Many thanks to Jon and Christine Bachtold of Bachtold Christmas trees, who donated the greenery for the Advent wreath party on December 1st. Every bit of the greenery was used! If you buy your Christmas tree from Bachtolds Christmas Trees (on Fern, a half block south of Pioneer Park) please thank Mr. Bachtold for his generosity.
December’s Issue of I Believe, (Origins of the Eucharist) is now available in the church entrance. This free series is an excellent and easy way to learn more about your Catholic faith. There are a limited number available for each parish. Eucharistic ministers are welcome to take copies to their shut-ins.
Despite ongoing efforts to highlight the need for a more fair and just Immigration system. It appears that a legislative push to pass immigration reform will be delayed until 2014 at the earliest. For more information, please contact Lucreda Cobbs, Sr. Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Francis and St. Patrick have the tree up so please take a tag or two purchase the item and return it unwrapped next Sunday. These items will be delivered to Helpline for distribution. At Assumption the annual toy drive is in progress and needs your support as well.
Helpline December 1 – collected $733.63
Catholic Charities (Walla Walla) December 8 – collected $1,416.60
St. Vincent De Paul December 15
S.O.S. Health Services December 29
The Giving Tree, in the back of the Church, is to help provide toys for St. Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Bags. Please leave unwrapped gifts by December 16. Thank you for your generosity!
As the Diocese of Spokane celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is time to look forward to where the Diocese is headed. With this in mind, Bishop Blasé Cupich would like to know about the life-giving, positive experiences of parishioners from our parish. The Know, Love and Serve process affirms the present strengths in our parish and in this light, set goals which enable future planning for the parish as well as the Diocese. If you would like to offer your thoughts on how you have been at your best in living the Gospel in your parish, please fill out the parish survey being conducted at mass on December 21st and 22nd, by mail and via this web site. Your comments on your positive experiences as part of your parish are important! Please take the time to answer some or all of the survey questions in any format that you can.
As we prepare for Christmas, remember that Bachtold’s Christmas Trees provide the trees and boughs used to decorate Assumption Church. They are on Fern Street, off of Pleasant Street. Please consider them, as you choose your tree.
The Catholic Daughters Rosary and Meeting is being held on Tuesday, December 10th in the St. John of the Cross room at St. Patrick’s church at 6:30 p.m. Women from all three parishes are invited to attend and bring a friend. Refreshments will be served. Contact Jackie at 520-2333 with questions.
Did you know that any person who needs food can go to Helpline and get a card that allows them to go to any of the three food banks (St. Vincent, Salvation Army or Food Pantry)? This card is in addition to any SNAP (Food Stamps) they may receive. SNAP really doesn’t allow much for food; in one case, a single person was only able to get $14.00 per month. The three food banks can be visited once each month, with a ten day separation. No matter how you wish to help “FEED THE HUNGRY ONE BAG AT A TIME”, actual food donation or cash in the white envelopes really helps.
The Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect. Good stewards know that they are accountable to God for all they have and are, and they strive to live in readiness for His coming.
The students collected 95 non-perishable food items in the month of November (the 4/5 grade class surpassed its own goal of 55 by collecting 68 items). All food is included in the St. Patrick food pantry collection. Many thanks to all who generously participated.
Urge Rep. DelBene to oppose drastic cuts to SNAP and to resist adding barriers to participating in SNAP.
The Senate passed the Farm Bill, which for years has contained the food stamp program (SNAP) but removed SNAP from it, and created the program in a separate bill. Both the House and Senate versions cut billions of dollars from the Food stamp program. The versions must now be reconciled before being sent to the President.
The Farm Bill conferees are set to meet to begin to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill! Washington State has a member on the conference committee, Rep. Suzan DelBene.
St. Francis and St. Patrick parishes have a financial commitment of $505 per month to the Guatemala mission, which lends funding to Sisters compensation, the radio station and youth, student, and religious education. Assumption is giving general support to the Pastoral mission. You can also help by attending the Fair Trade Sale and Breakfast at Blanchet Hall on Sunday, December 8th. Proceeds will help artisans in South America, as well as the Guatemala mission directly.
1,520 pounds of food was donated in September and 382 pounds in October. The drop in October is why bags were handed out or made more visible at each parish. Please remember to help. We are also using the white envelopes for cash donations, however the September and October amounts were not available for all parishes, so will be reported shortly.
St. Francis is starting to pre-sell the books ordered for our parish. This is a beautiful and informational book about the history of our diocese. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for family members that have fond memories of our parish, ties to the diocese or that history buff you know. Books will be available on a first come-first serve basis and all pre-orders must be paid in advance at the time of your order. If you have any questions please call the parish office 525-1663 or email at email@example.com. The books are $30 each.
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
…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