Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Divine Mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many. Born in what is now west-central Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener, and porter in three of their houses. In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, Sister Faustina also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary. At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus emphasized His mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told Saint Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart.” The two rays emanating from Christ’s heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus’ death. Her book, “Divine Mercy in my Soul” can be purchased or read online. Excerpts are taken from franciscanmedia.com
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
These are the words of Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24.
Life in a Carmelite convent is indeed uneventful and consists mainly of prayer and hard domestic work. But Thérèse possessed that holy insight that redeems the time, however, dull that time may be. She saw in quiet suffering a redemptive suffering, suffering that was indeed her apostolate. Thérèse said she came to the Carmel convent “to save souls and pray for priests.” And shortly before she died, she wrote: “I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.”
Thérèse was canonized in 1925. On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church, the third woman to be so recognized in light of her holiness and the influence of her teaching on spirituality in the Church.
Her parents, Louis and Zélie, were beatified in 2008 and canonized in 2015.
Excerpts from franciscanmedia.org
Today is commitment Sunday for the Annual Catholic Appeal. If it seems early to you this year, you are correct. Why the change in time?
First, it isn’t an attempt to squeeze an extra ACA collection into the schedule! Though two campaigns will run in 2017 (last spring and now), they are for two fiscal years. The diocese and parishes’ fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. The spring ACA collection was for the 2017 fiscal year, and this fall ACA collection is for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. There is a practical reason for this schedule change. By moving it a little earlier in the fall, the diocese will be able to budget accurately based on pledges and donations already received, instead of having to guess what we hope to receive!
However, there is more than just a practical reason for changing the timing. It also recognizes that most people live in the context of an academic year, especially those with children and grandchildren. Things get busy in the fall and stay busy for about nine months, then slow in the summer. Instead of asking people to plan their giving after the Christmas holidays, we are being asked to prayerfully reflect on our giving when most of us are naturally planning our next 9-12 months.
There is another important change to the ACA which the bishop has instituted this year. He is establishing a firm expectation that each parish will achieve its goal. Historically, several parishes throughout the diocese have fallen short (sometimes far short) of their goals. This shortfall was offset by the abundant generosity of other parishes like our own Walla Walla parishes, which exceeded their goals.
This year, however, each individual parish will be responsible for its own shortfall if it does not meet its goal. For those parishes in the diocese which have not historically reached their goal, this will be a serious challenge. However, for us in Walla Walla the change is an opportunity. Since each parish is now responsible for its own goal, parishes which exceed their goal will no longer be subsidizing those who fall short. Therefore, any amount of money raised above and beyond our goal will be returned to our parish.
Each year, whatever amount is returned to our parishes from the ACA will be directed toward special projects. Some years it might be designated toward specific improvements in the parish, like a new roof or boiler, other years to adult formation opportunities, such as retreats or pilgrimages. For this year, money returned from the ACA because of your abundant generosity will be set aside for our youth and children. Whether it be for a scholarship to help a teen attend a youth conference or to provide new materials for their faith formation, these funds will be invested in those who are the future of our Church. Therefore, I encourage you to be as generous as you can be this year, both in support of the diocese and for our youth.
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
Hoy es Domingo de compromiso para la Colecta Anual Católica. Si les parece muy temprano para este año, están en lo correcto. Porqué el cambio de tiempo?
En primer lugar, esto no es un intento de exprimir una CAC extra en el horario! Aunque dos campañas se hayan corrido en este 2017 (en la primavera y ahora en el Otoño), esto es por dos difererentes años fiscales. La diócesis y los años fiscales de las parroquias corren del primero de Julio hasta el 30 de Junio. Esta Primavera la CAC fue por el año fiscal 2017-2018. Y esta Colecta es por el año fiscal 2018-2019. Usted puede notar el valor práctico de esto. Haciendo esta Colecta un poco más temprano, la diócesis podria basar su precupuesto más preciso en promesas y donaciones ya recibidas en vez de adivinar y suponer en lo que se espera recibir!
Sin embargo, esta no es solamente una razón práctica para cambiar el tiempo. También reconoce la realidad de que la mayoria de la gente vive la vida en el contexto de un año académico. Las cosas suben en el otoño, y como por nueve meses se pone duro, luego baja de nuevo un poco en el verano. En vez de pedirle a la gente que donen cerca de los dias festivos de Navidad, se nos pide que refleccionemos en lo que podemos donar cuando estamos planeando naturalmente para los siguientes 9 a 12 meses.
Hay otro cambio significante para la CAC que el Obispo ha instituido este año. El ha establecido la firme expectación de que cada parroquia va a llegar a su meta. Históricamente, varias de las parroquias en toda la diócesis no llegan a la meta y quedan muy cortos de sus metas. Este deficit fue suministrado por la abundante generosidad de otras parroquias, como la nuestra en Walla Walla, la cual excedió sus metas.
