Marian Celebration at Assumption on May 3rd, 9-1 pm. Presentation on Mary by Fr. David; A Living Rosary. Mass, with Crowning of the Blessed Mother, followed by a potluck luncheon. Everyone is welcome.
During the past six weeks, our parish community has prayed, fasted and given alms with a special focus on the poorest members of our global community. Our lives were touched by stories from Kenya, Guatemala, The Philippines, Malawi, Haiti and the United States. Through our Lenten prayers and donations we have touched the lives of millions of people served by Catholic Relief Services, our representative to the poorest communities in the world. Please return your Rice Bowl next week and place it in the collection basket during offertory. Thank you for your generosity.
The following are the top 5 DREAMS (Goals) that St. Patrick parishioners (English) identified in their survey and the parish event for Know, Love & Serve.
1) Parish Community i.e. active welcoming committee, more parish social events
2) Education/Faith Formation – provide a vibrant k – 12 Rel. Ed./youth ministry, active spiritual formation for adults, continue to support Catholic school education,
3) Outreach become a community that is more aware of our responsibility to Catholic Social Teaching,
4) Collaborative Leadership dream of pastoral/clerical leadership working with laity, hire a lay parish administrator to free up the pastor, strengthen parish committees, transparent and clear a communication between committees, clergy and to parishioners.
5) Liturgy & Worship – have life-giving liturgies i.e. – celebrants with a charism to enhance worship, who give clear and loud homilies that relate all age groups, vibrant music, Liturgy Committee, training for all liturgical ministers, encourage more liturgical volunteers.
Is an opportunity for mothers to meet other Catholic moms who are committed to faith, family, motherhood and service to our community. Mothers meet each first Friday of the month at 9:30am in the Assumption Parish Hall to discuss Dr. Kevin Vost’s book “Unearthing Your Ten Talents” and to socialize. Children are always welcome. For more info contact Helen Didelius at 540-0521 or email@example.com.
At the present time the Annual Catholic appeal 2014 is being conducted in all 82 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Spokane. The goal for our parish this year is $32,031. The most recent report indicates that 38.78% of our parish’s households have responded with 41.56% of our goal. With a total donated to date of $13,313.00 A “Thank You” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal. May each of the remaining households respond as generously to Bishop Cupich’s appeal for participation in the ACA 2014. The success of this year’s Appeal is critical to carrying out the mission of the church. Please remember that the ACA supports several important ministries and administrative needs of our Diocese. We Need Your Help!
“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I may know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them,” says Isaiah in today’s first reading. The gifts God has given us are likewise given for the good of others. How am I using my gifts?
Speak to your child or youth about how to protect themselves against abuse, how to report it and how YOU, as parents, grandparents, or concerned citizens can prevent it from happening. For more information go to the Diocesan Web Site – dioceseofspokane.org, and look under ‘Protecting Our Children’ for more information.
We are planning our upcoming program. The dates are Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th, from 9 am to noon. The theme this year is the Cool Kingdom Party, Mary leads me closer to Jesus. If you have a talent or time you would like to share with the kids, please consider joining this fun team. Call or text Kristine at 520-1931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**We are in special need of a guitarist**
Proceeds go to the Annual Catholic Appeal 2014. Weimeraner/Labrador Retriever puppies (hybrid breed by AKC), 10 weeks old, all black, first shots, and wormed. Breed good for hunting, tracking, retrieving, companionship, etc. $200 each, payable to Assumption Catholic Church. Contact Linda at 386-8422 or 525-2545.
The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday, April 18. Copies of the Novena are available at the entrance of the church. A celebration of Divine Mercy will be held on Sunday, April 27, at St. Francis Church, from 2:30-3:30. Included will be Benediction with Fr. Mike Ishida, The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and The Chaplet of Devine Mercy in song. Call Terri at 522-1163.
The goal for our parish is $70,087. As of April 3rd, the amount pledged is $58,069 (42.39% participation). A most appreciative “Thank you!” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal.
If you would like to help with the non-budgeted maintenance church expenses, please indicate this on the Memo line of your check. Thank you for your help in keeping our church up-to-date!
Please join us in celebrating World Fair Trade Day, the largest Fair Trade event in N. America each year. The Providence Saint Mary Medical Center’s Service League will join our neighbors across the U.S. and around the world in celebrating World Fair Trade Day by hosting Fair Trade sale and sampling events on May 8th from 9:00am – 5:00pm and on May 10th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. In celebration of World Fair Trade Day, you are invited to stop by the lobby at Providence St. Mary’s Hospital to sample and purchase Fair Trade coffee and chocolate, learn more about Fair Trade, and shop for beautiful and fairly-traded home décor, accessories and other unique hand crafted items from around the world. Your purchases empower marginalized farmers, workers and artisans to gain the income and skills they need to support themselves and their families. Here is your chance to give gifts that change lives! In addition to supporting artisans and farmers around the globe, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Providence Saint Mary Service League. Please help us spread the word and invite your friends, coworkers and neighbors. Visit www.ftrn.org to learn more about Fair Trade. For more information about the sale, contact Judy Pinney at 509-301-0105.
Assisting our Neighbors—25% of contributions help to support local poverty and hunger alleviation programs. In 2013 our diocese awarded grants to parishes or agencies for gardens that provide fresh food to low income people. Our Tri-Parish food bank garden behind Assumption Church received the largest grant of $4,500! Pray for people in our own community who struggle with poverty and hunger.
At the present time the Annual Catholic Appeal 2014 is being conducted in all 82 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Spokane. The goal for our parish is $81,311. The most recent reports indicates that 26.63% of our parish’s households have responded with a total of $69,422.00. A most appreciative “Thank you” to those who have contributed to this year’s Appeal. May each of the remaining households respond as generously to Bishop Cupich’s appeal for participation in the ACA 2014. The success of this year’s Appeal is critical to carrying out the mission of the church. Please remember that the ACA support several important ministries and administrative needs of our Diocese. We need your help!
Know, Love & Serve results: the following are the top five discoveries (values of strengths) that St. Patrick parishioners (English) identified in their surveys and the parish event for Know, Love & Serve.
1) Parish Community
2) Education and Spiritual Formation
3) Liturgy and Sacramental Life
5) Priests, Religious and Parish staff
Copies of the complete results are available on the table in the church foyer.
The Walla Walla area Church Women United welcomes the Milton-Freewater Church Women United as their guest for the May Friendship Luncheon on May 2, 11:30a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse, Walla Walla. Each person is encouraged to bring a personal hygiene item to add to the table centerpieces as “Through God Our Hands Can Serve.” Those items will be given to helpline to distribute. Nancy Jacobsen will speak about the interesting and beneficial work of the Commitment to Community (C to C) group in Walla Walla. The annual collection of Least Coin will be gathered for world-wide projects. A voluntary offering will also be gathered for the State and Local units’ work. The Walla Walla area women are asked to bring salads; bread, beverages and dessert will be furnished. The Milton-Freewater women collect pull tabs from cans and stamps, so bring all that you may have accumulated.
“Let us not give up meeting together…but let us encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25) Bring your friends and make new acquaintances with our Oregon/Washington neighbors.
What did the Know, Love & Serve surveys/events determine about St. Francis’ top strengths or values?
1.) Family Atmosphere
2.) Sacraments & Liturgies
3.) Opportunities to learn and grow in faith (Adult Ed & RCIA)
4.) Opportunities to get involved (Sacramental Prep., former Spirits Group, Bereavement Support Group)
5.) Catholic schools and youth groups