Our 4th Annual Blue Mass is coming up! Join us September 13, 12:00noon, at St. Patrick’s as we honor our police, fire fighters, EMTs, etc., for the hard work they do keeping our community safe!
The Don and Kathy Martuscelli family have graciously cleaned our church (straightened books, vacuumed, clean crying room etc.) for many years. They are looking for another family to take over. If interested in this loving service, call the office or Kathy at 529-1020.
Can you give a parishioner, who can no longer drive, a ride to Sunday Mass? She lives west of town (over by Shopko). If so, Call Genida at 522-1935.
Assumption Women are sponsoring a baby clothing/item supply drive to replenish supplies for our Newborn Baby Basket Ministry. New items needed are: onesies, one piece sleepers, outfits, wet wipes, baby lotion, baby shampoo, socks, hats, diapers, receiving blankets, Newborn sizes or bigger are fine. Items can be dropped off in tubs as you enter the church. If you have questions, call Theresa Nichols, 525 1799 or Kit Chryst, 529 0809.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser for Esperanza Gonzalez on Sunday, August 13th, in the Blanchet Hall.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
We raised $1,530 in donations and food.
The next Tri-Parish Senior Luncheon will be at Assumption Parish Hall, Thursday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m. During lunch, Deacon Jim Barrow’s talk will be “Peace be With You!” The parishes provide soups and bread, table service, beverages, and desserts. You don’t need to bring anything! All senior parishioners and those who assist them are always welcome!
Women of Faith will start on Thursday, September 14, from 1-3 pm in the St. John of the Cross room. All women are welcome to come watch and share the Catholicism DVD series beginning this fall. This is a great opportunity to grow in the knowledge of the faith, as well as deepen one’s own relationship with God. If you would like a workbook ($24.95) please contact Sue Logsdon (529-3719) or firstname.lastname@example.org) to place your order or to ask about attending this exciting adventure in faith.
It’s not too late to enjoy some Pizza, Pasta, Burgers, or Salad at the WWCS Food Booths at the Fair!
This tradition, lasting over 20 years, has not only raised a lot of money for our schools, but it has also brought together members of our school, church, and community to make and serve delicious food! All for a good cause!
Please stop by our booths for your Fair Food Fix!
The Tri-Parish Ministry Fair is coming up soon!
Saint Francis: September 16-17
Saturday 4:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM
Assumption: September 23-24
Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM
Saint Patrick: September 30-October 1
Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM
Saturday 7:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM (Spanish)
We hope all groups will have a representative after each Mass.
Adult Religious Education, Altar Servers, Bereavement, Catholic Charities Prepares, Catholic Daughters, Charismatic Prayer group, Coffee and Donuts, Covenant of Love, Eucharistic Ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic to the Homebound, Knights of Columbus, Latin Mass, Lectors, Little Flowers Girl Club, Music, NFP Natural Family Planning, Prison Ministry, RCIA, Religious Education, Retrouvaille, Rosary group, Serra Club, Social Concerns, Tri-parish Garden, Tri-parish Women’s Ministry, Ushers, Walla Walla Catholic Schools, Youth Ministry.
Please plan on stopping by the ministry fair and check out the different ministries in our Church. Even if you don’t feel called to join one at this time, it is still nice to drop in and say hello in support of those who serve our Church in these ministries. If you want to represent a ministry, after one of the Masses, let the office know!
Pope Francis: “…I appeal not to create walls, but to build bridges. To not respond to evil with evil. To defeat evil with good, the offense with forgiveness. A Christian would never say ‘You will pay for that.’ Never. That is not a Christian gesture. An offense you overcome with forgiveness. To live in peace with everyone.” 2/8/17 General audience
St. Pat’s Parish Carnival & Health Fair: Mark your calendars for this festive celebration, Sunday, Sept. 17, parking lot. Music, dancing, delicious food, games for kids, fresh produce, an opportunity to get important health tests free! Proceeds to parish.
Guatemala Mission News: Fr. Baronti has officially retired as Pastor of Ixtahuacan. A huge celebration was held on July 2, including Mass at Santa Catarina Church in Ixtahuacan. Crowds of people overflowed the church, according to Sr. Marie & Dr. Jose Miguel. The celebration continued all day with people from each of the 15 communities saying goodbye. He will be missed!
Special Guatemala Mission Event: Fifth Annual Diocesan-Wide Guatemalan Celebration: Tues: Sept.19, 5:30-8:00 pm, Barrister Winery, Spokane. Honored guests: Bishop Gonzalo de Villa, Solala, Guatemala; Fr. David Baronti, retiring Pastor of Ixtahuacan, Guatemala; Fr. Manuel Tambriz, new pastor of Ixtahuacan; Bishop of Spokane Diocese, Thomas Daly, Drawing for quilt raffle; winner need not be present.
