We welcome all of the relatives and visitors who join us this week for Christmas at St. John Vianney on Vashon. It is a joy to share together what matters most in life—our faith and our loved ones. As we are surrounded with Christmas activity, we come here to find what Christmas is truly all about. Here, surrounded by people we love, we meet Jesus, our Lord. We wish everyone a very beautiful Christmas.
‘Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, for infant's cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.
Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wisemen. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen.’
Welcome to our new parishioners,
Ed and Cindy Otto!
St. John Vianney welcomed new parishioners, Ed and Cindy Otto, into our parish when they received their first Eucharist and were Confirmed at the Christmas Eve Mass. Ed and Cindy have been preparing to become full members of the church for the last several months with Connie and Jim Walker leading them through the process. Welcome, Ed and Cindy!
WOMEN OF SJV: SAVE THE DATE
Friday, January 8th at 6:00 pm -- Ladies' Night Out at SJV Church Hall, a potluck dinner and social with board & card games. All women of the Parish are invited. Beverages will be provided.
SIMBANG GABI THANK-YOU!
Thank-you to Don & Marie Ganchorre for all their work – sharing their time and talent - last weekend celebrating Simgang Gabi! The choir they brought over was delightful and the feast that followed was delicious and plentiful!
Marie Ganchorre would like to thank JohnPaul Nelson III, Fe Dimagiba and Dina Farlow for their help in the kitchen and Drs. Leo & Josefina Vallarta for their financial help of the Simbang Gabi feast.
- Thursday, December 24th - 7:00pm Christmas Eve Mass (NO daily Mass)
- Friday, December 25th – 10:00 am Christmas Day Mass
- FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH
- Saturday, December 26th – 5:00pm Vigil
- Sunday, December 27th – 8:00am & 10:30am
- MARY MOTHER OF GOD (Holy Day of Obligation)
- Friday, January 1st – 10:00am
- SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
- Saturday, January 2nd – 5:00pm Vigil
- Sunday, January 3rd – 8:00am & 10:30am
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.
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.
Faith Formation evenings, Thursdays 6:30-8:30 in the Social Hall
Beginning in January, St. John Vianney will offer Faith Formation evenings on Thursday nights which will include:
- YDisciple for Middle and High School Youth participants
- Middle and High School youth are invited to meet in small groups, building relationships and trust while receiving Catechesis and guidance from adult mentors. Cynthia Delgado will be mentoring the young women's group and Collin Medeiros will be mentoring the young men.
- Catholicism Series - Bishop Robert Baron - for Adult participants
- Journey deep into the faith with Bishop Robert Baron in small groups. For those who participated in Alpha this Fall, these sessions may be a continuation of your Alpha small groups.
- Childcare will be provided
- Light Refreshments
- January-March Schedule is as follows:
- January 14th, 21st, 28th
- February 4th, 11th, 25th
- March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st
Lessons and Carols
Last Sunday, the children of St. John Vianney presented a very special program of carols and scripture readings in preparation for the coming of Jesus. Thank you to Mary Lawrence, Jenna Teranishi, Michelle Casad and to all of the families who helped to make the occasion so beautiful and special for all!
Jubilee of Mercy Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with His anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
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 2015 tax year, they need to be in the church office by Dec. 31, 2015. Please also note that back-dating a check to Dec. 30th or some other 2015 date will not allow us to acknowledge the donation as being in 2015 if we receive the donation after the cut-off.
Prepare to Receive Communion: “In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession. . .” (Code of Canon Law, 916).
Who receives Communion: Communion is a deeper step that involves commitment and faith in the Real Presence - please be conscious of that deeper level of meaning and faith if you choose to go to Communion. “Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion” (Code of Canon Law, 844). Those who are not receiving may choose to stay in your seat or come forward, cross your arms over your chest and bow your head for a blessing.
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