The life of Anthony will remind many people of Saint Francis of Assisi. At 20, Anthony was so moved by the Gospel message, “Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor” (Mark 10:21b), that he actually did just that with his large inheritance. He is different from Francis in that most of Anthony’s life was spent in solitude. He saw the world completely covered with snares and gave the Church and the world the witness of solitary asceticism, great personal mortification, and prayer. But no saint is antisocial, and Anthony drew many people to himself for spiritual healing and guidance. At 54, he responded to many requests and founded a monastery of scattered cells. Again, like Francis, he had a great fear of “stately buildings and well-laden tables.” At 60, he hoped to be a martyr in the renewed Roman persecution of 311, fearlessly exposing himself to danger while giving moral and material support to those in prison. At 88, he was fighting the Arian heresy, that massive trauma from which it took the Church centuries to recover. Anthony died in solitude at age 105. Excerpts are taken from franciscanmedia.org
Last Monday we had the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan. Today I want to share with you an ancient reflection on this mystery given by Proclus of Constantinople in the 5th century.
“Christ appeared in the world, and, bringing beauty out of disarray, gave it luster and joy. He bore the world’s sin and crushed the world’s enemy. He sanctified the fountains of waters and enlightened the minds of men. Into the fabric of miracles he interwove ever greater miracles.
For on this day land and sea share between them the grace of the Savior, and the whole world is filled with joy. Today’s feast manifests even more wonders than the feast of Christmas.
On the feast of the Savior’s birth, the earth rejoiced because it bore the Lord in a manger; but on today’s feast it is the sea that is glad and leaps for joy; the sea is glad because it receives the blessing of holiness in the river Jordan.
At Christmas we saw a weak baby, giving proof of our weakness. In today’s feast, we see a perfect man, hinting at the perfect Son who proceeds from the all-perfect Father.
At Christmas the King puts on the royal robe of his body; [his divinity] enfolds and, as it were, clothes the river.
Come then and see new and astounding miracles: the Sun of righteousness washing in the Jordan, fire immersed in water, God sanctified by the ministry of man.
To Jews and Greeks alike God bestows salvation through baptism, offering baptism as a common grace for all.
Come, consider this new and wonderful deluge, greater and more important than the flood of Noah’s day. Then the water of the flood destroyed the human race, but now the water of baptism has recalled the dead to life by the power of the one who was baptized. In the days of the flood the dove with an olive branch in its beak foreshadowed the fragrance of the good odor of Christ the Lord; now the Holy Spirit, coming in the likeness of a dove, reveals the Lord of mercy.”
The Baptism of the Lord both reminds us of the necessity of this great Sacrament and the incredible gift we have received through it. The One without sin deigned to be placed in the waters so that the waters might receive the power to impart to us his sinlessness. The flame of Deity was immersed in water so that by water we might participate in his divinity. Christ our Savior was baptized so that by our baptisms we might be saved.
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
El Lunes pasado tuvimos la Solemnidad del bautistmo del Señor en el Jordán. Ahora quiero compartir con ustedes una reflección muy Antigua en este misterio dado por Proclus de Constantinopla en el siglo Quinto.
Cristo aparecio en el mundo y trayendo la belleza, fuera del desorden dio brillo y alegria. El llevo el pecado del mundo y aplasto al enemigo del mundo. Santificó las fuentes de la aguas e iluminó las mentes de los hombres. En el tejido de los Milagros entretegió Milagros cada vez mayores Porque en este día la tierra y el mar comparten entre ellos la gracia del Salvador, y el mundo entero está lleno de gozo. La fiesta de hoy manifiesta aún más grandes maravillas que la fiesta de la Navidad.
En la fiesta del nacimiento del Salvador, la tierra se regocijó porque llevaba al Señor en un pesebre; pero en la fiesta de hoy es el mar que se alegra y salta de alegría; el mar se alegra porque recibe la bendición de la santidad en el río Jordán.
En Navidad vimos a un bebé frágil, dando prueba de nuestras debilidades. En la fiesta de hoy, vemos a un hombre perfecto, apuntando al hijo perfecto que procede del padre todoperfecto. En Navidad el rey se pone el manto real de su cuerpo; [su divinidad] se envuelve y, por así decirlo, arropa el río.
