Founded in Seattle in 1935, by four men with a vision to strengthen the Church by establishing an organization to foster, affirm and pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, Pope Pius XII formally aggregated Serra to the Church as the Lay Apostolate for Vocations in 1951. This worldwide organization has 498 clubs in 46 countries. The charisma of Serra is to be a leaven for vocations. Through prayer, programs, and outreach, we are at work to bring laborers to the harvest and give glory to God through Jesus Christ.
Support vocation ministry in the Walla Walla Valley for the Diocese of Spokane, be a Serran. For membership information please call Susan at 525-0449.
August 4th was the feast day of St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars. His total dedication to serving his people; spending hours in the confessional, preaching the love and salvation of Jesus, and ministering to all in need was a great challenge during a time when the French Revolution was demoralizing the Church. Because of his loving witness as a devoted servant of God, Pope Pius XI, in 1925, canonized this humble priest and declared him patron of parish priests. St. John Vianney said this: “What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the keys to the treasures of heaven: It is he who opens the door.” Thank you for your prayers for our bishop and priests.
We celebrate the Feast Day of St. Junipero Serra on July 1, who is the Patron Saint of Serra International. His missionary zeal, great love and charity for those he served, his perseverance despite daunting challenges, his great preaching; his humility, are all examples of holiness for Serrans to follow. Prayer is our foundation, ministry our action, that we light the fire of holiness within us and reach beyond ourselves to support others in discerning their vocation, highlighting and fostering the ministerial priesthood and consecrated life as a choice of holiness dedicated to Christ and His Church.
A sad farewell to Fr. Ratuiste and Fr. Kuttner, and a warm welcome to Fr. Smedley and Fr. Soler from the Serra Club of the Blue Mountains. Wonderful contributions to the spiritual life in our parish and schools are always made when priests come to us. How grateful we are for their pastoral care; their holy vocation. We pray for each one of them, that their faith journey with Christ may continue to be be strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and filled with confidence and peace. May the blessings of Almighty God be upon them now and forever.
Thank you for your support of our vocation ministry!
Have a beautiful and safe summer.
As we hear about the birth of the Church each week during this Easter season, we imagine in our minds the miracles wrought by the Holy Spirit among the Jews and Gentiles, turning their hearts to salvation in the risen Lord. It is a story we hear every year and marvel at. Like them, we too are building our own Catholic faith community in the Holy Spirit as we see more ministries being offered to illuminate, enrich, educate and promote the Church’s teachings for all ages, and dispositions. We are building a glorious edifice with Christ as our cornerstone right here in Walla Walla!
Happy Easter and graces from our loving and merciful Savior! During this holy season, let us give thanks for our priests. Their devotion to their vocation made Holy Week a time which lifted our hearts and souls to Jesus, who drew all humanity into His suffering and agony on the cross, taking our sins with Him. In union with Christ, our priests have been an example of holiness to follow, and preaching to live each day. May Our Lord continue to bless them in their priestly vocation with wisdom, courage, joy and peace. Support the vocation ministry in our Tri-Parish faith community – be a Serran! Contact Susan Fleming at 525-0449 for more information. Thank you.
“The Lord bless and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”. Moses-Num 6:24-25
Our seminarians are completing their studies and will be busy this summer with assignments in our diocese. Our prayers for their spiritual growth and formation during this time will be heard by Christ, and answered. Prayer is powerful. Please support Bishop Daly in his efforts to build our diocese rich in holy priests for the benefit of the Catholic community in Eastern Washington. Please pick up a vocation prayer card in the Vestibule to assist you. Thank you.
SERRA CLUB OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Always Forward Never Back!
Walla Walla, WA
SERRA MISSION STATEMENT – USA COUNCIL
To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service and to support priests in their sacred ministry;
SERRA VISION STATEMENT – USA COUNCIL
To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church; and to assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit. The USA Council demonstrates this through our baptismal call of unity in holiness and mission to the church locally, nationally, and around the world.
At last we are beginning to feel spring around the corner! Nature is awakening again, and we are too. Though we are drawn to God in the natural world, of blue skies and warm days of sunshine and fun activities outside, it is also a time of reflection and a call to closer communion to Christ who suffered and died for our salvation. Our highest vocation is love.
As Serra members in Northeast Washington, we are called to love and serve in specific ways. We know that Bishop Daly’s two most important priorities for the diocese are vocations and education. In our prayer and vocation ministry programs, we will serve him with joy in the following ways.
The Spring Leadership Conference (in Spokane) on Saturday, May 6th, is the first time we will have the opportunity to gather with the Tri Cities, Spokane, AND the new Coeur d’ alene Serra Clubs to learn, discuss and pray together in spiritual hospitality and love. Our participation in this one day event will be most important. Vocation Director, Fr. Dan Barnett will be the main speaker.
The March 22nd board meeting is cancelled so that we may gather together on Saturday, April 1st, for the First Saturday Holy Mass at St. Patrick Parish. A reserved room as been set aside for us at Smith’s Restaurant on Pine St. following Mass for breakfast and fellowship. Please take time out of your busy schedule so that we may pray together as a Serra Club at the table of The Lord.
The Affirmation and Youth Committees will be creating cards for the children receiving Holy Communion and Confirmation on April 29th and 30th. We hope the sacraments will be received with joy and that the cards will be prayerful reminders of the sacramental gifts they have received.
Kevin and Susan will be speaking with the RE Middle School group on Thursday, March 30th. This will be an opportunity to show the video, For Love Alone about the beauty and dedication of the consecrated life. We will talk about the mission of the Serra Club, the vocation of marriage and open discussion. We hope it to be an evening of enlightenment, fostering vocations, and fun! – Susan Fleming, President
Chaplain’s Corner – Father Kyle Ratuiste
Praised be Jesus Christ!
I pray that your Lenten season has been spiritual fruitful thus far. This time of grace is a powerful opportunity for us to renew and deepen our commitment to live lives of holiness. The call to holiness is indeed universal to all people, but I believe that this vocation to sanctity bears special significance for Serrans. This is because of the special responsibility we take to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. Furthermore, Scripture and Tradition are clear that we ourselves must be holy if we expect our prayer to be effective. Consider, for instance, the words of the Apostle James: “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful” (James 5:16).
It can be very easy to dismiss the significance of something as seemingly hidden and private as our personal spiritual lives. In a society that measures worth by productivity and reduces education to skills training, there is intense pressure to skip the spiritual foundations of a ministry and focus solely on programs, meetings, and external actions. I urge you to fight that temptation! In order for our Serra Club to bear fruit, it needs strong spiritual roots. Lent is a prime time to deepen these roots in the soil of God’s grace.
I offer to you, for your consideration, the words of St. Francis de Sales as he describes the “devout life.”
“In short, devotion is no other thing than a spiritual nimbleness and vivacity, by means of which charity works in us, or we by her, readily and heartily; and as it is the office of charity to make us observe the commandments of God generally and universally, so it is the office of devotion to make us observe them readily and diligently. . . And since devotion consists in a certain excelling degree of charity, it not only makes us ready, active and diligent in observing all the commandments of God; but it also prompts us to do readily and heartily as many good works as we can . . .”
St. Francis describes the devout life as one powered by charity, giving people the freedom (i.e. “spiritual nimbleness”) to not only follow God’s commandments but also to perform other good works. As you strive to be effective in the good works of promoting vocations, may you also grow in charity, devotion, and holiness.
Fr. Ratuiste, Chaplain
Guest Speaker, Roger Williams
Roger enlightened us with a history of the Anglican Church in Europe and America, of his early life growing up in Pomeroy, his seminary training in British Columbia, and his experiences locally and in Fairbanks Alaska as an Episcopalian Priest before he and his wife entered the Catholic Church in 2007. We are very blessed to have his unique and beautiful spirituality with us in our parish community!
Tri Cities Serra Club Presentation
Mr. Ratuiste and Dick Petersen, along with their wives, Celine and Cocot, were our special guests this evening. They presented our club members with beautiful Serra International pins and certificates. Their support through the process of our becoming a chartered club has been tremendous, and our gratitude cannot be measured except through our reciprocal loving support of their work to promote, foster and affirm vocations!
