Easter Vigil 2013

Easter Vigil 2013

A Message from Fr. Tom Ranzino

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Jean Vianney,

Welcome to this website for St. Jean Vianney Parish.For thirty years this parish has served the Catholic community in the south eastern part of the city of Baton Rouge. We are a young and growing parish, centered in our Eucharistic life and committed to sharing faith in Christ through a variety of ministries and services. Within this website you will find information about who we are and our desire to have you join us in living out our baptismal calling to be God's own sons and daughters.

The challenging times within we live provides many opportunities to discover our need for God and for Church. I hope you will consider your own life's mission and join us in our life together.Please know you are always welcome at St. Jean Vianney Parish.

God bless you.

Fr. Tom Ranzino


Master Plan FAQ

St. Jean Vianney Master Plan Proposal - Frequently Asked Questions

How was the Master Plan Proposal created?

An extensive Long Range Planning process solicited parishioner input and surveyed the Parish’s 75 ministries to develop a comprehensive list of facility needs.  Parishioners were asked to participate in a parish wide convocation to prioritize the entire parish’s facility needs. The Master Plan Committee summarized the convocation feedback using the following criteria: aids in the mission of the parish meets ministry needs facilitates flexibility insures security maximizes property utilization minimizes costs addresses disability accessibility.  The prioritized results were published and distributed in the Master Plan Summary. Coleman Partners Architects, LLC was hired to evaluate the best options considering our current facilities and the prioritized facility needs.  A draft drawing and estimated costs were developed and presented to the parish through a series of many ‘listening session” meetings and surveys.

What are the next steps in this process?

The Institute of School & Parish Development (ISPD), an independent national consulting firm specializing in Catholic parish and school development who worked with the parish during the Long Range Planning Process, has been hired to conduct a Financial Feasibility Study.  The study will consist of confidential individual meetings with some parishioners to determine the level of parish support. The Financial Feasibility Study seeks to quantify level of parish support and forecast the amount of capital which can be raised for a purposed capital campaign. Based upon the results of the study, parish leadership will decide on the scope of a capital campaign.

How will we determine priorities if it is not feasible to complete the project in two phases?

The Financial Feasibility Study ultimately determines what we can afford. Our current goal is to finance the plan in two phases. If the two phase plan is determined not financially feasible in a reasonable time frame, parish leadership will return to the priorities obtained from the parish wide survey and consider smaller phases. The details of what would be included in the initial capital campaign will be specifically spelled out in the campaign communication materials.

What is the projected time line?

The timeline is dependent on the Financial Feasibility Study. The Financial Feasibility Study should be completed by August 2011. If we begin a capital campaign, there would be a three year pledge period.  Diocesan policy would require us to have half of the total project cost on hand before beginning construction. Construction could begin once 50% of the capital is raised.

What is the financial health of the parish?

As of May 2011 the parish’s only remaining debt is $362,700 on the church building. The parish will pay off the church debt in October of 2012. In 2008 the land adjacent to our current campus was purchased in a cash transaction with funds generated by both the parish and the school. As of May15, 2011 the parish’s revenues are exceeding annual forecasts by 3%. The parish’s finances are stable.

What happens if we do nothing at all?

If we do nothing to address the needs of our dynamic faith community, we will ignore the concerns of the people and fail to advance our mission.  We will fail to meet the stated needs of our parishioners which have painstakingly been recorded and prioritized.  Lack of facilities will result in the parish becoming a less attractive alternative to neighboring parishes which have or will have the desired facilities.

Why are the facilities not being broken down by the three functional entities of the parish:  church, school and pre-school?

We are “one” parish and one body not 3 separate entities. Parish facilities are shared by all 75 parish ministries which include the elementary School and the Pre School. We are guided by our common mission statement – “Our mission as the Body of Christ in the parish of St. Jean Vianney is to model the love of Jesus by discerning and doing God's will, consciously Sharing the Word and Eucharist at worship, educating in faith all ages, evangelizing our parishioners for Christ's mission, and serving justly God's people, our sisters and brothers within our parish boundaries, our larger Baton Rouge community, and into the world.”

Why are the School and preschool not raising the money for a capital campaign independently of the parish?

This is a parish wide campaign and seeks to meet the needs of all 75 ministries which allow the parish to achieve our common mission. The school and preschool will be actively supporting any future capital campaign. Many of the smaller ministries could not finance the cost of individual meeting spaces. The school through organizations like the Home & School Association has made significant capital contributions to the acquisition of the additional land in 2008. The Parish Long Range Planning Process included the futures of both the Parish Elementary School and the Preschool.

Does the school really need a cafeteria?

The need for a cafeteria was rated highly in the parish wide survey of ministries. Many ministries expressed a need for a full service kitchen to support parish fellowship. The cafeteria is a multipurpose space to be used for weekly coffee and donuts, Lenten dinners, ministry meals, community outreach in addition to being a place for the school children to have lunch.

Will there be enough room in the foot print of Fr. Engle’s Hall to house a cafeteria and the school administrative offices?

