Winter Shelter Results

How You Made a Difference!

Before the memories of Winter fade away, The Faith in Action Ministry would like to share with you how your help in providing meals and donations for the Trinity Center Winter Shelter in Walnut Creek affected the lives of those who were served.

The Winter Shelter was a partnership between Trinity Center, the City of Walnut Creek and the National Guard Armory to provide shelter for Trinity Center clients for 4 1/2 months during the coldest months of winter. The average nightly group was about 25. A large number of people sheltered were people who had lost their housing due to increases in rent and older men and women with disabilities and limited income. These members were reluctant to go to public shelters but felt safe being at the Armory. 

Of the 61 members enrolled in the program, 44 were engaged with a case manager. Outcomes of weekly meetings include 9 referrals to mental health and alcohol and other drug services, 33 housing referrals and applications, 19 employed both full and part time, 14 were temporarily housed and 5 were permanently housed. Trinity Center continues to work with the members who still need services and housing. 

The Winter Shelter provided the stability and services participants needed to work toward ending their homelessness. They were very grateful for the wonderful meals provided by so many of our parishioners, and the notes of encouragement our Youth Group delivered to them with the dinner they prepared. God is Love, and we are Love when we touch the stranger among us. Thank you for making a difference.

Paint Discount

Parishioners, families, employees and members of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland looking to purchase paint for the protection and beautification of your home?  Did you know that by purchasing paint through the Kelly Moore Paint Company a portion of your purchase will be gifted back to our Catholic Diocese?

The Kelly Moore Paint Company, manufacturing and selling paint in the Bay Area since 1946 is excited to offer a special KM Club Discount for your purchases of quality Kelly Moore Paint at any of our Kelly Moore stores ( go to www.kellymoore.com and click on the store locater).  

A unique Kelly Moore Account # 605-DI4711 has been set up to allow you to take advantage of our wholesale pricing on paint and paint related products, saving you time and money.  We invite you to visit any of our stores and ask to use the Diocese of Oakland Parishioners KM Club Account 605-DI4711. Paint and supplies must be purchased through this special account to obtain both the discount and the gift back to the Diocese. In 2016 our gift back to the Diocese was $1000.

We are committed to providing you quality products and excellent service at a fair price. When you use the unique KM Club Account # 605-DI4711 for your purchases we at Kelly Moore will track the net sales dollars before tax annually and award a percentage of the sales back to the Diocese in the form of a rebate check.     Your home, parish and school improvement projects can in this way to contribute to the mission of the Church in Oakland.  Thank you for your support!  

Fr. Luke

Dear Sisters and brothers,

It is with a heavy heart that I learned on Thursday morning of Bishop Michael Barber's letter reassigning our dear Fr. Luke to St. Teresa's parish, Oakland starting June 15, 2017. It is big loss for all of us. 

Fr. Luke has been an integral part of our Parish Community in a big way for many years. Both as our Pastoral Associate and the one in-charge of the healing ministry, he has been present to our Parish families both in ordinary as well as extraordinary times in church, in our homes and both in facilities for assisted living and at John Muir Hospital. 

His well-thought out homilies, his friendly and affectionate ways and his compassion to individuals and families in their illness will be long remembered. Over the years, Fr. Luke has ministered to many a family that has lost their loved ones. His gentle way with our children and youth  too needs a special mention here. It goes without saying that he will be missed by us. 

As a grateful Parish Community, we will gather around him and express our love, appreciation and gratitude to him for the blessing that he has been to us. We will do this after all Masses the weekend of June 10-11. Fr. Luke will be present at all masses that weekend either presiding or preaching or both. 

Please come join the entire parish the weekend of June 10-11 as we celebrate Fr. Luke and thank him for his committed ministry in our midst.May God bless him and continue to guide him in his ministry wherever it takes him. 

Finally, I invite you to hold Fr. Luke and our Parish Community in your prayers as transitions tend to be hard on individuals and communities.

With much prayers and blessings,

Fr. William Rosario

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. .

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Almsgiving

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

Labyrinth

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 is sponsoring a refugee family, who are learning how to adapt to their new country.

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

 

Our refugee family are very good people and doing their best here. They have a place to live, which we have furnished with furniture and housewares. They have a car.  One child is in preschool and the other will start preschool this summer. Both are fluent in English. Mom is now employed. Dad has had help in preparing a resume and has been very diligently searching for a job. He has a computer science degree and many years of professional IT experience; his specialty is setting up and troubleshooting computers and networks. Please contact Pat Schneider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . if you have any job leads! Please pray for them, especially that he finds a good job.

 Thank you.

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. Our grief ministry members are here for you, accompanying you on your grief journey...you are not alone. Workshops facilitated by Fr. Padraig Greene. Fr. Greene, 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 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.

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