Announcement 11/30

Wish List
If you are able to help with anything on this list – please contact Maria in the office.
Thank-you to the anonymous person who not only assembled the fans, but also put them away and recycled all the packaging materials!
Are you good with communications? We need someone to help with our social media communications on a regular/weekly basis – facebook, twitter, webpage, etc.

Advent Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, December 6th following 10:30 Mass.
Suggested donation $5/person or $15/family.

Fifth Monday Community meal
Volunteers are needed to prepare food for the upcoming Monday community meal at 5:00 pm 11/30/2015 at the Methodist Church.  If you can help by preparing a main dish, salad, bread or dessert, please sign up on the list in the vestibule or contact Charlotte Lovekin .
Help be the presence of Christ to the hungry people here on the island.  " For I was hungry and you gave me food,..."  Matthew 25:35

Christmas décor for sale
There will be Christmas gift bags, tissue, garland, lights and other décor for sale after Mass. This will include some poinsettias that you can take home with you (NOT to be confused with the poinsettias for sale in honor of a loved one which will be used to decorate the church).

Mass on Fridays will be changing to 9:30 a.m. for the next couple months.

Lessons and Carols
Join us December 20th from 3:30-4:30pm as the children of Saint John Vianney present Lessons and Carols.  The children will recount the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News through scripture readings, carols, and songs. This will be a abbreviated version of the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols that dates to the late 19th century. This advent tradition will be reverent and festive for the whole family as we prepare together for the coming of the Messiah.  Hot cocoa and light snacks will follow in the Social Hall.

Advent & Christmas Events!
12/6 – Pancake Breakfast following the 10:30 Mass – suggested donation $5/person or $15/family
12/8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation - Mass at 10:00am & 7:00pm
12/12 – Following the 5pm Mass celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, there will be traditional songs sung in the sanctuary to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.
12/19 – Las Posadas will be celebrated in the Social Hall following the 5pm Mass. All are welcome!
12/20 – Simbang Gabi will be celebrated at the 10:30 Mass followed by a feast in the Social Hall
Also on the 20th, Lessons & Carols will be held in the Sanctuary from 3:30-5:30 featuring youth from our Faith Formation program.
12/24 – 6:30 Christmas Carols 7:00 Christmas Eve Mass
12/25 – 10:00am Christmas Day Mass
SJV poinsettias SALE
We will be selling Christmas poinsettias that will decorate SJV church for the Christmas season.  Plants can be purchased in memory 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 for all Christmas masses.  Order forms are on a table in the vestibule.  The deadline to order plants is Sunday, November 29th.  Questions, please call Mary Ann Beardsley 567-4273.

Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2015
Please Support the ACA in your Giving Tuesday Plans!
As a spin-off of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a special day created a couple years ago as a National Day of Giving to inspire and encourage charitable giving. And what better reason to give than to support over 60 ministries and services throughout Western Washington? Your gift of any amount to the Annual Catholic Appeal is welcome and will make a huge difference! We hope you will participate!

As we have many families looking forward to participating in Lessons & Carols, we will definitely be moving forward with this event on Sunday, December 20th.  The time has been adjusted to begin at 3:30pm and will be followed by hot chocolate and light refreshments.  Our first rehearsal will be this Sunday, November 8th, 11:30 am-12:15 pm.  There will be additional rehearsals on 11/22 and 12/13 at the same time.  If you would like for your kids to participate and have not yet replied, you are able to just come to the first rehearsal and join the group.  A big thank you to Mary and Jenna for arranging a fun and meaningful Advent celebration for the parish youth. Also, thank you to Michelle Casad for playing the piano for the event

Our annual service project of beautifying of the grounds of our beloved St. John Vianney Church will take place on Saturday, November 14th.  This gives the kids an opportunity to provide hands on for the needs of the Church.  The party will start 9:00, and lunch will be served when we finish.  If families could bring some tools such as rakes, blowers, clippers and gloves, it would be very helpful.  The grounds volunteer group counts on the help of the many hands of our families on this day and it has always been a great way to get to know parish members through service that you may not ordinarily get to meet in your regular routine.  Anyone that would like to help Kay Westfall with lunch would be appreciated.  The more, the merrier!

