From the Pastor – February 26, 2017

frmnicks_mug_small“Cathargo delenda est” was a common sentiment in the Roman Senate during the period following the second Punic War between Rome and Carthage. The translation is simple, “Carthage must be destroyed.”

Among those who utilized the phrase, the most famous was Cato the Elder who, reportedly, didn’t always use it strictly in the context of military debates and speeches. Indeed, it was a mantra that found its way even into unrelated and every day topics on the senate floor. Imagine Cato finishing a speech on government economics and tax: “that is why, senators, that a an increase in tax is necessary… and, by the way, Carthage must be destroyed.”

This constant theme was ultimately effective, leading the Romans to engage Carthage in battle and definitely defeating them. The defeat was so crushing, that they never recovered to challenge Rome again. As a result, this saying has been utilized to represent any situation in which the repetition of a common theme leads to its successful completion.

This, of course, naturally transitions to my theme today, the Annual Catholic Appeal. And, yes, some humor should be perceived in that transition. As is the case every year, we are invited to join together in support of our bishop’s ministry as well as ministries throughout the Diocese. These include Bishop White Seminary, which forms our future priests, Newman Centers for our college students, prison ministry, support of retired priests, youth ministry and more. It is your generosity and participation that makes these ministries possible.

Last year, through the wide participation of Catholics throughout our community in Walla Walla, we succeeded in making all three parish goals for one of the first times ever. Thank you for your support.

This year, once again, I ask for your participation. Please join me and all Catholics throughout the dioceses in donating, pledging, and praying for the success of our Appeal. I myself have already submitted my pledge and I know that the other priests of Walla Walla, likewise, will sacrifice for the success of the ACA. All households should have now received materials explaining how they can participate; many have already made their pledge. I will also be writing to all registered parishioners inviting participation and thanking those who have done so.

Thus, like Cato, in the weeks to come I will repeat time and time again the same mantra: “our goal must be reached.” Even as we did last year, I am confident that your generosity will allow us to attain our goal this year and every year after; I thank you for it. God bless you all.

In Christ,
Fr. Nicks

Carta del Parroco – 26 de Febrero 2017

frmnicks_mug_small“Cathargo delenda est” era un sentimiento común en el Senado Romano durante el periodo después de la segunda Guerra Púnica entre Roma y Cartago. La traducción es simple, “Cartago debe de ser destruido.”

Entre aquellos que utilizaron esta frase, el más famoso fue Catón el anciano que, no siempre lo usó estrictamente en el contexto de debates militares y discursos. Indudablemente, fue un mantra (algo repetitivo) que encontró su camino en relación y temas de todos los dias en el piso del senado. Imaginense a Catón terminando un discurso del gobierno acerca de impuestos y economia: “es por eso que, senadores, un incremento en impuestos es necesario…y por cierto, Cartago debe ser destruida.”

Este tema constante fue ultimadamente efectivo, llevando a los Romanos a comprometer a Cartago en batalla y definitivamente derrotarlos. La derrota fue aplastante, que ellos nunca se recuperaron para retar a Roma otra vez. Como resultado, esta frase ha sido utilizada para representar cualquier situación en la cual la repetición de un tema común lleva a un exitoso término.

Esto, claro está, es una transición natural hacia mi tema de hoy, La Colecta Anual Católica. Y, si, algo de sentido del humor debe ser percibido en esa transición. Como es el caso cada año, se nos invita a unirnos en apoyar el minsiterio de nuestro Obispo tanto como los ministerio en toda la diócesis. Estos incluyen el Seminario Bishop White, el cual forma nuestros futuros sacerdotes, los Centros Newman para nuestros estudiantes en el colegio, ministerio de la prisión, para los sacerdotes jubilados, ministerio de jóvenes y mucho más. Es su generosidad y su participación que hace que estos ministerios sean posibles.

El año pasado, por medio de la participación amplia de todos los Católicos en toda nuestra comunidad en Walla Walla, logramos hacer nuestras metas en las tres parroquias, por primera vez. Muchas gracias por su apoyo.

Este año, una vez más, les pido su participación. Por favor únanse a mi y a todos los Católicos en todas las diócesis en sus donaciones, promesas, y oraciones para el éxito de nuestra Colecta. Yo mismo ya he sometido mi promesa y sé que los otros sacerdotes de Walla Walla, también se sacrificarán por el éxito de la CAC.

