Knights of Columbus Fish Fries

Knights of Columbus Michael Flohr Council 766 will be serving Lenten meals prior to Stations of the Cross from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

The rotation for Stations of the Cross for the four Fridays we will be serving meals is:

St. Francis, March 24
Assumption, March 31.

We will be serving breaded cod fillets and french fries along with clam chowder and coleslaw. Containers are available for to-go orders. We have three fish and/or clam chowder meal options for $8 each. Discounted rates apply for families for more than four meals. Proceeds to benefit Catholic Schools, Parishes and local seminarians.

From the Pastor – March 19, 2017

frmnicks_mug_smallLast week we discussed Sacraments—the seven instruments created by Christ to help bring souls to heaven. Every Sacrament, we saw, was comprised of two elements. One physical and concrete (called “matter”), the other being the prayer or words used (called the “form”). Thus, when we considered Baptism, we see that it was given by Christ so that men and women could be reborn of “water and Spirit” with the hope of eternal life. We saw also that it was composed of matter “water” and form, the words given by Christ: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These basic elements were well captured in the Baltimore Catechism’s description of a Sacrament: “A Sacrament is 1) an outward sign [form and matter], 2) instituted by Christ 3) to give grace [get us to heaven].

We now move to consider the Sacraments’ younger cousins, the sacramentals. So, what is a sacramental? Simply put, a sacramental is something that bears resemblance to a Sacrament.

Like a Sacrament, sacramentals are concrete and seek to achieve some spiritual effect. The difference is that they did not come from Christ; therefore we do not have his divine guarantee that when we experience a sacramental a special grace would become present in our lives.

Instead, a sacramental seeks to obtain a spiritual gift through the intercession of the Church – that is through her prayer. Sacramentals, therefore, always involve invoking the prayer of the Church. This prayer takes the form of blessing the thing intended to be used as a sacramental. Thus we bless persons, meals, objects and places. As an example, the difference between holy water and ordinary water is specifically that it is blessed with the blessing of the Church: “Blessed are you, Lord, all-powerful God, who in Christ, the living water of salvation, blessed and transformed us. Grant that when we are sprinkled with this water or make use of it, we will be refreshed inwardly by the power of the Holy Spirit and continue to walk in the new life we received at Baptism.”

We can see that the spiritual gifts that we hope to receive from using holy water do not come from Christ’s promise, but from the Church praying that one will be refreshed by the Holy Spirit and continue in the new life of Christ received in Baptism.

Since sacramentals lack the definitive institution and promise of Christ, should we doubt his response and grace? Indeed no! We have great confidence that our Divine Spouse, eagerly and generously responds to the prayer of his bride, the Church!

By the frequent use of both Sacraments and sacramentals, a Christian can open the door to God’s presence in almost every event of human life. What sacramental are you currently using in your everyday life?

In Christ,
Fr. Nicks

Carta del Parroco – 19 de Marzo 2017

frmnicks_mug_smallLa semana pasada discutimos los Sacramentos—los siete instrumentos creados por Cristo para ayudar a atraer las almas al cielo. Cada Sacramento, que vemos, está comprendido de dos elementos. Uno fisico y concreto (llamado “materia”), y el otro que es la oración o palabras usadas (llamado la “forma”). Asi, cuando consideramos el Bautismo, vemos que se nos ha sido otorgado por Cristo para que hombres y mujeres puedan renacer del “agua y del Espiritu” con la esperanza de la vida eterna. También vimos que está compuesto de materia “agua” y forma, las palabras dadas por Cristo: “Yo los bautizo en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espiritu Santo.” Estos elementos básicos fueron muy bien capturados en la descripción de un Sacramento por el Catecismo de Baltimore. “Un Sacramento es 1) un signo externo (forma y materia), 2) instituido por Cristo 3) para dar gracia (para llevarnos al cielo). Ahora consideraremos los primos jóvenes de los Sacramentos, los sacramentales. Entonces, que es un sacramental? Simplemente es algo que se asemeja a un Sacramento.

Como un Sacramento, los sacramentales son concretos y tratan de alcanzar un efecto spiritual. La diferencia es que no vienen de Cristo; entonces no tenemos su garantia divina de que cuando experimentemos un sacramental una gracia especial pueda llegar a estar presente en nuestras vidas.

