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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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(From the April 12, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

Reconciliation, puppet-style

Fourth graders at St. Mary School in Spokane presented the parable of the Prodigal Son with the help of Father Tom Connolly and his puppets recently as a preparation for Easter for the school and guests.

Essayists and Optimists

An essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution was built around the theme, “What Would the Capitol Walls Say if They Could Talk?” Winning entries were created by Emily Bettinger and Elaine Johnson of St. Paschal School in Spokane. The Spokane Valley Optimists bestowed their Youth Optimist Award recently on David Harrell of St. Mary School, Spokane, and Clancy Bundy of St. Paschal. The two young men were recognized for their accomplishments in the home, school, church and community.

Operation Rice Bowl grants available

The Parish Social Ministry Office is now accepting applications for Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) grants to support hunger and poverty alleviation projects in the Spokane Diocese.

Last year local ORB grants were awarded to Our Place, the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, and Whitman County’s Council on Aging and Human Services.

For over 25 years, U.S. Catholics have reached out to others through Operation Rice Bowl, the Lenten program of prayer, fasting, education and almsgiving. Over 13,000 faith communities participated last year.

“When we take time to pray for and learn about the daily struggles of others, we in turn are enlightened as to our own moral responsibilities as Catholics in the United States,” according to Ken Hackett, Executive Director of Catholic Relief Services.

Donations to ORB during Lent have funded Catholic Relief Services development projects related to food security since 1976 in over 60 countries around the world.

ORB funds have supported projects such as agricultural development, water, microcredit and small enterprise development, mother and child health projects, and education to provide participants with the resources and training to improve their livelihoods. Twenty-five percent of the funds donated in the Spokane Diocese support local food security projects.

Applicants for local ORB grants of approximately $300-$500 must submit a one-page application including a description of the project, location, proposed beneficiaries, duration, and use of funds along with name and address of contact person and non-profit 501(c)(3) status, on or before April 30, 2001, to the Parish Social Ministry Office of Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.

For information call 928-0216.

Volunteers needed for women’s shelter

St. Margaret Shelter provides emergency transitional housing for homeless women and their children. The program, sponsored by Catholic Charities, is currently looking for volunteers who would like to become mentors to women leaving the shelter.

With the assistance of volunteers, single mothers who choose to participate are offered a path to personal and economic independence, capable parenting, and self-respect, accomplished through education, role modeling and emotional support from the volunteer.

Each volunteer commits one to two hours weekly, for a minimum of one year. Volunteers must be female and a minimum of 26 years old.

Applications for volunteers are now being accepted. Training and ongoing consultation with St. Margaret staff is provided. For information call 624-9788 or 358-4250.

Teamwork helps

The fourth grade class at St. Patrick School, Spokane, has been teaming up with students from Gonzaga Prep studying French. The Prep students visit St. Patrick students and listen to them read.

Mass, luncheon to honor birth mothers

On Friday, May 4, women who have placed babies for adoption will be honored at Mass celebrated by Bishop Skylstad at noon at St. Joseph Church, 1503 W. Dean Ave., in Spokane.

The Mass will be offered especially for the birth mothers to acknowledge, honor and celebrate their motherhood.

Invited to attend are women and families of any faith who share this common experience, or anyone who has been touched by adoption.

A luncheon for birth mothers only will follow the Mass. The luncheon, from 1-2:30 p.m., will be served in the St. Joseph Parish Center. Any birth mother who wishes to attend should call 325-7667 by May 1 to confirm her intention to attend.

The luncheon is being co-sponsored by Catholic Charities, the Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lutheran Social Services, Spokane Consultants in Family Living, and New Hope Child and Family Agency.

Northwest Catholic Women’s Convocation is April 27-28

The Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, is the site of this year’s Northwest Catholic Women’s Convocation, set for April 27-28.

More than 2,000 women are expected to attend all or part of this year’s event.

The event is co-sponsored by more than a dozen communities or provinces of women Religious, the Society of Jesus’ Oregon Province, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of Region XV.

Cost is $100 per person; some scholarship funds are available. For information, call (206) 223-1138 or visit the web site.

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