Next meeting is on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 PM
Maria Fondahn’s – 830 Wallowa Drive
Next meeting is on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 PM
Next meeting is on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 PM
Maria Fondahn’s – 830 Wallowa Drive
Catholics Don’t Worship Mary And The Saints
Many Catholics are confused about the role of the Blessed Mother and the Saints. Should we pray to Mary and the Saints or should we go “right to the top” and pray to God? In a nutshell, the Catholic Faith teaches that we must worship God alone. Mary and the Saints are to be honored, not worshipped. However, their intercession can be extremely powerful and emulating their virtues can put us on the road to Heaven.
Super Summer Science Camp: This camp is full of hands-on science fun! Monday – Wednesday, July 31-August 2. Grades K-2, 9-11:30 am; Grades 3-5, 12:30-3 pm. Cost is $75 per child. Call Julie Brinson at 509-525-1371 or 509-301-5051 to sign up.
Two of our biggest fundraisers and community events are just around the corner! Please join us or volunteer to help!
WWCS Fair Food Booths: Wednesday August 30 – Sunday, September 3 at the Fairgrounds
WWCS Sausage Fest: Friday, October 6 & 7 at DeSales Catholic High School
In honor of: The Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, August 20th at 11:30am (after 10:30am Mass) All are welcome to the celebration!
A-M bring a salad | N-Z bring a dessert
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, condiments, and place settings will be provided.
There will be a craft table for the children to enjoy.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and to meet new Parishioners.
Come and Celebrate with us!
A Holy Day of Obligation, Tuesday, August 15
Tuesday, August 15…….. 8:30 am
Tuesday, August 15…….. 7:15 am
Monday, August 14 …….6:00 pm (Bi-lingual) [VIGIL]
Tuesday, August 15…….. 12:10 pm
Every Sunday is a holy day of obligation, as are six other days throughout the year.
In the United States the other five are:
*January 1: The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God
*The Ascension of our Lord: (moved to Sunday)
*November 1: All Saints’ Day
*December 8: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
*December 25: Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord
Pope Francis’ New Beatitudes: “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart. Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness. Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him. Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home. Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others. Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians. Feast of All Saints, 2016
Food for the Hungry: A special thank you to those who have remembered to bring food donations from April-June, busy spring and summer months:
St. Vincent’s, Assumption & St. Francis
April: 427 lbs
May: 117 lbs
June: 68 lbs
Total: 612 lbs
BMAC, St. Patrick
April: 356 lbs
May: 92 lbs
June: 97 lbs
Total: 545 lbs
Grand total: 1157 lbs
Please remember to bring a gift of non-perishable food or a check to BMAC which enables them to buy 6X as many groceries as money spent in a retail store.
Sleep Center: The WW Alliance for the Homeless is busily trying to make 32 all weather Conestoga huts for the Sleep Center before winter, but they need help. Volunteers of almost any skill level are useful. Can you use scissors, snips, paint? Carpentry tasks: Cut lumber to length or drive in screws. Skilled help: Hang doors. Adjust framing to fit salvaged windows. A few crew chiefs with carpentry experience would be fabulous! Work schedule: 8 am-12 noon, Wed-Sat. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-876-6636. Donations for materials are most welcome. WWAH, PO Box 3431, WW, WA.
Thank you again for your generous response in making donations & pledges to support the Guatemala Mission! Please remember to write “Guatemala Mission” on your check for your monthly or quarterly pledge & drop it in the collection basket. Next Guatemala envelopes for St. Pat’s, 8/13-8/20.
