Pope Francis New Year’s Resolutions: “1. Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God. 2.Take care of your family life, giving your children & loved ones your time, attention, & love. 3. Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life & your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy. 5. Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness. 6. Watch out for the anger that can lead to vengeance. 9. Take care of brothers & sisters who are weaker…the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.” excerpts, 12/2015
Inviting all parishioners & friends to “Loving God. Loving Your Neighbor.” Presentations! Sun, Mon, Jan 21,22, 6:30-7:35 pm, St. Patrick’s, Blanchet Hall. Sunday Bishop William Skylstad (retired) will speak about the scriptural background of the Works of Mercy. Monday, Rob McCann, head of Catholic Charities in SE Washington, will speak about the 7 principles of Catholic Social teaching. Both nights local organizations reaching out to those in need will staff tables with information about ways you can offer support & volunteer to help: BMAC, Helpline, Birthright, Tri-Parish Community Garden, St.Vincent’s, Christian Aid, WW Alliance for the Homeless, Warming Center sponsored by United Way, etc. Organized by Adult Education Com. Mark your calendars!
NEW! WARMING CENTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN & CHILDREN OPENING JAN 1, GRACE CENTER, 1520 PLEASANT. Until now there have been few places for women with children to go on cold winter nights. The other Warming Centers are open only to those over 18. Recently closed Grace Methodist Church, has opened their building to women and children every night from January-May 2018. Christian Aid plans to finish their new shelter for women & children in the summer of 2018, with Grace Center filling in the gap. Donations & weekend volunteers needed. If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warming Center: When temperatures hover below 20 degrees, Sleep Center residents and other homeless folks need a Warming Center. This year, Nov.-Feb, the Warming Center will be hosted at New Beginnings Church, 822 W. Main, when the temperature is 20-25 degrees. When it is below 20 degrees, it will be hosted at the First Congregational Church, Palouse & Alder, side entrance off parking lot. Please consider offering your time or donations to help “Shelter the homeless”. Contact email@example.com. PO Box 1134, Walla Walla, WA.
Food for the Hungry: Please bring food items or a check designating BMAC Food Bank to Mass on Sundays. Help make sure that everyone has enough to eat during the upcoming holidays.
Immigration & Refugee Legal Services: Call Catholic Charities, 509-455-4961, to make an appointment. Immigration lawyers are in WW two times/month. Wendy Hernandez, 525-2034, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for and support 800,000 DACA, (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) immigrants. The US Conference of Bishops urges the Trump Administration to “ensure permanent protection” for youth who were brought to the US as minors without legal documentation.
God Bless You with Peace and Happiness in 2018!