Maximilian Kolbe entered the seminary at 16. Ordained at 24, he saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. He founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work, and suffering. He founded Knight of the Immaculata, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication, he established a “City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded another one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. In 1939 Kolbe and his friars were arrested by the Nazis who had overrun Poland. At the concentration camp where he was being held, A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Maximillian (Number 16670) stepped from the line. “I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.”“Who are you?” “A priest.” No name, no mention of fame. The commandant, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Fr. Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked, and their slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption, four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. Fr. Kolbe was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.Excerpts from Franciscanmedia.org
Tuesday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven—a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics.
This solemnity is significant for a variety of reasons. For example, it is one of only two instances of the use of papal infallibility in the history of the Church. This belief in papal infallibility, though present throughout the history of the Church, was only formally defined in the First Vatican Council (1869-1870). It was exercised once prior to this definition–for the promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854. It was nearly one hundred years later when Pius XII exercised this special charism for the second time in the proclamation of Our Lady’s Assumption in 1950. When the pope exercises this charism, he is said to speak “ex cathedra,” i.e. “from the chair.” The chair is an image of authority—the authority received from Christ by St. Peter and exercised by all of his subsequent successors in the papal office.
It is important to note that this belief in Our Lady’s Assumption into heaven did not begin with Pope Pius XII in 1950. Though written evidence of this Christian belief only dates back to the 4th century, the belief in this truth began with the apostles, especially St. John, to whom Our Lady was entrusted by Christ immediately before his death on the cross. He and any other apostles present were witnesses to the events surrounding her Assumption and passed their experience down to the Christians in their community. Though not part of the canon of scripture, some of these accounts are recorded in early Christian writings and in the accounts of mystics to whom God made this event known. Though the accounts differ in various ways, one thing is consistent—the union of our Lady’s body and soul in heaven as singular grace. As the years went on, the Church reflected upon, prayed over, and entered into this sacred mystery. Gradually, Christ’s faithful began to understand more fully the meaning of Our Lady’s Assumption. They began to see its connection to their lives, their relationship to Christ, and their hope for heaven. This growth in faith finally found its culmination in the ex cathedra declaration of Pius XII:
“After we have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.“
Lest anyone mistakenly think that this is a mere theological opinion of the pope, he adds the following: “Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith.”
These words come only at the end of Pope Pius’ exposition on the topic. If you have not yet had the opportunity, I warmly encourage you to read his reflections in Munificentissimus Deus. It is relatively short and available online.
El Martes es la Solemnidad de la Asunción de la Virgen Maria a los cielos—un Dia Santo de Obligación para todos los Católicos.
Esta solemnidad es muy significante por una variedad de razones. Por ejemplo, es una de dos únicas instancias de infalibilidad de uso papal en la historia de la Iglesia. Esta creencia de infabilidad papal, aunque está presente en toda la historia de la Iglesia, fue únicamente definida formalmente en el Concilio del Primer Vaticano. Se ejerció una sola vez antes de esta definición para la promulgación del dogma de la Inmaculada Concepción en 1854. Fueron casi cerca de cien años más tarde cuando Pio XII ejercitó este carisma especial por la segunda vez en la proclamación de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora en 1950. Cuando el papa ejercitó este carisma, se dice que habló “ex cathedra,” “desde la silla.” La silla es una imagen de autoridad—la autoridad recibida de Cristo por San Pedro y ejercitada por todos sus sucesores subsecuentes en la oficina papal.
Es importante hacer notar que esta creencia en la Asunción de Nuestra Señora a los cielos no comenzó con el Papa Pio XII en 1950. Aunque hay evidencia escrita de esta creencia Cristiana únicamente con fechas de atrás del siglo cuarto, la creencia en esta verdad comenzó con los apóstoles, especialmente San Juan, a quién fue confiada nuestra Señora por Cristo inmediatamente antes de su muerte en la cruz. El, y cualquiera de los otros apóstoles presentes fueron testigos de los eventos rodeando su Asunción y pasaron su experiencia a los Cristianos en su comunidad. Mientras que los años pasaron, la Iglesia refleccionó sobre ella, oró, y entró en este sagrado misterio. Gradualmente, los fieles de Cristo comenzaron a ver esta conección a sus vidas, su relación a Cristo, y su esperanza por el reino. Este crecimiento en la fe, finalmente encontró su culminación en la declaración de el ex cathedra de Pio XII:
“Después de haber derramado oraciones de suplicación a Dios una y otra vez, y de haber invocado la luz del Espiritu de la Verdad, para la gloria del Dios Todopoderoso que ha prodigado su especial afecto sobre la Virgen Maria, por honor de su Hijo, el inmortal Rey de las edades y la Victoria sobre el pecado y la muerte, para mayor gloria de la misma augusta Madre, y para alegria y exultación de toda la Iglesia; por la autoridad de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, de los Santos Apóstoles Pedro y Pablo, y por nuestra propia autoridad, pronunciamos y declaramos, y definimos que es un dogma revelado y divino: que la Inmaculada Madre de Dios, la Siempre Virgen Maria, habiendo completado el tiempo de su vida terrenal, fue llevada en cuerpo y alma a la Gloria celestial.”