Walla Walla Teen Shelter: “The Hub on 3rd”, will provide much-needed services for youth & their families. WW Catholic Charities has helped with fund raising & planning. The WW Teen Shelter, will provide emergency shelter, case management, youth development programming & service referrals for youth ages 12-17. The Health Center and Children’s Home Society also housed in the Hub, will provide primary health & mental health care services, & Early Head Start child care Grand Opening of The Hub on 3rd, Friday, September 8th at 2:00 pm. Across the street from Lincoln High School.
Feed the Hungry: Please remember to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for the St.Vincent & BMAC food banks.
Sleep Center: The WW Alliance for the Homeless is busily trying to make 32 all weather Conestoga huts for the Sleep Center before winter. Donations for materials are most welcome. WWAH, PO Box 3431, WW, WA.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month. Wendy Hernandez, email@example.com, 525-2034. Upcoming English, citizenship classes, copy documents, Know your Rights info, Power of Attorney, parental consent forms, register to vote! Contact Cindy Gregoire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pray for the starving children of Yemen, victims of a war they cannot control.
A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures, redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love.Augustine turned, with a holy fierceness, against the evil rampant in his day. Augustine is a prophet for today, trumpeting the need to scrap escapisms and stand face-to-face with personal responsibility and dignity.
Watch a great movie on FORMED.ORG about St Augustine.
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I was visiting parishioners recently who recounted their experience traveling to Rome. There were many wonderful things that they encountered in their travels: churches, holy sites, relics, and places of prayer.
As is the case with many who travel to Rome, they also arranged for an opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel was originally called the Cappella Magna (the Great Chapel) before it was restored in the 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV, from whom it received its present name. Besides being a part of the Vatican Museums, the chapel also serves as the location for the conclave, where the cardinals gather in prayer and discussion to elect the pope.
The fame of the chapel largely derives from the exquisite frescos that decorate the entire ceiling and a large portion of the walls. Among these is a particularly famous work by Michelangelo in which he depicts the last judgment. In it there is a cosmic battle occurring. Christ in glory, surrounded by saints and angels, is drawing those who had been obedient to the Gospel of truth upward out of their very graves. Those who had been disobedient to the truth are being drawn downward to hell and perdition. It is at one and the same time an image which is frightening and hopeful—frightening in the ultimate consequence of disobedience to God—hopeful in the final victory held out to those who have been obedient to his word.
If you have ever had a chance to visit the Chapel, you will also remember that, amidst the crowd of people visiting, the church has posted signs indicating that this is a place of prayer and that visitors are not to take pictures. In addition to the signs there are also staff members of the church present who verbally reinforcing this rule.
Yet, without fail, numerous individuals, disobey these instructions. Some surreptitiously trying to take pictures and others boldly ignoring both signs and staff as they take the photos they desire.
The parishioners I was visiting pointed out a certain irony in this. Here are countless visitors gazing upon the image of the last judgment in which souls are being dragged into hell for disobedience to Christ and his Church. As they look upon this image, they exercise a spirit of disobedience as they reject the instructions from the church regarding photography and respect for a sacred place.
I found this comparison both striking and challenging. It was striking that countless men and women could have the reality of disobedience’s final consequence before their eyes while simultaneously exercising a spirit of disobedience. It was challenging because I recognized that same spirit of disobedience within my own heart. I don’t believe I ever took pictures in the Sistine chapel, but I know there have been times in my life where in my own willfulness, I desired to reject or ignore what was being asked of me—even when the person asked had both a legitimate authority and a reasonable request (e.g. parents, teachers, employers, or the Church). I imagine that everyone has had this experience.
As Americans, the idea of obedience often comes across as distasteful. However, as Christians, we know that obedience is a great virtue, exercised by Christ himself. As we read in scripture: “he made himself obedient, even unto death, death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8).
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Estuve visitando algunos feligreses recientemente, y ellos recordaron sus experiencias de cuando viajaron a Roma. Encontraron muchas cosas hermosas en sus viajes: Iglesias, lugares santos, reliquias, y lugares de oración.
Como todos los que viajan a Roma, hicieron arreglos para visitar los museos del Vaticano y la capilla Sixtina. La Capilla Sixtina fue llamada originalmente la Cappella Magna (la gran capilla) antes de ser restaurada en el siglo 15 por el Papa Sixto IV, del cual recibió su nombre presente. Aparte de ser parte de los museos Vaticanos, la capilla sirve como la locación para el cónclave donde se reúnen los cardenales en oración y para deliberar la elección del Papa.
