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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Parish census continues to climb for St. Patrick, Pasco

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the May 24, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

St. Patrick Parish in Pasco is a busy place these days. The parish census continues to climb. There are over 2,500 families now, more than half of them Hispanic.

Msgr. Pedro Ramírez is pastor of the diocese’s largest parish. He is assisted by two priests who will celebrate their first anniversary of priestly ordination this year: Fathers Daniel Barnett and Miguel Mejia. Msgr. Ramírez said both men are “doing a wonderful job.”

The monsignor was also appreciative of the fact that his parish had reached its goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal. The amount collected went over 100 percent.

On May 17, the parish is sponsoring a visit by Mary Beth Bonacci, an international speaker and syndicated columnist from the East Coast, who, said Msgr. Ramírez, appeals to families and teens. She will speak in the HUB at Columbia Basin College at 7 p.m. Msgr. Ramírez said her talk will be focused on relationships, dating, sexuality and “the real meaning of love.” Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Confirmation and First Eucharist will be given to 400 people at five of the six weekend Masses May 19-20. Bishop Skylstad will be on hand for this major sacramental celebration.

On July 27-28, an internationally known Hispanic musician from Latin America, Martin Val-verde, will make an appearance. Valverde will lead a conference and give a concert at Columbia Basin College. His visit is sponsored by the Northwest Regional Hispanic Office. Msgr. Ramírez said the event would be bilingual and more details will be given later.

In August, a retreat for Hispanic married couples is scheduled, to be led by a couple from Mexico.

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