Claude de la Colombière promoted, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, along with his friend and spiritual companion, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. The emphasis on God’s love for all was an antidote to the rigorous moralism of the Jansenists, who were popular at the time. Claude showed remarkable preaching skills long before his ordination in 1675. Two months later, he was made superior of a small Jesuit residence in Burgundy. It was there he first encountered Margaret Mary Alacoque. For many years after he served as her confessor. He was next sent to England to serve as confessor to the Duchess of York. He preached by both words and by the example of his holy life, converting a number of Protestants. Tensions arose against Catholics and Claude, rumored to be part of a plot against the king, was imprisoned. He was ultimately banished, but by then his health had been ruined. He died in 1682. Pope John Paul II canonized Claude de la Colombière in 1992. Excerpts are taken from franciscanmedia.org.
Tuesday 6:45 am St. Francis Wednesday 4:30 pm St. Patrick Friday 9:00 am Assumption Saturday 4:00 pm Assumption Saturday 5:00 pm St. Francis Sunday 9:00 am St. Patrick Sunday 9:30 am Assumption Sunday 11:00 am St. Patrick
Last week, the bulletin carried an invitation to all parishioners for an open forum discussion regarding the possibility of Willow Charter School at St. Patrick Parish. This invitation was also made during the announcement at every Mass. As a follow up to that forum, today, instead of a letter, I am providing a Q&A.
Introduction: Dan Calzaretta, Executive Director of Willow Charter School has approached St. Patrick Catholic Parish and requested to lease the old school building for their middle school, opening in August, 2018. Bishop Daly approved opening up discussion on this possibility and, subsequently, Dan Calzaretta made presentations and answered questions with members of the parish pastoral and finance council as well as the board for Walla Walla Catholic Schools. From those conversations, certain questions stood out prominently. Those questions with responses follow:
Will the parishioners of St. Patrick still have access to the facilities in the parish hall and school?
Yes. This would be a shared space lease. Though such an arrangement is likely to have conflicts from time to time, the vast majority of parish activities and uses take place on days/times that Willow would not be in the space.
Is this a permanent arrangement?
No. Willow ultimately desires to establish their own footprint somewhere in Walla Walla. To get started, they are requesting a three year lease with the possibility of renewal.
Does Willow present competition for Walla Walla Catholic Schools?
No. Willow desires to present an alternative model of education and is primarily reaching out to those families and students who have found it difficult to succeed in the more mainstream models of education found in either the Catholic or public school systems.
Is Willow espousing a Christian based education?
No. Willow is, fundamentally, a public school fostering an alternative learning model. However, while following the norms established for public education, Willow is committed to facts-based education, which allows them to avoid opposition to any faith tradition, including Catholicism. Language to this effect will be included in any lease agreement.
The proposed lease will generate income, how will it be used?
From the beginning of this conversation, one of the appealing aspects of the proposal was the possibility of using the patrimony of Catholic Education (St. Patrick’s School Building) to foster Catholic Education in Walla Walla. Therefore, a significant portion of the revenue generated will be used to this end. Additionally, as St. Patrick’s will be hosting Willow, a portion of the funds generated will be directed to important capital improvements to the grounds and facilities of our historic buildings.
As we move forward in this process I will continue to provide periodic updates in the bulletin. Though there are still various questions and challenges ahead, this partnership is an opportunity to benefit our Catholic community here in Walla Walla.
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
La semana pasada, habia una invitaciión en el boletin para todos los feligreses para una discusión abierta acerca de la posibilidad de que se abra la escuela de Willow Charter aqui en San Patricio. Esta invitación también se hizo durante las Misas. Como un seguimiento a esta reunion, hoy, en vez de una carta, estoy proveyendo preguntas y respuestas.
