St. John Vianney was a parish priest who lived from 1786 to 1859. Due to the anti-clerical sentiment of the French Revolution during his youth, he made his first communion and first reconciliation in secret. Later he felt called to the priesthood. He had no formal education and found the scholastic work required for ordination very difficult. Evenutally he became a parish priest in the village of Ars.
St. John Vianney was known for his holiness, his dedication to our Blessed Mother, and his reputation as a confessor. He is also called The Cure of Ars.
His feast day is August 4.
Patron Saint of …
St. John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of St. John Vianney, Priest
In addition to the suggested readings below, the readings may also be taken from the weekday readings or the Common of Pastors.
- First Reading – Ezekiel 3:17-21:”When, on the other hand, you have warned a virtuous man not to sin, and he has in fact not sinned, he shall surely live because of the warning, and you shall save your own life.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 117: “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”
- Gospel – Matthew 9:35-10:1: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
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When we cannot come to church, let us turn towards the Tabernacle and make a spiritual Communion. A wall cannot separate us from God.St. John Vianney
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, known as John in English, was born May 8, 1786 in Dardilly, France and was baptized the same day. He was the fourth of six children born to Matthieu and Marie Vianney.
It has long been a practice for those who cannot receive the actual body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in communion to join spiritually with Him. While participating in Mass via a livestream or a recorded video, we make a spiritual communion.
It is no secret that we need more priests in the Catholic Church. Giving your whole life to the service of the Church is counter-cultural and many young people do not even consider it.
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