Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they can join with you in giving their own “Fiat.” May they find strength to say yes daily to the call of sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us, called to follow your Son. On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you.
Holy Mother Mary, Who by virtue of your divine motherhood, Hast become mother of us all, I place the charge which God has given me, under your loving protection. Be a Protecting Mother to my children. Guard their bodies and keep them in health and strength. Guard their minds and keep their thoughts ever holy in the sight of their Creator and God. Guard their hearts and keep them pure and strong and happy in the love of God. Guard always their souls and ever preserve in them, faithfully, the glorious image of God whom they received in Holy Baptism. Protect them and keep them under your Mothering care. Supply in your all-wise motherhood, for my poor human deficiencies and protect them from all evil. Amen
Please consider joining us in this ministry!
“I was in prison, and you visited me.”
Our tri-parish outreach to the men at the Washington State Penitentiary:
• Consists of priests and lay volunteers
• Offers seven services a month
• Provides catechetical teaching, as well as Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation and other Sacraments as requested
• Supplies the inmates with Catholic literature, liturgical readings, and rosaries (financed by the parishes, the KOC, and donors)
If you are interested in joining this powerful and much needed ministry (must be 18 or older), please contact:
• Dave Opbroek (509-240-7484, email@example.com
• Mary Raschko (509-527-5289, firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to come to a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima!
Saturday, May 13th at 8:00 AM
St. Patrick’s Church, Walla Walla
Christ is Risen! Truly he has risen!
As everyone knows, new priest assignments were announced for Walla Walla. Fr. Ratuiste has been reassigned to the Cathedral in Spokane. Fr. Kuttner will be serving the largest parish in the diocese, St. Patrick in Pasco. In return, Fr. Esteban Soler and Fr. Tyler Smedley have been assigned to Walla Walla.
Fr. Smedley has been assigned to DeSales Catholic High School. Though he will be present to help with daily and Sunday Mass in the parishes, his proper role is to serve as chaplain, religion teacher, and part of the administrative team at our high school. Fr. Esteban Soler is a religious priest, originally for Argentina. He will be part of the regular priest rotation in the parishes.
The transition of priests is both a hard and exciting time for parish communities. It is hard because many have come to establish bonds of affection and faith with the priests who serve. It is exciting, because new (or returning faces) bring different perspectives, experiences, and abilities to our community.
There are pros and cons both to long term stability and rotation. Historically speaking, pastors were given lifetime appoints to their respective parishes. This allowed for deep and lasting relationships to form. There are priests who have been privileged to baptize and marry three generations of parishioners living in the same community. We can all imagine the blessing of having a priest friend who baptizes and marries one’s children and grandchildren.
Just as truly as a lifelong pastor can be a blessing, it is also possible for it to allow stagnation to enter into a parish community. Just like anybody, we priests can become set in our ways and overly comfortable with simply maintaining the status quo. Even more problematic, occasionally a particular priest and parish were just not a good fit for each other.
For these reasons and others, Canon Laws was changed to allow for term limits for pastors if requested by the national conference of bishops. Our bishops did just that, thus establishing a typical pastoral assignment of 6 years. Sometimes there is a formal renewal of term resulting in an additional commitment of 6 years, but more often extra years are added to an assignment on an ad hoc basis, as was the case for both Frs. Tim and Pat during their long service to our community.
Losing such strong and generous pastor’s can be very difficult. But what made them such good pastors in the first place? It was, in part, that they had each experienced previous assignments and ministries that helped them develop as spiritual fathers to their communities. So, though it is difficult to undergo these transitions, it is these very transitions that help produce the excellent priests that Walla Walla has been privileged to have over the years. Therefore, please pray especially for Frs. Ratuiste and Kuttner, that their pastoral hearts will grow through new experiences so that they will become even better priests and pastors who will serve the people of God for years to come!
Praised be Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, now and forever!
Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente El ha resucitado!
Como ya todos saben, se han anunciado los nuevos asignamientos de sacerdotes en Walla Walla. El Padre Ratuiste ha sido reasignado a la Catedral de Spokane. El Padre Kuttner estará sirviendo a la parroquia más grande de la diócesis, la Iglesia de San Patrico en Pasco. El Padre Esteban Soler y el Padre Smedley han sido asignados a Walla Walla.
El Padre Smedley ha sido asignado a la escuela Católica de DeSales. Aunque el estará presente para ayudar con las Misas diarias y las del Domingo en las parroquias, el papel que le corresponde es servir como capellán, maestro de religion, y parte del equipo administrativo de nuestra escuela Católica. El padre Esteban Soler es un sacerdote religioso, originario de Argentina. El será parte de los sacerdotes regulares de rotación en las parroquias.
La transición de sacerdotes es ambas, es dificil y emocionante a la vez para las comunidades parroquiales. Es dificil porque muchas de las personas han establecido lazos de afecto y de fe con los sacerdotes que sirven. Es emocionante, porque nuevas caras o personas que regresan traen perspectivas, experiencias y habilidades diferentes a nuestra comunidad.
