Pope Francis: “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.” (Mt 6:24) “Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.” Lenten Message
CRS Rice Bowl: 4th week, Call to Family, Community, and Participation: Maria de la Luz Lugo Martinez remembers what it was like growing up in Hejido Hidalgo, Mexico. “We said we were rich because we had a lot of corn, beans, and animals.” But now with few jobs and even less rain-young people, including Maria’s children are leaving the community in search of a better life. To help families like Maria’s, CRS launched a greenhouse project empowering women with meaningful work and community. Women visit the greenhouses to grow cactuses to sell – but they also go to laugh, talk, spend time together – “we forget our problems for a while,” says Maria. As the cactuses grow, so do the economic opportunities. “We didn’t believe we were going to get that far. It’s a lot of joy, a lot of excitement, to see so many plants flowering.” Please remember to make daily gifts to your Rice Bowl to make projects like this possible. www.crsricebowl.org
Homeless Camp: Now that the City of WW has agreed that the homeless camp will remain for the foreseeable future at or near its present site behind Borleske Stadium, residents and volunteers are working to make sturdier, more weather-proof, though portable, shelters. As always tents, large tarps, firewood, propane, LED lanterns are most welcome. Please bring on weekdays, 12-5 pm. Check donations to the WW Alliance for the Homeless may be sent to PO Box 3431, Walla Walla, WA.
Warming Center: Thank you so much to all who contributed of your time and treasure to make the United Way Warming Center in the Congregational Church possible. Thank you especially to our youth who raised $2,244 on Souper Bowl Sunday! It’s because of generous donors like you that many homeless folks survived the winter. The Warming Center season is now over until next November.
Immigration and Refugee Legal Services: Immigration lawyers from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Spokane, will be visiting WW two times/month. Call 509-455-4961 to make an appointment. Wendy Hernandez, 525-2034. firstname.lastname@example.org, WW immigration attorney who prepared the “Know Your Rights” presentations delivered after Spanish Masses in February, is also an excellent source of information and assistance.