Christian Aid Center: Christian Aid continues to raise funds for a much-needed women’s & children’s shelter Christian Aid Center, PO Box 56. Corina Car, email@example.com. On checks please designate Gift of Grace, (Campaign for Homeless Women & Children)
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month. Immigrant Resources: A meeting at Garrison: Wed, Aug 23, 6-8 pm. Garrison Middle School Cafeteria, Wendy Hernandez, immigration lawyer: upcoming English, citizenship classes, copy documents, Know your Rights info, Power of Attorney, parental consent forms, register
Saint Anne and Saint Joachim were privileged to be the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. There is nothing in scripture about them. The names Joachim and Anne come from a source written more than a century after Jesus died and yet the role they played is immense. Their heroism and holiness are inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. We see in her a fulfillment of many generations of prayerful persons, herself steeped in the religious traditions of her people. The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her great faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family. Joachim and Anne faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith, and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah. This is the “feast of the grandparents.” It reminds parents and grandparents of their responsibility to establish faith traditions that will last for generations to come. Excerpts from franciscanmedia.org
As we discussed in last Sunday’s bulletin, Protestants have suggested that the Christian belief of the Church being founded on Peter is not biblical. However, this foundation of the Church is explicit in the Gospel of Matthew when Christ says: “I say to you, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church.” Therefore, Protestants attempt to undermine the meaning of this particular passage.
They attempt to undermine this passage by pointing out that, when Christ did this, he used one Greek word to name Peter (petros) and another Greek word to refer to the rock upon which he would build his Church (petra). Therefore, they maintain that Christ was speaking about two different people or things.
However, as pointed out last week, the context of the scripture clearly does not support this forced interpretation of the text. Further, we recalled that Greek grammar, like many other languages, requires that masculine words and names be paired together and that feminine words and names be paired together. Because, unlike the Greek language, most words in English are genderless, there are fewer examples of this. Yet, there are still instances of this in English. Consider the statement, “Susan is a waitress.” Here we see a feminine name (Susan as opposed to Joseph) being paired with a feminine noun (waitress as opposed to waiter).
Since Christ is using the word ’rock’ as a title for Simon, the Greek language required a masculine form, which is ‘petros.’ It would have been bad grammar to use the feminine form, ‘petra.’
However, even without considering the context of the passage or Greek grammar, we can clearly see that Christ is referring to Peter throughout the text. How? We only need remember that the Greek text is a translation of the words that Jesus spoke. Jesus, though, did not speak Greek, but Aramaic. In Aramaic, the word for rock is ‘kephas’ which is also written as ‘cephas.’
We also know that this is the word that was applied to Peter, because it is the Aramaic title that the other apostles used in referring to him in future years. For example, St. Paul writing to the Corinthians states: “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.”
Therefore, what Christ actually said was not: “And so I say to you, you are ‘petros,’ (pebble) and upon this ‘petra’ (rock) I will build my church,” but, rather, ‘And so I say to you, you are kephas (rock), and upon his kephas (rock), I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”
And, praised be Jesus Christ! They have not!
Como lo discutimos en el boletin del Domingo pasado, los Protestantes han sugerido que la creencia Cristiana de que la Iglesia fue fundada en Pedro no es biblica. Sin embargo, esta fundación de la Iglesia es explicita en el Evangelio de Mateo cuando Cristo dice: “a ti te lo digo, tú eres Pedro y sobre esta roca construiré mi Iglesia.” Por lo tanto los Protestantes intentan minar el sentido de este pasage particular de la escritura.
Intentan minar este pasage señalando que cuando Cristo hizo esto, El usó una palabra Griega para nombrar a Pedro (petros) y otra palabra Griega para referirse a la roca en la cual iba a construir su Iglesia (petra). Por lo tanto ellos mantienen que Cristo estaba hablando de dos diferentes personas o cosas.
Sin embargo, como señalamos la semana pasada, el contexto de la escritura claramente no apoya esta interpretación forzada del texto. Al contrario, recordamos que la gramática Griega, como muchas otras lenguas, requieren que las palabras masculinas y nombres vayan juntos en pares y que las palabras femeninas y nombres también vayan juntos en pares. Porque a diferencia de la lengua Griega, las palabras en Inglés no tienen género, hay muy pocos ejemplos de esto. Sin embargo, hay algunas instanciass de esto en Inglés.
Consideremos esta declaración, “Susan es una (waitress) camarera.” Aqui vemos un nombre femenino (Susan lo opuesto de Joseph) hacen pares con un nombre femenino sustantivo (camarera lo opuesto de mozo) “waiter.” Poque Cristo está usando la palabra ‘roca’ como un titulo para Simón, la lengua Griega requiere una forma masculina la cual es ’petros.’ Hubiera sido muy mala gramática usar una forma femenina ‘petra.’
Sin embargo, aún sin considerar el contexto del pasage o gramática Griega, podemos ver claramente que Cristo se está refiriendo a Pedro durante todo el texto. Como? Solamente necesitamos recordar que el texto Griego es una traducción de las palabras que Jesús habló. Jesús no hablaba Griego, sino Arameo. En Arameo la palabra para roca es ‘kephas’ lo cual está escrito también como ‘cephas.’
También sabemos que esta es la palabra que fue aplicada a Pedro, porque fue el titulo Arameo que usaron los otros apóstoles cuando se referian a el años después. Por ejemplo, San Pablo escribiendo a los Corintios declara: Les he entregado lo que yo he recibido:que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados de acuerdo con las escrituras; que fue sepultado; que resucitó al tercer dia de acuerdo con las escrituras; que se le apareció a Cephas, y después a los doce.”
Por lo tanto, lo que Cristo actualmente le dijo no fue: “Y a ti te digo, tú eres ‘petros’ (piedrita) y sobre esta ‘petra’ (roca) construiré mi Iglesia,” sino ‘y a ti te digo, tú eres Kephas (roca) y sobre esta Kephas (roca) construiré mi Iglesia, y las puertas del infierno no prevalecerán contra ella.”
Y, alabado se Jesucristo! No han podido destruirla!
Did you ever wonder where the Bible came from? For many years after Christ ascended into Heaven, there was debate about which scriptural writings were inspired by God. The books of the Bible were first formally decided upon and compiled by the Catholic Church at the Synod of Rome in 382. This was upheld at the Councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397). At these Catholic Church councils, the same 46 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books that appear in today’s Catholic Bibles were declared to be inspired by God. Around 1200 years later, Martin Luther had 7 books removed from the Old Testament. As a result, most Protestant Bibles are still missing these 7 books.
Big Cheese Pizza Fundraiser: On Wednesday, July 26th enjoy a $4.99 medium cheese or pepperoni pizza at Big Cheese Pizza and the DeSales Cheerleaders will receive $1 per pizza (and $ for 2-liter pop too!). Please thank Big Cheese for their support of our school. Funds raised will pay for camp and uniforms.
Mrs. Kathy Ruthven has been our wise and loving School Counselor for 12 years. She was a teacher before that for 11 years and will be stepping back into the classroom this Fall to teach English 12 and Honors English 12 to our new Seniors! Mrs. Ruthven is always providing her students with guidance and advice, so here are her summer reading picks!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The entire Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Anything by Sherman Alexie because he’s speaking at the library in August
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple
Pope Francis: Compared Mary and Mary Magdalene to “children and young people who bear the grievous burden of injustice and brutality. In their faces we can see reflected all those who, walking the streets of our cities, feel the pain of dire poverty, the sorrow born of exploitation and human trafficking. We can also see the faces of those who are greeted with contempt because they are immigrants, deprived of country, house, and family. We see faces whose eyes bespeak loneliness and abandonment…” Easter Vigil 2017
Thank you again for your generous response in making donations & pledges to support the Guatemala Mission! Please remember to write “Guatemala Mission” on your check for your monthly or quarterly pledge & drop it in the collection basket. Next Guatemala envelopes for St. Patrick’s, 8/13-8/20.
Tri-Parish Garden: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can help grow produce for those in need.
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.
