Dear SJV Community,

The prophet Micah asks, "With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow before God most high?" (Micah 6:6) This is a good question of any person of faith to be asking. This is what Saint Joseph asked when he was tasked with the house of our Blessed Lord Jesus and the Blessed Mother. Starting today January 19 until the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19, I am asking that all SJV households pray this prayer to Saint Joseph in protection and guidance of our home, Saint John Vianney Parish + School, at 8PM every night:

St. Joseph, protect our home and our parish. Pour forth from heaven blessings on our SJV family. Remain in our midst. Help us to live in love and harmony, in peace and joy. May the awe and wonder of God strengthen us that virtue may adorn what we do and our way may lead to heaven. To you this day I give the key to our house. Lock out all things that could do us harm. Build our home in the hearts of Jesus and Mary. This I beg of you, that our home may be like your holy home at Nazareth. Amen.

Our SJV home turns 70 years old this year. I envision SJV to become a beacon of hope and a stellar house of evangelization in five years when we turn 75. We need upgraded facilities and we need the well-qualified, equipped ministers. We need a plan called "SJV75" that is aimed at making our school the best Catholic school in the county and making our parish the most on-fire community that multiplies communities of disciples for the larger church. In the next two months, I will be working with the SJV75 Committee to present to you on March 19. At this point, we need prayer because, "If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor" (Psalm 127:1).

The upgraded facilities include:
School (heating, air-conditioning; double-paned windows; flooring; asphalt; office better suited to serve modern parents and students)
Church (new floors, refinished pews, vestibule chapel for 24-hour access for prayer, vestibule bathrooms, outdoor Marian grotto, main entrance plaza and ramps)
Parish Office (second floor residences restored for housing for teachers, ministers; office better suited to serve modern families)

The well-qualified, equipped ministers we need will include:
school faculty that teaches for wonder, instills virtue instead of teaching for testing with recourse to the 2000-year teaching tradition of the Catholic Church and classical education.
parish staff that knows how to evangelize and form disciples of un-churched and former Catholics in a welcoming way, especially young adults, through development of a community leaders, top-tier music, inspiring preaching, and a hub of community leaders who serve the poor.

Now you are asking what is the cost? I estimate the building upgrades to be $8 million and the endowment required for well-qualified ministers to be $2 million. This would be the cost for an amazing school and an on-fire parish.

The good news is that we have people who look at our SJV community and leadership and believe in it. To the tune of $4 million, The Shea Family Charities believes in our community.  

At this point we need a more specific plan that includes hard numbers and a financial plan that is realistic to our community. We will complete the SJV75 in phases. I am currently working for a phased plan with the SJV75 Committee (Fr Joe, Ms. Karen Suty, Mrs. Theresa Mai, Mr. David Couch, Mr. George Honore, Mr. Van Pham, and Mr. Luis Estrada) with consultation from the SJV Parish Council, Finance Council, Stewardship Council and the SJV School Advisory Committee and School Finance Council.

We will present the plan on March 19, 2022. On that day, we will have a special bilingual 5PM Mass in honor of Saint Joseph followed by a banquet in thanksgiving to all who contributed to the building of the Community Center. More details will follow.

Today, I need your prayer for the next two months asking Saint Joseph, the patron of the household of Jesus, to intercede for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us!
Saint John Vianney, pray for us!

With every blessing to you and your household,

Fr Joe