La fama de la capilla se deriva en gran medida por su exquisita pintura que decora todo el cielo y una gran porción de las paredes. Entres estos hay un trabajo particularmente muy famoso hecho por Michaelangelo en el cual se representa el juicio final. En esa pintura está ocurriendo una batalla cósmica. Cristo en Gloria, rodeado de sus santos y sus ángeles, está sacando hacia arriba a todos aquellos que han sido obedientes al Evangelio de la verdad fuera de sus propias tumbas. Aquellos que fueron desobedientes a la verdad están siendo aventados hacia abajo al infierno y perdición. Es una imagen que al mismo tiempo es aterradora y de mucha esperanza—aterradora en la última consecuencia de desobediencia a Dios.—esperanzados en la Victoria final que tendió su mano hacia aquellos que fueron obedientes a su palabra.
Si usted ha tenido la oportunidad alguna vez de visitar la Capilla, también recordará que, en medio de la multitud de gente visitando, la iglesia tiene señales indicando que ese es un lugar de oración y que los visitants no pueden tomar fotos. Aparte de las señales también hay miembros de los trabajadores de la iglesia presentes reenforzando esta regla verbalmente.
Aún asi, numerosos individuos desobedecen estas instrucciones. Algunos fraudulentamente tratando de tomar retratos y otros descaradamente ignorando tanto a las señales como al personal mientras toman todas las fotos que desean.
Los feligreses que estuve visitando señalaron cierta ironia en esto. Aqui hay numerosos visitants mirando la imagen del juicio final en la cual las almas están siendo arrojadas al infierno por desobediencia a Cristo y a su Iglesia. Mientras que miran esta imagen, ellos ejerccen un espiritu de desobediencia ya que rechazan las instrucciones de la iglesia acerca de la fotografia y de ser un lugar sagrado.
Encuentro esta comparación sorprendente y desafiante. Es sorprendente que numerosos hombres y mujeres tengan ante sus ojos la realidad de las consecuencias de la desobediencia mientras que simultaneamente ejercen un espiritu de desobediencia. Es desafiante porque reconozco ese mismo espiritu de desobediencia dentro de mi propio corazón. No recuerdo haber tomado fotos en la Capilla Sixtina, pero se que ha habido tiempos en mi vida que por mi propia voluntad, yo desee rechazar o ignorar lo que se me pedia—aún cuando la persona que lo pedia tenia legitima autoridad y petición razonable (ejemplo, padres, maestros, trabajadores o la Iglesia). Me imagino que cada uno de nosotros ha tenido esa experiencia.
Como Americanos, la idea de la desobediencia a menudo aparece como desagradable. Sin embargo, como Cristianos, sabemos que la obediencia es una gran virtud, ejercido por Cristo mismo. Si leemos en la escritura: “El se hizo obediente, aún hasta la muerte y muerte en una cruz” (Phil. 2:8).
Alabado se Jesucristo!
Youth Choir: St. Francis has a youth choir (grades 2-8) which sings once a month at the 9 AM Mass, usually the first Sunday. Rehearsals are the Friday before, after school. Youth do not need to be members of St. Francis to participate; they do not need to read music but must be able to read.
Traditional Choir: St. Francis has a traditional adult choir which sings traditional hymns, anthems, and chant once a month at the 9 AM Mass, usually the third Sunday. Rehearsals are the Saturday afternoon before and an hour before Mass. You do not have to be a member of St. Francis to participate. Ability to read music desirable.
Latin Schola: The Latin Mass held at St. Patrick on the last Sunday of the month at 5 PM has a schola which sings chant and polyphony. Rehearsals are usually the Friday evening before and an hour before Mass. Members from all parishes welcome. Ability to read music required.
There will be No daily Mass at Assumption on Wednesday, September 6th, and Thursday, September 7th.
The parish offices will be closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day.
No Confessions on Wednesday, September 6th.
Do you have extra flowers growing in your garden? Will you donate some to decorate the altar at Mass? Bring them to the office. If no one is there, leave them by the office door.
Assumption Church Women funded the replacement of 6 defective windows in our Parish Center. The cost of this capital project was $1,700.
Thank you for participating in our fundraisers!
We couldn’t have done this without your support!
Assumption is looking for more altar servers. If you have received all of your sacraments of initiation and are interested in serving, please contact Jeremy Guest at email@example.com.