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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

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(From the March 22, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

PORTLAND — The Madeleine Parish has established a relationship with a Catholic school in Haiti, a school which educates some of the island’s poorest children. Last year, The Madeleine’s middle school held a dance and raised $600 for their Haitian friends. The relationship was started by parishioner Moira Feeney, who learned of other such relationships on the East Coast. She and her parents are seeking support from other Oregon parishes.
MADRAS — Fifth graders at St. Patrick Parish placed a treasure chest at Sunday Masses recently, inviting other children to put in money as a gift to the Baby Jesus. The class raised $429 which was given to Bishop Robert Vasa for the Bishop’s Appeal, earmarked for youth camps and vocations work.
EUGENE — Parishioners at St. Thomas More Newman Center at the University of Oregon combined the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving with concerns for the environment. They held a potluck supper with dishes that used only local ingredients. Speakers told about community-supported agriculture, such as local organic subscription farms. Parishioners will be asked to donate to the farms so that residents in low-income housing can have fresh produce. Other churches are joining this project. Parishioners will also be asked to fast from things that waste energy. The savings achieved will be donated by the local power company to a fund that helps poor people pay their power bills.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — An eighth grader at Villa Academy is one of 104 students across the nation a special honor, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, 2001. Michaela Raikes, a member of St. Bridget Parish, was doing volunteer work at the Sacred Heart Shelter in Seattle when she found out there were no birthday parties for children at the shelter. Parents couldn’t afford them. So Michaela launched a program called “Secret Birthday Pal,” using her own allowance and baby-sitting money to host birthday parties. She meets with the child’s parents to get personal information before she purchases supplies. The child thinks the party is being hosted by parents. As part of her award, Michaela, who is a member of St. Bridget Parish, will go to Washington, D.C., in May where 10 of the 104 winners will be named America’s top youth volunteers.
BURIEN — Linda Elliot of Tacoma has formed a volunteer organization that visits schools to warn of the dangers of teens attending unchaperoned parties. The group is called Parent Party Patrol, and includes a police officer, a liquor control board agent, an emergency room nurse, a liability insurance expert, and Elliot herself as a concerned parent. Unchaperoned parties are dangerous in a number of different ways. Parents need to be alert to the events their teenagers are involved in and get complete information about them before letting teens attend.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


BOISE — The Idaho Knights of Columbus know how to angle for a prize-winning catch. The KCs will hold their state convention in Post Falls in April. As a fund-raiser, they will sell raffle tickets on a fishing trip with Bishop Michael Driscoll of Boise. The bishop and the raffle winner will try their luck in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Proceeds will go to help promote vocations and also to pro-life organizations such as Birthright.
— Idaho Catholic Register, Boise


MISSOULA — For the 18th consecutive year, Loyola Sacred Heart School’s Speech and Debate Team won the state title at a competition held in January. The team placed first out of 71 teams at the contest, scoring 130 points. LSH students enjoyed fun-filled activities during Catholic Schools Week, but they also took time to help others. The seniors moved piles of wood as a service project during the week.
- The Montana Catholic, Helena

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