Introducción: Dan Calzaretta, Director Ejecutivo de la Escuela Willow Charter se ha acercado a la parroquia de San Patricio y ha pedido rentar la escuela del Viejo edificio para los grados de secundaria, se abriria en Agosto de este año. El Obispo Daly aprobó que se abriera la discusión acerca de esta posibilidad y subsecuentemente, Dan Calzaretta hizo presentaciones y contestó preguntas con miembros del Consejo Pastoral y Consejo de Finanzas, tanto como con miembros de las Escuelas Católicas. De esas conversaciones, ciertas preguntas sobresalieron prominentemente. Esas preguntas con respuestas son como sigue:
Los feligreses de San Patricio todavia tendrán acceso a las facilidades en los salones de San Patricio y la escuela?
Si, esto será un espacio compartido. Aunque, tal arreglo tendrá conflictos de vez en cuando, la mayoria de las actividades parroquiales y usos se hacen durante el dia/horas que Willow no usará el espacio.
Es este un arreglo permanente?
No. Willow ultimadamente desea establecer su propia huella an algún lugar en Walla Walla. Para comenzar, están pidiendo rentarlo por tres años con la posibilidad de renovarl el contrato.
La escuela Willow presenta una competencia para las escuelas Católicas de Walla Walla?
NO. Willow desea presentar un modelo alternativo de educación y está primeramente tratando de llegar a aquellas familias y estudiantes que se les ha hecho dificil triunfar en los modelos convencionales de educación que se encuen tran en el Sistema de las escuelas Católicas o Públicas.
Willow está adoptando una educación basada en el Cristianismo?
No. Willow es fundamentalmente una escuela pública fomentando un modelo de aprendizaje alternativo. Sin embargo, mientras que siguen las normas establecidas por la educación pública, Willow está comprometido a la educación basada en hechos, lo cual les permite a ellos evitar la oposición a cualquier fe tradicional, incluyendo el Catolicismo. El language con este propósito, será incluido en cualquier contrato de arrendamiento.
El arrendamiento propuesto generará ingresos, como será usado?
Desde el principio de esta conversación, uno de los aspectos que más nos atrajo de esta propuesta fue la posibilidad de usar el patrimonio de la Educación Católica (escuela de San Patricio) de fomentar la educación Católica en Walla Walla. Por lo tanto, una porción significante de los ingresos generados se usará para este fin. Adicionalmente, como San Patricio será el anfitrión de Willow, una porción de los fondos generados serán dirigidos a importantes mejorias capitales en los terrenos y facilidades de nuestro edificio histórico.
Mientras seguimos hacia Adelante en este proceso, continuaré proveyendo actualizaciones periódicas en el boletin. Aunque todavia hay varias preguntas y retos Adelante, esta asociación es una oportunidad para beneficio de nuestra comunidad Católica aqui en Walla Walla.
Alabado sea Jesucristo, ahora y por los siglos!
Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th this year!
Remember that Ash Wednesday (and Good Friday) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence!
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
7:00 am *note the earlier time
All School Mass 8:30 am
Evening Mass 6:00 pm
6:00 pm Spanish
St. Ann’s Annual Mardi Gras Dinner
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 pm
At St. Francis Hall
MENU: Italian Meatballs & Baked Pastas; Glazed Ham; Salads, Sides & Desserts; Wine, Coffee & Punch
Adults $11; Kids $5; Seniors $9; Family $36
The next date night is Saturday, February 17 at 6:30 PM in the Assumption Hall
The “Not So” Newlywed Game
How well do YOU know each other?
There will be prizes and fun!
This is for ALL engaged and married couples.
Childcare and dinner will be provided.
For Questions contact Jeremy and Annie Guest: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Courtney Scott if you are interested in helping with childcare: email@example.com.
CHANGE A LIFE THIS LENT
Our Catholic community in the United States does something amazing each Lent. We come together to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—and by doing so we help lift families and communities out of poverty and put them on a path toward resilience, prosperity, and stability. That’s the CRS Rice Bowl effect. Rice Bowls & calendars available at church beginning Ash Wednesday Visit crsricebowl.org to find more resources for education and reflection. Also available in English and Spanish is the CRS Rice Bowl app. You can put Lent at your fingertips with new daily reflections and recipes, integrated social sharing and a new way to track your Lenten sacrifices!
