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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 May 3, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

IDAHO
LEWISTON — St. James Parish adopted the newly established Idaho Catholic Charities as its Lenten project. The parish took up a collection at each Mass during Lent for its adopted project.
— The Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

OREGON

ONTARIO — St. Francis Books and Gifts opened in March, right across the street from the post office. The book store offers faith-building and devotional items and materials such as rosaries and statues. Before St. Francis opened, the closest Catholic book store for Ontario residents was in Boise.
PORTLAND — More than 300 people in Ascension Parish are participating in a program called Disciples in Mission. There are 26 small faith-sharing groups that meet in the program. St. Therese Parish has 20 groups with 340 people in the program. Disciples in Mission, which helps prepare parishioners to share their faith with others, is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland.
SEASIDE — Twenty young people and some adults from Our Lady of Victory Parish are preparing to travel with Father Nicholas Nilema to his native Tanzania in December. The group will visit a seminary and a parish that will begin regular communications with Our Lady of Victory Parish.
VERBOORT — The environment is the focus of youth activities in Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. The young people participated in the annual Oregon Beach Clean-up and also picked up trash on local roadways. The parish is working to conserve energy, and has installed new timing gadgets to control use of electricity and heating.
LA GRANDE — Several parishioners at Our Lady of the Valley Parish will travel to Tanzania, Africa, in July to attend the ordination of Benedictine Brother Pirmin Ngolle. Brother Pirmin is studying at Mount Angel Abbey and spent a Christmas break in the parish in 1999. A recent Knights of Columbus breakfast raised money for vestments and other items for the ordination.
DUFUR — St. Alphonsus Parish held a movie series during Lent, viewing better quality films such as The Hiding Place and Brother Sun, Sister Moon.
—The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

WASHINGTON
Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — Eighth grade students at St. Joseph/Marquette school traveled to Seattle to visit the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. They were given an opportunity to participate in the Challenger Learning Center Voyage to Mars Mission. They worked as crew members in realistic mock-ups of both the mission control room and a spacecraft.
YAKIMA — A peace march in Yakima celebrated the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez March 31 with many community members taking part.
—Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — El Salvadorans in San Salvador will benefit from a huge donation brought to them by a group of people from St. Mary Parish. The donation included three used pickups which had been donated, along with welding machines, sports equipment, computers and school supplies, clothes, sewing machines and bicycles. The welding machines will be used to help repair damage from the recent earthquake. Five people drove the trucks, loaded with the other donations, to San Salvador. The trip took two weeks.
ISSAQUAH — John Warren Bucy is not yet two months old, but he has a special keepsake photograph that includes Pope John Paul II. The pope was photographed kissing the little boy on top of the head in Rome last January. John Warren’s parents are John and Barbie Bucy of St. Monica Parish on Mercer Island.
BOTHELL — For the third year, St. Brendan Parish borrowed the idea of the Christmas Giving Tree, adapting it for Lent and calling it a Service Tree. The tags that parishioners could choose listed contact numbers for service projects for children, adults, and families. Parish officials estimated that over 1,000 hours of service were donated annually through the tree.
- The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


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