Make sure and attend the Fundraising Talent Show this Thursday, June 22 at 6pm in St Patrick’s Gym. Show your support for our local Catholic youth!
Join us in supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. There is power in prayer, especially before the Eucharist. We are committing to 72 hours of Perpetual Adoration during the same time that the vocation retreats are occurring for our diocese again this year. Please commit to an hour before our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0445a4a72ca3f49-adoration1
In Christ, Fr. Nicks
TRI PARISH BBQ THIS FRIDAY
The K of C Tri-Parish Barbecue and Pool Party at DeSales
in Friday June 23rd. The BBQ will begin at 5PM and ends
at 6:30PM for the pool party. Please bring a salad (last name A-M)
or a dessert (last name N-Z) in a disposable container, if
possible. Table seating is limited so please bring lawn chairs.
The fun moves to the new Memorial Pool that is reserved
from 6:30PM until 8:30PM for our event.
Pope Francis: 7 tips for being better fathers and for growth along with your children:
1. A father doesn’t want children just like himself, but wise and free ones.
2. Rigor and steadfastness, rather than complicity and protection: Better to be a misunderstood father than a weak one.
3. A father who is present in the family should be close to his wife and family: Share everything, joy and sorrow, hope and hardship.
4. A father who is present is not necessarily controlling.
5. A good father is a patient one.
6. Know how to forgive and not humiliate, but without being weak or complacent.
7. The Our Father is brought to life in fatherhood that is forgiving of failure: Without the grace that comes from the Father…fathers lose courage. But children need to find a father waiting for them when they come home after failing.
Guatemala Mission: Thank you so much for the amazing response for contributions and pledges to continue support of the life changing Diocesan Mission in Solala, Guatemala! At the entrances to the three churches are pledge envelopes. Please write checks to Guatemala Mission, and put in the collection baskets.
Quilt Raffle for Guatemala Mission: The quilt will be on display at St. Patrick’s on June 25. $2 tickets to benefit the Mission. You may be the winner of a beautiful handmade quilt!
BMAC Mobile Food Bank: July 13, 5-7 pm. Assumption parking lot. Fresh produce and meat for all those in need. Needed: volunteers, awnings for shade: 3 pm: bagging food; 5-7 pm: distributing food. 7 pm: salad & pizza for volunteers! Contact Kay Barga: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conestoga Hut for the Homeless: The WW Alliance for the Homeless needs donations to help buy materials to build Conestoga huts for those living in the Sleep Center across from the police station. WWAH, PO Box 3431, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961 to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW 2X/month.
Immigrant Resources: A meeting at Garrison Middle School cafeteria: Mon, June 26, Tues, July 25, Wed, Aug 23. 6-8 pm, Wendy Hernandez, immigration lawyer: upcoming English, citizenship classes, copy documents, Know your Rights info, Power of Attorney, parental consent forms, register to vote! Contact Cindy Gregoire, email@example.com.
Food for the Hungry: Please remember to bring nonperishable food items or a cash donation, which stretches the food dollar 6X, to supply the food banks at St. Vincent’s and BMAC.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
St. Francis Catholic Church and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (both in Walla Walla ) have Blessed Pilgrim Statues of Our Lady of Fatima.
Gain a Plenary indulgence on June 13th!
May 13 – October 13 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the six monthly apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The Pope has granted a *Plenary indulgence to all faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for veneration in any church, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary.
*Those seeking an indulgence must follow the norms for indulgence (go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father) also pray and Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.
The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s life. He gave up a future of wealth and power to be a servant of God. Later when the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs went through the Portuguese city where he was stationed, he was filled with an intense longing to be one of those closest to Jesus himself: those who die for the Good News. So Anthony entered the Franciscan Order and set out to preach to the Moors. But an illness prevented him from achieving that goal. He went to Italy and was stationed in a small hermitage where he spent most of his time praying, reading the Scriptures and doing menial tasks. The call of God came again at an ordination where no one was prepared to speak. The humble and obedient Anthony hesitantly accepted the task. The years of searching for Jesus in prayer, of reading sacred Scripture and of serving him in poverty, chastity, and obedience had prepared Anthony to allow the Spirit to use his talents. Anthony’s sermon was astounding to those who expected an unprepared speech. Recognized as a great man of prayer and a great Scripture and theology scholar, Anthony became the first friar to teach theology to the other friars. Soon he was called from that post to preach to the Albigensians in France, using his profound knowledge of Scripture and theology to convert those who had been misled by their denial of Christ’s divinity. After 3 years, he moved to Padua. He resumed preaching and began writing sermon notes to help other preachers. In the spring of 1231 Anthony withdrew to a friary where he had a treehouse built as a hermitage. There he prayed and prepared for death. On June 13, he became very ill and asked to be taken back to Padua, where he died after receiving the last sacraments. Anthony was canonized less than a year later and named a Doctor of the Church in 1946.
