Fr. Lamanna and Music Director Andrea Timm have put together a retreat for you! Spend some additional time in prayer this Advent by joining St. Aloysius in making the Advent Prayer Retreat. Find your favorite chair and time to pause for 7-10 minutes in your week to create some space to reflect. Each week will have one prayer recording that you can listen to once or multiple times during the week focusing on Sunday’s scripture, particularly the psalm.
Listen to the recordings
St. Aloysius Parish is grateful to offer 6 Masses Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Because church capacity is limited due to COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to register early as there may be no or very few spots for walk-ins.
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.
Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
9 a.m., 11 a.m.
All Masses will be livestreamed.
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the North American Women Martyrs in El Salvador
» Join the livestream here at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
We invite you to join us for a virtual prayer service celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the North American Women Martyrs in El Salvador. Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clark and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel,
and lay missionary Jean Donovan ministered in El Salvador
during its 12 year war, a war in which over 70,000 civilians were killed.
For their Works of Mercy and compassion, they were martyred on Dec. 2, 1980,
Call Rita 313-7003 or email email@example.com
“El Salvador is such a beautiful country! Where else would you find roses in December?”
Jean Donovan, one of the martyrs
We’re pleased to share this opportunity for an Advent Day Retreat on Friday, Dec. 4 from 9 to noon, presented by the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos: Waiting with Mary
While many of our neighbors will already be celebrating the “holiday season”, we Catholics have a special gift in the season of Advent. This morning we will take as our model Mary, the Mother of Jesus, to enter more deeply into this time of grace. Together we will contemplate the ways in which our choice to “wait in joyful hope” can help us prepare to receive the great gift of God-with-us at Christmas.
Visit the Retreat Center’s website for more information and to register (cost $30).
In light of Governor Inslee’s announcement last weekend regarding new COVID-19 restrictions, we will no longer allow congregational singing at all Masses starting this Sunday, November 22. However, the number of people who may attend Masses at St. Al’s remains unchanged. In these days of the pandemic, we strongly encourage you to register for Sunday Masses on EventBrite ahead of time so that we do not exceed our capacity. We allow a very limited number of walk-ins at each Mass.
In the early hours of November 16, 1989, a battalion from the Salvadoran army entered the campus of the University of Central America in San Salvador and shot 6 Jesuit priests in the head because they were intellectuals—and because they spoke against the war and the oppression of the poor. Unexpectedly, the troops also found the housekeeper and her daughter in a nearby room. They were at the University because they sought shelter from the violence in their neighborhood.
The Jesuits believed the Salvadoran poor were “crucified peoples’ who bore the wounds and cross of Jesus. They could not be silent about injustice, just as St. Oscar Romero could not be silent. Because they were the “voice of the voiceless,” they were killed to silence their challenging, prophetic words. Hopefully, their life and death give us courage to speak the truth and to be a voice for justice, locally and globally, in our country and in El Salvador, the land our Sister Community.
The memorial rose garden, near the location the Jesuits were killed, is a reminder of the promise of new life, of resurrection, for all who embrace the cross of Jesus.
During November, parishioners are invited to help feed our hungry brothers and sisters in the Spokane Community through Gonzaga Prep’s annual Food Drive and the Thanksgiving dinner for House of Charity/Rising Strong.
Read this month’s bulletin insert for more details: Food Drive 2020 – Feeding the Hungry
We ask for your prayers for the wonderful people who made a public step last weekend in the Rite of Acceptance and Welcome. They are have completed their period of Inquiry and are now a part of the Church in the Order of Catechumens and Order of Candidates for Full Communion.
With your continued prayerful support they will grow in faith and relationship with God, each other, and our faith community.
During the month of November, we pray for members of the St. Aloysius community who died November 2019 through October 2020.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Litany of Remembrance: November 2019 throuh October 2020
Patricia Sue Scott
James “Jim” Workland
Rev. Patrick J. Howell, SJ
For all those who died in service to our country
McReynolds “Mac” Green
Mary Clare Hart
Mary Louise Busch
Rebecca “Becky” Ann Hemphill
Pamela Marie Wagner
Rev. Bernard J. Coughlin, SJ
Irena M. Peelaerts-McGrady
Ambrose Anthony “Andy” Considine
Michael E. Didier
John Joseph Zappone
Angelo Lurus, MD
Wade Brian Wignes
Dominie “Donna” Elias
Sean Patrick Doneen
Our children in Sacramental Preparation will celebrate First Reconciliation at 5 p.m. during our Thursday Reconciliations on:
- November 5
- November 12
- November 19
- Parishioners are still welcome to go to Confession on these dates.
Please keep the children and their families in your prayers as they journey through this period of formation.
Reconciliation is available to all every Thursday 4:30-6:30pm
For your safety, we have developed the following protocols:
Masks Required for all who attend
RSVP to Michelle Lassiter with the number of guests from your household
Parents and siblings only
Enter only through west door (with the ramp). All other doors will be locked
Wait to be seated by Michele or an Usher to ensure 6foot spacing between households
Children will be lined up for confession one section of the church at a time
Other parishioners may be in attendance as well