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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Portland
PORTLAND — The North Portland Catholic Community has started an outreach ministry to ship crew members. A number of ship terminals are located in the Community and volunteers will take Communion on board and meet with the sailors, many of whom come from the mostly Catholic nation of the Philippines.
BEAVERTON — The junior high youth group from Holy Trinity Parish volunteers monthly at Maryville Nursing Home. During Holy Week, the students dramatized the stations of the cross for residents.
EUGENE — Project Starfish, which helps homeless families, gained more than $9,000, thanks to the students and staff at St. Paul School. Students and staff held a book sale, sold homemade cookies, organized a three-on-three basketball tourney, and even took pledges for a “bird-a-thon.” In the last event, conducted by two siblings, pledges were taken for the number of birds they could identify during a trip to the Oregon coast. The money raised by St. Paul School will help at least five families have a home.
INDEPENDENCE — Young people in St. Patrick Parish marched in silence down the main street of their town with their hands tied behind their backs. The march was held during Holy Week to give public witness and also to recognize the humiliation Jesus experienced during his passion.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

PORTLAND — The Jesuits in Portland will build a new Jesuit ministry center at the city of their former Loyola Retreat House in southeast Portland. The new center carries a price tag of $5.2 million and will be called Loyola Jesuit Center. Fifteen Jesuits will live at the center, which will also be headquarters for the Jesuit Provincial. Religious conferences can be held there as well as retreats, with accommodations for up to 15 guests.

Archdiocese of Seattle
SAMMAMISH — The Knights of Columbus at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, won an international award with their 1.5-acre Marian grotto. The project, which was first started as a small prayer garden, won over nine other finalists. The Knights, Council 9833, raised more than $72,000 and worked more than 3,500 hours expanding the garden which includes rocks from Marian shrines at Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje.
BOTHELL — Billboards with pro-life messages featuring a baby named “Joseph” will be seen in the cities of Seattle, Everett, Bothell, and Issaquah during the month of May. “Joseph” presents facts about the fetus in the campaign which is sponsored by PROLIFE WASHINGTON. Washington is one of 17 states carrying the billboards.
BELLEVUE — Three fifth grade girls at Sacred Heart School decided to hold a bake sale for a woman they heard about who was battling leukemia and facing $700 monthly insurance premiums. Twins Jessica and Cadie Kneip and Jennifer Odegarde raised $7,000 in two bake sales to send to Mary Shelley of Baltimore, a woman the twins’ mother had been praying for, for several years.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


COTTONWOOD — The Benedictine Sisters at the Monastery of St. Gertrude have a new mini-van, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous Boise couple who won the van in an automobile raffle. The van is a brand new Ford Windstar, and the Sisters greatly appreciated the gift. Now when more than five Sisters go somewhere together, they can use the van.
—The Idaho Register, Boise

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — The CYC youth convention was held at Carroll College in Helena in March, with 700 young people and adults attending. Teens came from throughout the diocese and also from the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. Theme was “2001: A Faith Odyssey.” Those attending marched from the college to the cathedral downtown for Mass during the event.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

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