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PANCAKE BREAKFASTThere will be a Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, January 4th after the 10:30am Mass. Suggested donation $5/person, $15/family.

St. Vincent de Paul - Advent TreeThe St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank the generous St. John Vianney parishioners who took tags and returned gifts for the Advent Tree. Many Vashon families were able to have a more joyous Christmas this year.

St. Vincent de Paul COLLECTIONThere will be a collection for St. Vincent de Paul after all masses the weekend of January 10th - 11th.

CIVIL RIGHTS RABBI TO SPEAK AT MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., EVENT ON JAN. 15Rabbi James Mirel, a civil rights activist and Seattle area community leader for over 40 years, will speak at the annual Vashon anniversary event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 15 at Havurat Ee Shalom, 15401 Westside Hwy SW. Mirel, rabbi emeritus at Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue, will be joined by his wife, Julie, who will sing music from the civil rights era. Admission is free although donations to the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness, the event sponsor, are welcomed.

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.

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

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!

Benedictine Vocation DiscernmentSt. Placid Priory in Lacey is offering a "Benedictine Vocation Discernment” Feb. 28 (Saturday 9am) March 1 (Sunday 12:30pm) for Catholic single women discerning a vocational call to the Benedictine way of life. There is no fee.
Contact Sister Lucy Wynkoop at 360-438-2595 or email her at

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

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.