Homilies for Catholic Life by 
Richard R. Roach, edited by Peter Weigel
Father Roach’s dear friend, Peter Weigel, has published some of Father Roach’s best homilies into a lovely book. A brief summary precedes each homily. It starts with a homily written for the First Sunday of Advent and proceeds through homilies for Feast Days and other Special Days. The last chapters are some thematic homilies that Father Roach wrote. The book is available in the vestibule for $25. You can put cash or check made out to St. John Vianney in the Lighthouse box by the bulletin basket. If the books run out, we will put out a sign-up sheet and place another order.

Our Lady of Guadalupe - SEATTLE
Fast approaching is the Advent season and along with it in the first Saturday of December, Archbishop Sartain and Bishop Elizondo will be celebrating with Hispanic community of the Archdiocese of Seattle the 21st Annual Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas. Archbishop Sartain will be presiding over this Mass and he is inviting you to concelebrate with him and other brother priests on December 5, 2015 at 12:10 p.m. at St. James Cathedral.

Year of Mercy
This liturgical year, which begins with the First Sunday of Advent on November 29, 2015, marks a special time in the life of the Roman Catholic Church.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in his bull Misericordiae Vultus.  This Jubilee Year of Mercy officially commences on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8, 2015 marked by the opening of the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.  Then, the following Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, known also as Gaudete (or Rejoice!) Sunday, will include the opening of a Holy Door of Mercy in the cathedral church of each diocese in the world.  Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, will open a Holy Door at the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome and Archbishop Sartain will open our local Holy Door at Saint James Cathedral in Seattle on December 13, 2015. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has published eight pastoral resources for living the jubilee Year of Mercy (through Our Sunday Visitor) which could be used for study and faith sharing in the parish especially, for example, taking one volume per week during the forty days of Lent.  The first, "Celebrating Mercy," provides the ritual for the opening (and subsequent closing) of the Holy Door; though this rite will only be celebrated at the cathedral by the archbishop for the opening of our archdiocesan Holy Door the beautiful text is worth study and reflection in order to make its riches known to the faithful.  This opening (and closing) of the Holy Door is the principal way in which the Archdiocese of Seattle will mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy together with the observance of "Twenty-Four Hours for the Lord" (on March 4-5, 2016), several additional archdiocesan Jubilee celebrations scheduled at Saint James Cathedral (see complete schedule online), and parish pilgrimages to the Holy Door. "Celebrating Mercy" is not, however, limited to cathedral celebrations and includes recommended liturgical celebrations of mercy you may want to consider for your parish.

European Refugee Crisis
Photo by Kira Horvath for CRS.

For information on the European refugee crisis and how our Church is responding, please visit our Emergencies Page at, where we will post updates and resources from our partners, Catholic Relief Services and the USCCB Committee on Migration.

"These refugees are fleeing terror themselves-violence like we have witnessed in Paris. They are extremely vulnerable families, women, and children who are fleeing for their lives. We cannot and should not blame them for the actions of a terrorist organization."
- Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. 

Advent Retreat
The Annunciation: Wellspring of Joy and Solidarity

Thursday, December 10, 9:30am - 3:00pm
With Maria Arroyo, Relationship Manager for Catholic Relief Services West. An Advent retreat offered by your Missions Office and Catholic Relief Services at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades. For parish staff and volunteer leadership, open to all, lunch included: FREE.
For more information and to register, visit

Weekly Reflections/Reflexiones Semanales

Catholic Relief Services is providing online weekly reflections to break open the Gospel readings for each Sunday of Advent, at home, parish or school, with a story and reflection questions for adults, teens, and children. 

Thank you!
Thanks to you, so much has been accomplished since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines 2 years ago. Thanks to you, 20,000 homes have been rebuilt. Thanks to you, families can once again gather around the table. 
Thanks for giving

May blessings overflow,
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo
President & CEO
Catholic Relief Services