Hundredfold Contribution to Club
We recently received twenty copies of Rhonda Gruenwald’s Hundredfold book, A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry. Our deep appreciation to Fr. Nicks, and to our Chaplain, Fr. Ratuiste, who paid for the books so that our club may benefit from the great variety of vocation ministry resources to use throughout the year. As we progress in our vocation ministry to our three parishes: to Assumption School, DeSales High School and to our RE program, we will begin to see an increasing awareness that vocations is an integral part of the spiritual life here. We cannot succeed without a strong prayer life as a foundation in our efforts. May Our Lord, His Mother and St. Junipero Serra always be near and answer us!
- Wednesday, March 22nd: Board Meeting cancelled
- Thursday, March 30th: Middle School RE speaking event and St. Patrick Parish
- Saturday, April 1st: First Saturday Holy Mass followed by breakfast at Smith’s Restaurant on Pine St
- Saturday, May 6th: Serra Spring Leadership Training Conference in Spokane at St. Thomas More Parish from 10:00-4:00. Mass at 4:30. $20.00 registration for lunch.
- Wednesday, May 24th: Board meeting and time to review Spring Leadership Conference. St. Francis, 7:00 P.M.
- SUMMER BREAK UNTIL AUGUST 23RD
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Our ministry is to foster, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life through prayer, and service.
Please include Bishop Thomas Daly in your prayers. May his desire for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, and for a strong and vibrant Catholic education be answered by our attentive and prayerful heart to God.
To join our vocation ministry contact Susan Fleming at 525-0449. Our next gathering will be at the First Saturday Mass at St. Patrick Parish on April 1st, 8:00 A.M. Breakfast will follow at Smith’s restaurant.
Our ministry is to foster, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life through prayer, and service.
In your prayers, please include Pope Francis. May Christ support him in his teachings and strengthen him as he continues to reach out to all peoples in love and mercy.
“The Lord bless and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”. Moses – Numbers 6:24-25
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 22nd at St. Francis Parish Hall, at 7:00 P.M. We are having a guest speaker from one of our parishes who will give us his inspiring story of his conversion to the Catholic faith. A short board meeting will follow. For more information, call 525-0449.
Be a Serran for Vocation Ministry in our valley.
Bishop Daly invites you to the first Vocation Summit on February 11, from 9-3, at St. Thomas Moore Parish in Spokane. The call to pray, promote and be a sign of God’s love in service to affirming vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life is essential to building up the Church. Rhonda Gruenewald, author of Hundredfold, A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, will be guest speaker. To register, please call 509-313-7100. Thank you for your support.
It is a time to pray, pray, pray, as our dear Holy Mother asks, that our country may grow in knowledge of the great gift of life that God bestows on each of us. This gift of life we have is precious. Whatever the circumstance, we are here because we have a purpose, a vocation to bring God’s love into the world for others. Each one of us is a beautiful creation. May we always give Him thanks and praise, for life, for love.
Serra International celebrates World Day for Consecrated Life on Thursday, February 2nd, the Presentation of Our Lord. With a great decline in women and men who have consecrated their lives to Christ in religious orders, we pray that our prayers may bring a renewal in vocations and witness a flowering in the Church of men and women dedicated to serving the Church through their many charisms, for the glory of God. Please join us for our January 25th board meeting at Assumption Hall at 7:00 P.M.!
Happy New Year from the Serra Vocation Ministry arm of our three parishes. We will be initiating our Altar Crucifix Program once again in February at St. Francis, in March at St. Patrick’s, and in April at Assumption. Please consider signing up when it comes to your parish to pray for vocations.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00 @ Assumption. All are welcome to this meeting of prayer and discernment.
Sponsored by the Serra Club of the Blue Mountains, our parish will be hosting the Traveling Crucifix during the month of February. Any family can sign up to have the Crucifix in their home for a week, during which time all parishioners are asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
DEVOTIONS FOR DECEMBER – POPE FRANCIS AND THE CHURCH
FROM PSALM 150
Praise God in His holy Place, praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His powerful deeds, praise His surpassing greatness. We give praise too, for Pope Francis during this Christmas season, and thanksgiving to our holy Church, of which he is the vicar. May Almighty God protect, support, guide and bless him in the new year.