Responding to Wildfires – Special Collection

At present, there is more than enough assistance, and in some cases an overabundance of food, bottled water, clothing and other physical donations with more trucks pouring in every hour from local news station drives, other Churches, groups, etc. Rob McCann reports that “there was so much donated items in the Pateros High School gym you could barely walk around. It’s actually a real testament to our regional community to see this level of compassionate response.”

Thus, we are focusing our attention on the needs that will be more long term, meaning in a about a week or so when the fires are out and the news media moves on to some other story. It is clear from the many downed power lines that there may not be power in some areas for a month or more, which means that farming irrigation systems will not work and crops and orchards could suffer. It also creates issues for keeping food and medicine refrigerated and we will provide help in those areas as best we can with generators and gas. All of this will lead to more issues and more needs for folks up there. There are also needs within the farm worker communities as many of them are not going to the many donation centers and help areas for fears related to their undocumented status. Also if the orchards are affected, many of these people will be out of work.

At this time, we are getting a great many calls from people and parishes all over the Diocese of Spokane who want to help. Thus, I want to encourage you to take up a collection sometime this month. Funds should be sent to Catholic Charities Spokane with “Wildfire” on the memo line. CCS will restrict those funds for the Brewster, Pateros, Twisp, Okanogan, Omak regions, and will then funnel those funds as needed to the parishes and pastors in those areas. Again, due to some grant money already donated by CCUSA, the parishes have received about $4,000 to get them started and some prepaid visa gift cards. CCS will continue to replenish those funds as needed.

Rob also is discouraging groups that want to go up and volunteer to help clean up or rebuild until CCS can better coordinate that with the Red Cross. At the moment there is a great fear of looting in some areas. Tensions are high and may get higher in terms of security, so volunteer groups might not be welcome just yet. There may be chances for that in coming weeks when things are more safe and organized.

Again, the funds we collect will be used to assist people in the coming weeks and not really the coming days. We are especially vigilant about the needs of our Hispanic and farm worker communities, and thanks to the strong ties and relationships our pastors have built up over the years, we perhaps will in many cases be the only source of assistance that they are comfortable with. We gladly will meet needs as they come to us.

Thank you for taking up this special collection for wildfire victims. Please assure your parishioners that the funds will be used to assist Catholic parishes and agencies as they address existing and ongoing relief of all victims in the area, or those that may arise as the wildfire season continues.

A second collection will be requested this weekend and that if someone wants to help in the coming weeks they can just write a check with the memo “WILDFIRE.”

The check can be written to “Catholic Charities Spokane”.

Mass Schedule for August 15th

Mass Schedule for August 15th, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7:15 AM St. Francis
8:30 AM Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:10 PM St. Patrick
6:00 PM Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

School Supply Giving Tree

This year will be a little different because there will be tags for needs of homeless teenagers Items they need include, EXTRA LARGE BACK PACKS, STUDENT TRAC PHONES & SUNDRY ITEMS (shampoo/conditioner, razors, sanitary items, toothpaste, deodorant). Many of these items will require a cash donation, but please use a check in an envelope made out to the parish with a memo “Homeless”, NO CASH. As always we will have tags for regular school supplies as in years past. The trees will go up in each parish on Saturday August 2 and come down on Sunday August 17th. Please be as generous as you can. There is no need to wrap any items and if the tag could be returned with the item it would be appreciated.

If you have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or are a caregiver

If you have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or are a caregiver for a family member that does and you would like to gather with others who have a similar experience, call or email Tim Meliah at Catholic Charities for more information call 525-0572 or email tmeliah@ccspokane.org.

Assumption Church Women’s October Auction

We are scheduling pick-up times for reusable items for our biggest fund raiser event, or the item(s) may be left inside, at the entrance of the church. For more information, call the office.

Help Welcome Fr. Brian and Fr. David

St. Francis Parish will have a luncheon on Sunday, July 27th, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the St. Francis Parish Hall to welcome our two new priests.

Fried Chicken, assorted salads, rolls, dessert and beverages provided. Everyone is invited!

Stewardship Reflection: July 13th

May our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure show us to be among those who have heard the message of Christ and taken it in, yielding a hundred – or sixty – or thirty-fold!

Bishop Cupich

Bishop Cupich will be celebrating Masses on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of July.

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS YARD SALE

On the 8th & 9th of August the Catholic Daughters will have a yard sale at 512 N. Roosevelt St. Friday all day and Saturday until 2:00 pm. If you would like to donate good saleable items, please call Cheryl Leamer at 529-5850. Thank you, in advance for your support.

60th Wedding Anniversary

Mary and Jack Barga are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at 8:00 am mass at St. Patrick on July 20th, with reception to follow in Blanchet Hall. All are invited to attend.