The altar belongs to all of us. We show this by keeping the altar accessible from all sides, not barricaded by flowers and other décor. We are all gathered around the altar as Christ gathered the disciples around the table at the last supper. This image is clearer in churches that have moved the altar out to a more central location among those assembled. When the altar’s location is indeed among the people, there is a clearer perception and realization of being gathered around the altar as around a community table. There should be nothing that can be perceived as an impediment to approaching the table by members of the community.
The Walla Walla Valley Academy Orchestra will be playing at 10:30
am mass at Assumption on May 17th.
Congratulations to the following children who will be celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and or Eucharist this weekend: Daniel Balof, Dominic DeSomber, Jerome Magnaghi, Jude Neal, Talise Bivins, Kendra Boshart, Brandon Bui, Jeffrey Chun, Ciarra Ferraro, Sofia Ferraro, Diego Garcia, Ryan James, Sara Justice, Emma Morasch, Grace Morasch, , Maddison Vail, Pamella Vail, and Henry Wutzke.
The Installation Mass will be live-streamed on the web site of KHQ-TV in Spokane: khq.com. EWTN-TV will schedule broadcasts of the Mass at a later date. In addition to livestreaming by khq.com, the installation Mass will be carried live by Sacred Heart Radio, KTTO – 970 AM in Spokane.
Public reception: The public is invited to a reception for Bishop Daly on the grounds at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane, on Wednesday, May 20, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. All are welcome; no ticket is required.
The next Tri-Parish Senior Potluck Luncheon will be Thursday, May 21, at St. Patrick Parish, Blanchet Hall, at 11:30 am. Our speaker will be Fr. Brian Sattler sharing about his vocation. Please bring a salad or main dish to share. Table service, beverages, and desserts provided.
If we, the gathered assembly, are the primary music ministers, what is the function of those whom we label music ministers?
They lead us in our songs. They provide the mechanics that enable us to sing together and in tune. Their formation and expertise in liturgical music enables them to select appropriate songs for this community to celebrate this liturgy with these readings on this particular day. Among other things, they can on occasion provide solo music for inspiration (perhaps during the preparation of the gifts) or can also enhance the ambiance (for example, through prelude and postlude music).
Walla Walla parishioners are invited to the June 12 celebration of Sr. Helen Mason’s fifty years as a Sister. Mass is at 6 pm at St. Patrick church and the reception following in Blanchet hall. Please call Kay Workman, 876-2351, by May 25 to RSVP and tell how many people for the mass plus how many for the reception. Thank you! No gifts, please, but you may donate to the Sisters of Providence in care of St. Patrick church, or to St. Patrick church.
Next weekend is the collection for the Catholic Church in the United States which will be taken up in all parishes of the diocese including our own St. Francis parish. This collection is one of the four annual collections authorized by the Catholic Diocese Campaign for Human Development; Catholic Home Missions, Retirement Fund for Religious; and Catholic University of America. Registered parishioners will receive a special solicitation letter from Fr. Mike Savelesky, Diocesan Administrator, along with an informational flyer and personalized collection envelope. Make checks payable to CCUS and please place your envelope in the offertory collection or mail it directly to the Diocese.
Happy Mother’s Day to expectant moms, first time moms, and all the loving moms and grandmas! Thank you for your donations of maternity and baby clothes and supplies! If you haven’t yet brought your donations to the three parishes, you may still take them directly to Birthright, 609 W. Birch.
Jesus’ commandment is that His disciples love one another, even to the point of laying down their lives, if necessary. What gifts of myself – my skills and talents, my time and resources – will best demonstrate my love for God’s people?
Who are the music ministers in liturgy? We refer to the instrumentalists and vocalists who lead us in song as the music ministers. And so they are. However, this can be misleading, because we, the community, are the primary music ministers in liturgy. Our job is to sing the songs, to witness to our faith to one another through our singing, and to encourage others to do the same through our enthusiastic song. It is important that we support one another in song and that we hear one another and are not overwhelmed by electronic amplification or muted by sound absorbing materials. Singing together is an important element of the liturgy, which transforms us from independent individuals to a unified worshiping body.
The Guatemala Commission will have a beautiful quilt on display outside the church Sunday, April 12. It is being raffled off for funds to buy materials for about 500 children enrolled in religious education classes in our mission in Guatemala. The winner will be announced at the annual Diocesan Celebration at Barrister Winery on May 18th, 5:30 – 8:00pm. This is another way for us to support our mission activities so please stop by and view the quilt. Coffee from Guatemala will be available for purchase.
Rosary and business meeting is Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 in the John of the Cross room.
Anyone interested in taking a Code of Conduct workshop for new volunteers to work either in the parishes or school, the next one will be on Thursday, April 23 at 6:00pm in the Nursery room. Please contact Sue Logsdon at 529-5141 or Karin Western at 525-1602 for instructions to pre-register online.
The next Tri-parish Senior Potluck Luncheon will be Thursday, April 16, at Assumption Parish hall, at 11 am with Mass and anointing of the sick. Please bring a salad or main dish to share. Table service, beverages, and desserts provided. All seniors and those who assist them are always welcome!
The Christian community described in Acts understood and practiced total stewardship. St. Paul reports that the believers did not claim anything as their own, but held everything in common, and distributed to each whatever was needed.
Join us for the Ground Breaking ceremony and Blessing of St. Michael the Archangel Haven-housing for homeless veterans and families, at the WWVA Medical Center Parade Grounds, 77 Wainwright Dr. on Friday, April 17th at 1:00pm. A light appetizer social will follow. This will be an affordable 40 – unit community for homeless veterans and families. For more information contact Tim Meliah at 525-0572 or email@example.com.
The Knights of Columbus is putting on their annual Clergy and Religious Appreciation Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner at Assumption’s Parish Hall on May 3rd. It starts at 4:30 pm with a social hour, dinner to follow at 5:30 pm. $10 tickets, available from any member of the KC or call David Hall at 525-3958.