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The Disciple Maker Survey can be taken through February 16th! There are paper copies on the table in the vestibule and the generic online survey can be found at:
So far, we have 69 online responses from our church and we need several more to have a true representation of our parish. (Currently, these 69 people are speaking for over 400 members of SJV.) There are a several questions on a variety of topics. The survey only takes about 5 minutes. Thank-you to all who have taken the time to respond. This survey will help our parish understand where we are succeeding and where we can improve. It is anonymous – we will only get the results.

The Stabat Mater hymn, one of the most powerful and immediate of the extant medieval poems, meditates on the suffering of Mary during Christ’s crucifixion. The complete Stabat Mater cycle by Pergolesi will be presented in a sacred concert at St. John Vianney, March 5th at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Sacred songs by Scarlatti, Bach, Caccini and Durante will precede the work. Jennifer Krikawa, Rebekah Kuzma, and Vashon Opera regulars Holly Boaz and Julia Benzinger will sing; violinist Karin Choo will join Dan Brandt and Danielle McCutcheon on violin and viola respectively, and Charles Lovekin, Michelle Casad and Kevin Pottinger will accompany on organ. A suggested donation of $15 will be collected at the door; all are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Rice Bowls are being distributed to families through Faith Formation classes. They will also be available in a basket in the narthex this weekend. Please take one home and use it with your family’s Lenten journey.
Our journey with CRS Rice Bowl begins in Columbia, where coffee beans are changing lives! What actions can we take this Lent to change lives – at home and around the world? Visit for more.

Abstinence (all Fridays during Lent) is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Baptism or of renewal of Baptism at Easter. (Code of Canon Law, 1249-1252)

Lenten Soup Sundays
There are sign-up sheets in the vestibule for people to sign up to bring Soup or Bread for the Sundays of Lent (starting next Sunday). The soups/bread will be served after the 10:30 Masses in the Social Hall. Meat soups are fine as they will be served on Sundays, not Fridays.

Book Group to discuss Middle East on Sunday, March 6
The Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss The Multiple Identities of the Middle East, by Bernard Lewis, from 4 to 5:30 pm, Sun., March 6, in the conference room at St. John Vianney Church, 16100 115th Ave. SW. All are welcome.
In this book, Lewis, a Middle East scholar, shows how Western political concepts have altered the traditional Middle-Eastern notions of personal, national, and religious identity and inflamed political conflict.
The Group's April book will be Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber.