Jesus is the perfect steward – watching carefully over all who have been entrusted to Him by the Father and then sending them all out into the world in service. May I similarly protect and wisely use the gifts entrusted to me!
Assumption + St. Francis + St. Patrick
408 West Poplar Street
Walla Walla WA 99362
The Tri-Parish Leadership Commission, on behalf of the Walla Walla Catholic community, would like to thank all of our ministers, leaders and volunteers for your faithful service to our Catholic community through your participation in parish ministry.
The Tri-Parish Leadership Commission is a group formed to implement the most significant goals that our parishioners expressed through the Know, Love and Serve surveys and listening sessions last year.
Appointed by our Pastor, we are working in collaboration with the Diocesan Parish Support and Renewal Services director Brian Kraut, who was hired by Bishop Blase J. Cupich to support parishes and parishioners as we respond to the Four-Year Pastoral Plan that was announced to us in the Joy Made Complete document.
At the press conference upon his appointment, our new Bishop, Thomas Anthony Daly, referenced the Four-Year Pastoral Plan and stated, “I look forward to studying the pastoral plan and moving forward with its implementation as soon as possible.”
Priority One for 2014-2015 is the Teaching of the Apostles: Faith Formation and Leadership Development. In response to this priority we are calling forth all leaders of committees, groups and organizations as well as all those serving in ministries within our Tri-Parish Catholic community to begin a discussion and teaching on discipleship and ministry.
We invite all of our ministers, leaders and volunteers to gather on Sunday, May 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Assumption Parish Hall. Anyone wishing to serve as a minister, leader or volunteer is also invited and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Please make every effort to attend this gathering so that all ministries that make up our three parishes will be represented as we move forward together with the Pastoral Plan.
The Walla Walla Catholic community recognizes the importance of our ministers, leaders and volunteers and we want to affirm the role that you hold and the service that you give. It is our hope that you will continue to commit yourself as a parishioner and disciple, as Joy Made Complete states, to “take up the hard work with both dedication and charity to explore new ways of being parish and diocese so that others may come to know the joy of the Gospel.”
We hope to see you on Sunday, May 17.
Humbly in Christ,
THE TRI-PARISH LEADERSHIP COMMISSION:
Jackie Keyes DeLaney
Deacon Maclobio Robles
P.S. May 24 is Pentecost Sunday, a day when the Church celebrates the Holy Spirit working in the life of the Church and of its people. All those serving in leadership roles will be recognized at whichever mass you attend this particular weekend, for the work you have done in your parish or Tri-parish ministry. When your ministry is called please stand up for a blessing. Having your participation in parish work recognized is a wonderful way to encourage and invite others to do the same.
All are invited to the Third Annual Guatemala Mission Celebration on Monday, May 18th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm featured guest speakers will be Fr. David Baronti and Sr. Janet Druffel. Guatemala Commission members will provide updates of mission information with pictures. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages (water, coffee) are free with wine available for purchase. All are welcome and invited. There is no charge for this event held at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
The Religious Education program is finished for this school year! Many thanks to the following individuals who gave of their time and talent this year to help share the love of God with the Tri-Parish children: K/1- Jeannette Wilson and Teresa Adams, 2/3 – Angela Hudiburg, 4/5- Gricelda Justice and Jennifer Mallo; subs: Michelle Higgins, Danielle Van Dyke, Twyla Swanson; room helper – Tim & Adam Justice.
There is a great need for catechists and aides for next year’s program. If you have a love of the faith, if it’s important to your life and wish to share it with others, please speak to Sue Logsdon this spring or late August if you can help. She will be out of the office the month of September.
Music Director for Liturgies at Assumption Parish. Ideally, this person has a music degree and has studied conducting, had a choir director’s job before, or at least plays piano. Must be familiar with the Mass. Will lead weekly rehearsals of the choir. Needs to work some evenings and all weekends, also schedules the music ministry for all the weekend Masses. Contact Fr. Pedro if you are interested.
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.