Lenten Stations of the Cross

This year’s Stations will be:

March 3rd 6:30-7pmhosted by Knights of Columbus

March 10th 6:30-7pmhosted by Faith Formation

March 17th 6:30-7pmhosted by Men’s Club

March 24th 6:30-7pmhosted by Youth Ministry

**March 31st 6:30-7pm hosted by Faith in Action

**Please note  A Labyrinth will be hosted for Children in the Outside Courtyard  this week. The Stations experience this week is intended for adults and the subject of this Stations is through the eyes of Human Trafficking Victims. 

April 7th 6:30-7pmhosted by Adoration, Contemplative Prayer, and Rosary

Followed by Soup Supper at 7pm in the Mullen Commons Vista and some Faith Sharing and Formation over a meal. Come break bread and soup and share our Lenten Journey

History
Traditional Lenten devotional practices often draw our attention to the suffering and death of Jesus. The most popular one is known as the Stations of the Cross. During the time of the crusades (1095 – 1270), it became popular for pilgrims to travel to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary. 

In the next two centuries, after the Muslims recaptured the Holy Land, pilgrimages were too dangerous for Christians. A substitute pilgrimage, the Stations of the Cross, became a popular outdoor devotion throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. 

The stations represented critical events from Scripture or tradition of Jesus’ journey to Calvary and varied in number from five to 20 until the 18th century when Pope Clement XII fixed the number at 14. In the mid-18th century, Stations were allowed inside churches. The Stations became a feature in Catholic churches. In the 1960s, it became popular to add a fifteenth station representing the end of the journey: the resurrection. The devotional practice of the Stations of the Cross includes actually walking from station to station as this practice originally started as a pilgrimage. 

The SJV Stations during Lent are taken as a community in the same way that the pilgrimages of the opening procession, procession of the gifts, and sending forth are made at Mass each week. A representative of the congregation makes the pilgrimage from the outside world to the mountain of the Lord (the altar) on behalf of the community and then finally from the mountain back to the community. 

 

Eucharistic Adoration



Eucharistic Adoration is a time set aside for personal prayer and reflection in silence before the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It differs from the Mass which is our primary worship of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Mass is a communal celebration of our Catholic Christian faith whereas Eucharistic Adoration is a personal opportunity for worship and prayer. Just as Jesus is truly present in the Bread and Wine consecrated at Mass to be the Body and Blood of Christ, He is truly present in the consecrated host in the Monstrance as well. Eucharistic Adoration gives us the opportunity to pray, to do spiritual reading and meditation, or simply reflect on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Jesus recognized the need to get-away from a hectic pace when he said to his disciples “Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little.” People were coming and going, making it impossible for them to have much time to eat. So Jesus and the apostles went off in a boat by themselves to a deserted place (Mark 6:31-32). Pope Francis is said to spend an hour each day in Adoration, often before he retires for the night. Pope John Paul II encouraged all of the faithful to participate in Eucharistic Adoration as a welcome refuge from a world that demands our every moment and all of our attention, and often robs us of our time and energy to connect with God through prayer and proper reflection.

Eucharistic Adoration can be your out-of-the-way place for silent resting in Jesus’ presence. We invite you to set aside some time for quiet prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament on the First Saturdays of the month. It is held immediately following the 8:30am Mass until 3:30pm in the Mullen Commons Library. Visits of any length are welcome. Sign-Ups for a specific hour are available online through SignUpGenius about a week prior to the First Saturday of the month. At least two people are scheduled for each hour during Adoration so the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone.

Eucharistic Adoration Ministry

The goal of the Eucharistic Adoration Ministry is to provide St. John Vianney parishioners the opportunity for personal prayer and worship in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

We have four Eucharistic Adoration Coordinating Teams and each team coordinates Adoration three times a year. Their duties include: putting up the Adoration poster and Sign-Up table the week before First Saturday; arranging for a priest (or leader) and hymn leader for the Eucharistic Adoration para-liturgy; preparation of the Adoration room in Mullen Commons Library on the First Friday before the First Saturday Adoration (setting up the Adoration table with cloth, flowers and candles, setting up chairs, preparing para-liturgy handouts and meditation materials); and arranging for the Procession of the Monstrance from the church after the Saturday 8:30am Mass to the Adoration room. Duties conclude with returning the Monstrance and Cross to church at the end of Adoration at 3:30 pm, and take-down of the Adoration Room.

If you would like to help St John Vianney church provide Eucharistic Adoration for our parish, please contact Andy Leven at 925-933-9241 or Ron Courtney at 925-933-1695

Rosary

Pray for Peace. Each morning at 8:00am, we meet in front of Our Blessed Mother Mary's statue to pray for peace, our priests and our personal intentions.

Contact

Ron Courtney
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Betty Courtney
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The Rosary is said every morning, Monday through Saturday at 8:00am. in the Church. We gather around the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and pray for peace, for our priests and for our personal intentions. Come on a regular basis or drop by whenever you can. All are welcome.

We, especially, celebrate the months of May and October in honor of our Blessed Mother. A special International Rosary is said in October.

If you do not know how to pray the rosary or are not sure how and would like to learn, we will be happy to help you.

 

Whether you are already in the habit of praying the Rosary and want to renew the spirit of your prayer, or whether you are new to the Rosary and want to learn how to quiet your mind and heart, click here to help you enter deeply into the Mysteries of Christ. Come then to a quiet place within.