Todos los hogares ya deben haber recibido materiales explicando como pueden participar; muchas personas ya han hecho su contribución. Yo mandaré una carta a todos los feligreses registrados invitándolos para que participen y agradeciendo a aquellos que ya lo han hecho.

Asi, como Catón, en las semanas que vienen les repetiré una vez y otra vez la misma mantra “debemos llegar a nuestra meta.” Aunque sea como el año pasado, yo confio que su generosidad nos permitirá obtener nuestra meta este año y todos los años por venir; Yo les agradezco por ello. Dios los bendiga a todos!

En Cristo,

Padre Nicks

Tri-Parish Senior Luncheon

The next Tri-Parish Senior Luncheon will be at Assumption Parish Hall, Thursday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. Sr. Helen will speak on “Providence in My Life.” The parishes now provide soups and bread, table service, beverages, and desserts. You don’t need to bring anything! All senior parishioners and those who assist them are always welcome!

CORRECTION: Lent Begins! (7:00 PM)

This coming Wednesday, March 1st, Lent begins! The Ash Wednesday Mass schedule is on the front page of the bulletin, along with the Stations of the Cross schedule. Join us for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm on Fridays this lent. Friday, March 3rd, the Stations are at St Francis of Assisi at 7:00 pm.

Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

yamYoung Adult Ministry (YAM) is a group of Catholic young adults, (18-30s) from the Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater area. Join us as we strive to live fully alive through encounter with Christ!

*Monday Nights: from 7:30 to 9:00pm

Please come to these upcoming YAM events!

February 27 Prayer Night @ St. Francis, Walla Walla
Rosary with Petitions, Applebee’s to follow


Like us on Facebook! (YAM of Walla-Milton)
More info:

Knights of Columbus Fish Fries

Knights of Columbus Michael Flohr Council 766 will be serving Lenten meals prior to Stations of the Cross from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, March 3, 10, 24 and 31. The rotation for Stations of the Cross for the four Fridays we will be serving meals is St. Francis (March 3), Assumption (March 10), St. Francis (March 24) and Assumption (March 31). We will be serving breaded cod fillets and french fries along with clam chowder and coleslaw. Containers are available for to-go orders. We have three fish and/or clam chowder meal options for $8 each. Discounted rates apply for families for more than four meals. Proceeds to benefit Catholic Schools, Parishes and local seminarians.

Lent begins!

This coming Wednesday, March 1st, Lent begins! The Ash Wednesday Mass schedule is on the front page of the bulletin, along with the Stations of the Cross schedule. Join us for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm on Fridays this lent. Friday, March 3rd, the Stations are at St Francis of Assisi at 7:00 pm.

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(extended hours!)
St. Francis Paris Hall
722 W. Alder | Walla Walla

MENU: Meatballs, Baked Pasta, Glazed Ham, Assorted Salads, Sides & Relishes, French Bread, Pies & Brownies, and Wine, Punch & Coffee

PRICE: Adults $11, Kids (4-12) $5, Seniors (62+) $9, Family $36

Following Christ

Please join us for the Following Christ Retreat: We Are At War

Retreat Master | Father Matthew Nicks
Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 – 7:00

Assumption Parish Center | Dinner and Child-care Provided!

Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis on Democracy: “The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organize.” “Public pressure has to be exerted in order to bring about decisive political action.” Laudato Si

Diocese of Spokane, Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Good news! Tim Meliah, Director of WW Catholic Charities, announces that an immigration lawyer from the Diocese of Spokane will now be visiting WW one or two times/month to help with immigration matters. Call 509-455-4961 to make an appointment. For further information, watch for Tim’s announcement in other pages of the church bulletin.

Guatemala Mission: Please help provide crucial support for the Diocesan Guatemala Mission. Pre-school education depends on us, with additional support for elementary school, religious education, medical care, & the radio station which helps connect community members. Regular support, monthly, quarterly, etc. is especially helpful. Write a check to your parish, designating Guatemala Mission.

Food for the Hungry: Keep your eyes open for a big food drive scheduled for the beginning of Lent! On March 4,5, children will be handing out empty grocery bags to be filled and placed at the altar the following weekend.

Homeless Tent Camp: Cash donations, LED lanterns, large tarps, propane tanks & bottles, gas for the generator, fire wood, are most welcome. Please send cash donations to WW Alliance for the Homeless, PO Box 3431, WW, WA. Needed items may be taken to the camp M-F, noon-5 pm.

Many thanks for all the ways in which you are instruments of God’s peace!