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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 July 5, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

IDAHO
MERIDIAN — Bishop Michael Driscoll celebrated the dedication Mass for the new Holy Apostles Church June 6. The church is located on the corner of Chinden and Meridian Road. Father Tim Ritchey is pastor and Deacon Jack Pelowitz serves the parish community. As part of the dedication, Bishop Driscoll placed a first-class relic of St. Frances Xaxier Cabrini in the altar. Her relic was chosen for the new church since the first Catholic church in Meridian was dedicated to her.
COTTONWOOD — The Benedictine Sisters at St. Gertrude Monastery have established a donation program that will allow participants to provide trees as a living memorial for loved ones and at the same time assist the Sisters in creating a healthy forest on their property. The Sisters expect to plant 60,000 tree seedlings over the next six years which will result in 200 acres of fledgling forest. Trees are 50 cents each, or a donor can purchase 150 trees which will plant a half-acre for $75. The monastery was recognized by the State of Idaho recently as “Tree Farmer of the Year."
— The Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

McMINNVILLE — Father Tom Farley of St. James Parish and his mother, Elizabeth Farley, teamed up to give a spiritual reflection at a Mother’s Day youth Mass. They each took two letters of the word “love,” ascribing qualities to each one and giving reflections on those qualities. Young people served as lectors and eucharistic ministers at the Mass.
PORTLAND — Eighth graders at Holy Family School went on a two-day retreat before their graduation. They spent the first day working with and learning about the homeless and the second day in prayer and reflection on “where they have been, what their gifts are and how they are called to use those gifts in the future.”
PORTLAND — Central Catholic High School was the first high school in over 10 years to have a float in Portland’s Grand Floral Parade. The main body of the float will belong to Central Catholic for use at school functions. The float was funded by a school parent. Alumni, parent, student and teacher volunteers decorated the float for its debut.
BEAVERTON — Thirty Valley Catholic High School girls donated their hair to Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair because of illness. The students are also raising money to cover the cost of sending the hair to the organization which is located in Florida and to contribute to the cost of a wig.
MEDFORD — For the past two years, parishioners at Sacred Heart Church have collected medical and dental supplies to send to St. Benedict Dispensary in Tanzania, Africa.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena

BUTTE — Sister Mary Kathleen Stefani, a Butte native, received the 2001 National Catholic Education Association award for a Catholic elementary school distinguished graduate. Sister Mary Kathleen is an alumna of Butte Catholic schools, and a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Students at two Catholic schools designed pigs for a public art project that will benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation. The life-sized porkers are modeled after Rachel, the market’s bronze piggybank whose donated coins help fund market services for low-income people. Sam Wishkoski, a second grader at Christ the King School, designed a skiing pig, “Jean Claude, the Powder Hog.” Seven eighth graders from St. Joseph School and their art teacher designed an Egyptian style porker, “King Pork Cheops.” The pigs, about 200 of them in all, will be placed throughout Seattle for the summer and then auctioned off in the fall with the proceeds going to the foundation.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


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