Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis on democracy: “Public pressure has to be exerted in order to bring about decisive political action.” “Society through non-governmental organizations and intermediate groups must put pressure on governments… Unless citizens control political power – national, regional, and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment.” (and other human rights like health care). Laudato Si, 2015

On immigration: “In some parts of the world, walls and barriers are coming up. It seems sometimes that the silent work of the many men and women who, in diverse ways, are doing their utmost to help and assist refugees and migrants, is obscured by the noise of others who are giving a voice to an instinctive egotism. But closing up is not the solution; in fact, it ends up helping criminal trafficking. The only solution is that of solidarity. Solidarity.” 10/16

Souper Bowl Sunday: Please give generously as the parish youth collect donations for the Warming Center after Masses this weekend! Help keep this vital Center open for the rest of February, reopening in November, 2017.

CRS Fair Trade Sale: A huge thank you to all who attended the CRS Fair Trade Sale or made catalog orders in November to December 2016! Your purchases supported artisans, farmers, and Catholic Relief Service projects around the world. Sales: $3913! Local profit: $763! split between homeless efforts in Walla Walla Guatemala Mission. Ron and Donna Connell, Guatemala Commission, collected $593 from sales of Guatemalan crafts and donations. $338 of this will be sent to the Guatemala Commission account in the name of the Walla Walla parishes to be used for programs we support: Our Lady of the Highway Preschool, Nawal Estereo Radio, and pastoral work in Ixtahuacan.

GOTR Homeless Tent Camp, 1/25/17: Good news! The WW City Council has voted to keep the GOTR homeless tent camp in the same general area behind Borleske stadium for the next few years. A city homeless committee, including the WW Alliance for the Homeless, will be considering ways to make the camp more livable in harsh, winter weather. Meanwhile cash donations, LED lanterns, large tarps, propane tanks and bottles, gas for the generator, are most welcome. Please send cash donations to PO Box 3431. Needed items may be taken to the camp behind Borleske Stadium from noon-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Thank you!

Feed the Hungry: Please remember to bring much needed perishable food for St. Vincent’s and BMAC food banks after Mass on weekends.

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