Excerpts taken from: franciscanmedia.org
Last week we celebrated Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This Sunday we celebrate how that same Spirit, together with the Father and the Son, reveal themselves as the three persons of the one God.
There are two central beliefs in Christianity. The first is the Trinity—one God existing as three distinct persons. The second is the Incarnation—the eternal Son becoming man for our salvation. These two mysteries are the cornerstones of our faith and distinguish Christianity from other religious beliefs.
Although all Christians (Catholics and Protestants) accept these two truths of revelation, the Trinity poses a particular challenge for Protestant Christians, who accept no authority outside of the Bible. This is due to the fact that the Bible has no single chapter or verse that clearly delineates this mystery. Though the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are referred to as a group, nowhere in the Bible does it identify them as three distinct and coequal persons within the one Godhead.
Some Protestant scholars engage in theological gymnastics by drawing disparate verses from the Scriptures to demonstrate the truth of the Trinity. However, they are trying to validate what they already hold as true. That is, they do not examine the Scriptures to determine if they should believe in a Triune God. Rather, they search the Scriptures to try to explicitly confirm what they already believe. If readers who have never heard of the Trinity were to examine the Bible with fresh eyes, they would never arrive at the conclusion that the Bible teaches definitively that one God exists as three distinct persons, much less that this belief is an essential doctrine of Christianity.
As much as our separated brothers and sisters are unwilling to admit it, the reason that both Catholics and Protestants believe in the Trinity is not because it is clearly taught in the Scriptures, but because it is clearly taught in Sacred Tradition. We find the theologians of the early church clearly teaching this truth, which the apostles received from Christ. For example, in 216 A.D. Tertullian wrote:
“We define that there are two, the Father and the Son, and three with the Holy Spirit, and this number is made by the pattern of salvation… (which) brings about unity in trinity, interrelating the three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are three, not in dignity, but in degree, not in substance but in form, not in power but in kind. They are of one substance and power, because there is one God from whom these degrees, forms and kinds devolve in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
This teaching, though not explicit in Scripture, is revealed implicitly within it. Even as God himself is one, so, too, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition communicate one truth. Therefore, together, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition attest to the Trinity—three in one and one in three. Praise be Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for eternity!
La semana pasada celebramos el Dia de Pentecostés y el don del Espiritu Santo. Este Domingo celebramos como el mismo Espiritu, junto con el Padre y el Hijo, se revelan asi mismas como las tres personas en un solo Dios. Hay dos creencias centrales en la Cristianidad. La primera es la Trinidad—un solo Dios en tres distintas personas. La segunda es la encarnación—el Hijo eterno hecho hombre para nuestra salvación. Estos dos misterios son la piedra angular de nuestra fe y nos distingue de otras creencias religiosas.
Aunque todos los Cristianos (Católicos y Protestantes) acepten estas verdaderas revelaciones, la Trinidad posee un reto particular para los Cristianos Protestantes, los cuales no aceptan otra autoridad fuera de la Biblia. Esto es debido al hecho de que la Biblia no tiene un capitulo o versiculo singular que claramente enseñe este misterio. En ninguna parte en la Biblia identifica al Padre, al Hijo y al Espiritu Santo como tres distintas e iguales personas dentro de un solo Dios.
Algunos eruditos Protestantes harán gymnasia teologica, sacando versos desiguales de las escrituras para demostrar esta verdad. Sin embargo, esto es un intento de dar validez a lo que ellos ya tienen como verdadero. Ellos ya tienen una conclusion, y hurgan en las Escrituras en un intento de confirmarlo. Si un par de ojos frescos buscaran en la Biblia, sin haber nunca oido acerca de la Trinidad, nunca llegarian a la conclusion de que la Biblia definitivamente enseña que existe un solo Dios en tres personas distintas; mucho menos que esto es una parte esencial de la Cristianidad.
Por mucho que nuestros hermanos separados odien admitirlo, la razón que todos nosotros creamos en la Trinidad no es porque esté claramente enseñado en las Escrituras, sino porque está claramente enseñado en la Sagrada Tradición.
