Announcements 12/24

IMPORTANT CALENDAR UPDATES
  • Christmas Eve Mass Wed, Dec 24 - 7pm only (No 10am Mass) 
  • Christmas Day Thur, Dec 25 - 10am 
  • DEC 26 No morning Mass Fri, Dec. 26 No Mass 
  • DEC 29 No morning Mass Mon, Dec. 29 No Mass 
  • Mary, Mother of God Mass Thur, Jan 1, 2015 10am only (No 7pm Mass) 
  • Pancake Breakfast Sun, Jan 4, 2015 After 10:30am Mass 
ICON JOHN 21:1-4
This image is of an unfinished icon that is being written for the parish in memory of Albert Rosellini. The icon depicts the scene in Jn 21:1-14 when the Risen Lord is on the shore at dawn preparing breakfast for the disciples who have been out fishing unsuccessfully all night. When the Apostle John recognizes Jesus, Peter jumps into the water and swims ashore while the others in the boat pull in a miraculous catch of fish. Last December an Icon Committee was formed to study the art and purpose of icon writing and then make a recommendation to Father Marc for an Icon to hang in our worship space. This, one of two recommendations that were made, was selected. Members of the Icon Committee were: Connie Walker (chair), Leslie Carda, Ellen Stewart, Cristina Bojanini, Phil Volker, Mary Fran Lyons, Kelly Burke, Maria Pottinger, and Jaculin Dougher. Once completed, the icon will be hung in the worship space to the right of the altar. The new icon will serve not only as a memorial to parishioner and former Governor Rosellini, but will also be a fitting way to mark the 50th Anniversary of our parish. You can check the progress of this icon at https://theholyface.wordpress.com/

REMINDER FOR END-OF-YEAR GIVING
The tax year is coming to a close. Please note that if you were planning on any future donations to be applied toward your 2014 tax year, they need to be in the church office by Dec. 31, 2014. Please also note that back-dating a check to Dec. 30th or some other 2014 date will not allow us to acknowledge the donation as being in 2014 if we receive the donation after the cut-off.

BOOK GROUP TO DISCUSS 'MONEY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE'
The Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss "Money and the Meaning of Life," by Jacob Needleman, at its next meeting from 4 to 5:30 pm, Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Vashon Senior Center, 10004 SW Bank Road. Deborah Anderson will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome.
Needleman, a philosopher, argues that our inability to understand the true role of money in our lives explains why we have come to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The group's February book, facilitated by Carole Lynn Ives, is "The Sparrow," a philosophical science fiction work by Mary Doria Russell.

RETREATS & MASSES OFF ISLAND
• Beginning Your Spiritual Autobiography Jan 3 Saturday 9am-3pm (St Placid)
• Compline January 10 Saturday 9am-3pm (St Placid)
• “There is More!” Marriage Retreat Feb 13-15, 2015 -Dr. Tom and Kari Curran

HEALTHY MARRIAGE
New Year’s Resolution: a Healthy Marriage – Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vÄ«) can help couples in trouble rediscover each other and take new, positive steps to heal their marriages. Resolve to make your marriage all it is meant to be. Retrouvaille can help you. For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning January 23-25, 2015 call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at www.HelpOurMarriage.com

Rachel’s Corner: Hope and Healing After Abortion
March 6-8, 2015 Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and experience the mercy and “good things” of Our Lord. He is waiting for you. Call Valerie: 1-800-822-HOPE (4673) You are loved with an everlasting Love!

MASS FOR THE UNITY OF CHRISTIANS
You are cordially invited to join Archbishop Peter Sartain in the Mass for the Unity of Christians in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 11:00 A.M. on January 17, 2015 at St. James Cathedral. A reception to follow after Mass in the Isaac Orr Conference Room. Please RSVP to Philip Tran at 206-382-4828 or philip.tran@seattlearch.org

INDONESIAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
The Indonesian Catholic Community of the Greater Seattle (KKIS) would like to invite all Catholic Indonesian and their family to attend our Christmas Celebration. The celebration will start with Mass follow up with dinner and entertainment. January 4, 2015 - 4:00PM - St. Catherine of Sienna, 8500 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 For further information, please contact Ade Seilie (425)802-0040.

MASS FOR LIFE & MARCH FOR LIFE
As Pope Francis proclaimed, "Human life is always sacred, valuable and inviolable. And as such, it must be loved, defended and cared for." On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, we will gather to celebrate the annual Mass for Life and honor the sacredness of all human life, especially in its most vulnerable forms. Following the Mass for Life, everyone is encouraged to participate in the 37th Annual March for Life at the State Capitol in Olympia. The March marks the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Make the most of the day by also scheduling meetings with your legislators before leaving Olympia.