Announcements 12/25

Merry Christmas! 
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.’

Prepare to Receive Communion: “In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, par_cipants 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 celebra_on 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 admiged 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.
  • Dec 24th 6:30pm Carols
                     7:00pm Christmas Eve Mass
  • Dec 25th 10:00am Christmas Day Mass
  • Dec 26th-30th (Mon-Fri) – No Mass & Office Closed
  • Dec 31st (Sat) 5:00pm Vigil Mass
  • Jan 1st (Sun) 8:00 am Mass
                           10:30 am Mass
Thank-you to the generosity of Norm Mathews at Thriftway, we have received a shipment of 2017 calendars.
They are in the vestibule on the shelf under the bulletin basket. Please take one per family.

The SJV office will be closed Christmas Eve through Monday, January 2nd. We will be checking voicemail and email.

ESL is on break Monday evenings until January 9th, when it will again resume.  

Faith & Family Nights
We will not meet for the last two weeks of December.

Sr. Joyce BOOK group
 Come join Sr. Joyce as she leads a group book discussion about The Holy Longing, by Fr. Ron Rolheiser. January 22, 5-6:30 pm in the conference room. Refreshments provided. Sign up in the vestibule or email Mary Lawrence at
Ronald Rolheiser makes sense of what is frequently a misunderstood word: spirituality. In posing the question "What is spirituality?" Father Rolheiser gets quickly to the heart of common difficulties with the subject, and shows through compelling anecdotes and personal examples how to channel that restlessness, that deep desire, into a healthy spirituality.

This book is for those searching to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to their own lives.  Rolheiser explains the nonnegotiables--the importance of community worship, the imperatives surrounding social action, the centrality of the Incarnation, the sustenance of the spiritual life--and how spirituality necessarily impacts every aspect of human experience.  At the core of this readable, deeply revealing book is an explanation of God and the Church in a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

Simbang Gabi Thank You
Thank you to all those who contributed to make Simbang Gabi a success last weekend: Maria Dimagiba, Divina Farlow, Fran Hadenfeld and John Paul Nelson. In particular we should all make a point to greet and thank Marie and Don Ganchorre who began preparations for the delicious food weeks in advance, and under whose auspices the Fil-Am Choir came to St. John Vianney to sing at Mass.

The next dates for baptism at our church are the weekend of January 14/15 and April 22/23. If you are planning on having a child baptized here, please plan on attending a baptism prep class (at least one parent and one godparent are required to attend). If you plan on having a baby baptized on either of these dates, please contact the office.

Book Group to discuss "Unexpected Grace"
"Unexpected Grace," by Kristin von Kreisler, will be discussed by the Vashon Ecumenical Book Group from 4 to 5:30 pm, Sun., Jan. 8, in the conference room at St. John Vianney Church, 16100 115th Ave. SW.  All are welcome. This uplifting novel tells how a woman, injured and traumatized by a mass shooting, finds healing and recovery through the companionship of an abandoned dog. The Group's February book is "Walking the Bible" by Bruce Feiler.

Give the Gift of a Loving Marriage this Christmas Season
Would you like a more loving marriage? Do you wish to heal past hurts and rekindle the warmth you once felt? The Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) program can help. Make a commitment this Christmas season to begin healing your marriage. There is no better gift. For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning February 10-12, 2017 call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at

Worldwide Marriage Encounter wants to honor the longest married Couple as part of Valentine's Day 2017.  Do you know a couple that is married 70 years or more?  Please let us know.  

 Online submissions at, email, or regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 188 Pinellas Lane, Suite 401 Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, and special phone number 321-804-2310. Nominations must be received by January 10th, 2017."

Clases de Inglés para Adultos
Los Lunes, empezando el 10 de Octubre de 7:00pm a 8:30pm  En la iglesia St. John Vianney - 16100 115th Ave SW     Cuidado de niños y ayuda con las tareas de estudiante durante la clase.
ESL Classes for Adults - Mondays starting October 10th 7:00-8:30pm;  St. John Vianney Catholic Church - 16100 115th Ave SW.    Childcare & Homework Help provided.

SVdP 2016 Annual Report: More need for food
Members of the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) met more requests for help with food than with rent during the past fiscal year.

“People still need help meeting housing costs,” said Diane Kajca, local SVdP president. “But we received a growing number of requests for food and clothing.”

SVdP members write cash vouchers for purchases at island supermarkets and Granny’s Attic.

Over the past year, conference members made 181 home visits to individuals and families asking for emergency help.  As a result, they were able to assist 495 people with food, rent, utilities, transportation, and health care.

St. John Vianney parishioners gave $28,378 in cash contributions to SVdP in FY2016 plus an additional $14,425 of in-kind contributions in the form of firewood, holiday meals, and Advent Tree gifts for low-income families.

In tithing for SVdP needs elsewhere, the SJV conference gave $500 to flood relief efforts in the South and $2,000 to its sister SVdP conference at St. Paul’s Parish in south Seattle. The national SVdP encourages “twinning” to aid conferences with very high needs.

Mission of St Vincent de Paul Society:
   “Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic volunteer organization, leads individuals to join together to offer person-to-person service to the poor and the suffering. And in doing this work, we all enrich our lives spiritually.”
Do you or someone you know need emergency help with rent, food, or utilities? 
   Call the SJV Conference hotline at 206.450.7577 to arrange a home visit.