Pope Francis: “Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. In North America, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just, and fraternal.” Message to US Congress, 9/15.
Guatemala Mission: Be sure to read the outstanding and inspiring history of the Spokane Diocese contribution to the Guatemala Mission. August 18, 2016, Inland Register. Also in this edition is the story of the canonization of Mother Teresa.
Feed the Hungry: Be sure to pick up your empty grocery bag which will be handed out after each Mass today, September 17, 18. Bring it back next week filled with non-perishable foods. When you arrive at Mass, please put your filled bag of groceries in front of the altar. A few parish members will bring up bags at the Offertory, representing everyone’s gifts. Also most welcome are cash donations to the BMAC food bank. BMAC can stretch your donation to buy 6X as many groceries as can be bought at a retail grocery store! Place your check in the collection basket using special envelopes by the doors, or designate BMAC Food Bank on your check. BMAC distributes food to all the WW food banks, including St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day is September 27. When we bring our donations September 24, 25, we will be honoring him by carrying on his work of helping the poor.
Helping the Homeless in WW: The Congregational Church will again provide a location for a Warming Center, November – February, for nights with temperatures below 25 degrees with precipitation, below 20 degrees without. Kristen Sayers, new volunteer coordinator with United Way, will conduct a training session for new volunteers, Wednesday, September 28, 6-8 pm., at the Congregational Church, Palouse and Alder, tall steeple. Those who have participated in previous years have found it a rewarding experience which offers an opportunity to meet and chat with some of WW’s homeless. GOTR Homeless Camp continues to flourish, 24 residents including a 7 year old girl and Mom, and a puppy! Sponsored by the City of WW and the WW Alliance for the Homeless. Present needs: men’s and women’s socks and underwear, medium and large. Tents, large tarps, warm sleeping bags and winter tents. Contact Beth Call, 529-0216, firstname.lastname@example.org.