Ven entonces a ver nuevos y asombrosos milagros: el sol de la rectitud lavandose en el Jordán, el fuego inmerso en el agua, Dios santificado por el Ministerio del hombre. A los judíos y a los Griegos por igual Dios otorga la salvación a través del bautismo, ofreciendo el bautismo como una gracia común para todos.
Ven, considera este nuevo y maravilloso diluvio, más grande y más importante que el diluvio del día de Noé. En ese entonces el agua del diluvio destruyó a la raza humana, pero ahora el agua del bautismo ha revocado los muertos a la vida por el poder de aquel que fue bautizado. En los días del diluvio, la paloma con una rama de olivo en su pico simbolizaba la fragancia del buen olor de Cristo el Señor; ahora el Espíritu Santo, viniendo en la semejanza de una paloma, revela al Señor de la misericordia.
El bautismo del Señor nos recuerda la necesidad de este gran Sacramento y el don increíble que hemos recibido a través de él. Aquel sin pecado se concedia a ser colocado en las aguas para que las aguas pudieran recibir el poder de impartirnos su pureza. La llama de la Deidad fue sumergido en el agua para que por el agua pudiéramos participar en su divinidad. Cristo nuestro Salvador fue bautizado para que nosotros, por nuestros bautismos pudiéramos ser salvados.
¡ Alabado sea Jesucristo, ahora y para siempre!
Tri-Cities Prep, a Catholic college-preparatory high school, is accepting applications for the position of Principal of this extraordinary school. All interested candidates should visit our website: tcprep.org for more information about our school and the application process. The application deadline is February 9, 2018. Please contact Lisa Jacobs at 509-546-2465 for any questions.
Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 1:30 pm.
We’ll gather for prayer at:
The Father’s House, 304 N 2nd Ave. (across from Motel 6) And then walk to:
St Patrick Catholic Church, 415 W Alder St, Walla Walla.
This is our annual memorial to the unborn.
It has been 45 years since Roe vs. Wade. There have been 59,130,92 Abortions in America since that time. Join us in standing up for LIFE!
The Assumption office will be closed Jan 18-30, please contact St Patrick’s, or leave a message.
Never has the devil, demonic possession, and exorcism been so widely discussed as it is today. And yet, few satisfactory explanations are proffered. This powerful film describes the origin of the evil spirit, the devil’s descent, and his interruption in the world from the temptation of Adam and Eve to the present day.
The devil’s powers, his tactics, objectives, and limitations, are discussed by several renowned experts in the field of demonic phenomena, including the most famous of all, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Official Exorcist of the Diocese of Rome and author of perhaps the definitive scholarly work on demonology.
We discover how the devil works, by using temptation, curses, infestations, hexes . . . and possession. We learn what his preferred victims are like and how they fall in his traps. We also explore the world of spiritualism, Tarot cards, astrology, Satanism, and other occult practices. The Dark Side . . . that which is vanquished by the light of faith in Christ who is more powerful than all evil.
This movie is not rated but was created with an adult audience in mind. We would recommend Parental Guidance and that parents preview it before watching with children.
Run Time: 52 mins.
Find it on formed.org
Parish Code CE6DCX
Why is there no first Sunday in Ordinary time? There is the first week of Ordinary time but no first Sunday of Ordinary time. The Sunday following the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is always the second Sunday of ordinary time. Ordinary time begins on the day following the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Church normally celebrates this feast on the Sunday after the solemnity of the Epiphany (January 6th). If Epiphany falls on Sunday, January 7th or 8th, they move the feast of the Baptism of the Lord to Monday, January 8th or 9th, respectively, and the first week of ordinary time starts the following day, Tuesday, January 8th or 9th.
Kindergarten Information Night: Monday, January 29th at 6:30 pm in the Assumption School Gym. We invite you to learn more about our Kindergarten program at Assumption Catholic Grade School.
Catholic Schools Week 2018: January 28 through February 4. More information coming soon!
