Here at St. John Vianney we have an abundance of Service Ministries that carry on the work of the Gospel. These and other groups at the parish are living editions of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true that in giving we receive. How will you give of yourself and bring your faith to life.
Age Friendly Community
Come and meet Walnut Creek Mayor Rich Carlston and exchange ideas with him about making Walnut Creek an Age-friendly Community: a city that supports and enables older people to "age actively" - to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in the community.
When: Monday, May 22, 2-3:30pm
Where: Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Twenty years ago SJV became partners with St. Francis of Assisi, Concord and Evangelical Free Church, Walnut Creek to begin a project to meet the needs of the homeless in our community. In partnership with the Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition, SJV provides a dinner ministry to the residents of the N. Concord Shelter. We depend on our parish volunteers to help prepare a monthly dinner in the Faith Formation Kitchen at SJV and serve this meal at the N. Concord Shelter, 2047 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord. (Once a month, on the second Saturday, dinners are prepared in our Parish Kitchen and brought to about 75 residents of the North Concord Shelter.)
We all have a "life story" to tell. Imagine if no one was there to listen? As a Caring Hands volunteer, you have the opportunity to be there for someone who has a LIFETIME of stories to tell. The heart of the ministry is connecting a senior with a caring volunteer so you really get a chance to know each other well. As a Caring Hands minister you can make a significant impact on dispelling the loneliness and isolation that affects so many seniors.
We now have a box in the vestibule for small toiletry articles; it’s on the bottom shelf of the table right across from the library. We will keep this box there year-round so that people can drop off small sample-size toiletry items at any time. These items will be put into bags and given to the families we help at Christmas as well as to our homeless clients. Thank you in advance for your generosity with this.
What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade is a way of doing business that aims to help small farmers and artisans around the world achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.
How does Fair Trade affect our life as Catholics? The following from Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, demonstrates how Fair Trade practices align with Catholic Social Teaching:
Families and individuals in our community are in need of gently-used automobiles. We are looking for cars that are working, drivable, and will pass smog. This request is not for vehicles to be donated through the Auto Donation Program, but a personal way to create a sustainable bridge for families and individuals out of poverty.
Under the direction of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, this is a parish team/family-client partnership whose purpose is to strengthen community involvement and make a difference in the lives of impoverished families by assisting them to become sustainable.
St. Elizabeth's Parish in Oakland is our sister parish. Food is collected in the back of church weekly for the St. Elizabeth pantry. Our holiday "Adopt a Family" collection provides toys and clothing to St. Elizabeth families in need.
Join your fellow parishioners in building simple, decent, and affordable houses with low-income people in need; advocating for affordable housing in Contra Costa County; and building community at SJV through ministry activities.
Helping Our Neighbors- There are somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 legal immigrants in our Diocese looking to become citizens. Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) is working to help legal immigrants become citizens or permanent residents. If you would like to help click here for information on upcoming events.
Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization focused on faith, family, community, youth and fellowship. It is in service to others and our call to action through faith that their Brotherhood is strengthened.
Join a group on the 1st Wednesday of the month in Pittsburg or the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Martinez. In Pittsburg we serve food from the central kitchen with green and fruit salads provided by a member of the group. 2nd Wednesday in Martinez all of the food is provided for and cooked by the group. We do prep at both places. We can only use about 6 people in Pittsburg. Martinez we need a bigger crew. The organization can place people at other sites (there are 5) and with other groups. There is also a need for drivers to pick up from stores and deliver to dining rooms or the central kitchen. We can usually accept 1 or two people per Wednesday.
For one week of the year, as part of the Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition Winter Nights Shelter program, SJV volunteers host homeless families; mother, father, little children and teens. The parish provides meals, activities and gracious hospitality.