Pope Francis: “War begins in the heart and finishes in the world…That seed of war which breeds envy, jealousy, and greed, in my heart, is the same – grown up, become a tree – as the bomb which falls on a hospital, on a school, and kills children.” “May the Lord give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened.” Homily, 2/16/17
Guatemala Mission: Please remember to bring your monthly or quarterly donation to help sustain the Guatemala Mission’s important projects of education, medical services, communication, self help projects, etc. Padre Manuel Tambriz, new priest, was born in Ixtahuacan and baptized as a baby by retiring priest from Spokane Diocese, Father Baronti!
Food for the Hungry: Please remember to bring non-perishable food items or a check to your parish, designating BMAC food bank. This enables them to buy six times as much food for Walla Walla food banks, including St. Vincent’s, as we can buy at retail stores.
Congratulations, Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless Volunteers! All 31 Conestoga huts are completed at the Sleep Center in time for colder weather! What an improvement over last winter’s tents! A few faithful volunteers greet homeless in the morning before they leave camp at 9 am, and when they return at 6 pm. Others help provide an opportunity for weekly showers, twice monthly laundry services, etc. If you’d like to help, call Beth Call, 529-0216, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in Walla Walla two times a month. Wendy Hernandez, 525-2034, email@example.com.
Please pray for and support 800,000 DACA, (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) immigrants. They were brought to US as children through no choice of their own, attended school here, and know no other home. They are working, receiving advanced education, and contributing greatly to our economy, as well as helping sustain Social Security. Many would be torn from their families if DACA agreement is canceled. It’s up to Congress to pass a bi-partisan bill in support of DACA. The US Conference of Bishops urges the Trump Administration to “ensure permanent protection” for youth who were brought to US as minors without legal documentation.
Many prayers needed! For hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Virgin Islands, Mexican earthquake victims, rescue workers, firefighters & fire victims, peaceful solutions to conflicts at home and abroad, immigrants and refugees in the US and around the world! Donations for US hurricane victims, including Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands: Catholic Charities: www.catholiccharities.org. Donations for Mexican earthquake victims: Catholic Relief Services. www.crs.org/ways-to-give-emergency