Community Update
for Sunday November 21, 2021 
Pastor's Note
This Sunday our parish kicks off a four-week “Sacrificial Giving” study. Sacrificial Giving is not a capital campaign (which is coming next year). Sacrificial Giving is not a special collection for continued parish needs. Sacrificial Giving is our faithful response to the gifts God has given us. Sacrificial Giving is giving to God our best, not our leftovers. It is the weekly, prayerfully planned offering to God of the best of our material goods. Our Saint John Vianney Stewardship Committee is working with my Pastoral Team to help our parishioners to use their Sunday Offering as a way to increase their faith and commitment to God. You will hear this weekend of where all the contributions go. More importantly you will hear over the next three weekends of how making the Sunday offering a “Sacrificial Offering” has impacted our families.   

Our mission here at Saint John Vianney is forming joyful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ by knowing Christ, encountering Christ, and serving Christ. We are joyful because God has given superabundantly. We have received many gifts. To be better stewards of God’s gifts we need to know, encounter and serve the gifts out. We can give sacrificially because we have received abundantly. Our Advent Retreat this year will be a gathering of all our parish’s groups to reinvigorate everyone in the awareness of the gifts of God. I invite you to block out the December 14-15 630-8PM in English and December 16-17 in Spanish for a St John Vianney Advent Parish Renewal Encounter. We will break bread, meet each other in small groups and pray together. Our 2021 Advent Retreat will be something between a parish festival, parish retreat, and a town hall meeting. Come and find out. In-person attendance is encouraged. It will be livestreamed. More details to come. 
St John Vianney, pray for us! 

God bless, 

Fr Joe


Thanksgiving Day Mass 
Join us in the Community Center Parking Lot at 9AM Nov 25 for a bilingual Mass. 
Youth Group
We are building back our Youth Group. If you are interested in the Youth Group and the Youth Choir for the return of the Sunday 6PM Youth Mass on Thanksgiving Weekend, please fill out this form.
School news:
Holiday Poinsettia Sale
Holiday Poinsetta Sale, benefitting the Class of 2022. Order online at: For more information or to order via email, please contact Aimee Miller at: Pre-order deadline is November 19 and payment is due by November 29! Pickup is Wednesday, Dec 1 after school (noon) at the Community Center.
Christmas time is here! Our Giving On-line Tree is up!! Click here an donate by December 12th. The families will receive gift cards purchased with your donation so they can buy a toy for each child. This gift brings such happiness to those who are less fortunate in our Parish. In person donations are also welcome! Just deposit your donation in the Giving Tree Box in the Pavilion.
St. Vincent de Paul
Our SJV Society of St. Vincent de Paul, with your resounding help, celebrates "Christmas Giving". This year, like last year, we will also supply families with additional gift cards for food.
Christmas time is a time for giving, please share with those in need of a happy and healthy Christmas Day!  Thank you! Click here an donate by December 10th.
Winter Alpha Registration Open 
ALPHA Fall Session is Monday. Alpha is our parish’s way of sharing faith with people in the pews and people not in our pews. Alpha is a safe, friendly, no-judgment conversation over (free) dinner for 10 Monday nights run by our own parishioners. The Fall Alpha Sign ups are closed. However, the Winter Alpha Sessions are still open. Sign up and bring a friend!
Sign up here.
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. 
We are looking for catechists
We are looking for catechists and helpers for our growing catechetical programs.

Who can be a catechist?
We welcome any person of faith who wishes to lead others to grow in faith and understanding the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This role is a vital ministry to the Church. It is a gift that has tremendous value to the world community at large. Through the catechist’s word and action, the message of Christ continues to have a place in all human affairs.

What’s Involved in Being a Catechist?
As a catechist, you will plan and teach classes throughout the year with a co-catechist. You will have tremendous amounts of resources (printed, digital and human) at your fingertips to help you along the way. We know you may have questions or concerns — feel free to contact Joselyn Martinez, Director of Faith Formation.
If you are interested in getting full details such as time commitment, training opportunities and required safety protocols click here to fill out your interest form.
Share a moment of silence with Jesus! 
Come spend an hour of quiet prayer for our First Friday Adoration with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Church will be open Friday 9AM – Saturday 8AM. The church is always open business hours every day. Confessions available Friday 630PM. Come rest a while!
Free Legal Clinic Saturday 
Catholic Charities Rental and Food Assistance 
Monthly Soccer Games for Vocations 
Details here.
Stewardship @SJV 
Our Sunday Collection for the weekend of November 14, 2021 was $14,333.43 Our Pre-pandemic average was $13,000 per week. Our short term goal is to increase it to $15,000 per week so we can support our parish mission of forming Joyful Disciples. We need everybody’s participation. We kindly ask you to give sacrificially and inspire those who are not currently giving to contribute here. It takes all of us to carry out the Mission of our Lord Jesus here at St John Vianney Parish and School.
Livestream issue has been resolved! 
The internet issue in the church was resolved this week thanks to ATT. Enjoy the livestream from our parish's website and our parish’s facebook. 
COVID Restrictions: Masks indoors
We will follow the County and Diocesan order to wear masks indoors to help curb the spread of the virus. Liturgical ministers proclaiming 6 feet away and cantors singing 12 feet away from people are allowed to remove their masks. Thank you for your vigilance for the health of others.
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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