Announcements 11/18

The Month of Remembrance:
Throughout the month of November, we have the opportunity at SJV to remember the dead, our deceased family, friends, and parishioners with some very special prayer opportunities:

Harvest of Memories Display
From November 1st-25th, place pictures of your deceased loved ones around the baptismal font in the Church. This is a beautiful way to share with each other the special people in our lives who have died.

Parish Book of the Dead 
Throughout November, the Book of the Dead will be displayed in the Church to inscribe the names of our loved ones who have died.  We will be praying for them at every Mass offered until the First Sunday of Advent.

Blessing of Graves at Vashon Cemetery
On Friday November 2nd at 11:00am, we gathered at Vashon Cemetery to bless the graves and pray for the dead buried there.

Blessing of Veterans
Remembering Those Who Serve Our Country
As the nation paused to honor and remember its veterans on Veterans’ Day, at Mass that day we celebrated a blessing of those veterans in our parish family who give or have given their life to the country, serving in the branches of the military, public safety, first responders, the Peace Corps and Diplomatic Corps. We are ever grateful for your service.

Blessing of Food For Thanksgiving & Remembering to Feed the Hungry & Care For the Poor

At all Masses this weekend we are going to ask God’s blessing upon the food we will share with our family and friends and that we will share with the St. Vincent de Paul families on Thanksgiving Day.

St. John Vianney wishes a wonderful Thanksgiving to all parishioners. Please enjoy the holiday with your family and friends. And a reminder, there will be no daily Mass on Thanksgiving or the day after.

SJV's Advent Lessons and Carols 2018
1st Rehearsal is this Sunday after the 10:30 Mass!
All parish children are invited to participate in our parish's advent tradition of telling the Advent and Christmas story through bible verses and carols. We are learning a new song this year, and we invite children who play an instrument to accompany some of our carols! If your child is interested, please come to the first rehearsal this Sunday. We will assign readings and costumes.

Rehearsals are quick, just 12:00-12:30, on Nov. 18 and 25, and Dec. 2 and 9.

Lessons and Carols will be performed on Dec. 16 at 9:30.

Book Group to discuss
'The Denial of Death'
The Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss "The Denial of Death," by Ernest Becker, from 4 to 5:30 pm, Sunday, Dec 2, at the Vashon Lutheran Church, 18623 Vashon Hwy SW. All are welcome. Becker, a cultural anthropologist and philosopher, argues that the fear of death unconsciously drives most human experience and can only be conquered through faith in a higher power. 

9:15-10:15am Sundays
Join Fr. David or Brandon Sheard who will use Bishop Mueggenberg’s reflections on the Good News to lead us deeper into the Gospel reading of each Sunday. This class runs through March. Class will meet this weekend, and on Dec. 2. There will be no class the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

Advent will begin in two weeks
Advent will begin in two weeks. In next Sunday’s Bulletin, please look for a full schedule of Advent happenings here at SJV. 

A Very Brassy Christmas
December 8 & 9, 2018

Vashon Island Chorale’s seventy-five singers accompanied by organ, percussion and brass under the direction of Dr. Gary D. Cannon present “A Very Brassy Christmas” in two concerts at the Kay White Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec 9, 3pm. Four major works, Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, A Winter's Night composed by Cecilia McDowall, Lord, thou hast been our refuge by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter's Gloria will be performed.

Thank you very much to Sr. Sharon Casey, OP for her inspiring homily detailing the work of her order in Tacoma and here on Vashon too. Thank you very much to the 60 parish households who responded after Sr. Sharon’s talk and completed the Commitment Envelope for your families. In next weekend’s Bulletin we will have updated numbers from the Archdiocese to see how close to our SJV goal we have arrived. A preliminary count shows we are at just over 50%.

This is our concluding weekend in the Called to Serve as Christ campaign. By Sunday, we hope that all families will have returned their pledges. Commitment envelopes can be found in the pews for your use, and can be returned in the collection basket..