Pope Francis: “Advent is a time given to us to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, to verify our desire for God…The watchful person is one who, in the noise of the world, does not let themselves be overwhelmed by distraction or superficiality, but lives in a full and conscious way, with a concern above all for others.”
Tri-Parish Fair Trade Sale & Breakfast: A big thank you to the DeSales servers, to all who helped put on the event, and to all who attended. A special thanks to Judy Pinney for all her work on the sale of CRS Fair Trade items. You have made a real difference to CRS, craftspeople around the world, local people in need, and the Guatemala Mission. A report on proceeds soon.
The Giving Tree: St. Patrick’s & St. Francis, 12/16,17. Choose a tag from the Giving Tree to help Helpline provide essential items for those in need. If you forgot to bring your gift today, please leave it at the St. Pat’s parish office on Monday or Tuesday. Assumption: Please bring unwrapped gifts to help every child have a merry Christmas.
Food for the Hungry: In this cold,winter, season, nonperishable food donations are especially important. Please bring food items or a check designating BMAC Food Bank to Mass on Sundays. Help make sure that everyone has enough to eat during the upcoming holidays.
Warming Center: When temperatures hover below 20 degrees, Sleep Center residents and other homeless folks need a Warming Center. This year, Nov.-Feb, the Warming Center will be hosted at New Beginnings Church, 822 W. Main, when the temperature is 20-25 degrees. When it is below 20 degrees, it will be hosted at the First Congregational Church, Palouse & Alder, side entrance off parking lot. Please consider offering your time or donations to help “Shelter the homeless”. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. PO Box 1134, Walla Walla, WA.
Social Concerns Committee: Next meeting will be held 7 pm, December 22 at Assumption parish hall. All are invited. Come learn how you can help lead the way in living the Beatitudes: Love thy Neighbor! ESPECIALY NEEDED: A representative from St. Francis Church. Contact Pat Leamer, email@example.com
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/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! 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