Hay pros y contras de estabilidad a largo plazo y rotación. Historicamente hablando, a los párrocos se les designaba de por vida a sus respectivas parroquias. Esto permitia que se formaran relaciones profundas y duraderas. Hay sacerdotes que han tenido el privilegio de bautizar y casar a tres generaciones de feligreses viviendo en la misma comunidad. Todos podemos imaginar las bendiciones de tener un sacerdote amigo que bautice y case a los hijos y nietos de uno.
Igual que verdaderamente un párroco de toda la vida puede ser una bendición, también es possible que permita el estancamiento al entrar en una comunidad parroquial. Como cualquier otra persona, nosotros los sacerdotes podemos establecernos en nuestras formas demasiado comodos simplemente manteniendo el (status quo) la forma de ser. Y algo más problemático todavia, ocasionalmente algún sacerdote particular y parroquia no se sienten a gusto uno con otro.
Por estas y otras razones, las Leyes Canónicas fueron cambiadas para permitir términos limites para los párrocos si eran pedidos por la Conferencia Nacional de Obispos. Nuestros Obispos hicieron justamente eso, asi establecieron una asignación pastoral tipica de 6 años. Algunas veces hay una renovación formal del término resultando en un compromiso adicional de otros 6 años, en ocasiones se añaden años extras en esas asignaciones, como fueron los casos de los padres Tim y Pat durante su largo tiempo en nuestra comunidad.
Perder a tan generosos párrocos puede ser muy dificil. Pero como fue que se hicieron tan Buenos párrocos en primer lugar? Fue, en parte, porque habian experimentado asignaciones previas y ministerios que les ayudaron a desarrollarse como padres espirituales para sus comunidades. Por eso, aunque es dificil someterse a estas transiciones, son estas mismas transiciones que ayudan a producir los excelentes sacerdotes con los que Walla Walla ha sido privilegiado durante estos años. Entonces, por favor ore especialmente for los padres Ratuiste y Kuttner, para que sus corazones pastorales crezcan por medio de nuevas experiencias para que lleguen a ser aún mejores sacerdotes y párrocos que servirán al pueblo de Dios en los años por venir.
Alabado sea Jesucristo, nuestro Señor resucitado, ahora y por los siglos!
Alleluia!! Our children have received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. May God bless all of our children and adults who were confirmed. May God strengthen their Faith so that they may faithfully follow Jesus Christ. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the Catechists who worked very hard to share our faith with our children. Second, thank you to all the people who decorated the Blanchett Hall for the reception after Mass, Susanna Filan who donated the cake, the choir, Eucharist ministers, lectors, Deacons, Seminarian Alejandro, Imelda Robles and to all the people who did so much behind the scenes. And finally, thank you to each one of you for your prayers and support. I am so blessed to be part of this beautiful faith filled community. May God bless all of you now and forever.
Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said to His disciples: “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.” May our communion of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth to hear the call to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life for the Glory of God and the building up of Christ’s Church. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Providence St Mary Medical Center once again joins with our Hispanic neighbors celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by offering the Community Health Fair in September 2017.
If you are interested in being a volunteers to be on our planning committee. Please contact Kathie Oreb, Director of Mission Services at 509-897-2940. Thank you!
The weekend of May 20 – 21, 2017 the Collection for the Catholic Church in the United States will be taken up in all parishes of the Diocese. This collection is one of four annual collections authorized by the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. It supports major ministries in our homeland, the USA – Black & Native American Missions; Catholic Campaign for Human Development; Catholic Home Missions; Retirement Fund for Religious; and Catholic University of America. Registered parishioners will receive a special solicitation letter from Bishop Thomas A Daly, along with an information flyer and personalized collection envelope. Make checks payable to CCUS and please place your envelope in the offertory collection or mail it directly to the Diocese.
All are welcome to join St. Anne’s sewing group.
If you like to sew, please come to a meeting at
523 N. Bellevue St. on May 11 at 2p.m.
(Sally Buchanan-Rojo’s home)
We help provide lap blankets for homebound parishioners, new Parish members, Birthright, & more. If you any material or sewing supplies you no longer need, please bring them to the meeting. Thank you! Hope to see you there.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND HELPED WITH THE ASSUMPTION WOMEN’S ANNUAL GARAGE, PLANT AND BAKED GOODS SALE!
DeSales Senior Retreat: Monday, May 15th at St. Francis Parish Hall.
Assumption Catholic Grade School has two openings for a part-time (20-25 hours a week) Administrative Assistant for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, visit the website at www.thewwcs.com/Employment. Or contact John Lesko at 525-9283.
On May 10th, students at Assumption School honor Mary with a beautiful ceremony to crown her with flowers. They then pray a “Living Rosary” where the beads of the rosary are represented by students from all K-8 classes. After the event, students and their families gather on the grass for a picnic lunch.
The Tri-Parish Clergy & Religious Appreciation Dinner will be at Assumption Parish Hall on Sunday, May 7th. 4:30 pm Social/5:30 pm Dinner. A chance to express appreciation while enjoying a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10 and available from Nick at 520-8226 or any KOC Council Officer.