Blessings and gratitude for your service


June 30th marks the end of service for three Faith Formation staff. Myrna Aiello, Alicia Lang and Betsy Messman.

The reception time has changed in consideration of the children and youth that were served by these women.

Myrna will be continuing as Wedding Coordinator and a reception to thank her for her years as Director of Middle School Faith Formation will take place later due to family availability. 

Betsy's reception will be after the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, July 2nd in Mullen Commons Vista.

Alicia's reception will be after the 5:00pm Mass on Sunday, July 2nd in Mullen Commons Vista.


Dear sisters and brothers,

This has been a time of transition for St. John Vianney. We celebrate Fr. Luke’s ministry of presence and healing with us this weekend as he has been reassigned to St. Theresa Parish in Oakland.

It is with hearts filled with appreciation and gratitude that we take leave of our dear Fr. Luke as he makes the transition to his next assignment. We've had the privilege of having him minister in our midst and for us for the past 7 years and more. Seven years of ministerial presence filled with love and compassion; seven years of healing and comforting the sick; seven years of making available to us God's Word and the Eucharist. We will miss his peaceful, pastoral presence in this community.

Before we learned of Fr. Luke’s reassignment, we had already initiated another change when we decided that we needed to transition to a full-time Youth Director. We have had two wonderful parishioners that are both part-time staff covering Middle School and High School age youth separately. We believed that we needed someone who could be as fully available to all the weekend activity and youth events as the other full-time staff and that could build upon the connections with youth from Middle School through High School age.  We had already informed Alicia and Myrna of this decision to transition as of June 30th.

We have completed the interview process and Christian Vargas has emerged from it as our new Director of Youth Ministry. We welcome him and wish him a fruitful ministry in our parish. He will join us in mid-June to provide some overlap with Alicia Lang, our outgoing Director of High School Faith Formation and Myrna Aiello, our outgoing Director of Middle School Faith Formation. They have each been with us in their current positions for 11 years, and we will all miss them in our day-to-day work on staff. 

Our final transition announcement is to let you know that Betsy Messman also has announced that she will now be leaving at the end of the month and migrating to Pacific Grove where they have a home. Betsy has been working on the staff for four years now but has also been a parishioner here for many more years.

We want to thank them all for their years of dedication in their good work for this community with a reception for Alicia and Betsy after the Saturday, 5pm Mass on July 1st in Mullen Commons.  Please come and join us in thanking them! Myrna isn't available on July 1st so another date is in the works to thank her.

Transitions are hard on individuals and communities. Let's pray for the members of our staff who are in transition and for our Parish Community of St. John Vianney that we may as individuals and communities follow the vision that God has in store for us. Not following our vision is not an option, however difficult it may be. May we realize all that God has in store for us.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


Rev. William Rosario

Parish Happenings

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23rd - 24th Diocese Young Adult Retreat - Mullen Commons Vista
25th Pancake Breakfast - Regretfully cancelled
29th Spirituality and Service - 7pm Commons Conference Room 3
30th Senior Social - 11:00am Mullen Commons Vista


Eucharistic Adoration - 9:00am Mullen Commons Library


Parish Reception for Betsy - after 11:00am Mass in Mullen Commons


Parish Reception for Alicia  - after 5:00pm Mass in Mullen Commons
4th Parish Office closed - Independence Day
8th North Concord Homeless Shelter Cooking - 12:30pm Faith Formation Building
12th Mom's Ministry Summer Series9:00am Lower Mullen Commons
28th - 30th Summer Campout - KOA Santa Cruz

Family Life Ministry

Summer Campout: You can now signup for the SJV Family Life Ministry Summer Campout at the Santa Cruz KOA that will be held from the evening of July 28th through 11 am of July 30th. Click this link SignUpGenius to signup for a site. Tent sites, RV sites, and cabins are available. Click SJV Summer Campout Details for more information, including cost information.

Senior Social:  The June Senior Social is scheduled for June 30th, 11 - 2 pm in Mullen Commons. Come hang out and socialize, and meet new people. Optional activities are being planned after lunch for those who are interested. Examples include a Book Club, Games, a Walking Club, and more. Singles, widows, widowers, divorced, separated, and couples are all welcome. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Click this link SignUpGenius to signup. You can also call the office at 925-939-7911 to sign up. Mark your calendars for the Senior Socials for the remainder of 2017: June 30, July 21, August 25, September 22, October 27, and November 17.

Mom's Ministry: Family Life Ministry just concluded a very successful mom’s spring series. A new series will be starting soon and will be titled, “Living as a Godly Catholic in Motherhood and Marriage.” The dates for the new series will be June 14, July 12, and August 16. Drop ins are welcome! Mark your calendars! The sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am, in the lower Mullen Commons.  Click this link SignUpGenius to signup. You can also call the parish office at (925) 939-7911 to sign up. If you would like more information, you can contact the ministry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mentor Couple Program: The Family Life Ministry is actively launching a Mentor Couple Program. If you are a new parishioner or recently married and would like someone to journey with you as you get to know SJV, please let us know. We are also actively recruiting mentor couples. Please contact Jerry Mellin if you are interested at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (925) 787-8865. 

Additional questions can be directed to Jerry Mellin at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (925) 787-8865. 

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