Families of middle school students – join us in the DeSales Cafeteria at 7:00 pm on January 24th to learn how DeSales High School can provide your student with an Education for Life. Hear directly from students, staff and Fr. Nicks about Catholic education that meets the unique needs of individual students in a Christ-centered environment. Open to all – bring a friend!
Call the DeSales office for more information at 509-525-3030.
A two-evening event for Catholics to learn about the Corporal Works of Mercy and how to apply them to our modern world.
- January 21, 6:30-8:15 pm will feature: bishop Emeritus Wm. Sklystad on the biblical origins of how to show mercy.
- January 22, Rob McCann, director of Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, will speak on the 7 Catholic Social Teachings.
BOTH evenings will have representatives from WW groups who help with the concerns with the needy, poor, marginalized and homeless of our community. Both nights will be held in the Blanchet Hall. Come learn how to more fully live your faith.
Pope Francis:“The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal brotherhood & sisterhood & respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man & every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm.” Address to UN, 9/2015
Inviting all parishioners & friends to “Loving God. Loving Your Neighbor.” Presentations! Sun, Mon, Jan 21,22, 6:30-7:35 pm, St. Patrick’s, Blanchet Hall. Sunday Bishop William Skylstad (retired) will speak about the scriptural background of the Works of Mercy. Monday, Rob McCann, head of Catholic Charities in E Washington, will speak about the 7 principles of Catholic Social teaching. Both nights local organizations reaching out to those in need will staff tables with information about ways you can offer support & volunteer to help: BMAC, Helpline, Birthright, Tri-Parish Community Garden, St.Vincent’s, Christian Aid, Warming Center sponsored by United Way,etc. Organized by Adult Education Committee. Refreshments! Mark your calendars!
NEW! WARMING CENTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN & CHILDREN OPENING JAN 5, GRACE CENTER, 1520 PLEASANT. Until now there have been few places for women with children to go on cold winter nights. The other Warming Centers are open only to those over 18. Recently closed Grace Methodist Church, has opened their building to women and children every night from January-May 2018. Christian Aid plans to finish their new shelter for women & children in the summer of 2018, with Grace Center filling in the gap. Donations & weekend volunteers needed. If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warming Center: This year, Nov.-Feb, the Warming Center for the homeless will be hosted at New Beginnings Church, 822 W. Main, when the temperature is 20-25 degrees. When it is below 20 degrees, it will be hosted at the First Congregational Church, Palouse & Alder. Contact email@example.com. PO Box 1134, Walla Walla, WA to volunteer/donate.
Tri-Parish Garden: Think spring! The Tri-Parish Garden has produced many & highly popular veggies for the food bank at St. Vincent. But Nancy needs more help in leading the planting, harvesting, and distributing. The main crops planted in spring are lettuce, radishes, snap peas, and Swiss Chard. Would you like to adopt one of these plants and spearhead the effort to lead volunteers in planting, watering, harvesting, & distributing one plant? You could be the Captain of Lettuce! Please contact Nancy as soon as possible so she can make plans for the 2018 garden. firstname.lastname@example.org
Food for the Hungry: Please bring food items or a check designating BMAC Food Bank to Mass on Sundays. Help make sure that St. Vincent’s & other food banks are well-stocked.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Diocesan immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month.Wendy Hernandez, email@example.com, 525-2034, Walla Walla.
The son of two saints, Basil and Emmilia, young Gregory was raised by his older brother, Saint Basil the Great, and his sister, Macrina, in modern-day Turkey. Gregory’s success in his studies suggested great things were ahead for him. After becoming a professor of rhetoric, he was persuaded to devote his learning and efforts to the Church. Gregory went on to study for the priesthood and become ordained. He was elected Bishop of Nyssa in 372, a period of great tension over the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Briefly arrested after being falsely accused of embezzling Church funds, Gregory was restored to his see in 378, an act met with great joy by his people. It was after the death of his beloved brother, Basil, that Gregory really came into his own. He wrote with great effectiveness against Arianism and other questionable doctrines, gaining a reputation as a defender of the Faith. He was sent on missions to counter other heresies and held a position of prominence at the Council of Constantinople. Excerpts taken from: franciscanmedia.org