Pope Francis: “If (one) is a good pro-life believer, he must understand the family is the cradle of life, and one must defend its unity.” Removing children from families “isn’t something that bears fruit for either the youngsters or their families.” US Conference of Bishops: The decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) program is “reprehensible…placing unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families.”
Guatemala Mission: Please remember to bring your monthly or quarterly donation to help sustain the Guatemala Mission’s important projects of catechesis, education, medical services, communication, self-help projects, etc. Seven priests have been ordained from the Diocese of Solala, and there are presently 30 seminarians!
Food for the Hungry: With the arrival of colder fall weather, the need for non-perishable food items increases. A check to your parish, designating BMAC food bank, enables them to buy 6X as much food for WW food banks, including St. Vincent’s, as we can buy at retail stores.
Tri-Parish Social Concerns Committee: A number of folks interested in joining the Social Concerns Committee signed up at the Ministry Fair! All are welcome at the next Social Concerns meeting, Tues, October 17, 7 pm, Assumption parish hall. (The meeting location rotates among the three parishes.)
WW Alliance for the Homeless: All 31 Conestoga huts are completed at the Sleep Center in time for colder weather! A few faithful volunteers greet homeless in the morning before they leave camp at 9 am, and when they return, from 6-10 pm. Others help provide an opportunity for weekly showers, twice monthly laundry services, etc.If you’d like to help, call Beth Call, 529-0216, firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations welcome WWAH, PO Box 3431, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month.Wendy Hernandez, 525-2034 email@example.com
Please pray for and support 800,000 DACA, (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) immigrants. They were brought to US as children through no choice of their own, attended school here, & know no other home. They are working, receiving advanced education, and contributing greatly to our economy, as well as helping sustain Social Security. Many would be torn from their families if DACA agreement is canceled. It’s up to Congress to pass a bipartisan bill in support of DACA. The US Conference of Bishops urges the Trump Administration to “ensure permanent protection” for youth who were brought to US as minors without legal documentation. Many prayers needed! For hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Virgin Islands, Mexican earthquake victims, rescue workers, peaceful solutions to conflicts at home and abroad, immigrants and refugees in US & around the world! Donations for US hurricane victims, including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands: Catholic Charities: www.catholiccharities.org. Donations for Mexican earthquake victims: Catholic Relief Services. www.crs.org/ways-to-give-emergency