Aunque nosotros sabemos que los teologos de la Iglesia primitiva claramente enseñaban esta verdad que los apóstoles recibieron de Cristo. Por ejemplo Tertulio en el 216 escribe:
“Definimos que hay dos, el Padre y el Hijo, y tres con el Espiritu Santo, y este número fue hecho para el patrón de salvación…(lo cual) trae la unidad en la Trinidad, interrelacionándose los tres, El Padre, el Hijo y el Espiritu Santo. Son tres, no en dignidad, sino en grado, no en substancia sino en forma, no en poder sino en bondad. Ellos son de una sola substancia y poder porque hay un solo Dios del cual vienen estos grados, formas y bondad y se transmiten en el nombre del Padre, del HIjo y el Espiritu Santo.”
Esta enseñanza, aunque no está explicito en las Escrituras, se refleja en su interior. Aún como Dios mismo es uno, asi también las Sagradas Escrituras y la Sagrada Tradición dan fe de la Trinidad—tres en uno y uno en tres.
Alabado sea el Padre, el Hijo y el Espiritu Santo, ahora y por toda la eternidad!
Join us on Sunday, June 11th at 11:30AM in the Assumption Parish Hall. Tracy Gyllenhammer, the area coordinator for the diocese of Spokane, will be present in the Assumption Hall (after 10:30am Mass) and available to answer any questions about the New Woman’s Ministry. All are welcome! For more information, call a local contact: Lisa Mckeirnan-301-8071 Jacquie Roach-520-7737 or Elaine Bluhm -386-5434.
Our parish code is CE6DCX. Watch on formed.org!
Thank you to all of you who advertise in our bulletin! Your sponsorship makes it possible for us to print our bulletin, in color, at no cost to our parishes! Make sure and visit those establishments and thank them with your patronage. If YOU would like to advertise in our bulletins call Jaime at the Catholic Printery at 509-388-6362.
Have you been wanting to take a weekly hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament?
We have 2 openings (and others need a second adorer.)
- Thursday evening: 11 – 12 PM
- Friday morning: 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Contact one of us and we will get you signed up.
A sad farewell to Fr. Ratuiste and Fr. Kuttner, and a warm welcome to Fr. Smedley and Fr. Soler from the Serra Club of the Blue Mountains. Wonderful contributions to the spiritual life in our parish and schools are always made when priests come to us. How grateful we are for their pastoral care; their holy vocation. We pray for each one of them, that their faith journey with Christ may continue to be be strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and filled with confidence and peace. May the blessings of Almighty God be upon them now and forever.
Thank you for your support of our vocation ministry!
Have a beautiful and safe summer.
The DeSales Class of 2017 is ready to conquer the world! Congratulations, Good Luck, and God Bless!
- Andrew Anderson, University of Idaho, Forestry and Recreation Management
- Katie Ankrom, WSU, Electrical Engineering and Business Management
- Kaylee Brown, Columbia Basin College, Special Ed with Minor in Health/Phys Ed, playing Softball
- Max Buckley, EWU, Computer Science
- Patrick Elmenhurst, WWCC, EMT Training
- Shawn Fazzari, WWCC, Diesel Technology
- Alicia Haider, Gonzaga University, Pre-Medicine, Human Physiology, French Minor
- Hannah Klein, WWCC, Undeclared (plans to pursue singing, music, vocal performance)
- Jake Kohler, WWCC, Water Ecology
- Celeste Langley, WWCC, Pre-Vet Studies
- Zachary Leahy, Carroll College, Business and Management, playing Football
- Natalia Maiuri, WWCC, AA in 1 year (beginning in summer school), then transfer to MSU, Nursing
- Leslie Munoz, University of Washington, Zoology, Animal Science, Oceanography
- Daniel Ness, EWU, Engineering
- Skylar Olson, Gonzaga University, Biology Major, Minor in Business, Pre-Med
- Allison Smith, EWU, Chemistry, Mathematics, STEM
- Chandler Siedler, EWU, BS in Technology/Construction, Minor in Criminal Justice
- Hannah Teklemariam, WWCC, Nursing
Congratulations! All of our parishes made their goals for the ACA!
Pope Francis: “A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justness, fairness, and respect for every human being.”
Guatemala Mission: Last Sunday, June 4, supporters of the Guatemala Mission, talked about what a big difference the support of St. Patrick’s, St. Francis, and Assumption churches, along with other churches in the Diocese of Spokane, have made in the lives of the Mayan Indians living in Nahuala, Solala, Guatemala. Saturday, June 10, they spoke at the evening Masses. Dr. Joe & Donna Wujek, Dr. Pat & Lisa Sharkey, Chris Pinney, & Don Schwehr, have volunteered there; our financial support has made possible a pre-school, religious education, a radio station, emergency disaster relief, medical assistance, and helped support Father Baronti, seminarians, an elementary school, etc. In order to be able to continue our support, more contributions are needed. In the pews are envelopes with a pledge form attached. Please consider making a life-changing monthly or quarterly pledge for an amount of your choice. Leave your pledge in the baskets at entrances to the churches.
