Upcoming School Events

wwcsGuatemala Collection: Assumption students will be collecting spare change to support the Guatemala school, Colegio Santa Catarina, from November 28th-December 20th.

St. Nicholas Sock Drive: We will be collecting SOCKS from December 5-9 at Assumption.

The Outsiders

the_outsidersTeen rivalry in a small, southern town comes to life in DeSales Catholic High School’s upcoming production of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Set in rural Oklahoma in 1965, this dramatic interpretation by Christopher Sergel is seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life. The drama centers on the ongoing conflict between the underprivileged Greasers and the rich kid Socs in rural Oklahoma. When a territorial battle goes horribly awry, Ponyboy and his friends have to grow up very quickly with nothing going for them but their hope and their friends. Over 35 students are involved with the production that will perform at the Walla Walla Community College China Pavilion. Performances are December 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM, and December 10 and 11 at 2pm. Tickets are available through the DeSales office, or at the door 1 hour before performances. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $7 staff/students.

Rorate Mass Schedule

Rorate Mass Schedule, next two Saturdays in Advent

Saturday, Dec. 10th- 6:55am – St. Francis
Saturday, Dec. 17th- 7:00am – St. Francis

The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world. The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8: “Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.” “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.” The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.

Come join us for this beautiful Advent Tradition at the dates and times above.

Pulpit Announcements

The Whole-Life Confession Group In his exhortation that closed the Year of Mercy last Sunday, Pope Francis states: Forgiveness is the most visible sign of the Father’s love, which Jesus sought to reveal by his entire life. Every page of the Gospel is marked by this imperative of a love that loves to the point of forgiveness. Pray for your brothers and sisters doing the Whole-Life Confession that they might experience this forgiveness and love. Pray for yourself too, that you will feel called to follow the same path they are taking sometime in the future!

In Christ,
Fr. Nicks

Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule

immaculate_conceptionImmaculate Conception Mass Schedule
Vigil Mass at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7th
Mission at Assumption on Thursday, December 8th
7:15 AM – St. Francis
8:30 AM – Assumption
12:10 PM – St. Patrick
6:00 PM – St. Patrick (Solemn High Mass)

Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis: “May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and let themselves be led by the desire for peace.”

Fair Trade Breakfast today! Assumption Parish Hall, Sun, Dec.4, 9-12. Adults $7, Children, $4, Family $20. Enjoy a delicious pancake & sausage breakfast with your family. Shop for beautiful & unique Fair Trade Christmas gifts crafted by 3rd World artisans around the world. Proceeds will benefit the artisans, the Guatemala Mission, & efforts to help the homeless in WW, as well as the Catholic Relief Services global outreach efforts.

Helpline Giving Tree: St. Francis & St. Patrick’s. For the next 2 weekends the Helpline Giving Tree will offer an opportunity during the Christmas season to share essential items of daily living with those in need: Money for heat & bus passes, twin & full blankets, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toilet paper, sanitary supplies, razors, toothpaste & brushes, etc. Please take one or two tags & return unwrapped items to Giving Tree. Make check donations payable to your parish, with notation “Helpline Giving Tree”.

Toys for Tots: Assumption: Please help make sure every child in WW will get a Christmas present by bringing an unwrapped toy the next two weekends.

Feed the Hungry: Please remember to bring much needed, non-perishable, food items and/or checks written to BMAC Food Bank, every Sunday of this Advent sea-son. Remember that BMAC can buy 6X as much food as can be bought at a retail grocery store with your dollar. BMAC distributes food to all the WW food banks, including St. Vincent’s.

GOTR Homeless Tent Camp: About 40 winter residents. The WW Alliance for the Homeless has used a donation to buy a communal tent & wood stove to be used as a warming center on freezing nights. MOST NEEDED supplies: firewood, large tarps, good sleeping bags for sub-freezing weather, warm hats, socks, gloves, long johns, work boots & jeans, 5/8 inch or thicker plywood for platforms for tents, camping mats. Bring to camp at foot of Veterans’ Memorial Golf Course near Borleske Stadium from 12 noon-6 pm, M-F, when volunteer is present, or call 541-203-0122.

RORATE MASS

RORATE MASS
~A Venerable Advent Tradition~

Rorate Mass Schedule (First 3 Saturdays in Advent/December)

December 3rd – 6:45am – St. Francis**rorate_1
December 10th– 6:55am – St. Francis
December 17th– 7:00am – St. Francis

The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.

The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit (entrance antiphon), which are from Isaiah 45:8:

rorate_2“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.”

“Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.”

The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ. Come join us for this beautiful Advent Tradition at the dates and times above.

