Remember to be alert for people you know who have strayed from the practice of the faith and invite them to our monthly social gatherings the 2nd Saturday of each month after the 5:30 pm Mass in the John of the Cross Room at St. Patrick. This is an opportunity for us to reach out and extend a welcome home!
The Congregational church with the help of United Way and ecumenical volunteers and donors including Catholics, has opened its doors to the homeless in freezing temperatures below 20 or 25 with snow or freezing rain. Thank you so much to the generous contributors from the Catholic community. Volunteers needed for a 3-4 hour shift, 6:30 pm – 8am. Your donations and supplies have made a huge difference. Because of lack of storage space is best to bring blankets, warm clothing, travel sized toiletries, disposable coffee cups and bowls, to United Way when is open. To volunteer or for other information e-mail Christy Lieuallen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Charities in Walla Walla works hard every day to help those in need find housing, food, counseling, support and more. Please return your Catholic Charities envelope with a generous contribution this Christmas season.
A big thank you to everyone who took a tag from the Giving Tree so you could share with those in need and make their Christmas bright. Gifts should have been returned by this weekend, December 13, 14. If you forgot yours today, please deliver to Helpline.
Our gratitude to the fantastic Fazzari family and Janene Michels and the Assumption Middle school helpers for providing us with a delicious breakfast, also thanks to Judy Pinney, Julie Sachs, Donna and Ron Connell for providing CRS crafts and beautiful weavings from Guatemala. And most of all, thank you to everyone who attended! Proceeds will benefit our Guatemala mission and the poor of Walla Walla.
John the Baptist’s call to repentance is echoed in the U.S. Bishop’s pastoral letter on stewardship: “Christians must beg God for the grace of conversion: the grace to know who they are, to whom they belong, how they are to live—the grace to repent and change and grow, the grace to become good disciples and stewards.”
The Children’s Christmas Play will be directly after Mass on December 14th in the parish hall. All are welcome to attend.
What is the church? The church is the people of God. The church building is the house of the people of God. We have called the church building the house of God. It has become that because it is the place that has been made sacred through eucharistic worship. The work of the people, liturgy, sanctifies the space as it makes Christ present through the word, through the Eucharist, through the ministers, and through the Body of Christ assembled. The church is a who, not a what.
December 9th at 1 pm. There will be a $5 gift exchange, in the Parish Hall. Rob Branscum, from the Penitentiary, will be the guest speaker. The lap blankets will be ready for distribution. Your help is needed! There will be a Rosary at 12:30 pm. Please come and join us! You are important and special.
The Catholic Mutual Insurance Group has informed the Diocese that the Washington State Fire Marshall’s office has put out notice that the use of live trees or greenery for holiday decorations is not permitted inside schools and churches. The only exception is if the space is protected by a water-based sprinkler system. Non-compliance could result in fines and penalties.
Catholic Charities (Walla Walla) December 7
St. Vincent DePaul December 14
S.O.S. Health Services December 21
December 4th—Assumption 6 pm
December 10th—St. Patrick (bilingual) 6 pm
December 17th—St. Francis 3:30 pm
Please help every child to have a merry Christmas by taking a tag from the Giving Tree and returning the gift unwrapped next Sunday. If you prefer, a check to your parish, marked St. Vincent’s Toy Drive, will help fill those Christmas baskets.
This Christmas season, let us join together to turn lives filled with FEAR and DARKNESS into lives filled with HOPE & HELP! Your gift to the Catholic Charities Christmas collection will allow us to continue to provide critical services to over 70,000 people in our community each year. Donations may be placed in the collection Masses, mailed to Catholic Charities at P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210-2253 or made online at www.CatholicCharitiesSpokane,org. With your donation you are Providing Help, Restoring Hope, Saving Lives in Eastern Washington.
An informational meeting will be held regarding tri-parish ministry to Catholics at the WSP on December 6, 12:00, at the St. Patrick’s John of the Cross Room. All volunteers currently involved in this ministry are requested to attend. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the ministry is also invited to attend. You may contact Dave Opbroek at 240-7484 if you have any questions.
Helpline assists indigent and working-poor individuals and families on an emergency basis. You can help by taking a tag from the Giving Tree and returning the item unwrapped next Sunday. If you are unable to shop or if it is more convenient for you, you may make a check payable to your parish marked for Helpline and it will be put to good use. Thank you for bringing Christmas cheer to those in need!
Thanks to Fr. Brian for his enlightening presentations on the Joy of the Gospel: and to the Catholic Daughters, Assumption Women’s Group and the Monday night prayer group for providing refreshments: also to the Tri-Parish Adult Formation team for hosting this event.
When the Son of Man comes in glory, may we be among those who have fed the hungry, welcomed the stranger, and clothed the naked. For Jesus tells us clearly that it is those who have demonstrated good stewardship by sharing their gifts with the less fortunate who will receive God’s blessing and inherit the kingdom.