Announcements 12/2

ADVENT GIVING TREE
The Advent Giving Tree is up! If you are able to assist a Vashon family in need, please take a tag (or two) from the tree, buy the gift, wrap it, attach the tag, and return it to the church by December 16th. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and willingness to make Christmas brighter for those families. If you are unable to return the gift by December 16th, please contact Diane at 253-579-4683. Merry Christmas and God bless you.

LA PASTORELLA
All kids invited to dance!
Lucina Antunez is leading rehearsals of the dance La Pastorella which is performed to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, and all children are invited. Rehearsals are here at SJV week nights at 6:30-7:30 for the next one and half weeks. We will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12th, with La Pastorella at 6:00 followed by Mass. No need to sign up—simply show up and learn the dance.

MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS--$15

We are selling Christmas poinsettias that will decorate our church for the Christmas season. Plants are $15 each and can be purchased in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Plants will be labeled and a list of names of those being remembered will also be placed on the altar in the Prayer Book of Intentions for all Christmas Masses. Order forms are on the table in the vestibule. The deadline to order plants is Sunday, Dec. 16th. Please call Mary Ann Beardsley with questions, 206-567-4273.

SJV's 
Advent Lessons & Carols 2018
All parish children are invited to participate in our parish's advent tradition of telling the Advent and Christmas story through bible verses and carols. We are learning a new song this year, and we invite children who play an instrument to accompany some of our carols! If your child is interested, please come to the first rehearsal this Sunday. We will assign readings and costumes.

The final two rehearsals are today and next Sunday after the 10:30 Mass. Lessons & Carols will be performed at 9:30 on Dec. 16. The whole parish is invited to this wonderful SJV Advent event.

Book Group to discuss
'The Denial of Death'
The Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss "The Denial of Death," by Ernest Becker, from 4 to 5:30 pm, this Sunday, Dec 2, at the Vashon Lutheran Church, 18623 Vashon Hwy SW. All are welcome. Becker, a cultural anthropologist and philosopher, argues that the fear of death unconsciously drives most human experience and can only be conquered through faith in a higher power. 

GOSPEL/BIBLE STUDY
9:15-10:15am Sundays
Join Fr. David or Brandon Sheard who will use Bishop Mueggenberg’s reflections on the Good News to lead us deeper into the Gospel reading of each Sunday. This class runs through March. Class will meet this weekend, and on Dec. 2. There is class this Sunday.

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Saturday, Dec. 8
Please note that the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, is next Saturday, December 8, at 10 AM. The 5PM Mass that day will be the Mass of the 2nd Sunday of Advent.

A Very Brassy Christmas
December 8 & 9, 2018

Vashon Island Chorale’s seventy-five singers accompanied by organ, percussion and brass under the direction of Dr. Gary D. Cannon present “A Very Brassy Christmas” in two concerts at the Kay White Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec 9, 3pm. Four major works, Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, A Winter's Night composed by Cecilia McDowall, Lord, thou hast been our refuge by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter's Gloria will be performed.

SAVE THE DATE
St. John Vianney Women’s Group will host Ladies Night Out in Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres and great fellowship - all parish women are invited.  Details to follow. 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Next weekend there will be at collection at the end of Mass to help with the continuing efforts of St. Vincent de Paul.
Do you or someone you know need emergency help with rent, food, or utilities? Call the St. Vincent de Paul hotline at 206.450.7577 to arrange a home visit. 

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce necesita ayuda de emergencia con el alquiler, la comida o las utilidades? Llame al 206.450.7577 para arreglar una visita al hogar.

Help SVdP help hurricane victims
Did you know that the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) now responds to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters in the United States? In fact, Vincentians have assisted hurricane survivors in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico in recent months. Learn more at: https://www.svdpdisaster.org/about-us. At the invitation of the national SVdP, our parish conference is designating funds to help survivors of natural disaster. If you’d like to help, mark your SVdP for disaster relief. 
Thank you.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST 
There is a Pancake Breakfast celebrating the 1st Sunday of Advent following the 10:30 Mass this weekend. After you enjoy your pancakes, please look around to see how you can help with clean up. Your help will really be appreciated.

Baptismal Preparation
For those families looking forward to a Baptism in 2019, the next three Baptismal Preparation Classes will be held on Jan. 3, March 4, and July 25. At least one parent and one godparent must attend this class. Baptism weekends will be Jan. 12-13, April 27-28, and Aug. 3-4.

Rachel’s Corner
“Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”      - Anonymous  
Have you been looking back at the shore, navigating uncertain waters after having been involved in an abortion decision? Is this something no one knows about and you have held it inside in silence? Have regret, shame and pain left a footprint on your life and prevented you from a close relationship with God and others?
Call for a compassionate, confidential conversation. Registering now for our next healing retreat: March 8-10, in English
English: (206) 920-6413
EspaƱol: (206)-450-7814  
Project Rachel is a program of Catholic Community Services.
You are loved with an everlasting Love!