The next meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 10 am in the St. Francis Parish Hall. All women of the parish are invited.
Our Baptism, like the Lord’s, is a consecration to service. The bishop’s pastoral on stewardship reminds us that “…there is a fundamental obligation arising from the Sacrament of Baptism that people place their gifts, their resources – their selves – at God’s service in and through the Church.”
Come join hundreds of others on Sunday, January 26, in this annual memorial to the millions of unborn children lost to abortion in the 41 years since the Roe vs. Wade decision. The walk will begin with a prayer service at 1:30 pm at St. Patrick Church, and will conclude at Amazing Grace Nazarene Church about 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us.
MARRIAGE – What is Marriage? Are a man and a woman really essential to marriage? What about the child… and the role of mothers and fathers? Is it discriminatory to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman? What impact does the redefinition of marriage have on religious liberty?
Tuesday, January 14th, from noon 1 pm, on Sacred Heard Radio (KTTO 970 AM). Call with questions: 509-327-3695.
Martha Jimenez resigned her position as youth minister for the three parishes during the recent Christmas break. Because these ministries are so important, Fr. Pedro has asked the following people to step in temporarily, to continue this work with our parish youth and youth adults:
Middle School Youth Ministry grades 6-8
Sue Logsdon, email@example.com
High School Youth Ministry grades 9-12
Fr. Mike Ishida, firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Adult Ministry ages 18-35
Fr. David Kuttner, email@example.com
Sacramental preparation for youth
Carmen Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle school youth ministry will resume January 16th – Please don’t show up earlier than 6 pm. High School youth ministry will resume January 12th at the regular time.
All children are invited to participate in the Child Safety classes, to be held January 26th during the regular Religious Education class time. These classes help children prevent child abuse through knowledge. Parents who don’t wish to have their child participate are required to sign and return their “Opt Out” form to the Religious Education office before January 26th.
There will not be any masses on Wednesday, January 22nd, as all the priests will be in Spokane.
Fr. Pedro will be out of the country until January 24th due a yearly visit to his family back in Mexico. He will be unavailable during his travel.
Middle School Youth Ministry is cancelled for January 9th but will start up again on January 16th. We open at 6:00 pm – please no earlier as there is not adequate adult supervision before 6:00 pm.
Benefit dinner for Syrian refugees, on Saturday, January 18th at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5, children and $40 for a family. At the door ticket prices will be $20 adults, $6 for children and $45 for a family. Proceeds from this dinner will be matched 4-1. Come and enjoy an evening of authentic Syrian cuisine and music by local musicians. You will be helping 2.2 million Syrian refugees who now find themselves in other countries. 52% are children and 75% of these are under 12 years old. 21% of these children have lost a family member, often a parent or parents. If you want to help but are unable to attend the dinner, donations can be made to St. Patrick Parish marked for Syrian Benefit.
“Feed the Hungry One Bag at a Time” helps supply the BMAC food bank as well as St. Vincent DePaul with the necessary food they need for those in need. Please be generous with food donations or use the white envelopes in the Church for cash contributions
When he discovered that Mary was with child, Joseph resolved to end their engagement with as little disgrace as possible. But obedient to the voice of God, he changed those plans and became instead the protector of the child Jesus and His mother, Mary. God grant that I may be as open to the leading of the Holy Spirit!
Have you had experiences at mass or connected with church events that deepened your faith? You will have an opportunity to offer your thoughts on how you have been at your best in living the Gospel in your parish on December 21 or December 22 when parishioners will be asked to fill out a parish survey conducted during mass. Your comments on your positive experiences as part of your parish are important! Please take the time to answer some or all of the survey questions in any format that you can. Surveys will also be mailed to all registered families immediately after Christmas, extras will be available at the church entrance as well as be posted on the Tri-parish Web site. Please bring your KLS survey back to church before January 12.
December 21/22 – in-church survey
December 28/29 – surveys mailed to all registered parish families; online survey available
January 12 – deadline to return survey to parish
January 25 – Saturday, KLS parish gathering in parish hall, 1-4 pm.
January 26 – Sunday, KLS parish gathering at St. Patrick Blanchet hall, 2-5 pm
February 1 – Saturday, KLS parish gathering in Spanish at St. Patrick Blanchet hall, 9-12
February 2 – Sunday, KLS parish gathering at St. Francis, 2-5 pm in the hall
The Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis has informed Bishop Cupich that the Reverend Clarence Vavra of the same Archdiocese was hired by Washington State as a chaplain at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary in the Fall of 1986. While his contract was for a full year, it appears from written records that he resigned the chaplain position on December 29, 1986, and left the State of Washington shortly thereafter. During that period of time, there is some indication that he celebrated Mass on weekends at St. Patrick’s Parish in Walla Walla and resided in the rectory as part of his compensation for parish ministerial services. This information is relevant because the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis recently published that there is a substantiated claim of child sexual abuse against the Reverend Vavra. While Vavra’s known abuse did not take place in Washington State, it is the policy of the Diocese of Spokane to inform parishioners when it receives information about known perpetrators who have served within the boundaries of our diocese. Anyone who has been abused by this priest or knows of child sexual abuse by this priest during his time in Walla Walla, should immediately contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator of the Diocese of Spokane, Roberta Smith, at (509) 353-0442 or (509) 998-8340.
Did you know that we have a family from Syria as members of the Catholic Community in Walla Walla? Please mark your calendars for Sunday, January 5th, to attend an informational meeting in St. Patrick Blanchet Hall to find out the plight of Christians in Syria and the refuge situation.
Each of us has his or her own role to play in the coming of the kingdom of God. John the Baptist was called to be the herald of the Messiah, preparing the way of the Lord. To what is the Lord calling me?