Pope Francis’ Christmas Message, 2017:“…Today, as the winds of war are blowing in our world & an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal, and environmental decline, Christmas invites us to focus on the sign of the Child & to recognize him in the faces of little children, especially those for whom, like Jesus, ‘there is no place in the inn’ We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis & Palestinians…We see Jesus in the faces of Syrian children still marked by the war that has caused such bloodshed…We see Jesus in the children of Africa…We see Jesus in the children worldwide wherever peace & security are threatened…We see Jesus in the children of unemployed parents who struggle to offer their children a secure & peaceful future…We see Jesus in the many children forced to leave their countries to travel alone in inhuman conditions…an easy target for human traffickers…May the birth of Christ…renew hearts, awaken the desire to build a future of greater fraternity…& bring joy & hope to everyone.”
Inviting all parishioners & friends to “Loving God. Loving Your Neighbor.” Presentations! Sun, Mon, Jan 21,22, 6:30-7:35 pm, St. Patrick’s, Blanchet Hall. Sunday Bishop William Skylstad (retired) will speak about the scriptural background of the Works of Mercy. Monday, Rob McCann, head of Catholic Charities in Eastern Washington, will speak about the 7 principles of Catholic Social teaching. Both nights local organizations reaching out to those in need will staff tables with information about ways you can offer support & volunteer to help: BMAC, Helpline, Birthright, Tri-Parish Community Garden, St.Vincent’s, Christian Aid, Warming Center sponsored by United Way, etc. Organized by Adult Education Committee. Refreshments! Mark your calendars!
NEW! WARMING CENTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN & CHILDREN OPENING JAN 5, GRACE CENTER, 1520 PLEASANT. Until now there have been few places for women with children to go on cold winter nights. The other Warming Centers are open only to those over 18. Recently closed Grace Methodist Church, has opened their building to women and children every night from January-May 2018. Christian Aid plans to finish their new shelter for women & children in the summer of 2018, with Grace Center filling in the gap. Donations & weekend volunteers needed. If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warming Center: This year, Nov.-Feb, the Warming Center for the homeless 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. Contact email@example.com. PO Box 1134, Walla Walla, WA to volunteer/donate.
Food for the Hungry: Please bring food items or a check designating BMAC Food Bank to Mass on Sundays. Help make sure that St. Vincent’s & other food banks are well-stocked.
God Bless You with Peace and Happiness in 2018!