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Vacation Bible School

Anyone wishing to help in any capacity in this June’s Vacation Bible School must already be an active volunteer with the diocese or take a new Code of Conduct workshop. The next Code of Conduct workshop will be Wed. June 3, 6:30 pm in the St. Pat’s nursery. Please register online at or contact Karin Western or Sue Logsdon for more information.

Sacramental Preparation

Confirmation and First Eucharist: Children advancing to Year 2 in the fall of 2015, please register for Reconciliation/Confirmation/Eucharist classes, which begin in October. All children in sacramental preparation must Also be attending Catholic schools or Religious Education classes. Children in 2nd grade or above (next fall) will be considered in Year 1 of the 2 year Sacramental preparation program, if they are interested in beginning the process to make their First Reconciliation, Confirmation or Eucharist the following year.


“The Lord be with you.” “And with your Spirit.” This is the finale of the entrance procession and a focus on the fact that we have come to worship together. It is part of the ritual. Ritual is an activity that is repetitious so that everyone knows their parts and can do them with confidence and comfort. It is worded as it is (as a wish rather than as a statement) so that it maintains a sense of prayer. It is the first of a number of ritual dialogues between the presider and the assembly.

Tri-Parish Annual Picnic

June 14 from 2p.m. – 4p.m.

DeSales High School, Front Yard

Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs
Families A-M please bring desserts
Families N-Z please bring side dish-salads

Questions or to volunteer please call:
Marguerite Daltoso @ 525-1112
Pam Elia @ 529-9418
St. Francis Parish office 525-1663


Why do we call the priest a “presider?” Those of us who predate Vatican II remember using terms like “hearing Mass,” or “attending Mass.” We said that Father “said” Mass. All of these ways of speaking about our Sunday worship give the feeling of a passive, audience-type event. And in many ways, it was. Mass was in Latin and the music was supplied by the choir, if there was any at all. Along with the Vatican II emphasis on the importance of the activity of the assembly was the conviction that our worship experience was a celebration, a celebration of praise and thanksgiving. For a while, the church started calling the priest the celebrant, but it quickly realized that that was misleading, because all of us celebrate the liturgy. The priest’s role is to lead our prayer. Therefore, his role is described as “presider” or sometimes “priest-celebrant,” the one who presides over the assembly and leads us in our action of prayer and praise.

Why is the altar reverenced?

When the ministers have processed to the front of the church, all (except those carrying the cross or The Book of the Gospels) bow to the altar. As they go to their places, the presider goes behind the altar and bows and kisses it before going to his chair. The altar is a symbol of the Body of Christ. As such we reverence it. We do not treat it like an ordinary table, but place on it only those things needed for the celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy: the chalice and purificator, the corporal, the bread and wine, and the Sacramentary from which the presider will lead us in the prayers.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

One Life, One Rose, Silver Rose Prayer Service: Join us in praying to Our Lady to strengthen efforts to restore the culture of life in our society.

Where – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Day – June 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Through moral conscience God speaks to each of us inviting us to defend human life at all times – Pope Benedict XV1 March 1, 2011. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Stewardship Reflection May 17

Jesus is the perfect steward – watching carefully over all who have been entrusted to Him by the Father and then sending them all out into the world in service. May I similarly protect and wisely use the gifts entrusted to me!


Assumption + St. Francis + St. Patrick
408 West Poplar Street
Walla Walla WA 99362

            The Tri-Parish Leadership Commission, on behalf of the Walla Walla Catholic community, would like to thank all of our ministers, leaders and volunteers for your faithful service to our Catholic community through your participation in parish ministry.

The Tri-Parish Leadership Commission is a group formed to implement the most significant goals that our parishioners expressed through the Know, Love and Serve surveys and listening sessions last year.

Appointed by our Pastor, we are working in collaboration with the Diocesan Parish Support and Renewal Services director Brian Kraut, who was hired by Bishop Blase J. Cupich to support parishes and parishioners as we respond to the Four-Year Pastoral Plan that was announced to us in the Joy Made Complete document.

At the press conference upon his appointment, our new Bishop, Thomas Anthony Daly, referenced the Four-Year Pastoral Plan and stated, “I look forward to studying the pastoral plan and moving forward with its implementation as soon as possible.”

Priority One for 2014-2015 is the Teaching of the Apostles:  Faith Formation and Leadership Development. In response to this priority we are calling forth all leaders of committees, groups and organizations as well as all those serving in ministries within our Tri-Parish Catholic community to begin a discussion and teaching on discipleship and ministry.

We invite all of our ministers, leaders and volunteers to gather on Sunday, May 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Assumption Parish Hall. Anyone wishing to serve as a minister, leader or volunteer is also invited and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Please make every effort to attend this gathering so that all ministries that make up our three parishes will be represented as we move forward together with the Pastoral Plan.

The Walla Walla Catholic community recognizes the importance of our ministers, leaders and volunteers and we want to affirm the role that you hold and the service that you give. It is our hope that you will continue to commit yourself as a parishioner and disciple, as Joy Made Complete states, to “take up the hard work with both dedication and charity to explore new ways of being parish and diocese so that others may come to know the joy of the Gospel.”

We hope to see you on Sunday, May 17.

Humbly in Christ,


Ester Bock
Thomas Lederer
Mike Watkins

Lisa Cox
Marguerite Daltoso

Jackie Keyes DeLaney
Sue Logsdon
Deacon Maclobio Robles

P.S. May 24 is Pentecost Sunday, a day when the Church celebrates the Holy Spirit working in the life of the Church and of its people.  All those serving in leadership roles will be recognized at whichever mass you attend this particular weekend, for the work you have done in your parish or Tri-parish ministry. When your ministry is called please stand up for a blessing.  Having your participation in parish work recognized is a wonderful way to encourage and invite others to do the same.

Diocesan Guatemala Mission Celebration

All are invited to the Third Annual Guatemala Mission Celebration on Monday, May 18th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm featured guest speakers will be Fr. David Baronti and Sr. Janet Druffel. Guatemala Commission members will provide updates of mission information with pictures. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages (water, coffee) are free with wine available for purchase. All are welcome and invited. There is no charge for this event held at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

Annual Catholic Appeal – St. Patrick

The most recent report indicates that 31.31%of our 1300 parish’s households have responded with a total of $76,223.23. WE ONLY NEED $1,800 TO REACH OUR GOAL A most appreciative “Thank you” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal.

Many Thanks!

The Religious Education program is finished for this school year! Many thanks to the following individuals who gave of their time and talent this year to help share the love of God with the Tri-Parish children: K/1- Jeannette Wilson and Teresa Adams, 2/3 – Angela Hudiburg, 4/5- Gricelda Justice and Jennifer Mallo; subs: Michelle Higgins, Danielle Van Dyke, Twyla Swanson; room helper – Tim & Adam Justice.

There is a great need for catechists and aides for next year’s program. If you have a love of the faith, if it’s important to your life and wish to share it with others, please speak to Sue Logsdon this spring or late August if you can help. She will be out of the office the month of September.