Announcements 12/13

SJV poinsettias SALE EXTENDED
We will continue to sell poinsettias in memory or in honor of a loved one that will decorate the church for the Christmas season until supplies last.  There are currently only 6” plants left for sale at $15 each.  Order forms are on a table in the vestibule. Please call Mary Ann Beardsley 567-4273 if you have any questions. 

St. Vincent de Paul
There will be a collection after the masses this weekend - December 12 & 13. Thanks for remembering those in need.

Advent Giving Tree
The Advent Giving Tree is up in the vestibule. Please take a tag (or more) from the tree and return the gift by December 20th. Gifts can be purchased for needy Vashon families or checks written for the Jonestown Family Center. If for any reason you cannot return your gift by December 20th, please contact Diane at 253-579-4683. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Holly daze gratitude
Heartfelt thanks to all of the volunteers and incredible bakers for helping this year's Holly Daze Bake Sale to be a huge success. Returning customers commented on the continuing high quality of baked goods that they can count
on from year to year. We look forward to organizing this fun event again next year. Janis McElroy, Jenny Shields and Patti Kirk.

Wish List
Are you good with communications? We need someone to help with our social media communications on a regular/weekly basis – facebook, twitter, webpage, etc. If you are interested, please contact Maria in the office.

FRIDAY MORNING MASS TIME CHANGE
Mass on Fridays will be changing to 9:30 a.m. for the next couple months.

Advent & Christmas Events!
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

Book Group to read Jewish novel
The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis will be discussed at the next meeting of the Vashon Ecumenical Book Group from 4 to 5:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 3, at the Vashon Senior Center, 10004 SW Bank Road.  Deborah Anderson will facilitate the discussion.  All are welcome. In this award-winning novel set in the insular world of Orthodox Jews in Memphis, Tennessee, Mirvis illuminates the timeless struggle between mothers and daughters, family and self, religious identity and personal faith. The group's February book is Putting Away Childish Things, a novel by Marcus Borg. 

MARRIED COUPLES – WANT TO GIVE A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING?  
Apply for the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend – it’s the best gift you’ll ever give to each other and your marriage!  Enjoy a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend at The Inn at Gig Harbor, Feb. 12 – 14, 2016 and fill your holiday celebrations with even greater blessings.  For more information call 253-582-0239 or apply on-line at  www.wwme.org   Additional dates and locations are listed on-line.
  Also, At Sheraton Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue on May 20 – 22, 2016. Information call  206-772-2344

The Best Gift for Your Spouse this Christmas Season: A Loving Marriage 
Have you and your spouse drifted apart over the years? Are you simply going through the motions, but wish your marriage was much more than that? Do you think it’s impossible to have a warm and loving marriage? Think again. Retrouvaille can help. For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning Jan 22-24, 2016 call 360-671-6479 or visit our website at www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
“I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity.”
- Pope Francis

December Moments of Mercy
In Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis asks that we strive for our lives to be rooted in the mercy of God. One way we can grow in this mercy is by being receptive to the message of mercy and love that is proclaimed in the Scriptures and in the Christian witness to faith in Jesus.
Open yourself to listen to and hear the Word of God.
Prepare your mind and your heart by entering into a quiet space and giving yourself time for reflection. This can be done individually or with others, such as your family or a small group in your parish.
Ask God to open your heart to receive his words of love into your life.

The Corporal Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.  They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (USCCA).  They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life. The seven Corporal Works of Mercy are listed below. 

FEED THE HUNGRY
There are many people in this world who go without food.  When so much of our food goes to waste, consider how good stewardship practices of your own food habits can benefit others who do not have those same resources.

GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY
Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity.  We should support the efforts of those working towards greater accessibility of this essential resource. 

SHELTER THE HOMELESS
There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming a person without a home.  Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face.

VISIT THE SICK
Those who are sick are often forgotten or avoided.  In spite of their illness, these individuals still have much to offer to those who take the time to visit and comfort them.

VISIT THE PRISONERS
People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God.  No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God and find the Truth of the message of Christ.

BURY THE DEAD
Funerals give us the opportunity to grieve and show others support during difficult times.  Through our prayers and actions during these times we show our respect for life, which is always a gift from God, and comfort to those who mourn.

GIVE ALMS TO THE POOR
Donate money to organizations that have the ability to provide support and services for those in need.  Do research and find organizations that put people in need first, rather than profit.