“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your generous donations to Helpline via the Giving Tree. The amount of blankets, personal hygiene items, diapers, money for bus passes and heat, was overwhelming! I am proud of the Catholic community here in Walla Walla for the way you step up to the plate and do for others who are less fortunate.” Pat Leamer, Chair, Social Concerns Ministry
Pope Francis prays “that those in affluent countries, who are immersed in worldliness and indifference, will experience a softening of heart.”
A big thank you to chef, Kenny Beck, Janene Michels & Assumption Middle School helpers, and volunteers from the Social Concerns Ministry. The net profit was $268 which will be divided equally between our Guatemala Mission and Social Concerns projects to help those in need locally. Fair Trade Sale proceeds, benefiting CRS and WW Social Concerns projects to be reported soon.
St. Patrick’s Blanchet Hall, December 6, 9 am-noon. Proceeds go to our Guatemala Mission and local Catholic Social Concerns Ministry projects. Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, specialty food items, and beautiful crafts make unique, affordable, Christmas presents while benefiting Catholic Relief Services and artisans and farmers all over the world. DON’T MISS IT!
Read Chapter 3, The Human Roots of Ecological Crisis, and Chapter 4, Integral Ecology, in preparation for discussion, Thursday, September 17, from 7:00-8:30 pm, Nativity Room, St. Patrick’s. Clare Carson will lead the discussion. If you couldn’t make the first session on September 10, read Chapters 1 and 2, on your own and come to the September 17 session on Chapters 3 and 4. Beth has books, $10 English, $6, Spanish, 529- 0216, firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a copy at the St. Patrick’s parish office. Also you can download Encyclical free online. Sponsored by Tri-Parish Social Concerns Committee.
Volunteers needed, September 13th from 11 am to 4 pm. Help community members get free testing for various health concerns; held the same time as the Hispanic community conducts their fun-filled celebration of El Dia de Independencia.
This event, held at Assumption Parish Hall this year, was a big success. 136 attended the breakfast, with a net profit of $644 for Social Concerns, half to be spent for Guatemala projects, half locally. A huge thanks to the Fazzari family chefs and Assumption Middle School servers. Judy Pinney and Juli Sachs sold over $3000 worth of CRS crafts, supporting craftsmen and Catholic Relief Services around the world, as well as making a $305 profit to be split between local and Guatemala needs. Ron and Donna Connell sold beautiful weavings from our sister Diocese in Guatemala to support projects there.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us that we cannot ignore those who are suffering around us, be they family members, friends, or complete strangers. We must care for them, but we must also speak out against injustices, and correct misconceptions of human freedom and value which can lead to abuse, neglect, loneliness, and despair.
The plight of people migrating because of oppression arouses our compassion particularly when those migrants and refugees include so many children and young families. As pastors, we are deeply moved by the rapidly increasing number of children unaccompanied by parents or guardians as well as parents with young children who have fled their homes in Central America to seek refuge within the borders of the United States.
In the light of the Gospel and Catholic tradition, we recognize the face of Christ in each migrating person and we must respond to these poor and vulnerable people just as we would to Jesus, who from the first days of His life, became migrant fleeing violence in His homeland. We acknowledge the inherent God-given dignity of every human being, particularly children and other vulnerable people.
The need for donations of food and or the use of the large envelopes continues to be very important. We are trying to replace Sheila Kelly who was gathering the pounds of food and dollars donated each month and need help if you would like to volunteer please contact Pat Leamer 529-5850. Beginning in November we plan to have a special emphasis for food and cash donations and are looking for an organization or individual to match donations as a way to encourage participation.
Feed America reports forty nine million Americans, or one out of seven people, are food insecure. Of this number, 12 million are children and 7 million are seniors. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Please remember to bring a food item to church or use the large white envelopes for your check donation.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 15th at 7:00pm in Blanchet hall. Meetings are open to any registered parishioner, however to speak you must be on the agenda. Some of the agenda items for the next meeting include the Tri-Parish Mission evaluation, Know, Love & Serve, Amendments to the Charter of Responsibility and the Annual Appeal. If you have questions or concerns please contact Pat Leamer 529-5850 or email@example.com.
At our last meeting “Feed the Hungry One Bag at a Time” will sponsor a special food drive during the months of March and April. We are exploring the possibility of a health fair in the fall. We will have a representative to the Community Council which will focus on Food Security in Walla Walla. Rice Bowl will begin on Ash Wednesday March 5th. Next meeting is at Assumption on February 18th at 7:00pm.
February is an excellent month to make a special emphasis to contribute to Guatemala Mission. Each parish has a way for you to give and currently there is a great need. Remember St. Patrick and St. Francis have a monthly commitment of $504 and the fund balance is running close. Thank you for your support.
The Farm Bill has passed in the House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate for a vote. “While we are disappointed that the final compromise continues to call disproportionately for sacrifices from hungry and poor people in this country and around the world, especially when large industrial agricultural operations continue to receive unnecessary subsidies, we are glad to see support will continue for domestic and international nutrition and development aid, rural development and conservation,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Please remember the food needs in Walla Walla when you shop and/or use the large white envelopes for donations.
Catholic Social Concerns Ministry Members are currently involved in the planning of a Health Fair and the Community Council project Food Security in Walla Walla. If you would like join in either effort please contact Pat Leamer 529-5850.
Current figures for November to December of food donated by the three parishes, was 14,916 lbs. Cash donations for the food banks from July to December was $4,626. Guatemala support from July to December was $5,723. Please continue to help. Thank you!
IMMIGRATION – Not only are immigrants losing their lives trying to reach the USA but also from North Africa to Lampedusa, a small island of the coast of Italy. “Who is responsible for the blood of these brothers and sisters of ours?” The Pope asked recently in his homily. “All of us respond: it wasn’t me. I have nothing to do with it. It was others, certainly not me.”