St. Anthony Mary Claret – October 24th

St. Anthony Mary Claret was a monk and a mystic. Born in Catalonia, Spain, from a young age, Anthony knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He was ordained at age 27 and busied himself preaching, organizing conferences for clergy, and writing. Zeal for the salvation of souls spurred him on to preach an estimated 25,000 sermons, write 144 books, and preach countless missions. During his mission work, he accepted no money and walked everywhere. He had only one pair of shoes, one set of clothes and a few books. He neither ate meat nor drank wine, and slept only 3 – 5 hours per night. After one remarkable mission, Father Claret’s bishop wrote: “this town has never seen the likes of this. Enemies are at peace. Scandals have been ended. Broken marriages are repaired. Restitutions have been made. No one can withstand the fire of his preaching, the kindness of his manner.” The secret of his success was LOVE. He summed it up this way: “Love is the most necessary of all virtues. Love in the person who preaches the word of God is like fire in a musket. If a person were to throw a bullet with his hands, he would hardly make a dent in anything; but if the person takes the same bullet and ignites some gunpowder behind it, it can kill. It is much the same with the word of God. If it is spoken by someone who is filled with the fire of charity – the fire of love of God and neighbor – it will work wonders.” Anthony Mary Claret established a publishing house, founded several orders and spread devotion to the Holy Rosary. He was canonized in 1950.

From the Pastor – October 23, 2016

frmnicks_mug_smallWith the month of November quickly approaching, we will pause our walk through The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy to take a quick look at some significant celebrations that are coming up. In particular, November sees Christians gathering to celebrate the solemnity of All Saints Day as well as the feast of All Souls Day.

All Saints Day is a particularly ancient celebration. It has some roots in different parts of the church as early as he 4th century, though it became a universal Holy Day beginning in 609 AD when Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs. The Pantheon was a pagan temple whose name literally means, “all gods.” Pope Boniface IV saw an opportunity in which he could use the original name of this temple in order to communicate the truth of the Gospel. Therefore, the pagan temple honoring all the gods became the Christian Church honoring all the Saints who gave glory to the One God.

Today the Solemnity of All Saints is celebrated on November 1st throughout the world. It is a holy day of obligation. This means that we faithful are obliged to join together in worship of our Creator and Redeemer at Mass just as much as we are obliged to worship together on every Sunday. Like Sundays, to miss a holy day of obligation intentionally and without grave reason is a serious offense against God; if this should occur, we know that we are not to take communion again until we have sought to be reconciled with Him through the Sacrament of Confession.

On the Solemnity of All Saints, we, the Church on earth, follow the example of the saints. First, by joining together to worship, we take a concrete step to place God first both in our lives and, in particular, on this day. Second, by joining together in worship at Mass, we are joined by the saints and angels (who are always there present) in our worship as we proclaim with one voice: “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts.”

The Christian celebration of Halloween, which literally means “the evening before the [celebration of] the holy ones” (All-Hallows’-Eve), occurs the night before their feast. Just like Christmas Eve, the joy of All Saints is so great it spills over into the previous day.

This year we will begin our celebration of All Saints day on the 31st with a Solemn Mass at 6PM at St. Patrick. Children who dress as saints (including martyrs) or angels will participate in the procession at the beginning of Mass. Immediately following Mass there will be food, trunk-or-treat, and games for the kids. It will be an evening dedicated to faith, family, food, and fun.

I look forward to joining Catholics throughout Walla Walla as we give glory to God for His infinite goodness as manifested in the lives of His saints.

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!

In Christ,
Fr. Nicks

Knights of Columbus Hospice Cookie Drive

Please drop off your cookies on Sunday, November 6th from 1-2 PM at KOC Hall.
For more details cont act Nick Moramarco at 509-520-8226, or visit

Memorial Mass

A Memorial Mass in honor of all of the Knights of Columbus deceased members and their spouses will be held Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM at St. Patrick Church. A Rosary will be said at 7:30 AM prior to Mass.

