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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Seattle
TACOMA — The Parents Club at St. Rita Parish holds a monthly collection to benefit Pregnancy Aid of Tacoma. In February, the club decided to hold a baby shower instead, complete with decorations, games, and prizes. Parishioners donated more than 200 new and used baby items along with cash. The donations represented a 700 percent increase over average collections.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


COTTONWOOD — A Catholic boys youth group called BraveHearts recently sent $5 to each priest in the Diocese of Idaho, requesting a Mass for vocations for the Idaho Church. The boys’ intent was to reinforce Bishop Michael Driscoll’s prayer campaign for vocations. BraveHearts was started in 1995 and one of members’ commitments is to say a Hail Mary at each meal for vocations. The club has 30 members ages 9-15.
— Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — A priest of the Diocese of Helena has been elected vice-president and president-elect of the North American Academy of Liturgy at its annual meeting in St. Louis. Father Michael Driscoll will begin his term in 2002. He has been on the faculty of Notre Dame since 1994. He is a specialist in liturgy and sacramental theology.
HELENA — St. Mary Catholic Community has been named one of America’s outstanding Catholic parishes in the noted Parish/Congregation Study, directed by Paul Wilkes out of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. St. Mary is one of 300 “excellent Catholic parishes” nationwide as identified by the study.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
BILLINGS – A former Baltimore Orioles pitcher was named Distinguished Graduate of Billings Central Catholic High School for 2001. Dick McNally is the 11th graduate to receive the award. McNally said that in his years in Catholic Schools, he learned to respect all people, be honest in relationships and that effort pays off.
LAUREL — A quilt show was held in St. Anthony Hall during Super Bowl weekend, featuring 183 quilts of various sizes. The St. Louise Council and the youth group served pie, doughnuts, and beverages. Planners hope to make the quilt show an annual event.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

Archdiocese of Portland

COOS BAY — For the last several years, St. Monica Parish has invited neighboring pastors and their congregations to ecumenical evening prayer, held on the Fridays of Lent. The service includes a soup supper.
PORTLAND — Thanks to a program founded by the University of Portland, Christmas will come in April for Portland-area homeowners who have low incomes, are elderly or disabled. The program brings together volunteers and people whose homes need renovation and are unable to do it themselves. Last year, about 1,200 volunteers worked on 60 homes, resulting in about $850,000 value back to the community. The Christmas in April program is ecumenical and was started in 1991. Most volunteers come from the University of Portland, but some are drawn from local parishes.
ROY — A landmark church, St. Francis of Assisi, got some new plaster and paint inside. The church, nearly 80 years old, is full for Sunday Masses and also has an active school. A recent steak dinner fund-raiser at the church raised nearly $9,000 for renovation work.

Diocese of Baker
ONTARIO — Women in Blessed Sacrament Parish cooked lunch for pastors in the region, and Father Ray Jarboe offered a Lenten reflection during the meal. The lunch is a tradition of the local ministerial association, and churches take turns providing lunch and wisdom during Lent.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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