The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which runs the largest refugee resettlement network in the country, said it “strongly disagreed” with the prohibitions and pledged to work “vigorously to ensure refugees are humanely welcomed.” Walla Walla Union~Bulletin, 1/30/17
Bishop Daly, Spokane Diocese: “As the violence and chaos continues in countries like Syria and Iraq, innocent citizens are fleeing to the safety of America. I believe that refugees from war can be welcomed to our country without compromising the safety and security of our nation.”
Pope Francis: “Don’t abandon them. Pray with me for all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, so they may be welcomed and find comfort in our communities.” Pope Francis’ February prayer intentions 2/2/17
Diocese of Spokane, Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: “ We believe in the dignity and rights of all people. Our primary goals are to promote the reunification of families and to assist the integration of newcomers successfully into our community.” Call 509-455-4961 to make an appointment. At this time those wishing to meet with Diocesan immigration lawyers will need to go to Spokane or Pasco.
Souper Bowl Sunday: Thank you so much to our young people who gave of their time and energy to collect funds, this year to be allocated to the Warming Center! Proceeds to be announced soon.
Feed the Hungry: Please remember to bring much needed perishable food for St. Vincent’s & BMAC food banks after Mass on weekends.
Warming Center: The coldest weather in WW for years is challenging volunteers and budgeting. The Tri-Parish Social Concerns Ministry has donated $1500 to United Way for the Warming Center, the product of various fund raisers, to help with the effort! Thank you to all who organized or participated in Fair Trade Breakfast, CRS Fair Trade sale, etc. who made this possible! Thank you to the volunteers who have helped staff the Center on cold nights!
Happy Valentine’s Day! “Love is patient, love is kind…Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1Corinthians 13: 4-7