In January of 212, the clustered parishes of St. Mary’s in Bath & St. Gabriels’s in Hammondsport became St. John Vianney Parish. Parishioners from both churches had the opportunity to give input on a new parish name, but ultimately personnel from the Diocese of Rochester chose the name of St. John Vianney Parish.
John Baptiste Marie Vianney —” a priest for all people” — was known for his good sense of humor, his gentleness, and his respect for others. He shared a deep love for the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother.
The Cure of Ars was truly a champion of the poor. He became notable for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. People traveled from great distances to consult with him. During the last ten years of his life, John Vianney spent 16 to 18 hours a day in the confessional. “Believed to lack intelligence, John Vianney became renowned for his wisdom. Believed to be incompetent, his counsel was sought by thousands. Rejected by those whom he came to serve, he soon was valued and loved by all.”
John Vianney was beatified in 1905 by Pius x and canonized in 1926 by Pius XI. Due to his love for his God, his faith, and his people, St. John Vianney was declared the Patron Saint of Priest, and know as a “priest for all people.” His feast day is celebrated on August 4th.
We are honored to share in the blessed name and calling of St. John Vianney in our parish.
I love You, O my God and my only desire is to love You until my last breath. I love You, O infinitely lovable God, and I prefer to die loving You rather than to live for a single moment without loving You. I love You, O my God, and I long for heaven only to know the bliss of loving You perfectly.
Prayer of Love by St. John Vianney