramirez, Phyllis Silva, Therese Nguyen, Melanie Estranero, Rocio Martinez, Father Manuel Barrios). 

YM@SJV Invitations/Upcoming Events: 

  • YOUTH MASS happens every Sunday at 6pm in the Church † 
  • Follow our Youth Ministry Instagram (@sjvsjym)! ♥ 
  • Apply to be a Youth Ministry Leader for the 2022-2023 season!  
  • Here is the link to the application: 
  • Link can also be found in the Instagram bio! 
  • Our Youth Ministry Program is for all youth 6th through 12th grade.  
  • Meet Sunday nights from 7pm to 9pm after the Youth Mass starting Sep 11 
  • To register, please contact 
  • September 18th at 7pm to 9pm  
  • In the Community Center!  
  • ONFIRE NORCAL with Father Joe 
  • Event Information: 
  • Saturday, September 17 from 9am - 10pm 
  • Location: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California  
  • Cost: $60 per participant 
  • NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference – West Coast) 
  • Event Information: 
  • November 10th - November 12th 
  • Location: Long Beach, California 
  • Cost: $320.00 

Fall Alpha Begins Sep 12.

Extend an invitation 

Extend an invitation to anyone who could eat a dinner and ask questions about Christianity and listen to other people. If you’d like to be on the Team contact Gilbert Vargas. Sign up here.  

Faith Formation sessions will begin Monday, September 12. Registration is now open. You may come to the Parish Office to complete a registration form or fill one out online here. If you child has not previously attended religious education at St. John Vianney you will need to bring a copy of their Baptism certificate to register your child. If your child has not been baptized bring a copy of his or her birth certificate. If you have any questions please reach out to Director of Faith Formation , Joselyn Martinez . 

Interested in participating in Faith Formation team? 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd begins Sunday, September 18 for all children 3 years and above. All children who have already received their First Communion are invited 9AM English or 11AM Spanish. All children who have not received their First Communion yet are invited 10AM English or 12PM Spanish. All Catechesis will be offered in the new Atrium by the school garden. Parents are welcome to join. Registration here.  

SJV is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year 

We are proud to announce that SJV is the GOLD MEDAL WINNER in TWO CATEGORIES in the Silicon Valley Region for the Best of The Best Award:

BEST Private Elementary School

BEST Private Middle School!

Bay Area Parent Magazine is the top parenting resource for families in the Bay Area. Every year, Bay Area Parent readers place their votes for the Bay Area's Best of The Best. St. John Vianney Catholic School is currently accepting applications for TK to 8th Grade. For more information visit the school website  

New Altar Server Training  

Sunday Sep 18 4pm in the church. Please email Fr Manuel ( with your childs name, parents contact, phone, email, Mass preference. 

Ending The Silence:

A Mental Health Program For Teens 

This is a 50 minute English only virtual presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff. Students also get a glimpse of the reality of living with a mental health condition as a young adults living with mental illness and family members tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Register webinar free here

SJV Bible Study on the Eucharist

August 23

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Eucharist? 

  Please join the SJV Bible Study Group as we learn about the scripture basis of the Eucharist. We will be following the 10 week series Lectio: The Eucharist. All are welcome, the only requirements are an open heart and an open mind. The SJV Bible Study Group will be meeting at 7:00pm in the Parish Office every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. For September we will meet Sept 6 and Sept 27. 

 Please contact Zack Williams or Allan Sison for more information.

 SJV Prayer Ministry

I Unbound is a safe, loving and effective model of prayer ministry. Unbound helps us respond to the good news of the gospel and apply truth to our lives using Five Keys: 

 * Repentance and Faith * Forgiveness 

 * Renunciation *Authority 

 * The Father's Blessing 

The prayer team meets the first the third Thursdays of the month. The next meeting will be Sept. 1 at 6:30 pm in the community center. Training for new members to the team will begin Sept. 8 at 6:30 in the community center. 

Meetings and training are conducted in English and Spanish. 

To make an appointment for prayer or to join the prayer team, please contact Patty McDonald at

Volunteers Needed for Wednesday
Food Distribution 

We currently have 8 - 10 SJV parishioners that help consistently with the weekly food distribution, but we need more volunteers in order to serve the more than 600 families who come to the SJV Food Distribution:

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 Food Assistance

Pope Francis Universal Synod

Click here for our diocesan report.

Next Fatima Mass and

Procession September 13

SJV75: The Upper Room House of Ministry  
A longtime dream is coming true for our parish and school. SJV is completing a major part of our strategic 75th Anniversary Plan. Thanks to a generous donor, SJV has just completed the conversion of its former convent into apartment-bedrooms. We now have 16 single occupancy bedrooms with private bathrooms available to lease for significantly subsidized rent. The purpose of the "Upper Room" apartment-bedrooms is to provide affordable housing to young Catholic professionals who vocationally serve the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose. Rent includes all utilities, internet, common living areas (shared kitchen, dining room, laundry, work space, and recreational room. A contemplative garden with a Marian shrine completes the "Upper Room" community. Residents of the Upper Room are expected to live the social and moral doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church and sign an agreement to do so prior to joining the community. Residents of the "Upper Room" live intentionally in community while maintaining their autonomy as professionals. If you know of any of your teachers or staff who might be a good fit for the "Upper Room" community, please have them email our Director of Mission & Evangelization, Will Rainford, at
Animal Blessing Saturday, October 8
Julio our parish dog has gone on to dog heaven after an accident on Alum Rock Ave this past Wednesday. We thank God for a great pet during the pandemic. We will have a memorial and blessing of all animals at our Annual Animal Blessing on Saturday, October 8, 1PM. Father Manuel may be welcoming our next SJV dog...soon.
Statement on Supreme Court Ruling 
Our Bishop Oscar Cantu’s statement on the June 24 Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision by the US Supreme Court can be found here. The California Conference of Bishop’s statement is here. Father Joe’s homily is here.
Attend the
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, Beverly Torres & Patricia Rodriguez!

Online Sacrificial Giving Raffle

for September 

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 August will be automatically entered into the August Online Giving Raffle.
ADA UPDATE: All SJV Debt is erased! Now every dollar towards SJV75 Campaign 
ADA Parish Goal: $181,374, Parish Stretch Goal: $250,000
Pledged to Date: $ 213,073 from 407 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.
Stewardship @SJV 

Our Sunday Offering for Sunday, August 28, 2022 was $14,740. 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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