En lugar, un sacramental espera obtener un regalo espiritual por medio de las intercesiones de la Iglesia—por medio de su oración. Los sacramentales, entonces, siempre envuelven invocar la oración de la Iglesia. Esta oración toma la forma de bendición que es destinado a ser usado como un sacramental. Asi, bendecimos a las personas, comidas, objetos, y lugares. Como un ejemplo, la diferencia entre agua bendita y agua ordinario es especificamente que está bendita con la bendición de la Iglesia.

“Bendito seas, Señor, Dios todo poderoso, que en Cristo, el agua viva de salvación, nos bendice y nos transforma. Permite que cuando seamos rociados con esta agua o que la usemos, seamos refrescados interiormente por el poder del Espiritu Santo y continuemos caminando en la nueva vida que hemos recibido en el Bautismo.

Ya que los sacramentales no poseen la definitiva institución y promesa de Cristo, debemos de dudar de su respuesta y su gracia? Indudablemente que no! Tenemos una gran confianza que nuestro Esposo Divino, ansiosamente y generosamente responde a las oraciones de su esposa, la Iglesia! Por el uso frecuente de ambos Sacramentos y sacramentales, un Cristiano puede abrir la puerta a la presencia de Dios en casi cada evento de la vida humana. Que sacramental está usted usando actualmente en su vida diaria?

En Cristo,

Padre Nicks

New Women’s Ministry

Are you interested in a new women’s group to empower young moms? Come join us as we explore and define this new tri-parish ministry. If you have 1-2 hours hours a month this ministry is for you! Please come check out this new opportunity to serve others on, Tuesday March 28th, 6:30 pm at St Patrick in the St. John of the Cross room. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions contact: Lisa McKeirnan, 301-8071, Jacquie Roach, 520-7737 or Elaine Bluhm, 525-4728.

Chrism Mass

The faithful of the Diocese of Spokane are invited to the Chrism Mass which will be celebrated at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Bishop Daly will be joined by the priests of the diocese for this annual blessing of Holy Oils. The name of this Mass comes from the Sacred Chrism which is one of the oils to be blessed and then used for celebrations of Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination to the Priesthood. The other oils to be blessed are the Oil of the Sick And the Oil of Catechumens. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Birthright of Walla Walla is in need of volunteers!

Duties include: Working one 2 1/2 hour shift per week
Requirements: A willingness to help mothers and children and a belief in our philosophy that, “it is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born”. There will be a volunteer training meeting in April. More details to follow in next week’s bulletin.

Serra Club of the Blue Mountains

Our ministry is to foster, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life through prayer, and service.

Please include Bishop Thomas Daly in your prayers. May his desire for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, and for a strong and vibrant Catholic education be answered by our attentive and prayerful heart to God.

To join our vocation ministry contact Susan Fleming at 525-0449. Our next gathering will be at the First Saturday Mass at St. Patrick Parish on April 1st, 8:00 A.M. Breakfast will follow at Smith’s restaurant.

Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

yamYoung Adult Ministry (YAM) is a group of Catholic young adults, (18-30s) from the Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater area. Join us as we strive to live fully alive through encounter with Christ!

*Monday Nights: from 7:30 to 9:00pm


Please come to these upcoming YAM events!

March 20, Scripture Night @ Martha & Mollie‘s house/ Bible study- Bring your bible & notebooks!
March 27, Prayer Night @ St. Francis, Walla Walla Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer


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Saint Cyril of Jerusalem – March 18th

St. Cyril was falsely accused of practicing Arianism, but was vindicated both by the men of his own time and by being declared a Doctor of the Church in 1822. Raised in Jerusalem and well-educated, Cyril was ordained a priest by the bishop of Jerusalem and given the task of catechizing those preparing for Baptism and the newly baptized. One of the bishops of his province was an Arian, so it may have been expected that his “cooperation” would follow. Conflict soon rose and Cyril was summoned to a council, accused of insubordination and of selling Church property to relieve the poor. He was condemned, driven from Jerusalem, but later vindicated. Half his episcopate was spent in exile; his first experience was repeated twice. He finally returned to find Jerusalem torn with heresy, schism and strife, and wracked with crime. Even Saint Gregory of Nyssa, who was sent to help, left in despair. They both went to the Council of Constantinople, where the amended form of the Nicene Creed was promulgated in 381. Cyril accepted the word consubstantial–that is, Christ is of the same substance or nature as the Father. Those who imagine that the lives of saints are simple and untouched by controversy, are rudely shocked by history. It should be no surprise that saints, indeed all Christians, will experience the same difficulties as their Master. From


