Take action today! Legislators came back to Olympia on Monday, May 13 for a 30 day special session. The state House and Senate are required to pass a budget, and now is the time to make sure they fund programs to help poor and struggling people! Find out more at the Catholic Advocacy Network.
FOOD: The month of April was the lowest number of pounds of food (915) donated since we begin keeping track. You should be aware that the Farm Bill which contains money for the food stamp program now referred to as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will most likely provide less money then in prior years and that means hungry people will depend more on St. Vincent De Paul, Food Pantry and Salvation Army distribution centers for food. Please use the cash envelopes from the back of church or bring a food item every week.
Once again a natural disaster has struck a part of our nation – and once again our compassion calls us to faith-filled action! In response to the tornado in Oklahoma, parishioners are encouraged to make a generous contribution to a special Tornado Relief Fund established through Catholic Charities Spokane. You are invited to place earmarked contributions in the collection basket at Mass or mail them to “Tornado Relief Fund-CCS,” P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210-2253. Our parishes will take up a special collection for this fund at all the masses on the weekend of June 8th & 9th. Please keep in prayers, those who have lost loved ones and property, as a result of this terrible disaster.
Key budget issues needed to work out during the special session include funding for safety net programs such as Housing and Essential Needs for the Aged, Blind and Disables programs as well as Working Connections Child Care, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and the Housing Trust Fund. The bishops of Washington State continue to stress the need that legislators maintain an “adequate safety net to programs that server the most vulnerable.”
Fall registration for next year’s Religious Education program will begin in late August. Watch the bulletin, church posters, this website, and emails from the Religious Education Office for more information.
Join us for St. Patrick and the Holy Trinity VBS program on Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th, from 9AM to noon at St. Patrick Church. Kids ages 4 to 11 are welcome to attend. Registration sheets are available in the entrance of the church. Please register by June 3rd. The cost is FREE. The lessons learned are PRICELESS. The kids will have music, games, crafts, snacks, and most importantly their faith lesson. Bishop Cupich is even planning on stopping by. Please consider giving of your time for this event. We are looking for helpers both youth and adult. Donations are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Kristine at 509-520-1931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join Catholic Charities in congratulating Marguerite Daltoso for being awarded the Catholic Charities Spokane Volunteer of the Year Award. This honor is given to someone who truly exemplifies the giving of one’s heart and soul to the clients of Catholic Charities. Marguerite has worked tirelessly to support Catholic Charities in Walla Walla and help enhance services that reach those most in need. Thank you Marguerite for sharing your gifts and compassion with our community.
A card can be sent to parish members, new members, first sacrament, get well, sympathy, and homebound. Send name and address to email@example.com.
Thank you to those who have participated in the ACA. If you haven’t participated yet, please make the effort to help your parish reach its goal.
The students and pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center at WSU look forward to welcoming you to your new Catholic family in Pullman. Visit the website www.catholiccougs.org.
Religious cards, pamphlets, and items that have previously been left in the library or Vestibule need to be given to Kelly in the office for approval by Fr. Pedro for distribution. Your cooperation is most appreciated.
Spokane’s 6th annual Quo Vadis Days summer camp for high school boys will take place Monday, June 17th through Thursday, June 20th at Ross Point Camp in Post Falls, Idaho. This is a unique vocations promotion opportunity designed to help young men discern the priesthood. Camp activities include Mass, communal prayer, confession and spiritual direction, presentation talks given by priests, a visit from Bishop Cupich, and of course camp activities such as swimming, soccer, Frisbee, and other games. Young men entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to register and attend. For more information or to register online, please visit the Quo Vadis Days website or our new youth website. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Jeff Lewis at 509-935-8028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A vocation experience for young women ages 13 – 18 will be held June 23 – 26. The event will consist of two tracks – one for new participants and one for returning girls. This event is held at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. Registration closes June 1. Limited room is available,. To register, contact Sr. Mary Joanna, 509-481-8862 or email email@example.com.
This annual collection will be taken up in all parishes of the Diocese the weekend of May 18 – 19. This collection is one of the four annual collections authorized by the Bishop. The other three are the World Missions Collections, Catholic Charities Christmas Collections and the Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know this one time collection takes the place of several collections which some dioceses take up at several times during the course fo any given year.
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Is currently seeking volunteers to provide respite support to our patients and families. If you are interested, please call Mary Wollmuth at 525-5561.
Is in need of volunteers in charity, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Please contact Skip at 525-3903 if you can help.
Food: Please continue to support “Feed the Hungry, One Bag at a Time” by bringing a food item each week to church. We now have donation envelopes in the back of each church. This is a more efficient way to support food distribution in Walla Walla because your cash contribution buys exactly what is needed and, because of volume buying, is multiplied three to six times. Please use either method of support or both.