Movie and Discussion

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Lent at SJV

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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

Landscape Project Moves Forward

Progress continues with our Golden Jubilee landscape project.

Our objective is to indicate by words and natural beauty that all are welcome to enter in the peace of Christ, providing a welcoming and meditative entrance in to our church.

The project includes a beautiful walk and sitting wall, a second gathering area, a great selection of drought tolerant plants and also a twelve foot lighted cross at the entrance to the church. The work will include a water conserving irrigation system and a low voltage LED system to highlight the beauty of the trees by up lighting each tree and providing a decorative lighting element for the new ellipse space.



The Facilities Management Group (FMG), along with other groups and Father William, worked for several months to come up with a plan that includes a wide range of suggestions from the parish. The project cost and layout has been carefully negotiated several times to keep costs within the approved budget.

We are fortunate to have proceeds from the Diocesan Capital Campaign available and the generosity of anonymous contributors to support the work.

During the ongoing work we have determined that several small additions to the project would enhance the beauty and usefulness of the new area. These small additions to the design were offered as donor opportunities for parishioners who want to or feel a need to participate in the enhancement of the project.


The Facilities Management Group expresses a large “thank you” to your over whelming response on the weekend of September 10th & 11th. All of the items on our list are now spoken for in just one appeal and we soon will have a beautiful new garden and meditation areas. Keep watching our progress. Debbie Mellin will be contacting the people that have signed up to for items.



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 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!!!

Jubilee Commemorative Wine

We partnered with Windsor Vineyards to offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine to mark the end of our Golden Jubilee. This wine was specially labeled for SJV with a rendering of our Church on the front of the label and our Jubilee Logo on the back.

Suggested donation $25 for Chardonnay or Cabernet and $30 for Sparkling Wine.

Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like to place an order. We are happy to deliver cases or you can pick up your order in the Parish Office during Office Hours (M-F 8:30-12, 1-4:30). The Parish Office is closed Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26 and Friday, December 30, and Monday, January 2.

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 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.

Handmade Ornaments

The handmade ornaments hanging on the garland in the church vestibule were made by women parishioners between 1976 and 1977 to decorate the church Christmas trees. Joanna Mechler discovered these beautiful ornaments. There are numbered and the names of the women that made each one is listed on a paper near the garland.

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.

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Registration 2016-2017 Faith Formation

All children and youth are welcome to register for our Faith Formation programs.

The fees are collected to ease our expenses.  If payment at this time is a hardship, we will be happy to work it out with you.

Please  contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your student.