If you are looking for some Lenten inspiration, think about coming to the March 26, Adult Ed Movie and a Snack event to view the movie, PADRE PIO. Padre Pio was a Capuchin friar who died in 1968 after 50 years as a friar, healer and stigmatist. While he led a saintly life and was revered by many he was also persecuted by others, including some in the Church. While this movie is in Italian it is dubbed in English and has English subtitles. It is rated for adults. It will be held in the parish hall at Assumption. The movie will run from 1 – 5pm with a break in the middle. Movie and snacks provided by the Tri-Parish Adult Ed. ministry team. See a preview at: FORMED.ORG

SEEK Conference

We’ve got some amazing stories from the SEEK conference that you helped our students at WSU get to this January. Our 39 student attendees encountered Our Lord and His Church in such a powerful way. We could not have given them this opportunity without you! Thank you so much! We are going to be coming into town Sunday, March 26th to be at some of the Masses. We’d love to share some stories with you from our students’ experiences and catch you up on what has been happening over at WSU. We will be at St. Francis at 9am, St Patrick’s at 10am and 12pm and Assumption at 10:30am. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming School Events

WWCS Board Meeting: Thursday, March 23rd, 6:30pm, DeSales Library

Open Enrollment Season: Please contact Assumption (525-9283) or DeSales (525-3030) offices if you are interested in learning more about An Education for Life. We are now accepting registration for new families. Check us out!

Family Movie Matinee

Sunday, March 26, 2:00-4:30, in DeSales Gym
Please join us for the family afternoon movie, Going My Way. This Oscar-winning movie stars Bing Crosby (Oscar winner, Spokane native, Gonzaga alum) as a young priest taking over an urban parish from a veteran priest who doesn’t want to change his ways. The movie features hit songs such as “Swinging on a Star”, Ava Maria, and Silent Night. Family-friendly movie for all ages!

Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis: “Dioceses, parishes, religious institutes, organizations, and individual Christians: we are all called to welcome our brothers and sisters who are fleeing war, hunger, violence, and cruel conditions of life.” “The only solution to the migration crisis is solidarity.” 10/2016

Food for the Hungry: Thank you to everyone who helped make our “Food for the Hungry” drive a success. Thank you to the many parishioners whose generosity will greatly benefit those in need of assistance. You are truly walking the talk. “Feed the hungry.” is an important obligation expressed in the Corporal Works of Mercy.

CRS Rice Bowl: Please remember to put a daily offering in your Rice Bowl to help CRS provide a hand up to families in poverty around the world. Third week in Lent: We encounter Fernando in El Salvador where, despite a lack of economic opportunity, youth are pursuing their dreams of building businesses to better the lives of their families.  How have you worked to better the lives of others this Lent?

For innocent families being torn apart by harsh new immigration tactics, we pray to the Lord. For all young people struggling to find meaningful work and provide for their families, we pray to the Lord.

For our own community of faith, that we promote the rights of workers, remembering that Jesus worked, we pray to the Lord.

Immigration and Refugee Legal Services: Tim Meliah, Director of WW Catholic Charities, has announced that an immigration lawyer from the Diocese of Spokane, will now be visiting WW one or two times/month.

Wendy Hernandez,, 525-2034, WW immigration attorney who prepared the “Know your Rights” presentation delivered after the Spanish Masses, Feb. 25, 26 is also an excellent source of information and assistance.

Welcoming the Stranger: I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25: 35

Annual Catholic Appeal

Parish	        Financial	Participation
Assumption	58%	        32%
St. Francis	67%	        39%
St. Patrick	72%	        20%

If you have not yet pledged, please go online here or use one of the blank envelopes in the pews.

It takes our entire community to make our goal possible!