All children are invited to participate in the Child Safety classes, to be held January 26th during the regular Religious Education class time. These classes help children prevent child abuse through knowledge. Parents who don’t wish to have their child participate are required to sign and return their “Opt Out” form to the Religious Education office before January 26th.
The Assumption Women’s Group will be making baby baskets and is in need of receiving blankets and large baskets, for all new births, at Assumption Church. If you know of anyone ‘expecting’ or would like more information, call Jackie at 525-3801 or Mary at 525-3697.
There will not be any masses on Wednesday, January 22nd, as all the priests will be in Spokane.
Fr. Pedro will be out of the country until January 24th due a yearly visit to his family back in Mexico. He will be unavailable during his travel.
Middle School Youth Ministry is cancelled for January 9th but will start up again on January 16th. We open at 6:00 pm – please no earlier as there is not adequate adult supervision before 6:00 pm.
Benefit dinner for Syrian refugees, on Saturday, January 18th at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5, children and $40 for a family. At the door ticket prices will be $20 adults, $6 for children and $45 for a family. Proceeds from this dinner will be matched 4-1. Come and enjoy an evening of authentic Syrian cuisine and music by local musicians. You will be helping 2.2 million Syrian refugees who now find themselves in other countries. 52% are children and 75% of these are under 12 years old. 21% of these children have lost a family member, often a parent or parents. If you want to help but are unable to attend the dinner, donations can be made to St. Patrick Parish marked for Syrian Benefit.
“Feed the Hungry One Bag at a Time” helps supply the BMAC food bank as well as St. Vincent DePaul with the necessary food they need for those in need. Please be generous with food donations or use the white envelopes in the Church for cash contributions
When he discovered that Mary was with child, Joseph resolved to end their engagement with as little disgrace as possible. But obedient to the voice of God, he changed those plans and became instead the protector of the child Jesus and His mother, Mary. God grant that I may be as open to the leading of the Holy Spirit!
Have you had experiences at mass or connected with church events that deepened your faith? You will have an opportunity to offer your thoughts on how you have been at your best in living the Gospel in your parish on December 21 or December 22 when parishioners will be asked to fill out a parish survey conducted during mass. Your comments on your positive experiences as part of your parish are important! Please take the time to answer some or all of the survey questions in any format that you can. Surveys will also be mailed to all registered families immediately after Christmas, extras will be available at the church entrance as well as be posted on the Tri-parish Web site. Please bring your KLS survey back to church before January 12.
December 21/22 – in-church survey
December 28/29 – surveys mailed to all registered parish families; online survey available
January 12 – deadline to return survey to parish
January 25 – Saturday, KLS parish gathering in parish hall, 1-4 pm.
January 26 – Sunday, KLS parish gathering at St. Patrick Blanchet hall, 2-5 pm
February 1 – Saturday, KLS parish gathering in Spanish at St. Patrick Blanchet hall, 9-12
February 2 – Sunday, KLS parish gathering at St. Francis, 2-5 pm in the hall
The Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis has informed Bishop Cupich that the Reverend Clarence Vavra of the same Archdiocese was hired by Washington State as a chaplain at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary in the Fall of 1986. While his contract was for a full year, it appears from written records that he resigned the chaplain position on December 29, 1986, and left the State of Washington shortly thereafter. During that period of time, there is some indication that he celebrated Mass on weekends at St. Patrick’s Parish in Walla Walla and resided in the rectory as part of his compensation for parish ministerial services. This information is relevant because the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis recently published that there is a substantiated claim of child sexual abuse against the Reverend Vavra. While Vavra’s known abuse did not take place in Washington State, it is the policy of the Diocese of Spokane to inform parishioners when it receives information about known perpetrators who have served within the boundaries of our diocese. Anyone who has been abused by this priest or knows of child sexual abuse by this priest during his time in Walla Walla, should immediately contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator of the Diocese of Spokane, Roberta Smith, at (509) 353-0442 or (509) 998-8340.
Did you know that we have a family from Syria as members of the Catholic Community in Walla Walla? Please mark your calendars for Sunday, January 5th, to attend an informational meeting in St. Patrick Blanchet Hall to find out the plight of Christians in Syria and the refuge situation.
Each of us has his or her own role to play in the coming of the kingdom of God. John the Baptist was called to be the herald of the Messiah, preparing the way of the Lord. To what is the Lord calling me?
CRS provides families with an emergency shelter kit. During recovery we will support access to permanent housing solutions. Catholic Charities accepts donations for CRS/Philippines and will pass 100% of those donations to CRS. CRS’ programming in the Philippines is among the agency’s oldest – we’ve been on the ground in the Philippines since the end of WW11. And as is our experiences following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 Haitian earthquake, CRS is committing to long-term rebuilding. After other agencies have moved on, CRS will still be among the affected communities, working to re-establish livelihoods.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Everyone likes a story. We listen intently, often finding ourselves unsuspectingly mirrored in its narration. The same is true in the telling of the story of our Diocese, about what has transpired among us over time. That story is not about an imaginary «them» – it is about us, we are the Diocese. The story is of our own making, under the grace of God and the promptings of the Great Holy Spirit who moves in the hearts of all those who walk the face of the planet.
…With that awareness I invite you to read this book,Children of the Sun, published to note the Centenary of our Diocese. We carry our name proudly, «Spokane» — not the name of our largest city but the name of a people in thirteen counties who form a single community of faith under the leadership of a Successor of the Apostles.
…In reading this narrative of our past,may we all be inspired with confidence as we turn now to the future, to our next one hundred years. Literally, God only knows what story-tellers in times hence will speak or write about us who in our own day and age receive the Gospel as the children of God, still a people upon whom that same grace shines which blessed our ancestors in faith. We walk in their footsteps, striving to be faithful to the way of Jesus, and continuing to give witness in our institutions, and above all in the witness of our lives, that God is with us.
Sincerely yours in Christ
Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich
Bishop of Spokane
To the St. Patrick Family: Food for the poor wishes to thank you for the welcome you extended to Fr. Marcelo on his recent visit to your parish. On behalf of our less fortunate brothers and sisters of Latin America and the Caribbean, we thank you for having shared in their lives. They and you, are blessed by your generosity.
Advent Reconciliation Services
Thursday, December 5th, 7:00 PM at Assumption
Wednesday, December 11, 3:30 PM at St. Francis
Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 PM at St. Patrick – Bilingual
NO INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS ON THOSE WEDNESDAYS.
Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Assumption – 5:00 pm English
St. Patrick – 5:30 pm English
St. Patrick – 7:30 pm Spanish
St. Francis – 9:00 am English
Assumption – 10:30 am English