St. John Vianney Invites Bishop, Public To Breakfast Sunday

St. John Vianney Parish is planning its third Breakfast with the Bishop fundraiser for Jan. 27, with proceeds going to support the creation of a science classroom and laboratory for the school. Bernadine Zimbra (below) directs SJV students as they entertain the crowd at an earlier Bishop's breakfast. Photo from the church.

A Kailua Catholic school is counting on a visit this Sunday from the Most Rev. Larry Silva to bolster its drive to create a new science classroom and laboratory.

The third annual Breakfast with the Bishop will be open to the public in three shifts after Mass – at 8 and 10 a.m. and at noon in the St. John Vianney parish hall, 920 Keolu Drive. On the menu is a full breakfast buffet, complete with speeches by adults, and hula, choir, orchestra and band performances by the students.

Bishop Silva will attend all three sittings and discuss the importance and value of a Catholic education. School board member Earl Walker said the past two bishop breakfasts have attracted 500 people and raised more than $33,000 for SJV.

“Creating a new science classroom and lab will help redefine our school’s emphasis on science,” said Father Thomas Gross, parish pastor. The classroom and lab will be on the second floor of the John Read Center, originally built in 1965 as a convent.

Tickets for the event cost $20 for adults, and $12 for students age 15 and younger; they will be available until Friday in the school office. For more information or to donate to the building fund, call 261-4651. Some proceeds also will be used for tuition assistance.