At 11:30 am Sunday, June 11, at Assumption, President of the Guatemala Commission from Spokane, Patt Perlman will present a power point and slide show about the people and projects of the Mission. Refreshments! All are invited!
PREPARES: Also speaking Sunday, June 11, 11:30 at Assumption, will be Tracy Gyllenhammer from Catholic Charities in Spokane. “PREPARES…provides services to pregnant women, fathers, and their families by walking the journey from the conception to their child’s fifth birthday.”
A beautiful quilt will be raffled off in June to benefit the Guatemala Mission. The quilt will be on display at Assumption and St. Francis, June 10,11 and at St. Pat’s, June 25.
Rice Bowl Update: St. Francis collected a total of $227.54 for a grand total from the 3 parishes of $1577.80! Those all over the world in need of a hand up because of difficult circumstances, thank you!
Carpenters needed to help make huts for the homeless: The WW Alliance for the Homeless needs volunteers to help build snowproof huts. Contact Beth Call, 529-0216, firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to help buy materials are also most welcome, WWAH, PO Box 3431, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
BMAC Mobile Food Bank: July 13, 5-7 pm, bagging, 3 pm. Assumption parking lot. NEEDED: volunteers, awnings for shade. Contact: email@example.com to volunteer.
Tri-Parish Garden: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Also Wendy Hernandez, email@example.com, 525-2034.
St. Ephrem was a Poet, teacher, orator, and defender of the faith. Ephrem is the only Syrian recognized as a doctor of the Church. He took upon himself the special task of opposing the many false doctrines rampant at his time, always remaining a true and forceful defender of the Catholic Church. Born in Nisibis, Mesopotamia, he was baptized as a young man and became famous as a teacher in his native city. When the Christian emperor had to cede Nisibis to the Persians, Ephrem fled as a refugee to Edessa, along with many other Christians. He is credited with attracting great glory to the biblical school there. He was ordained a deacon but declined becoming a priest. Although he was not a man of great scholarship, his works reflect deep insight and knowledge of the Scriptures. It is said that his poetic account of the Last Judgment inspired Dante. He wrote hymns against the heretics of his day. He would take the popular songs of the heretical groups and using their melodies, compose beautiful hymns embodying orthodox doctrine.
Ephrem became one of the first to introduce song into the Church’s public worship as a means of instruction for the faithful. His many hymns have earned him the title “Harp of the Holy Spirit.” Ephrem preferred a simple, austere life, living in a small cave overlooking the city of Edessa. It was here that he died around 373. franciscanmedia.org
Christ has Risen! Truly He has risen!
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.“ The fire from heaven descended upon the disciples on the fiftieth day following Christ’s resurrection.
The word “Pentecost” is derived from the Greek word meaning “fifty.” Hence the name of today’s feast. The visible fire, of course, was simply an external manifestation of the invisible gift that kindled the hearts of the faithful—the Holy Spirit. When Christ ascended into heaven, he promised his disciples saying: “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” This promise is fulfilled in the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through the gift of the Spirit the Divine Presence of Christ comes to dwell in the soul of the believer.
The outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost is often considered to be the true birthday of the Church. Though many blessings had been bestowed upon the disciples by Christ before that day, the fullness of his gift was only made present with the descent of the Holy Spirit. Three effects are clearly seen blossoming forth from this Gift in the life of the Church.
First, at Pentecost, the once timid and fearful disciples who had hidden in the upper room are filled with “power from on high” and boldly proclaim the Gospel throughout the world. They embrace hardship, torture, and death. In this way the message of truth reaches all peoples, inviting them into union with Christ through his mystical body, the Church.
The Spirit not only inspires the faithful to proclaim the Gospel and union with Christ; it also effects this union. The Apostles and their successors, by anointing and the laying on of hands, impart the gift of the Holy Spirit to those who accept faith in Christ. This gift of the Holy Spirit makes us one and makes us members of the mystical body of Christ, the Church.
In addition to forming the Church and strengthening believers in proclaiming the Gospel, the Holy Spirit is also our pledge of eternal life. As the great St. Augustine said: “There is no gift of God more excellent that this. It alone distinguishes the sons of the eternal kingdom and the sons of eternal perdition.” The Spirit is a purifying fire that transforms us from within. He makes us sons and daughters of the Most High.
As sons and daughters of God, we then join together in prayer and praise, taking for our own the beautiful hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus: “Come, Holy Ghost, come, from thy bright heav’nly throne; come, take possession of our souls, and make them all thine own!”
Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever!