Building a Brighter Future for St. John Vianney
Building a Brighter Future for St. John Vianney Updates
Sacrificial Giving : by Debra Gunn (Office of Development and Stewardship for the Diocese of Saginaw)
Dear St. John Vianney Parish Community,
During the weekend of May 9, 2017, two Town Hall Sessions were held concerning potential renovation to our Parish Center and Volume 1, Issue 1 of “St. John Vianney Renovation Information” was published. At those meetings, parishioners were asked to provide thoughts, input and questions regarding the proposed project.
Since that May weekend, there hasn’t been a lot of information shared regarding the potential building renovation, although extensive review and discussion has been occurring relative to both the design and the feasibility of completing the renov
ations. After much discussion, the Parish Council and the Finance Commission have decided to proceed with the St. John Vianney Renovation project, and a Campaign, called “Building a Brighter Future for St. John Vianney”, is being initiated to make our Parish Center a more welcoming and Holy place for people to come to Liturgy and to worship our Lord.
In the coming months, we the people of St. John Vianney will face many concerns, challenges, and experiences as a result of a Parish project of this magnitude. It is hoped that as a result, we as a parish community will become stronger.
St. John Vianney “Building a Brighter Future” Prayer
Almighty Father, you blessed your people most abundantly through the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, who offered his Body and Blood as the source of eternal life. Bless us as we continue to do your work at St. John Vianney, especially during the Building a Brighter Future Capital Campaign. Help us to invest in our future, providing for our community dedicated to the sacrifice of your son. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
The History of St. John Vianney
St. John Vianney Parish was established on September 28, 1979 by Bishop Francis F. Reh.
For the first four years, the community was housed in the P.A.C. of the Diocesan Center.
Ground breaking for the new Parish Center was held on May 8, 1982. Service in the new Parish were held for the first time on February 5, 1983.
The Parish Center was dedicated by Bishop Kenneth Untener on May 22, 1984. Classrooms, a Gathering Area, and expanded worship space were completed for Easter 1996.
In 2013 the Diocese of Saginaw, under the direction of Bishop Joseph R. Cistone, began parish studies to prepare for mergers and consolidation of resources. St. John Vianney Parish remained a stand alone parish.
The Diocese of Saginaw has utilized the service of Pastoral Administrators for over twenty years. Pastoral Administrators are appointed by the Bishop to oversee the pastoral needs and administration of a parish. A priest is appointed to take care of the sacramental needs of a parish.
History of Pastoral Leadership at St. John Vianney Parish:
1979 – 1988 Rev. John O’Callaghan
1988 – 1997 Rev. Dale Orlik
1997 – 2008 Rev. Loren M. Kalinowski
2008 – 2013 Rev. James Carlson
2013 – present Sr. Janet Pewoski, CSJ (Pastoral Administrator)
Rev. William J. Rutkowski (Sacramental Minister)