Lent at SJV

Ash Wednesday Mass                                      Fasting
Lent Calendar   Almsgiving
Sundays in Lent   Lenten Reconciliation
Lenten Stations of the Cross   Lent Series - Travels to Triduum
Holy Week   Parish Support
Triduum   Lent Apps, Emails and Online

Fair Trade Market

Our Faith in Action Ministry will be selling Fair Trade Products

April 1 and 2.  

We will have your favorite coffee, tea, chocolates and olive oil. 

Join us for hospitality in Mullen Commons  all the Masses.

We price our products below retail price.  Think Easter gifts.

All profits are donated to a local charity. So you win twice—support Fair Trade Farmers and support local charity.   

Bulletin Deadlines

Bulletin articles must be approved by the pastor. The regular deadline for submission after approval is 11 days before the date of publication. There are longer lead times around Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Please submit articles electronically to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Due to office Publication Date
Mon. Mar. 6
Sun. Mar. 19
Wed. Mar. 15
Sun. Mar. 26
Tues. Mar. 21
Sun. Apr. 2
Wed. Mar. 22 Sun. Apr. 9
Thur. Mar. 30 Sun. Apr. 16 Easter
Wed. Apr. 12
Sun. Apr. 23

Fasting Guidelines

Fast & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

A Reflection on Lenten Fasting

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.


source: USCCB


Fasting is remembering our need for God by prayerfully reflecting on those things that can  distract us from God’s Love. Some People, rather than give up bad habits such as exaggerating, swearing, or gossiping, choose to take on a new spiritual practice that helps them grow in understanding of God’s mercy and love.

“This rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.”                                                               Isaiah 58:6-7


Almsgiving is giving from the heart to care for another person. We prepare for Easter through service, acts of charity, and by giving our money and resources to those in need.

“Set aside part of your goods for almsgiving. Never turn your face from the poor and God will never turn his face from you. Measure your alms by what you have; if you have much, give more; if you have little, do not be afraid to give less in alms.”

Tobit 4:7-8


Mass Intentions for 2017

The Mass Intentions book for 2017 is open. Requests can be made in person between 9:00am - noon or 1:00pm - 4:30pm or by calling the parish office 925-939-7911 ext. 0.

Fr. Jim

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we’re all busy preparing for and looking forward with joy and hope to the celebration of Christmas, it seems to me this Christmas brings a tinge of sadness too this year. I’m referring to the health challenges that our dear Fr. Jim McGee has been facing especially in the last few weeks. Hence, I’d like to give you an update on his health.

Of late, we, the staff and clergy noticed changes in Fr. Jim’s health, and at times he also communicated it to us. After much discussion and consultation, we felt the need to ask for help and advice, and so contacted Carolyn Steele the Health Manager of Retired Priests of the Diocese of Oakland. She talked to Fr. Jim and members of the staff and recommended that Fr. Jim needed medical attention.

He went with us to the ER at John Muir Hospital and spent three days in the hospital. The doctors who attended to him decided that it wasn’t safe for Fr. Jim to continue to live one his own and that he needed constant attention and assistance. They recommended that he be placed under professional health care service.

Keeping in mind, the filial relationship that Fr. Jim has with our Parish Community, we looked for a place close to St. John Vianney, and I’m glad and grateful that we found one in Atria, Walnut Creek. Fr. Jim has been admitted to the memory care section of Atria Walnut Creek, 1400 Montego. He knows that his Alzheimer’s has progressed to the point where it was time to move. Fr. Jim has been very gracious and generous in the way he embraced this new transition. He’s grateful to St. John Vianney and to all who have assisted him thus far. I for my part would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to Debbie Mellin, C. J. Tutt, the members of the staff and others who have been of great assistance to him.

Although the staff and I were planning to streamline visits to him through Signup Genius for his own convenience as I said last weekend at all Masses, it is my understanding that Fr. Jim would like to receive visitors now. So please feel free to drop in and say “Hello” to him or send cards and thoughtful notes and above all continue to hold him in your prayers.

May God bless Fr. Jim as he begins this new phase of his life.

United with you in praying for Fr. Jim,

Fr. William Rosario


What is a labyrinth?
The labyrinth is a spiritual tool serving as a walk-centering activity for the human heart, mind and soul. 

