Pope Francis: “St. Joseph Vaz teaches us, genuine worship of God bears fruit not in discrimination, hatred & violence, but in respect for the sacredness of life, respect for the dignity and freedom of others, and loving commitment to the welfare of all.” On the canonization of St. Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka, 1/2015
Tri-Parish Fair Trade Sale & Breakfast: Sunday, Dec. 10, 9 am-12:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Blanchet Hall. (Early Bird Sale: Sunday, Dec. 3, 9-11 am, St. Francis Parish Hall.) To choose from an even larger selection and to earn a higher percentage of profit to benefit CSCM projects, Pre-Orders will be taken through Nov. 15. Please send orders to firstname.lastname@example.org or turn in to the parish office c/o Social Concerns Committee.
Guatemala Mission: Chris & Judy Pinney are now visiting our Guatemala Mission in Ixtahuacan, returning Nov. 15. Please keep them and the mission in your prayers.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, November 12-15: Mark your calendars for a special event focusing on the needs of the hungry and homeless. Three previously homeless people will provide their insights. Nov. 15, 7 pm, 1st Congregational Church, Palouse & Alder. Side entrance off parking lot.
Warming Center: The new Sleep Center, with its insulated Conestoga huts, will provide about 35 homeless folks much more protection from winter cold, rain, and snow than in previous years. But the Conestoga huts are not heated. When temperatures hover below 20 degrees residents will need a Warming Center. Also the Sleep Center is already full so some have no place to go on sub-freezing nights. Please consider offering your time to help “shelter the homeless.” To volunteer or to make a donation, contact email@example.com.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times a month. Wendy Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 525-2034, Walla Walla. Please pray for and support 800,000 DACA, (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) immigrants. 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 and the Virgin Islands: 85% still have no access to clean water, adequate food supplies, electricity or cell phones. Mexican earthquake victims are struggling to rebuild their lives. Donations for US hurricane victims, including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands: Catholic Charities www.catholiccharities.org. Donations for Mexican earthquake victims: Catholic Relief Services www.crs.org/ways-to-give-emergency
God bless our Veterans! May they receive the appreciation, health care, and other benefits they deserve.