Para que nadie erróneamente piense que esto es una mera opinión teológica del papa, el añade lo siguiente: “Por lo tanto si alguien, que Dios no lo quiera, se atreva intencionalmente a negar o a dudar lo cual hemos definido, déjenle saber que el ha caido completamente de la fe Católica divina.”
Estas palabras vienen únicamente al final de la exposición en ese tema del Papa Pio. Si ustedes todavia no han tenido la oportunidad, cálidamente les animo a leer sus reflecciones en Munificentissimus Deus. Es relativamente corto y está disponible en linea (internet).
“I hope you had a wonderful vacation. I hope this time has been restful and you took time to pray with your children. We are about to begin classes for the children who start their first year and for the ones returning for their second year. Registrations for this year’s program will start August 12th after all weekend Masses and during the week at the Religious Education Office with Imelda or Sister Margarita. God willing we will see each other soon.”
Sr. Margarita Hernandez, SP
Director of Religious Education, 509-529-5141
Who We Are: The Saint John Paul II Foundation is a non-profit, lay organization that provides funding for scholarships for collegiate and pre-theology seminarians for the Spokane Diocese. Additionally, the Foundation provides funding for Quo Vadis Days, Vocare and other vocation education programs for the Spokane Diocese. With a donation of $25 or more per year you are given membership in the Saint John Paul II Society and will be invited to attend our annual Mass & Gathering at Bishop White Seminary and our annual Mass & Dinner with Bishop Daly. Donations by mail can be sent to: Saint John Paul II Foundation PO Box 10253 Spokane, WA 99209-1253
Tri-Parish DATE NIGHT! The next one is Saturday, August 19 at 6:30 pm at Assumption Hall. This is a new marriage enrichment ministry for ALL engaged and married couples.
Childcare and food will be provided.
For questions contact Jeremy and Annie Guest at email@example.com.
HELP WANTED: The DATE NIGHT Committee is looking for adults and any middle school and high school students who would be interested in helping with childcare for our monthly date night. Please contact Courtney Scott if you are interested in helping at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to the facebook event.
Link to the facebook group.
Support vocation ministry in the Walla Walla Valley for the Diocese of Spokane, be a Serran. For membership information please call Susan at 525-0449.
“In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with
my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.”
St. Francis of Assisi
Have you been wanting to take a weekly hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament?
Contact one of us and we will get you signed up.
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Our Parish Code is CE6DCX
Notice for Family & Friends in the Hospital or Care Facility. If you or a friend are at the hospital and would like to have a priest visit for the Sacraments or prayer, please contact the hospital chaplain and share your request. Due to legal restraints, hospitals cannot share information regarding patients unless a specific request has been submitted. However, hospital chaplains are diligent about sharing this information with priests after such a request has been made. If the person requesting a priest is in a care facility, simply call St. Patrick (509) 525-1602 or Assumption (509) 525-8163 to request a visit.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins on September 21, 2017. There are cards in the back of each parish with more information. Share your faith and give one to a friend. This is the time we set aside each year to teach those interested in learning more about our Faith. The classes culminate with the Easter Vigil Mass, when those who so desire, can be Baptized and/or Confirmed into our Faith. Anyone can attend the classes, even Catholics who just want to learn more. To receive a registration form email: email@example.com. Registration forms are also available in the parish office and on our website. For more information contact the parish office at: 525-1602 or Deacon Jim Barrow at 525-6833.
