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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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(From the May 24, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Pasco medical center re-dedicates Marian statue

After nearly four years, Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, Wash., has completed restoration of a vandalized statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. The outside statue was attacked and damaged by vandals in 1997.

As of press time, a rededication ceremony of the restored statue was scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Lourdes Medical Center, 520 N. 4th Ave. in Pasco. The event was to be open to the public.

'Angels' visit Trinity School

Some 400 students from Gonzaga University – “April’s Angels” – donated time and dedication for a day of refurbishing at Trinity School in Spokane. The group procured supplies from area businesses to paint, refinish floors, install new sinks, and perform other work. They were mightily assisted by the school’s parent volunteers. The six busloads of students, who worked in shifts throughout the day, were transported by vehicles from St. John Vianney School in Spokane. Besides the school, two homes of elderly St. Anthony parishioners received sprucing up as well. Organizing the GU students was Brady McDonald.

Mother Joseph to be portrayed in dramatic presentation May 27

Joan Pinkerton Tucker will make her dramatic presentation of Beggar/Builder, the story of Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence, on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. in the Providence Auditorium, 20 W. 9th Ave. in Spokane.

Mother Joseph worked throughout the Northwest, establishing hospitals and other facilities.

Admission is $10. The performance is sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in honor of CDA Sunday.

Parish honors pastor’s ordination anniversary

Father Otto Koltzenburg, pastor of Assumption Parish in Walla Walla, was honored by the parish on the occasion of his 20th anniversary of ordination last month. Father Koltzenburg celebrated Mass; each class at Assumption School made and presented him with congratulatory cards.

A reception in the parish call followed the Mass.

Father Koltzenburg also celebrated Mass with the DeSales Catholic School community. A meal featuring German food followed that event. Father Koltzenburg is a native of Germany.

Death penalty vigils raise parish awareness

Several Spokane Diocese parishes scheduled vigils for the eve of Timothy McVeigh’s planned execution after being convicted of the bombing in Oklahoma City.

When the execution was postponed, both Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman and St. Paschal in Spokane went ahead with their planned vigils, reporting good turnouts and participation.

St. Augustine Parish in Spokane re-scheduled their vigil, for the eve of McVeigh’s latest execution date. That vigil will be at 7 p.m. on June 10. The parish is located at 428 W. Bernard.

Priestly ordination for Deacon Bonaventure Obisike will be May 25

Deacon Bonaventure Obisike will be ordained to the priesthood on Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside in Spokane.

After ordination, Father Obisike will take up his first priestly ministry assignment, at St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla. He will serve there as parochial vicar.

St. Mary parishioner honored for work in ecumenism

Judy Butler of St. Mary Parish, Spokane, was the recent recipient of the 2001 John Olson Ecumenical Leadership Award.

Butler was honored for her work in ecumenism: she served as the representative of the Spokane Diocese on the board of the Washington Association of Churches; her work with Catholic Relief Services; and her leadership in the Churches Against Racism effort.

She also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries.

The award is named for Rev. John Olson, who was executive director of SCEM for more than 20 years.

Cow Plop returns to Trinity

Trinity School’s popular fund-raiser, the Cow Plop, makes its return Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Cow Plop is a community and neighborhood event, with food by Longhorn Barbecue, games and crafts, as well as a street sale, which begins at 7 a.m.

It is the Plop itself, however, which draws the attention of the multitudes: A nearby field is marked off into squares. Interested parties “buy” a square. Two cows are turned loose on the field. Whichever squares are, so to speak, “decorated” by the cows are winners — first plop, second, and so forth. For information, call the school: 327-9639.

TASC Awards

For the third year in a row, eighth graders from St. Mary School in Spokane have won the overall Teens Against Substance Abuse Campaign (TASC). Students were Jack Mountjoy, Ben Sines, Ashley Dieter, Kelly Garity, James Miller, and Adam Hesseltine.

Organ concert series closes at St. Augustine Parish

St. Augustine Parish closes its first series of concerts with an organ-brass performance scheduled for Pentecost afternoon, June 3, at 4 p.m.

Performing will be the Cathedral Brass, consisting of members of the Spokane Symphony, and St. Augustine organist and music director James Tevenan.

Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken up.

The church is located on the corner of 19th and Bernard in Spokane.

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