We are deeply grateful to everyone who signed up to pray for vocations through The 31 Club last week. Your name is now on the calendar which will be displayed in our church throughout the year.
If you did not have a chance to sign up, please contact Susan at 525-0449 or email the Serra Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support of this important vocation ministry.
Tuesday, February 13th at 1 pm is the next Assumption Women’s Meeting. Judy Pinney from Catholic Relief Services will be the guest speaker. Rosary will be at 12:30 pm prior to the meeting. Looking forward to seeing you on the 13th!
Next Friday, February 16, 2018, from 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm the Knights of Columbus will be serving its signature Fish Fry AT SAINT FRANCIS PARISH HALL.
The rotation of Stations of the Cross will determine the location of each weekly meal.
This Dinner will offer you choices of Cod Filets, Clam Chowder, French Fries and Cole Slaw.
CONTAINERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CARRYOUTS.
Dinner is $9.00 per person. Reduced Prices will be offered for families requiring more than four meals.
Proceeds will benefit our three Walla Walla seminarians, Catholic Schools and the Walla Walla Catholic Parishes.
Augustine Institute – 75 minutes
How can we evangelize an unbelieving world? In this talk, Ken Hensley uses simple, effective logic to show how the atheistic worldview inevitably leads to contradictions that cannot hold up to sound reasoning. After hearing this talk, you will be empowered to conclusively demonstrate how unbelief leads to the destruction of morality, meaning, and even knowledge.
Find it on formed.org
Parish Code CE6DCX
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. Writings from the Second century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance. Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass. Excerpts taken from Catholic Online.
April 28, 2018 — HOPE 2018, mark your calendars now for a “Masquerade of Hope”
We are hiring! Director of Advancement
Visit www.thewwcs.com/employment for details
The Director of Advancement is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive institutional advancement program for the Walla Walla Catholic Schools. The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Pastor-President and works collaboratively with the Marketing Communications and Enrollment Coordinator, the Principal, the WWCS Board, the WWCS Endowment Board, the Alumni Association, and all senior staff and administrators.
Please send letter of interest, resume, and list of 3-5 references to email@example.com.
Pope Francis: “Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments, and in our neighbor…Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full joy of Easter.”
CRS Rice Bowl “Join our faith community – and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the USA-in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter. Pick up your CRS Rice Bowl and booklet at the Ash Wednesday Mass. During Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.”
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY A huge thank you to the Tri-Parish youth who collected donations for local warming centers after Masses last weekend! Proceeds to be reported soon.
Warming Center for homeless women & children, 1520 Pleasant, Warming Center for adults, New Beginnings Church & First Congregational Church, are sponsored by United Way. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or donate.
Guatemala Mission: Please don’t forget that the pre-school, radio station essential to communication, and pastoral outreach depend on our WW parishes. Again thank you so much to all who pledged support to the mission last summer, and to those who have been giving for many years. The St. Pat’s Guatemala envelope is located between Feb. 11 & Feb. 18.
Conestoga Sleep Center, administered by volunteers from the WW Alliance for the Homeless with support from the City of WW, ask for help with some basic needs of the residents: Please leave adult socks, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products at the St. Patrick’s parish office.
Assumption School leads the way in food donations, July-December, 2017! July, August, September, St. Vincent’s St. Francis & Assumption 241 lbs Assumption School 629 lbs October, November, December. St. Vincent’s Total lbs July-Dec 2047 lbs St. Francis & Assumption 503 lbs Assumption School 674 lbs $ value, $1.67/lb=$3418.49 July, August, BMAC Sept-Dec, BMAC Total lbs July-Dec St. Patrick’s 571 lbs 698 lbs 1269 lbs $ value, 1.67/lb=$2119.23
COMING SOON: TRI-PARISH FOOD DRIVE!
