Free Counseling for individuals, couples and families at Pathways to Change, a community counseling clinic managed by the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla University. Counselors are second-year master’s students in counseling psychology under the supervision of program faculty. The clinic is located in Smith Hall and is open Sunday-Thursday, from 2-9 pm. For more information, or to make appointment, call Pathways to Change at 527-2654
Food pounds donated for July; 977, including 276lbs from the Tri Parish Garden. Cash donations, $624.
Registration for this year’s Reconciliation preparation classes is now underway. Participation in the fall RECONCILIATION PROGRAM is a requirement to attend the Confirmation/Eucharist program in the spring. A birth certificate from the state is required at time of registration . Forms are located in the parish office and church foyer or contact Sue Logsdon for more information. Parents please read the attachment to the registration form to see if your child is eligible to enroll in this year’s program.
A special word of thanks goes to Juan Pedroza, a St. Patrick parish staff member for over 20 years, who has recently resigned from his job as parish bookkeeper for St. Patrick and St. Francis parishes. Juan has held many positions of ministry throughout his time with the church – secretary, business manager and Hispanic minister. He will be greatly missed but we wish him all the best.
Come on out to the Fair Labor Day Weekend for some wonderful culinary delights at the Walla Walla Catholic schools Kitchens. Once again this year you’ll find those legendary Pepe’s salads and pizza as well as “Fazzari’s Finest” pasta, including baked lasagna, baked rigatoni, fettuccine and spaghetti. Plus you’ll have another chance to try the best burger to hit the Walla Walla valley in over forty years!! See ya at the Fair!
The next YAM meeting is on August 26 at 7pm. We will be at St. Patrick’s Hall this time, 18-35 year olds are welcomed!
Registration forms are now available for youth group and sacramental prep for grades 6-12. Please stop by the office to fill one out! Youth group kicks off on Sunday September 22 with music and frozen yogurt, bring friends, family, and your dancing shoes! See you there!
If you have any questions please call the office (509) 525-1602 or my direct line (509)-302-5530 you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Catholics are called to share their faith. It takes a parish to form a child in the faith so please consider volunteering as a catechist or aide for the Sunday morning program starting September 29. There is a need for 2 catechists or I catechist & 1 aide for the 4th/5th grade class this year. If you would like to share the faith with young people of our parishes please contact Sue Logsdon. All classes will be held in the St. Patrick parish education wing. For more information please speak with Sue Logsdon.
All parishioners wishing to remain as active volunteers working with children or youth in the parish are required to take an annual online quiz. Please locate your name and personal id# on the information board in the church foyer, along with instructions on how to take the quiz. All volunteers must take the quiz before Nov. 1 to remain active. If you have any questions please contact Sue Logsdon at 529-5141
Sisters in Scripture is a weekly scripture study focusing on women in the Old Testament will be offered this fall. Look for more information in September or contact Sue Logsdon.
The Obama Administration’s contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate will begin to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers on January 1, 2014. In the weeks to come, Congress must decide whether to address this problem before that deadline. Members of Congress should be urged to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204), and to work for its approval in the next must pass bill needed to keep the federal government operating.
JULY – Due to the generosity of the three parishes, St. Vincent de Paul was able to serve 446 families by providing food, clothing, furniture, household goods plus utilities assistance. The garden at Assumption provided 476 pounds of beautiful and fresh produce. Remember, St. Vincent’s during the year, also provides books to Helpline, Senior Center, BMAC, and St. Mary’s hospital. We also support the SOS clinic which provides free medical care for those without insurance. Thank you again to our Catholic Family for your help in caring for those in need through us. Remember also, that St. Vincent’s has a thrift store which has a myriad of items to sell. The proceeds from the store go directly into our work helping those in need in our community. MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU.
Tags for various back-to-school items, along with personal care items, are available in every parish. In addition, if you can, help with the BACK-PACK fund by making a check payable to the parish & marked accordingly. This fund is not for back-to-school small back packs, but for homeless youth who basically live out of them & are more costly. We plan to work with the schools & provide these as the accumulated funds received will provide.
Kyle, our Seminarian, will be leaving August 16th, 2013 to go back to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, to continue his third year of Theology. Please take the opportunity to thank him for his time with us and pray for him, that he may continue his journey.
A BIG THANK YOU to Kristine Holtzinger for organizing the Donut Man Concert this past week. And thanks also to Claire Balof for working with the children’s choir who helped the Donut Man with the singing, and Mike Scheel for audio help. It was a great concert, full of song, fun and faith. Thanks to all the families who participated!
IMMIGRATION – Not only are immigrants losing their lives trying to reach the USA but also from North Africa to Lampedusa, a small island of the coast of Italy. “Who is responsible for the blood of these brothers and sisters of ours?” The Pope asked recently in his homily. “All of us respond: it wasn’t me. I have nothing to do with it. It was others, certainly not me.”
GUATEMALA – The Diocesan Guatemala Commission has met its budget for the fiscal year ending 06/30/2013. An increase of 5 percent is included in the 2013-2014 budget due to inflation in Guatemala and all parishes who support the mission area asked to consider this increase. Please be as generous as you can with this in mind as you consider future donations.