Knights of Columbus Annual Steak Feed Dinner

On Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM the Michael Flohr Council 766 is having its Annual Steak Feed Dinner at St. Patrick’s Blanchett Hall. The dinner includes a green salad, steak, baked potato and other fixings. Steak dinner cost is $17 and the children’s dinner is $5 (hamburger & chips). We will also be serving adult beverages. Come and enjoy a great steak dinner and support your local Knights of Columbus and your Catholic Community.

VOTING Guidelines From the USCCB

VOTING Guidelines From the USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Aided by the virtue of prudence in the exercise of well-formed consciences, Catholics are called to make practical judgments regarding good and evil choices in the political arena. There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. These are called “intrinsically evil” actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia. In our nation, “abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others” (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5). It is a mistake with grave moral consequences to treat the destruction of innocent human life merely as a matter of individual choice. A legal system that violates the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed.”

Serra Club of the Blue Mountains


As we continue the remembrance of our priests at Mountain View Cemetery, let us also remember the bishops, priests, deacons and sisters from our diocese who are buried at Holy Cross and Immaculate Heart Retreat Cemeteries.

Fr. Adrian Van Der Heijden-Pastor, St. Francis: 1974-1990. Died 1/1/1990
Fr. Victor Brezniker-Pastor, St. Francis: 1961-1974. Died 10/30-1998
Fr. Thomas F. Mele. Ordained from St. Francis on 10/8/1977. Died 4/19-2009

Mary, we know your great love for your shepherds who give glory to God each day in the Sacred Liturgy. Give these priests, bishops, deacons and sisters a kiss for us as we remember them in prayer and thanksgiving.

First Friday Family Rosary and Potluck

Join us on The First Friday of every Month at 5:30 p.m. For the Family Rosary and Potluck.

The next one is Friday, November 4th At St Patrick’s Blanchette Hall.

Join us for First Saturday Mass

Join us on The First Saturday of every Month at 8 AM Saint Patrick Church.

The Next Mass will be Saturday, November 5th.

FORMED – Who Is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? Why are the words of Jesus so fascinating? Disorienting? Confounding? Deeply transformative? Unforgettable?

Fr. Barron will explain at FORMED, click on the Catholicism Program, Session 2: Happy Are We. Our parish code is CE6DCX.

Newborn Baby Basket

Assumption Women have a newborn baby basket ready just for you after your precious baby arrives.

Please call Kit Chryst at 529-0809 or Jackie Ormsby at 525-3801 so we can make arrangements with you to deliver your basket.

Assumption Women Bake Sale

Our annual fundraising bake sale will be November 19th and 20th.

Allow us do your holiday baking for you!

St John Paul ll – October 22nd

Saint John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was the youngest of two sons. His mother died when he was only 9. He enrolled in Cracow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama. The Nazi occupation of Poland forced the closure of the university and young Karol had to work in a quarry and then in a chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. His apostolic motto was Totus Tuus a latin phrase meaning “totally thine” which expressed his total consecration to Jesus through His mother Mary. He gave her credit for sparing his life in an assignation attempt on the feast of our lady of Fatima, May 13, 1981. The recovered bullet shot at close range by a professional assassin is now encased in the crown of our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. He visited the jail cell of his would be assassin, and forgave him. Pope John Paul ll gave us the Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and was a great proponent of Divine Mercy. He initiated World Youth Day, which has been attended by millions of youth in countries around the World. He has written numerous books, plays, poems, encyclicals and apostolic letters. FORMED.ORG has movies about his life; one well acted, Pope John Paul ll and a documentary John Paul II.

“The Gospel of life must be proclaimed and human life defended in all places and all times.” – Pope John Paul ll

The Shrine of Guadalupe and Mexico City

September 7 – 12, 2017 – Only $2099 from Seattle. All airfare, transfers, meal and accommodations are included, as well as wine and mineral water with dinners. Two Masses in front of the Tilma with Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will visit other churches and sites related to the shrine, as well, including a visit to the oldest Mexican ruin, Teotihuacan. See the flier in the church foyers for all the details or call; Christy Hall at 509-525-3958. Seats are limited. Monthly payments are available. There is a $100 dollar discount for everyone, when we reach 20 passengers.