Announcements 1/8

January 11: Divine Mercy: The 2nd Greatest Story Ever Told, part 1.
Renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God’s love and mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry of the Augustine Institute’s film studio, the vast panorama of God’s work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.

January 25: Welcome dinner for Confirmandi. Parishoners invited to share a meal and welcome the 10 young men and women from our parish as they prepare for Confirmation this May. 

February 1: Divine Mercy: The 2nd Greatest Story Ever Told, part 2.

February 8: The Liturgy of the Hours: Universal prayer of the Church. Presented by Andrew Casad

February 15: The Liturgy of the Hours with Andrew Casad

Sr. Joyce BOOK group

Sr. Joyce book discussion POSTPONED!! Please refer to the bulletin next week for the NEW DATE. You can purchase "The Holy Longing" for a $10 donation in the vestibule. Please sign up in the vestibule or by emailing 

There will be no Daily Mass on Friday January 13, 2017

The next dates for baptism at our church are the weekend of April 22/23. If you are planning on having a child baptized here, please contact the office and plan on attending the baptism prep class on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00pm here at SJV. At least one parent and one godparent are required to attend.

Wood Stackers Needed
January 22, noon-1:00
As many of us know, generous islanders contact our SJV Wood Crew with donations of cords' worth of firewood and the Wood Crew harvests, cuts into rounds, loads, unloads, splits, piles, stacks, and then delivers these donations.  As we all know, this has been a very cold and wet season, and many, many deliveries have been made.

The Wood Crew has mentioned that they could use some of our super outdoor energy, which was so amply revealed at December's leaf raking party. We have been asked to provide our Faith Formation students, and the Faith Formation parents too if willing, to work on January 22nd from JUST noon to 1:00, to help the Wood Crew move a lot of split fire wood under the cover of the sheds.
We will help get the currently split wood under cover so it can season for next winter's donations to those people on Vashon who need SJV's help to keep warm through the winter.

Boots/sturdy shoes and gloves, please.

High School and Jr. High students — your hard work is remembered from a couple of years ago!!

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.

Rachel’s Corner
Hope and Healing After Abortion
When you see wounded, I see mended. You see your worst mistake, but I see the price I paid. There's nothing you could ever do, to lose what grace has won. So hold on, it's not the end. No, this is where love's work begins. I'm making all things new. And I will make a miracle of you.”
                                   - “Mended” by Matthew West

Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and let these words come alive for you as He makes a miracle of you. 
March 10-12, 2017

Call Valerie: 1-800-822-HOPE (4673)
You are loved with an everlasting Love!
Project Rachel is a program of Catholic Community Services.

Troubled Marriage?
Hope is a Phone Call Away.
Are you struggling in your marriage? You are not alone. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) can help. 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

Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows. A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 17. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2017 is the year.
Blessing the Chalk
V. Our help is the name of the Lord:
R. The maker of heaven and earth.
V. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
R. From this time forth for evermore.
Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Instructions for Blessing the Home
Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:  20 + C + M + B + 17 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and fifteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.
Then offer the following prayer: Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen