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Donation Letters SentIf you made donations to SJV in 2014, you should have received a letter or an email this week substantiating your donations for all of 2014 for your tax purposes. If you did not receive one, please contact the office (567-4149).

TAX FRAUD UPDATEThe Archdiocese is updating their FAQ document. When it is complete, it will be posted on their website (www.seattlearchdiocese.org). Here are some highlights:

According to the IRS, the best way to protect yourself from tax fraud is to file your return as early as possible. (Filing an extension does NOT have the same effect.)
  • Many volunteers/employees who were affected by this fraud have received an Identitiy Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) from the IRS. This will be used to verify the taxpayers identity when they file their tax return. If you received this, you MUST use it when you file your return. If you did not receive an IP PIN and want to request one, this can only be done through the IRS website. These are in high demand and may take some time to process, so their advice is still to simply file your return as early as possible. If you file early AND request an IP PIN, you may have to refile after you receive your IP PIN. Websites with more info: www.irs.gov/Individuals/The-Identity-Protection-PIN-IP-PIN as well as www.irs.gov/Individuals/Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-the-Identity-Protection-Personal-Identification-Nuimber-(IP-PIN) 
  • They have not been successful in identifying the specific source of the breach affecting the Archdiocese. They have concluded the investigation and have not found anything in their internal systems to suggest they were compromised. Law enforcement continues to investigate this incident. About 5,900 individuals informed them that they were affected – of these about 10% were individuals that had never provided their SSN to them, so some had their information compromised elsewhere. This type of crime is a national issue and has been escalating over the last several years. 
  • There is more information in a letter from the Archdiocese hanging on the wall going into the Social Hall.
Food DriveOur Faith Formation classes are collecting food for the hungry through Sunday, February 1st. Please participate if you are able by bring non-perishable food items to the church for donation to the food bank.

Mass - Children's Liturgy Faith Formation students will be serving as ministers on February 1st at the 10:30 Mass. If you have children in Pre-k through 8th grade classes, please plan to attend. The kids will be serving as Lectors,Greeters, Altar Servers, singing and offering Prayers of the Faithful.

Faith Formation Class Schedule Change:There is a change to our faith formation class schedule during the week of mid-Winter break. We will NOT have class on February 15th and WILL have classes on February 22nd. Enjoy the break!

Announcing the 2nd Annual SJV Ladies’ “Game Night”!Feeling the gloom of winter? Take a break, and join us for games, fun, a potluck dinner, and scintillating conversation! All women of the parish and their friends are invited to join us in the St. John Vianney social hall on Friday evening, January 30th from 6 – 9 PM. If you plan to attend, please bring a potluck dish (entrée, dessert or salad), to serve 6 – 8 people; plus bring your own beverage. The event is being organized by the St. John Vianney Women’s Group.
Questions? Contact Kris Cushing @ 206-962-0691/ kriskdesigns@yahoo.com

Book Group to discuss "The Sparrow,"
a theological science fiction
"The Sparrow," a theological science fiction book by Mary Doria Russell, will be discussed by the Vashon Ecumenical Book Group from 4 to 5:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 8, in the conference room at St. John Vianney Church, 16100 115th Ave. SW. Carol Lynn Ives will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome. Russell's tale of a Jesuit space expedition's encounter with two cultures on another planet, deals with questions of God, human relationships, and extraterrestrial life. The Group's March book is "What Americans Really Believe" by Rodney Stark.

2015 Calendars are here!Norm Matthews at Thriftway has very generously donated calendars again this year to the churches on Vashon. They are available in the vestibule.

9 Days for LIFEThe U.S. bishops annual novena 9 Days for Life takes place Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 25. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app. Join at www.9daysforlife.com!

La novena anual de los obispos de EE. UU., 9 Días por la Vida, tendrá lugar del 17 al 25 de enero. Recen por el respeto y la protección de la vida humana con nuevas intenciones, breves reflexiones y más cada día. Bajen la novena de Internet o participe en Facebook, mensaje electrónico de texto o una aplicación. ¡Únete a www.9daysforlife.com!

OFF ISLAND RETREATSMARRIAGE AND FAMILYUSCCB Speaker on Marriage and Family Life - Dr. Andrew Lichtenwalner will speak on "The Mystery and Vocation of the Family" on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. Monica Parish, Mercer Island, beginning at 7:00 pm. The event is free but we ask that you RSVP to ocff@seattlearch.org or 206-382-4096 by Thursday, February 12th.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIESPilgrimage Trip to World Meeting of Families - The next World Meeting of Families will be in the United States this September. The Archdiocese is organizing a pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the meeting which will include a Papal Mass. You won't want to miss this opportunity to participate in Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S. More information will be available soon. To be placed on the email list for details about this trip, send contact information to ocff@seattlearch.org.

Rachel’s Corner: Hope and Healing After AbortionMarch 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!