Back to School Picnic & Forms Night: The DeSales & Assumption Home & School officers invite all WWCS families to a Back to School Picnic! On Tuesday, August 15th at 5pm, join us on the front lawn of DeSales. What to bring:
*Last name: A-L Side Dish, M-Z Dessert; *Blanket or Lawn Chairs; *Completed back to school forms
The Pizza and Pasta booths are a tremendous fundraiser for the WWCS. Please sign up and reserve your volunteer shifts today. You receive an All Day Fair Pass as well as credit toward your family service hours. Remember to get your Fair food fix at the WWCS Food Booths!
A Holy Day of Obligation, Tuesday, August 15
Tuesday, August 15…….. 8:30 am
Tuesday, August 15…….. 7:15 am
Monday, August 14 …….6:00 pm (Bi-lingual) [VIGIL]
Tuesday, August 15…….. 12:10 pm
In honor of: The Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, August 20th at 11:30am (after 10:30am Mass) All are welcome to the celebration!
A-M bring a salad | N-Z bring a dessert
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, condiments, and place settings will be provided.
There will be a craft table for the children to enjoy.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and to meet new Parishioners.
Come and Celebrate with us!
Pope Francis: “…a heartfelt cry rises up once again; no more violence in the name of God! May his most holy name be adored, not profaned or bartered as a commodity through forms of hatred and human opposition. God cannot be used for personal interests and selfish ends. He cannot be used to justify any form of…imperialism or colonialism.” October 2016.
Giving Tree, School Supplies: School is just around the corner! School supplies can be expensive, but right now there are fantastic sales at many stores. Once again we’re asking you to help low-income students get the items they need for a successful school year. Please take one or more tags from the Giving Tree and bring back the items listed. For high school students, cash donations in check form are especially helpful. Please designate “school supplies for teenagers” on your check to your parish.
Walla Walla Teen Shelter: “The Hub on 3rd”, will be completed this summer. Walla Walla Catholic Charities has helped with planning and fund raising and will provide much-needed services for youth & their families in the area. The WW Teen Shelter, one component of the Hub will provide emergency shelter, case management, youth development programming and service referrals for youth ages 12-17. The Health Center and Children’s Home Society will also be housed in the Hub, providing primary health and mental health care services, and Early Head Start child care respectively. Grand Opening of The Hub on 3rd, Friday, September 8th at 2:00 pm. Across the street from Lincoln High School.
Feed the Hungry: Please remember to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for the St.Vincent & BMAC food banks.
Sleep Center: The WW Alliance for the Homeless is busily trying to make 32 all weather Conestoga huts for the Sleep Center before winter, but they need help. A few crew chiefs with carpentry experience would be fabulous! Work schedule: 8 am-12 noon, Wed-Sat. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-876-6636. Donations for materials are most welcome. WWAH, PO Box 3431, WW, WA.
Thank you again for your generous response in making donations & pledges to support the Guatemala Mission! Please remember to write “Guatemala Mission” on your check for your monthly or quarterly pledge & drop it in the collection basket. Next Guatemala envelopes for St. Patrick’s, 8/13-8/20.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month.Immigrant Resources: A meeting at Garrison: Wed, Aug 23, 6-8 pm. Garrison Middle School Cafeteria, Wendy Hernandez, immigration lawyer: upcoming English, citizenship classes, copy documents, Know your Rights info, Power of Attorney, parental consent forms, register to vote! Contact Cindy Gregoire, email@example.com.
Refusing to marry at 15, Clare was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and spiritual guide. At 18, Clare escaped from her father’s home one night and went to the small Franciscan chapel where she exchanged her jewels for a rough woolen habit and sacrificed her long tresses to Francis’ scissors. He placed her in a Benedictine convent, which her father and uncles immediately stormed in rage. Clare clung to the altar of the church, threw aside her veil to show her cropped hair, and remained. Sixteen days later her sister Agnes joined her. Others came. They lived a simple life of great poverty, austerity, and complete seclusion from the world. They went barefoot, slept on the ground, ate no meat, and observed almost complete silence. Later Clare, like Francis, persuaded her sisters to moderate this rigor: “Our bodies are not made of brass.” The greatest emphasis, of course, was on gospel poverty. They possessed no property, even in common, subsisting on daily contributions. Clare served the sick and washed the feet of the begging nuns. When she came from prayer, it was said, her face was so shining, it dazzled those about her. She suffered serious illness for the last 27 years of her life. Her influence was such that popes, cardinals, and bishops often came to consult her—Clare herself never left the walls of San Damiano. Excerpts from Franciscanmedia.org.