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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Who is responsible for the catechumens and candidates, those who are seeking to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church? We all are. It is the responsibility of the entire parish community. There are certain individuals whom we delegate to do the day-to-day catechizing for us. Still, the responsibility is that of the whole parish. That is why, during the rites, we are all reminded in some way of our responsibility to these people who wish to join our number. We are asked to pray for them, to give them support and good example. Sometimes we are asked to sign them with the sign of our faith, the cross. The catechumenate process is not an extra that is added on. Bringing new members into the church is part of what we are commissioned to do by Christ through our baptism. Our faith is a gift, not for us alone, but for all. It is for us to share.
Our parish ambassadors to the Guatemala Mission have returned with tales to tell of their adventures and accomplishments! See the Guatemala Blog on the parish website. Soon they will be doing presentations about their experiences. Please remember to make much needed contributions.
Why do we begin with the sign of the cross? One of the characteristics of Catholic worship is that it is Trinitarian. That is, our prayer includes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Notice our prayers throughout the Mass. We address our prayer to God the Father, in the name of the Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We set the stage for this when we begin, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Just as we signed ourselves with the holy water when we entered, once again we reaffirm our commitment as baptized Christians to the triune God to whom we come to give thanks and praise.
BMAC reports our Feb. donations totaled 230 lbs. of food, valued at $381.80. The BMAC Food Bank distributed donated foods to local pantries: St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army, The Pantry Shelf, and Helpline who give it to families and individuals in need in Walla Walla.
The time and place for the distribution of 8,000 lbs. of fresh produce to three hundred families in need has been changed to June 9th, 10-2 pm, at Assumption Church parking lot. Twenty volunteers are needed for four hour shifts, with a pizza party at the end of the day! Contact Beth, 529-0216, email@example.com.
Many thanks to all of you who participated to help those in need all over the world. It’s not too late to write a check and designate it to Rice Bowl! Please bring your CRS contributions in the cardboard Rice Bowls to Mass next week, April 11, 12, to turn in at the Offertory. Make checks out to the parish with “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo line.
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12, at St. Francis Church, 2:30-3:30 pm. Included, Benediction, The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song. Devine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday, April 3rd. Copies are available at the entrance of the church. Call Terri, 522-1163
From 11-1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Blanchet Hall on April 15th. Tickets are $25 which includes a soup bowl of your choice to keep. Soup is prepared by Walla Walla Community College Culinary School with fresh bread from local bakeries.
The “gathering rite” is a name descriptive of its purpose. According to the Sacramentary, the purpose is to unify the assembled people into a community prepared to listen to God’s word and to celebrate the Eucharist. We experience ourselves as a worshiping community. We acknowledge that we have come together to worship the Lord. We begin to pray together to be ready to hear God’s word and to receive God’s sacrament as that assembly called together by God for this purpose.
Working in Community gardens, especially at Assumption Church, contributing to and working in the food bank at St. Vincent’s, helping with meals at the Christian Aid Center, volunteering on freezing nights at the Homeless Center, assisting with special projects at Catholic Charities, bringing food and donations to Sunday Mass. More volunteers are always needed! If you would like to begin serving in one of these ways, please contact any of these organizations. (Homeless Center closed until November.)
Diocese of Albany, The Garden of Feedin’: An abandoned lot in a low income neighborhood has been transformed into a community garden. It provides 130 people at a homeless center with a delicious meal with fresh produce three times a week. “It’s about more than food…For many this is their home, this is their family.”
On March 27th, the KLS committee’s responsibility ended. The councils have formed a new leadership group that will move forward the dreams of the Catholic Community that came about through parish surveys and open meetings. This new leadership group is comprised of the following members: Jackie Keys Delaney, Sue Logsdon, Lisa Cox, Marguerite Daltoso, Mike Watkins, Thomas Lederer, Ester Bock, and Father Brian Sattler. This group will be responsible and report to the Tri Parish Councils.
Church Women United’s May Friendship Day luncheon will be held on May 1 at noon at the First Baptist Church, 102 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. All Walla Walla and College Place women are invited to join our sisters in Milton-Freewater. Bring a salad if you can; but do come! La Least Coin collections will be received. You can also bring used stamps and pull-tabs from cans. The voluntary offering is split between the local and national CWU. The theme “Journey of the Caregiver” emphasizes our roles as servants. Come fellowship with other women of faith! For more information phone 525-1376.