Dear Friends in Christ,
Everyone likes a story. We listen intently, often finding ourselves unsuspectingly mirrored in its narrations. The same is true in the telling of the story of our Diocese, about what has transpired among us over time. That story is not about an imaginary – it is about us, we are the Diocese. The story is of our own making, under the grace of God and the promptings of the Great Holy Spirit who moves in the hearts of all those who walk the face of the planet.
…With that awareness I invite you to read this book, Children of the Sun, published to note the Centenary of our Diocese. We carry our name proudly, <Spokane> – not the name of our largest city but the name of a people in thirteen counties who form a single community of faith under the leadership of a Successor of the Apostles.
… In reading this narrative of our past, may we all be inspired with confidence as we turn now to the future, to our next one hundred years. Literally, God only knows what story-tellers in times hence will speak or write about us who in our own day and age receive the Gospel as the children of God, still a people upon whom that same grace shines which blessed our ancestor in faith. We walk in their footsteps, striving to be faithful to the way of Jesus, and continuing to give witness in our institutions, and above all in the witness of our lives, that God is with us.
Sincerely yours in Christ
Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich
Bishop of Spokane
CRS’s goal is to help 500,000 victims with aid for water, sanitation, food, first aid and money toward financial income. Parishioners can donate by contacting CRS at:
PO Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21297-0303
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Tuesday November 26th
From 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DeSales High School
Everyone is welcome!
The Children’s Christmas Play is tentatively set for December 8th after the Sunday morning Mass. All children wishing to participate please contact Helen Didelius at 540-0521 for rehearsal details and information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today we celebrate Christ the King and are reminded that all was created through Him and for Him. Does my stewardship of the blessings entrusted to me give evidence that Christ is Lord in my life?
December 5th through the 7th. All proceeds benefit the St. Mary Service League. Support a great cause while shopping their fabulous selection of holiday items.
School Play, featuring students from DeSales and Assumption, at the Little Theatre. ‘Agatha Rex’, a comedy, based on Antigone, by Sophocles. December 6th and 7th at 7:30 pm and December 7th and 8th at 2 pm. Tickets $7, at the DeSales office, or at door.
All women of Assumption Parish are invited to our Christmas meeting, December 3rd at 1:00 pm, in the Parish Hall. Come enjoy the children’s choir and help plan our spring retreat. Questions, call Sally, 525-0245 or Dottie at 525-0115.
Tentative plans are being made to host a Family Advent Wreath Event on Sunday, December 1 (1st Sunday of Advent.) Class is not scheduled for this date but families wishing to attend are asked to contact Sue Logsdon so she can get an accurate count for supplies.
The civil war in Syria has displaced millions of Syrians, both inside and outside Syria, half of whom are children. As winter approaches, malnutrition, starvation, and freezing temperatures, threaten the lives of children and the elderly especially. So far, the response of the global community has not been adequate to prevent this humanitarian disaster. If you would like to help Syrians who are suffering from hunger, two St. Patrick’s parishioners, Whitman professor Elyse Semerdjian and her husband Gibran Shamoun, who have family in Syria, recommend making contributions to UNICEF (the USAID is offering a 4-1 match to your donation which maximizes your contribution) http://www.unicef.org/emergencies/syria/ or CARE http://www.care.org/emergencies/syria-crisis
Articles regarding the Syria Crisis from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Flier for Syria Benefit in Walla Walla
Poster for Syria Benefit in Walla Walla
Recently reported to the parish council December through June 8, 1,002 pounds of food have been collected and distributed along with $1,894 cash donations.
The Tri-Parish Youth Group: middle school meets on Thursdays, at 6:00 pm and high school meets on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Middle school group will learn “The Church”, while high school talks about “Mother Mary”.
Two books are highlighted this Advent and Christmas season: “Encounters with Jesus, Forty Gospel Portraits for Meditation of the Birth of Christ” and “The Lamb’s Supper, The Mass as Heaven on Earth”.
Helpline is in need of blankets of all sizes, for homeless individuals and families in our area. Call 529-3377
A gift of a warm, new coat can have such a profound impact on a child. Call 525-7153.
The Knights of Columbus are hosting a dinner and a 2nd Degree Exemplification on November 20th at 6:00 pm.
Those who were not able to participate, may still submit their own photo for the Directory. The charge is $10 and the photo is due by November 28 (bring to the Rectory office).
A one-session seminar, November 23, 9:30-11:30 am. For more information please call 525-6872.