Pope Francis: “Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of Christmas, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant ‘day’ which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy in which God our Father has revealed his great tenderness to the entire world. A day of light, which dispels the darkness of fear and anxiety. A day of peace, which makes for encounter, dialogue, and, above all, reconciliation. A day of joy: ‘a great joy’ for the poor, the lowly, and for all the people.” (cf.Luke2:10). Pope Francis, Christmas message, 2016.
The Giving Tree: St. Patrick’s, St. Francis: THANK YOU to everyone who made Christmas merrier for those in need by providing much needed personal items. Assumption: THANK YOU for bringing joy to God’s little ones.
NEW! WARMING CENTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN & CHILDREN! OPENING JANUARY 1, GRACE CENTER, 1520 PLEASANT. Until now there has been no place for many women with children to go on cold winter nights. The YWCA has been able to offer housing to some, but does not have enough room to accommodate all in need. The other Warming Centers are open only to those over 18. Grace Methodist Church, which recently closed because of low membership, has agreed to offer their building to women and children from January-May 2018, regardless of the temperature. Rev. Julie Reinholtz, Pastor of Pioneer United Methodist Church, has advocated for this center. Christian Aid is planning to finish their new shelter for women & children in the summer of 2018, with Grace Center filling in the gap. Volunteers needed for weekends. If you are interested contact email@example.com.
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.
Food for the Hungry: 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.
Social Concerns Committee: “Love thy Neighbor!” ESPECIALLY 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, 525-2034, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.