The architects believe there is a significant amount of underutilized space in the current configuration of Fr. Engle’s Hall. The architects also believe both functions can be housed in the renovated building. Detailed plans will be shared once financing is achieved.

Will there be a stage in the proposed facilities?

Yes, there will be a stage in one of the facilities, most probably the cafeteria.  (Note: No building has been programmed.)

Why is the gym located in the front of the property instead of in proximity to the athletic fields?  Wouldn’t a gym located in the rear of the property better facilitate shared sports and physical education locker rooms and concession facilities? Will there be enough parking for the gym in the proposed location?

The gym was positioned to the front of the property so that it could easily be located by first time visitors. Placing the gym in the proposed locations creates a security barrier to pedestrian traffic. The proposed location has dedicated parking. The proposed locations would avoid conflicts between gym activities and church activities held on campus at the same time. We did not want the gym to be visible from the church for two reasons. Aesthetics.  If there is a function at the gym while mass is going on, it could be a distraction with people and cars moving around the campus. The plan indicates that there will be 80 parking spaces in front of the gym. No other location on campus would provide more dedicated parking space.

Where will meeting rooms be located and will there be reception spaces?

The function of a new Parish Life Center and the renovated Campus Ministry Center will be to facilitate the needs of the parish’s many ministries. Non-school meeting rooms will primarily be located in the both Centers. The Parish Life Center Meeting Rooms will support meetings of various sizes. Although the proposed facilities would be large enough for social events and receptions, a decision has not been made as to whether they would be available to rent for private events. The full service kitchen in the cafeteria could support fellowship functions in the Parish Life Center. The cafeteria and gym would also be available for larger non school functions.

What will be the intended use of the Retreat Center?  Will it be used for other functions as well?

All facilities on campus will be multifunctional. The intended use of the retreat center is for a secluded meeting facility with a small kitchen for extended meeting use. The facility will be used for retreats or for any extended time meetings.

Will the chapel be opened at all times?

There are no current plans for a 24 hour adoration chapel at this time but the chapel could facilitate an adoration ministry. The chapel could be used for daily mass and meditation. The chapel could reduce the utility costs of the main church.

Why will the bell tower be moved?

The bell tower will be moved to the entrance of church to call the faithful to worship. The bell tower will also be moved to facilitate the building of the Parish Life Center. The current bell tower once stood next to the original church.

Will the church covered walk and drop off detract from the design of the church doors?  Why is the covered walkway connection to the school not planned in Phase 1?

Every effort will be taken to insure the design integrity of the church architecture. The original plans for the current Church had a covered walkway which protected the integrity of the Church building and provided coverage from inclement weather for drop-off and pick-up. The design will be appropriate for both needs. The current proposal is to have an exterior space where worshipers can be protected from inclement weather when entering and exiting doors of the church. Final phase 1 designs will consider the possibility of including a covered walkway to the church from the new classroom building.

Is a new school administration office necessary?  Does the current school office need to be torn down?  What will replace the current school office?

The current school office was the first temporary building built on this campus and was not designed to function as administrative offices. The current temporary classroom buildings and the school administrative building have out lived their useful life and are in disrepair. The plan proposes to replace the temporary classroom buildings with permanent classroom space built in the location of the current school administration building. The concept of renovating Fr. Engle’s Hall into a shared cafeteria/school administration build is an economically alternative to building a new School Administration Building.

Why will the preschool be moved to a new location?

In Phase 2 a new Pre-School facility is planned in the rear of the property. The new facility is required to meet the state regulatory standards for pre-school certification. The location was selected to increase security by moving our youngest students to the rear of the property.

Can the current Learning and Growth facilities be repurposed in phase 2 rather than torn down?

The plan calls for this space to be used as a secure recreation area for the elementary school. The buildings are not configured in a way conducive to classroom space or meeting facilities. The cost of any reconfigurations was taken into consideration in the current plan. Maintenance and utilities for the increased square footage is not currently warranted in the facilities master plan.

Why does the school need so much new classroom space?  Does the school intend to grow in size?

The school intends to remain the same size, with two classes per grade level. The phase one classroom space simply replaces the deteriorated temporary classroom building. The phase two classroom space provides additional laboratory and library space considered necessary to remain competitive, facility-wise, with other parochial schools in our area.   

Did the Master Plan Committee consider other options?

The Master Plan Committee evaluated 3 alternative plans presented by the architects. All of the options were based on the priorities outlined in the Master Plan Summary. The general consensus was reached on the proposed plan based on: Costs. Security issues. The design firm’s recommendation that the school and the church have a recognized “front door”.

What is the role of the Baton Rouge Diocese in this process?

The Baton Rouge Diocese has approved our evaluating a facilities building program. The Baton Rouge Diocese will approve design plans of any new construction. The Baton Rouge Diocese would require us to have 50% of the funds deposited in our financial accounts prior to the start of construction. If needed, the Baton Rouge Diocese is the source of parish loans.



Community Garden Meeting

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Altar Server Training Video

Watch this to brush up on your serving.

Just Faith Group Immersion Experience

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