Is it Catholic?
Yes, it a form of meditation and centering prayer. The most famous Catholic labyrinth is in the Chartres Cathedral in France

Is it a maze?
No, a labyrinth has a single path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edge again. It resembles the indirect path of our lives, which may lead us into the center of the human condition, into the heart and mind of God, sometimes into the very core of illness or pain, perhaps into the focal point of enlightenment or understanding.

Where is it?
The labyrinth is outside in the courtyard between the church and Mullen Commons.

What do I do and how long does it take?
Usually people take a moment before entering the labyrinth to quiet themselves. In silence slowly walk follow the path to the center letting go of stress and distractions. Once in the center remain there as long as you wish. You may kneel, face several directions and pray in silence. Slowly walk back out of the labyrinth in gratitude taking time to integrate this experience into your life. Plan on at least 20-30 minutes.

Would you like more information about labyrinths?
Labyrinths: The Inward Journey

People Organized to Welcome Refugees

Following the example of Pope Francis, SJV parish will soon sponsor a refugee family, that has suffered great loss and needs assistance in starting over and learning how to adapt to a new community and culture.

We are a welcoming, compassionate community and have been praying that “God has no body on earth but mine,” so let's get involved!

We have  met our refugee family.

Current needs: 1Employment - Father: age 30, has a computer science degree and many years of experience using and his specialty is setting up and troubleshooting networks.

2. Funds – If you would like to donate funds to help with initial necessities and toward rent and food for a few months until they find work, you can put a check in an envelope marked “Attn: Debbie Mellin For Family to Family / People Organized to Welcome Refugees” and drop it off at the rectory or put it in the collection basket.

3. Prayers for our family wherever they are and for a successful outcome to our co-sponsorship.

We will ask for food, cleaning supplies, bathroom supplies, etc. at a later date after we have made a list and put it online for people to sign up for specific items. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Safe Environment Training

2016 is St. John Vianney’s Year to Retrain in Safe Environment for Children!!

Calling all parish volunteers! Our Diocese and all dioceses in the United States requires that all volunteers retrain for Safe Environment for Children when they begin their ministry and then on their rotation year which is every 3 years. It is our parish’s year to retrain on Safe Environment for Children Procedures.  This year we have a new training program for our Diocese! It is called Virtus and it is a Catholic based training system that provides wonderful material for both in-person and online trainings.

All parish employees and volunteers must update their training by attending a Safe Environment for Children training class or taking the training online. Whether you take the online class or sign-up, you must register through the Virtus system by going to http://www.oakdiocese.org/offices/safe-environment. You will see a place to click for all the training classes. If you prefer to do the online class that is fine, your registration through the system will be all the proof that you need.  The parishes are paying a fixed fee for the use of this system, so we are no longer being charged a per person fee.

The purpose of this training is to make sure that all our volunteers are knowledgeable about the facts and indications of child abuse so that we can protect our children here in our parish, at home and in our neighborhoods. Even if you are not currently a parish volunteer, we welcome you to be trained. We have trained over 300 volunteers over the past few years and we are committed to doing all we can to keep St. John Vianney a safe environment for our children.

To get started please register through the Oakland Diocese websiteIf you have questions or need help registering please contact the parish office, 925-939-7911 ext. 0.

Training should be completed by ALL parish volunteers by the end of October.

Thank you all for your commitment to serve and to keeping our children safe here in the St. John Vianney Community!!!

Grief Support

Death Ends A Life – Not a Relationship

Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services is here for you, accompanying you on your grief journey...you are not alone. Workshops facilitated by Fr. Padraig Greene. Fr. Greene, Parish Relationship Director with Catholic Cemeteries, has been working with hurting families for almost thirty years. Please share this workshop information with your grieving families. No preregistration required. 

  •   Workshops for those who have suffered a loss: 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month, 7:30pm, Mullen Commons Vista

  •   Workshops for Suicide Support: 2nd Saturday of each month, 12:00noon, Mullen Commons Library

  •   Workshops for the Loss of a Child: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00am, Mullen Commons Library

For information call the Parish Office, 939-7911 ext. 0.

Ministry Directory

Stewardship "Living Our Faith Daily"

Being part of a ministry is a great way to give back to your family, the parish and the community. We are all endowed with many gifts from God and it is His expectation that we will cultivate and share those gifts accordingly dedicating Time & Talent to service in His name.

Which ministry interests you? Please click on the ministry for more information.

Read more: Ministry Directory

Financial Update

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