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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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the March 1, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

GREAT FALLS — Students and families at Our Lady of Lourdes School “adopt” others in a neighborhood who may not otherwise have a plentiful Christmas and adult helpers collect money, purchase basic clothing items, and prepare Christmas gifts.
- The Harvest, Great Falls

EUGENE — The principal at O’Hara School has pink hair.

Anselmo Villanueva said students could color him “pink” if they reached their food-drive goal. The school’s 345 children collected more than 1,600 pounds of food for the St. Vincent de Paul organization in Lane Country. And their principal has a new hair color.

MILWAUKIE — Multi-cultural projects will be on display at St. John the Baptist School during its open house March 6. These projects are unique in that the 186 students were placed in one of 10 family groups that focused on a specific country’s culture, lifestyle, language and geography. Visitors will receive “passports” to visit the 10 countries where they will hear music and cultural art objects, toys, maps and other information.

PORTLAND — Members of St. Therese Parish planted 400 crosses on the playing field in front of their church and school, with each cross representing one million abortions. A sign on the fence in front of the crosses says “400 crosses ... 400 million abortions — Choose Life!”

The three-foot tall crosses were built by parishioners to show outrage over the 27 years of legalized abortion since Roe vs. Wade, which was handed down in January 1973.

— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland


BELLEVUE — Listen up, Catholic singles. How about Speed Dating?

Young adults at St. Louise Parish hosted its first Speed Dating program with 24 participants, 12 men and 12 women. Each man is randomly paired with a woman and the two have seven minutes to talk and ask each other questions. When time is up, they mark ballots indicating if they would be interested in meeting that person again. Then they move on to the next table. When the evening is over, the host collects the ballots and then contacts those with potential matches in the next 72 hours.

A second session of “Speed Dating” was planned, and it had a waiting list before it was even scheduled.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

YAKIMA — The Diocese of Yakima School District received a $1.36 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The seven elementary schools and one high school in the diocese serve a diverse population of more than 2,000 students.

The diocese school district is one of 11 state school districts to receive a high achievement model grant.

The grant funds will be distributed over five years and will support strengthening teacher training, developing strong curricula and improving each school’s technology infrastructure.

TWIN FALLS — St. Edward Parish recently celebrated 18 years of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. The adoration chapel and prayer were started in 1982 when Father Perry Dodds was pastor. More than 200 people attended the event.

ST. MARIES — Parishioners at St. Mary Immaculate will start a grotto restoration project in April for their patroness. The grotto is located outside in front of the church. Included in the plans is a lighted arch over the statue of Our Lady.

Estimated cost of renovation is $10,000 and parishioners have started a drive to raise the money.

COTTONWOOD — St. Mary’s Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by the HCIA Sachs Institute, the only Idaho hospital to receive the award. SMH retains close ties to the Benedictine community at St. Gertrude Monastery, whose Sisters originally founded the hospital. The hospital had previously received the honor in 1995.

— Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

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