**This takes the place of the First Saturday Devotions Mass!

Link to PDF version

Saint Andrew – November 30th

st_andrewAndrew was St. Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matt. 4:18-20). John the Evangelist presents Andrew as a disciple of John the Baptist. When Jesus walked by one day, John said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Andrew and another disciple followed Jesus. “Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are you staying? ’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day” (John 1:38-39a). Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels. Before the multiplication of the loaves, it was Andrew who spoke up about the boy who had the barley loaves and fishes. Taken from: franciscanmedia.org

From the Pastor – November 27, 2016

frmnicks_mug_smallAfter a long hiatus due Solemnities and Stewardship we now return to our series on Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Constitution on the Liturgy). In our last segment we considered paragraph 8 which spoke to us of the reality that every Mass, without exception, is a foretaste of heaven—even when things do not accord with our person preferences. This is true because the liturgy, the Mass, is primarily the work of God, not man.

Today we turn our attention to paragraphs 9 and 10. The first of these paragraphs indicates that “Before men can come to the liturgy they must be called to faith and to conversion.” As such, the Church’s first responsibility is to preach and encourage believers and nonbelievers alike regarding both faith and repentance:

“The Church announces the good tidings of salvation to those who do not believe, so that all men may know the true God and Jesus whom He has sent, and may be converted from their ways, doing penance. To believers also the Church must ever preach faith and penance, she must prepare them for the sacraments.”

It is for this reason that the long tradition of the Church has associated the Sacrament of Reconciliation with participation in the Mass. It is only after we have encountered Christ in conversion and penance that we encounter him in the intimacy of the Eucharist.

Many who have gone to Masses in Spanish will notice that many fewer people receive communion than they do in English Masses. This is, in large part, because the Spanish speaking community has a deeper sense of this spiritual principle of Vatican II. There is a more acute recognition that conversion and penance must occur before fully participating in the Liturgy through Holy Communion. Perhaps a couple is living together and not marred in the Church. Maybe an individual chose to skip Sunday Mass or a Holy Day of obligation. Maybe someone had a serious fight with a friend and is still holding animosity in his or her heart. Or, perhaps it is simply that someone has not taken advantage of confession for a long time and feels he has been negligent in responding to Christ’s call for ongoing conversion.

The reasons for not receiving communion are manifold, but each recognizes that conversion is the first step necessary before fully participating in the Mass through the reception of Holy Communion.

The document makes clear that this full participation is the end and goal of the Christian life, for “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows.” For this reason, the Mass is often call the source and summit of the Christian life. All preaching and teaching, all acts of charity and mercy, all devotions and piety have as their goal to bring all men “together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper.”

“From the liturgy, therefore, and especially from the Eucharist, as from a font, grace is poured forth upon us; and the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God […] is achieved in the most efficacious possible way.”

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!

In Christ,
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Fr. Nicks

Serra Club of the Blue Mountains

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SERRA DEVOTIONS FOR NOVEMBER:
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AND OTHER FAITHS

The Church Militant, following Christ her head, must endure suffering that leads to the Resurrection. Paul proclaims in Romans 8 that no amount of persecution, famine, peril or sword could separate us from the love of God in Christ. Every Christian call, in some way, leads us through suffering and martyrdom — whether physical, mental, or spiritual. In the face of fear, we need courage and trust in God. Through the world’s turmoil and tears, Christ Our Savior and King, will triumph, and bring about peace, love and eternal happiness. Our communion of faith and prayer, together with our priests, deacons, sisters, bishops, and pope, will build a stronger church and lead us to holiness.

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!

Please come to these upcoming YAM events!
*Monday Nights: from 7:30 to 9:00pm
NOVEMBER 28- THEOLOGY ON TAP @ Red Monkey
DECEMBER
5-VIDEO SERIES @ St. Pats
12- PRAYER SERVICE @ St. Francis, MFW
19-FAITH SHARING @ Jubilee Coffee House, MFW
26- NO MEETING- CHRISTMAS BREAK
JANUARY 2- CHRISTMAS SOCIALyam_qr

Like us on Facebook! (YAM of Walla-Milton)
More info: YAMofWallaMilton@gmail.com

Upcoming School Events

8th Grade Round Table: Thursday, December 1st @ 7pm @ DeSales. Information night for parents of current 8th graders—open to all parents in the Walla Walla valley to learn more about the high school experience.

4th/5th Grade Social: Explore and Soar! Friday, December 2nd @ 6pm @ Assumption. Come check out our school and have some FUN too! Open to all 4th & 5th graders at Assumption and those interested in learning more about Assumption.

Advent Lighting & Jesse Tree at Assumption School

jesse_treeDuring the Advent and Christmas Season, we focus on our weekly Advent prayer service. Each Monday all students gather in the Assumption Gym around our Advent Wreath and Jesse Tree. These prayer services are facilitated by our 8th grade students and Religion teachers. Please join us at 8:25 AM in the Assumption Gym every Monday morning during Advent, starting November 28th.

Explore and Soar

wwcsFREE EXPLORE AND SOAR 4TH AND 5TH GRADE SOCIAL

Friday, December 2nd, 6-7:30 PM, Assumption School

FOR STUDENTS
Pizza
Games
Scavenger Hunt
Science Mystery
Cookie Decorating

FOR PARENTS
Learn About Us
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Christmas Shop
Have A Date
Pizza

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Call 509.525.9283

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