Holy Week Schedule 2015

Holy Thursday
St. Francis 5:30 PM English
Assumption 7:00 PM English
St. Patrick 7:00 PM Bilingual

Good Friday
St. Francis 3:00 PM English
St. Patrick 6:00 PM English
Assumption 7:00 PM English
St. Patrick 7:30 PM Spanish

Easter Vigil
St. Francis 7:30 PM English
St. Patrick 7:30 PM English
Assumption 8:00 PM English
St. Patrick 10:30 PM Spanish

Easter Sunday
St. Patrick 8:00 AM English
St. Patrick 10:00 AM English
St. Francis 9:00 AM English
Assumption 8:30 AM English
Assumption 10:30 AM English
St. Patrick 12:00 PM Spanish

May Friendship Day Luncheon

Church Women United’s May Friendship Day luncheon will be held on May 1 at noon at the First Baptist Church, 102 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. All Walla Walla and College Place women are invited to join our sisters in Milton-Freewater. Bring a salad if you can; but do come! La Least Coin collections will be received. You can also bring used stamps and pull-tabs from cans. The voluntary offering is split between the local and national CWU. The theme “Journey of the Caregiver” emphasizes our roles as servants. Come fellowship with other women of faith! For more information phone 525-1376.

Liturgical Prayer

To whom is the prayer at liturgy directed?

If you listen to the prayers, you will notice that it is God the Father. If we think of ourselves as individuals coming to worship, we lack the focus inherent in the liturgy itself. If we think of ourselves as the gathered assembly, the Body of Christ, come together to worship God in Christ’s name, then it becomes understandable why the prayers are addressed to the Father to whom Jesus also prayed. Listen to the prayers, all addressed to the Father, all first person plural.

Virtus Code of Conduct Training

All three parishes will be closed on Thursday, March 26 from 3 – 5, to attend the Virtus Code of Conduct Training.

Stewardship Reflection: March 22

“If anyone would serve me,” says Jesus in today’s Gospel, “let him follow me; where I am, there will my servant be.” In what way is Jesus inviting me to follow Him? What service is He asking of me?

Main Parts of the Eucharistic Liturgy

The Eucharistic liturgy has four main parts:

The Introductory Rites (“Gathering Rites”), which ritually form us into a worshiping assembly of believers.

The Liturgy of the Word is also called the “Table of the Word” to show its relative importance to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We are fed at both, but in different ways.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist, which begins with the preparation of the gifts and continues through the communion rite.

The Concluding Rite, which sends us forth to bring our experience of Christ to the world.

Annual Catholic Appeal: St. Patrick

At the present time the ACA 2015 is being conducted in all the 82 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Spokane. The most recent report indicates that 18.43% of our 1300 parish’s households have responded with a total of $44,192.23. A most appreciative “Thank you” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal. May each of the remaining households respond as generously to the Diocese’s appeal for participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal 2015. The success of this year’s Appeal is critical to carrying out the mission of the Church. As part of our Catholic family, St. Patrick Parish joins in its shared responsibility for assuring the continuation of the mission entrusted to us by Christ. We are the Diocese! And we still need your help!

Annual Catholic Appeal: St. Francis

At the present time the ACA 2015 is being conducted in all the 82 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Spokane. The most recent report indicates that 28.02% of our parish’s households have responded with 26.50% of our goal of $30,757. A most appreciative “Thank you” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal. May each of the remaining households respond as generously to the Diocese’s appeal for participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal 2015. The success of this year’s Appeal is critical to carrying out the mission of the Church. As part of our Catholic family, St. Francis Parish joins in its shared responsibility for assuring the continuation of the mission entrusted to us by Christ. We are the Diocese! And we need your help! Please make checks payable to Annual Catholic Appeal 2015.

Annual Catholic Appeal: Assumption

At the present time the ACA 2015 is being conducted in all the 82 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Spokane. The most recent report indicates that 32.24% of our parish’s households have responded with a total of $39,430.02. A most appreciative “Thank you” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal. May each of the remaining households respond as generously to the Diocese’s appeal for participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal 2015. The success of this year’s Appeal is critical to carrying out the mission of the Church. As part of our Catholic family, Assumption Parish joins in its shared responsibility for assuring the continuation of the mission entrusted to us by Christ. We are the Diocese! And we need your help!

CRS: Democratic Republic of Congo

Hungering for a Healthy Harvest. Banana trees dying of wilt disease in the Congo, leave local families with nothing to sell and nothing to eat. CRS helped start a field school where farmers could try different ways of treating the bananas. Members worked together to clean the disease off the trees. Now the trees are thriving and families can have 2-3 meals a day. FAST from eating out this week. How much will you save to put in your Rice Bowl?

Celebrating Together

When we come together to do liturgy, we cease being an “I” and become a “we,” the Body of Christ united through baptism, and joined together to give thanks and praise to God in Christ’s name. Americans are a particularly individualistic people, but our theology calls us to be counter-cultural, to be responsible to and for one another, to pray and sing together, not as individuals, but as a community.

Sacramental Preparation News

Confirmation and First Eucharist: the 5th class for children and parents will be Wednesday March 18, at St. Francis Hall, 6:30 pm. Children are to read chapter 4 in the textbook and complete the assigned homework handouts prior to class. Sue Logsdon will be the presenter.