Este año, sin embargo, cada parroquia individual será responsable por su propio deficit si no llega a su meta. Para algunas de las parroquias en la diócesis las cuales históricamente no han alcanzado su meta, va a ser un verdadero reto. Sin embargo, para nosotros en Walla Walla es una oportunidad. Ya que cada parroquia es ahora responsable por llegar a su propia meta, las parroquias que excedan su meta ya no tienen que suministrar a aquellos que queden cortos en su meta. Asi que cualquien cantidad de dinero arriba y más allá de nuestra meta será regresada a la parroquia.
Su abundante generosidad será dirigida hacia proyectos especiales cada año que excedamos nuestra meta. Algunos años podrá ser designada hacia algunas mejorias especificas en la parroqua, otros años para formación en la fe para adultos. Este año su generosidad será establecida para reunir fondos para nuestros jóvenes y niños. Ya sea una beca para ayudar algún jovencito a asistir a una conferencia de jóvenes o proveer nuevos materiales para su formación en la fe, estos fondos serán invertidos en aquellos que serán el futuro de nuestra Iglesia. Por lo tanto, yo les animo a ser tan generosos como puedan este año en apoyo de nuestra diócesis y nuestros jóvenes.
Alabado sea Jesucristo, ahora y por siempre!
Catholic radio is a great Evangelization tool!
KHSS Celebrates their 20th Anniversary!
On December 7, 2017, KHSS will celebrate 20 years of sanctifying the airwaves over Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities with the truth of the Catholic Faith. Our Fall pledge drive will keep Catholic Radio flowing over the airwaves. Join us for a presentation by Fr. Dale Tuckerman at Assumption on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 pm about the 100th anniversary of Mary appearing at Fatima.
Ways to pledge:
Text KHSSPledge to 71441 any time before the end of the year to have a link to our pledge form texted to you. Call 800-949-1050 during the pledge drive 4-Oct through 7. Mail your pledge to KHSS Catholic Radio, 30 W. Main Street, Suite 303 Walla Walla, WA 99362. Or, visit our Share-A-Thon page and download a pledge form (in both English and Spanish) or you can simply email your pledge to email@example.com.
Join us for First Saturday Mass
Join us on The First Saturday
of every Month
8 AM at Saint Patrick Church.
The Next Mass will be
Saturday, October 7th.
First Friday Family
Rosary and Potluck
Join us on The First Friday
of every month for the:
Family Rosary and Potluck.
The next one is Friday, October 6th
5:30 p.m St Patrick’s Blanchette Hall.
The Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations now follows the First Saturday Mass at St. Patrick Parish at 8:00 A.M. Join us this October 7th as we spend time in prayer before Our Lord. Thank you for your support and prayers for vocations to the ministerial priesthood, consecrated life, and to sacramental marriage.
Join us for a presentation by Fr. Dale Tuckerman at Assumption on Thursday, October 12 At 6:30 pm about the 100th anniversary of Mary appearing at Fatima.
A compelling inside look at the life and times of Joseph Ratzinger and the challenging pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. This biographical documentary covers his childhood, his rise within the Catholic church, and the first few years of his papacy as the Vicar of Christ.
It contains unique footage and interviews with those closest to him like his brother George and his biographer John Allen: get to know the pope of the new millennium.
Parish Code CE6DCX
We would love to have you join us!
Contact Elaine Bluhm at 509-525-4728.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 10, at John of the Cross room at St. Patrick’s. Rosary at 6:30 pm, Community and treats at 6:50 pm and Meeting at 7:05 pm. Please join us!
a seven week mission
Please Join us for our first meeting this Sunday, October 1st at St Patrick’s
First four Sundays in October at St Patrick’s, 6:30 – 8 pm
Mark the date for the retreat: October 29th at Assumption
Tri-Parish DATE NIGHT! The next one is Saturday, October 21 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
At Saint Patrick’s this weekend after Mass
September 30-October 1
Sunday 8:00am and 10:00am
Spanish Saturday 7:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm
Hope to see you there!
Code of Conduct: A training will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the DeSales library. This class is required of all individuals planning to volunteer, drive students, or participate in activities where students are present. You are required to register for the training online at http://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/. When the participating individual arrives at the Virtus homepage, she/he will click on the green First-Time Registrant link on the left side of the page and then follow the directions.
JClub Catholic Book Fair: Stop by Assumption School on October 11 & 12 from Noon to 2pm to view a selection of Catholic Books for ordering.
Join the Walla Walla Catholic Schools October 6th (5 PM-Midnight) and 7th (11 AM-Midnight) for the 15th Annual Walla Walla Sausage Fest at DeSales High School. This fun weekend of live music, football, great food and drink, movies, games for the kids, bingo, and more helps raise funds for Walla Walla Catholic Schools! Check out the website for a full run-down of special events (www.thewwcs.com). We’ve brought back our premium wine bar, as well as Burwood Brewing Company beers for the event this year and we can’t wait to share them all with you.
In all parishes and missions of the diocese, this is Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend. I ask that you respond as generously as possible to Bishop Daly’s request that you contribute. Participation of every household in our Parish promotes the witness and spread of the Gospel to the farthest corners of the diocese.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19