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    We are.. St. John Vianney

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  • Fr Tom Uzhunnalil

    Fr Tom Uzhunnalil

    Saturday, September 29th 5pm Mass

  • Funeral for Shirley Kalgaard Friday September 28th at 10:30am

    Funeral for Shirley Kalgaard Friday September 28th at 10:30am

  • Mullen Commons

    Mullen Commons

    Hospitality

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Mass Times

Weekdays
Monday - Saturday: 8:30am

Weekends
Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00am & 5:00pm
Children's Liturgy of the Word at 9:00am & 11:00am

Holy days
8:30am, Noon, 7:00pm

Reconciliation
Saturdays: 4:00pm

1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Senior Social

The next Senior Social is scheduled for Friday, September 21, Read More

Eucharistic Adoration Saturday, October 6th

Eucharistic Adoration is celebrated at St John Vianney on the Read More

Praise and Worship Middle School/High School September 30th

Bring your family and join us for food, fellowship and Read More

Winter Nights Tutors Needed

In Winter Nights Family Shelter* · Substitute (fill-in) tutors needed · No Read More

Have you ever connected the word “prayer” with the word “work”? Maybe you've said a prayer at your place of work like, “Please God, help me get through this day!” Other than that situation it doesn't seem like these two words go together. However, it may surprise you to know that the Church connects these two words in the word “Liturgy”. Liturgy is what we do when we come to Mass. It is the form of our community prayer and ritual. But did you know that the word “liturgy”, translated from the Greek, means “the work of the people”? From the earliest days of the Christian Church the community gathered to tell the stories of Jesus, break bread, and give thanks for their life in the resurrected Christ. Everyone participated in and contributed to the prayer celebration. This community prayer was, literally, “the work of the people”!

This tradition continues at St. John with the many liturgical ministers of prayer who you see serving at our weekend liturgies. Their service helps lead us in prayer and song, gathers our offering to God, helps us feel welcome, makes Christ present in the proclamation of the Word, and serves us the Bread of Life.

They include:

Other ministries of prayer are less visible at our Eucharistic celebrations but of great importance to our liturgical work and our experience of community prayer. The Art and Environment group and the Altar Society prepare and decorate the Church for the various seasons of the Liturgical Year – Advent and Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent and Easter – as well as particular feast day celebrations.

This parish is blessed as well with many Liturgy & Sacrament ministries that take place outside of our Sunday celebrations. They continue this prayer work by gathering together to practice forms of prayer that have been a part of our Church from the earliest times. Some also take the community blessing and the Eucharist we share to those unable to join in our celebrations. They include:

You are invited to share your gifts with the praying community. How is God calling you to become a part of this important work of the people of God?

Everyone who ministers (clergy, staff and volunteers) in the Diocese of Oakland is to be educated about the nature of child sexual abuse, how it is perpetrated, how to report it and strategies for prevention.  Training is mandatory for all who minister, first before starting work or volunteering and then every 3 years thereafter.

 

To log in for training, visit Virtus Online.  If you need instructions to help you register, follow this link: Virtus Instructions 

 

 

Latest Bulletin

Latest Podcast

Stewardship of MoneyPodcast
by Fr. William Rosario
Fr. William's Homily at the 11am mass on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Date: 9/16/18
Click to Listen  

Pastor's Corner

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

You may recall that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil , a Salesian priest from Kerala, India, was serving as Chaplain to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Yemen.  On March 4, 2016, a group of unidentified gunmen barged into the care home for the elderly, run by the Sisters of Mother Teresa, killing 16 persons including four nuns.  Fr. Tom was abducted.  What followed was 557 days in rather lonely captivity in some unknown locations until he was released on September 12, 2017.

With heartfelt gratitude to God and to all who supported him in prayer, I would like to invite you to a Mass and reception on the occasion of Fr. Tom’s visit to St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek.  On September 29th, he will be celebrating the 5pm mass in our Parish Church followed by a reception in Mullen Commons.

If you are not able to make this Mass, there is another opportunity for you to listen to Fr. Tom on September 30th at the 12.00 noon Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the Light as he concelebrates with Bishop Barber.

At both venues, Fr. Tom will sign copies of his autobiography. To learn more about Fr. Tom's book, click here

On a personal note, may I add that Tom and I are classmates from the year 1976 when we joined the Salesian seminary in South India up-to our year of ordination in 1990. Together we made our religious vows on May 24th, 1979 and together we were ordained in 1990. We’ve grown together and known each other all these years, and I wish I could articulate the sense of relief and joy at Tom’s release.

I’ve no doubt that Tom’s testimony will be inspirational as he narrates his life as a hostage and his God-experience in the midst of blood and gunfire around him. His book is a classic testimonial to the truth that the Lord hears our prayers and answers them in His own good time. 

Together with you, I joyfully welcome Fr. Tom to our Parish Community and request him to pray with us and bless us. I invite you to come for the 5pm mass on Saturday Sept. 29th and meet Fr. Tom to blessed by him, and to in turn bless him.

God is good - all the time, and in and through all things, His love endures!

In Christ,

Fr. William Rosario

 

 

 

 

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