Conestoga Huts for the Homeless: The WW Alliance for the Homeless needs donations to help buy materials to build 4-season Conestoga huts for those living in the Sleep Center across from the police station. WWAH, PO Box 3431, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Christian Aid Center: Christian Aid continues to raise funds for a much needed women’s & children’s shelter which can house up to 52 guests & will also house a child care center, an outdoor playground, laundry facilities, classrooms, counseling offices, & a conference room. Christian Aid Center, PO Box 56. Corina Car, email@example.com. On checks please designate Gift of Grace, (Campaign for Homeless Women & Children)
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month.
Immigrant Resources: A meeting at Garrison: Tues, July 25, Wed, Aug 23, 6-8 pm. Garrison Middle School Cafeteria, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. At first glance, perhaps the most remarkable quality of Lawrence of Brindisi is his outstanding gift of languages. In addition to a thorough knowledge of his native Italian, he had complete reading and speaking ability in Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish, and French. Lawrence was born on July 22, 1559, and died exactly 60 years later on his birthday in 1619. After the early death of his parents, he was educated by his uncle at the College of St. Mark in Venice. When he was 16, he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order in Venice. With his facility for languages, Lawrence was able to study the Bible in its original texts. At the request of Pope Clement VIII, he spent much time preaching to the Jews in Italy. So excellent was his knowledge of Hebrew, the rabbis felt sure he was a Jew who had become a Christian. Lawrence’s sensitivity to the needs of people—a character trait perhaps unexpected in such a talented scholar—began to surface. He was elected major superior of the Capuchin Franciscan province of Tuscany at the age of 31. He had the combination of brilliance, human compassion, and skill needed to carry out his duties. His constant devotion to Scripture, coupled with great sensitivity to the needs of people, present a lifestyle which appeals to Christians today. He had a balance in his life of self-discipline and appreciation for the needs of those he was called to serve.
Excerpts take from franciscanmedia.org
My recent bulletin letters have addressed questions Protestants commonly ask regarding prayer to saints. This topic led one parishioner to email me about another discussion she had regarding the importance of St. Peter.
We remember that Simon first identified Jesus as the Christ. Jesus, in response, said: “So I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Simon received a new name, Peter, which means “rock.” In so doing, he establishes him as a foundation for the Church.
In objecting to Jesus’ statement, some Protestants correctly point out that the Greek word for Peter, ‘petros,’ means ‘little rock’ or ’pebble.’ Later in the scripture Christ switches to a slightly different Greek word, ‘petra,’ which simply means rock. This leads some Protestants to incorrectly conclude that the final part of Jesus’ statement does not refer to Peter. Thus they suggest that the translation should read: “So I say to you, you are Petros (pebble), and upon this petra (rock) I will build my church…” Thus the scripture would be talking about two different rocks, one little (Peter) and one large.
This false interpretation is clearly problematic for many reasons. First, it does not make sense contextually. If it is interpreted this way, then the text becomes incoherent. We know who the ‘Petros’ is, but there is no explanation of who (or what) the ‘petra’ is. Protestants will suggest that it might be Jesus; the text, however, neither says nor alludes to this. Quite the contrary, Christ begins by addressing Peter and he ends by addressing Peter: “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” There is nothing to indicate that Jesus suddenly began speaking about himself.
Why then does scripture use ‘petros-little rock’ for Peter and then subsequently ‘petrarock?’ The explanation is simply a matter of grammar. In Greek, as in many languages, there is the need for gender agreement in words. For example, in Spanish, if we are speaking about a tall woman, we would use the word ‘alta’ – e.g. una mujer alta. If we were speaking about a tall man, we would use the adjective ‘alto’ – e.g. un hombre alto.
Though less common, this is also evident in English. For example, people might argue about whether or not Jim Caviezel is a good actor, but no one argues about whether or not he is a good actress. Actor and actress are two examples of the few words in English that are gender specific.
Just as in the examples above, so too in Greek. In Greek. ‘Petros’ is masculine, and therefore used for Peter. ‘Petras’ is feminine, and therefore not used. In both cases, though, Christ is clearly speaking of the same rock.
However, next week, we will see an even more direct response to this objection.
