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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Around the Diocese

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‘Jane Roe’ to speak at Gonzaga University

On Feb. 5, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, will speak at a dinner banquet in the COG on Gonzaga University’s campus.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, or $260 for a table for eight. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) Program, as well as various non-denominational crisis pregnancy centers.

Introducing McCorvey will be Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, GU’s president.

McCorvey’s life journey has taken a number of 180 degree turns. After being an instrumental figure in the Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion in the United States, she in time became a Christian and now directs Roe No More Ministry, a pro-life work based in Dallas, Texas.

Her appearance is co-sponsored by Gonzaga University Right to Life, the GU College Republicans, and GU the Knights of Columbus Council.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 475-3329.

Physicians invited to attend Seattle conference, join guild

A new Catholic Physicians Guild is now forming for Western Washington. One of its initial efforts is hosting a weekend event, “The Catholic Physician: A Vocation as Icon of Christ the Divine Physician” May 18-20.

The weekend will be co-sponsored by Guilds in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C.

Scheduled speakers include Edmund D. Pellegrino MD, John Carroll Professor of Medical Ethics at Georgetown University’s Center for Bioethics; Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University; and Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Baker, Ore.

For information, contact Goldie Johnson at the Providence Campus of Swedish Medical Center, Seattle: (206) 320-2139; fax (206) 320-5003.

St. John Vianney Parish hosts spaghetti feed

St. John Vianney Parish in Spokane is hosting its annual spaghetti feed on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost of dinner tickets: adults, $5; age 60 and older, and children age 6-12, $4; family, $17, with no restrictions on the number in the family. The basically all-you-can-eat dinner will be held in the parish hall, 503 N. Walnut Rd.

Diocesan offices launch new web sites

The Development Office of the Diocese of Spokane has launched two sites on the World-wide Web.

The first is devoted to the work of the Catholic Foundation, which helps fund a variety of Catholic organizations and projects in Eastern Washington.

The second site is devoted to the Annual Catholic Appeal, the yearly fund-raising effort which supports and sustains the ministry of the bishop during the year.

Holy Cross Cemetery and St. Joseph Cemetery share a site with photos and information.

Two Catholic school students are art winners

The recent Ag Expo Art Contest saw two winners from Spokane Catholic schools.

First place was taken by Mary Grayce Hart of St. Aloysius School. Second place was taken by Sara Metzger of St. Mary.

Jubilee Mass programs still available

Programs from the Jubilee Mass last June in the Spokane Arena are still available for a limited time.

The programs include numerous photographs from diocesan history, explanations of various agencies and organizations, as well as aspects of the Mass itself.

To obtain a copy, call the diocese’s Development Office — (509) 358-4283, or (800) 689-9819 — or stop by the Development Office itself, on the second floor of the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1023 W. Riverside, Spokane.

GU president to speak at ‘Celebrate Life’

Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University, will discuss his new book Healing the Culture during a presentation at “Celebrate Life,” Jan. 22 from 7-10 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium on the GU campus.

Besides Father Spitzer’s presentation, booths featuring informational materials from various pro-life organizations and agencies will be on site. The event is free and open to the public.

Applications sought for local CCHD grants

Wednesday, Jan. 31, has been set as the deadline for applications for local funds from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection.

CCHD has distributed more than $250 million nationally since its founding by the U.S. Catholic bishops in 1970. It is now the largest private funder of projects which empower the poor and work to eliminate root causes of poverty in the United States.

Local grants are usually made in the $1,000-$2,000 range.

For more information, or for grant request applications, call the Parish Social Ministries Office: (509) 358-4273 or (800) 831-1209.

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