Tri-Parish Garden: Nancy needs more volunteers to lead the planting, harvesting, and distributing of veggies. Please contact email@example.com.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961 for appointment 525-2034, Walla Walla. Wendy Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for and support 800,000 DACA. The US Conference of Bishops urges Congress & Trump Administration to support Dream Act 2017 for youth who were brought to US as minors without legal documentation. E-mail or call Rep.McMorris-Rodgers, 202-225-2006, Senators Murray, 202-224-2621 & Cantwell, 202-224-3441.
Catholic Social Ministries meeting, Tuesday, February 20, at 7 pm, Assumption Hall. Everyone’s welcome!
One of the four virgin martyrs celebrated in the Catholic calendar of saints, almost nothing is historically certain about this saint except that she was martyred in Sicily during the persecution of Emperor Decius in 251. It is believed that Agatha, like St. Agnes, was arrested as a Christian, tortured, and sent to a house of prostitution to be mistreated. She was preserved from being violated, and was later put to death. She is claimed as the patroness of both Palermo and Catania. The year after her death, the stilling of an eruption of Mt. Etna was attributed to her intercession. As a result, people continued to ask her prayers for protection against fire. Excerpts are taken from franciscanmedia.org
When entering a Catholic Church, there are certain things we expect to see. In the center of the sanctuary we will see an altar. Most commonly, behind the altar we will see the tabernacle with a red lamp burning next to it, reminding us of Christ’s real presence hidden within the Eucharist. There are Stations of the Cross along the walls and other paintings, statues, and icons. There are pews and kneelers, a choir loft or other place to lead music.
In addition to all these things, most Catholic Churches have some place to light votive candles. Though a votive candle stand is a common fixture in most Catholic Churches, we may not have taken the time to reflect on its meaning and its purpose.
The symbolism of using a votive candle is manifold. First, we can consider the candle itself. In Christianity, the candle has always been considered a symbol for Christ. It gives light in the darkness, but to do so it must consume itself, just as Christ gave his life to be the light of the world. Therefore, Christ is always at the center of this devotional practice, as the candle is a symbol of his gift of self.
However, the candle does not light itself. A member of the faithful makes the choice to set the small candle aflame. In so doing, this Christian is indicating a desire to participate in that same sacrificial gift of Christ. Like Christ, this gift of self is offered for someone. The Christian offers the sacrifice for a family member, a friend, a stranger, or even for a particular intention for one’s own life.
It is this manifest desire for a particular intention or person from which the practice derives its name, votive. A votive offering is an expression of a hope and a promise. It is the hope that some desire expressed before God would be fulfilled and a promise to sacrifice to that end.
What is the sacrifice that is offered by the Christian? It is twofold. First, every votive stand has a place to make an offering. Most think that this is a place to pay for the price of the candle, but that is not its authentic spiritual meaning. Rather, it is a place to make a personal sacrifice offered for the sake of the intention that the candle expresses. The money is a symbolic representation of our work, our time, and an expression of our willingness to give of ourselves in love, for the hope the candle symbolizes. As a concrete example, if I made ten dollars for an hour of work, a gift of five dollars would be an expression to God that I am offering to Him a half hour of labor for the intention I am placing before Him.
The second aspect of our sacrifice is that of prayer. When we light the candle, we are making a pledge that we will pray for the intention expressed by the candle and we need not pray alone. Typically votive candles are placed before an image of a saint, which reminds us to ask for his or her intercession and the intercession of all the saints and angels. Additionally, the burning candles are visible to all our brothers and sisters in Christ who enter the Church, inviting them also to join in praying on behalf of the intentions expressed by those little flames. In this way, votive candles are not only a manifestation of our own intentions and sacrifices but a reminder of the vast family of faith to which we belong, both on earth and in heaven.
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!