Praised be Jesus Christ in his Saints! Now and forever!
Mis cartas más recientes para el boletin han traido preguntas communes que los Protestantes hacen acerca de la oración a los santos. Este tema hizo que un feligrés me escribiera por correo electrónico con otra situación que se encontró acerca de una discussion sobre la importancia de San Pedro.
Recordamos que Simón fue el primero que reconoció a Jesús como el Cristo. Jesús en respuesta, dijo: “A ti te digo, tú eres Pedro, y sobre esta roca edificaré mi Iglesia, y las puertas del infierno no prevalecerán contra ella. Te dare las llaves del reino de los cielos. Lo que ates en la tierra, quedará atado en el cielo,y los que desates en la tierra quedará desatado en el cielo.” Simón recibió un nuevo nombre, Pedro, que quiere decir “roca.” Al hacer esto, lo estableció como el cimiento, fundación para la Iglesia.
Para poder objetar sobre esto, algunos Protestantes señalaron correctamente que la palabra Griega para Pedro, ‘petros’ quiere decir ‘piedrita’. Más tarde en el texto Cristo cambia ligeramente a otra palabra Griega diferente, ‘petra’ que simplemente quiere decir roca. Esto lleva a algunos Protestantes a concluir incorrectamente que la parte final del texto no se refiere a Pedro. Aunque ellos sugieren que la traducción se debe leer: “A ti te digo, tú eres Petros (piedrita), y sobre esta petra (roca) construiré mi Iglesia…” asi la escritura estaria hablando acerca de dos diferentes rocas, una pequeña (Pedro) y otra grande.
Esta interpretación falsa es claramente problemática por muchas razones. Primero, no tiene sentido contextualmente. Si es interpretada de esta manera, entonces el texto está incompleto. Sabemos quien es el ‘Petros’, pero no hay explicación de quién o qué es el ‘Petra’. Los Protestantes sugeririan que podria ser Jesús; el texto de cualquier manera, no dice ni alude a esto. Al contrario, Cristo comienza por dirigirse a Pedro y termina dirigiéndose a Pedro: “Te dare las llaves del reino de los cielos.” No hay nada que indique que Jesús repentinamente comenzara hablar sobre El mismo.
Entonces porqué la escritura usa ‘petrospiedrita’ para Pedro y luego subsequentemente ‘petra—roca? Es una explicación simple de gramática. En Griego, como en muchas lenguas, está la necesidad del acuerdo del género en palabras. Por ejemplo, en Español, si estamos hablando acerca de una mujer alta, usamos la palabra ’alta’ – una mujer alta. Si estamos hablando acerca de un hombre alto, usariamos el adjetivo ’alto’ – un hombre alto.
Aunque es menos común, también es evidente en Inglés . Por ejemplo, la gente puede discutir acerca de si Jim Caviezel es un buen actor o no, pero nadie va a discutir si es una Buena actriz. Actor y actriz son unas de las pocas palabras en Inglés que son de género especifico.
Asi como en los ejemplos de arriba, también en Griego es lo mismo. En Griego, ’Petros’ es masculine, entonces es usado para Pedro. ’Petras’ es femenino, entonces no se puede usar. En ambos casos, Cristo está hablando claramente de la misma roca.
Sin embargo la próxima semana, veremos una mejor respuesta directa a esta objection.
Alabado sea Jesucristo en sus Santos! Ahora y por los siglos!
The next date night is Saturday, July 22 at 6:30 PM
Tri-Parish DATE NIGHT! The next one is Saturday, JULY 22 at 6:30 pm at Assumption Hall. This is a new marriage enrichment ministry for ALL engaged and married couples.
Childcare and food will be provided. For Questions contact Jeremy and Annie Guest at: email@example.com.
HELP WANTED: The DATE NIGHT Committee is looking for adults and any middle school and high school students who would be interested in helping with childcare for our monthly date night. Please contact Courtney Scott if you are interested in helping at: firstname.lastname@example.org