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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: Aug. 23, 2001

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 23, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

MONTANA
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
BILLINGS — St. Vincent Healthcare was one of 12 organizations selected to receive the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The mobile, a 40x8-foot van, is designed to deliver free medical and dental care to uninsured children in the Montana region. St. Vincent Healthcare will operate the mobile and will focus on providing services to school-age children.
BILLINGS — Catholic Social Services of Montana was the recipient of an $18,600 grant to develop Project Rachel in Montana. Project Rachel is a post abortion ministry for those wounded by abortion and in need of hope, healing and reconciliation. The grant was given by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.
—The Harvest, Great Falls

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Rather than go to far-away places, some teens in Pierce and Clark counties stayed home this summer to assist people in shelters and nursing homes, to help at food banks and to do cleanup projects. Many feel that by helping out at home, they will be able to see the fruits of their labor firsthand for months to come. Teens worked through Summer Youth Mission in Pierce County and through Backyard Ministries in Clark County.
SEATTLE — Three men, two from Seattle and one from Renton, staged a three-day, 63-mile hike last month called “Pro Life Hike for the Unborn.” Ed White, Greg Oltman, Jim Newstrom and parishioners along their route prayed the rosary outside abortion clinics to raise pro-life awareness. They wore vests marked “Pro Life Hike,” and hiked from Seattle to Granite Falls. This was not the trio’s first pro-life hike; their first was last January when they walked from Seattle to Olympia to join the annual March for Life rally.
EVERETT — Gabe Snyder of Archbishop Murphy High School won second place in the Fleet Reserve Association’s Americanism essay contest, and $3,000 in U.S. savings bonds for his essay on the American flag. Snyder is 17 and will be a senior this fall.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

IDAHO

BOISE — As part of the Homebound Friends program, students at St. Mary School honored elderly parishioners at a special Mass and luncheon. Students in the school are assigned two or three elderly parishioners to visit, write and remember in prayer. Goals of the program are twofold: to ease the isolation of the elderly and to foster qualities of caring and compassion in students. It also strengthens outreach between the school and the parish.
—The Idaho Register, Boise

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

NEWPORT — Knights to the rescue. The Knights of Columbus from Sacred Heart Parish sponsored a breakfast last month and raised $340 to keep the radio program Catholic Answers on KORC radio each Sunday.
BEND — St. Francis of Assisi Parish youth ministry sponsored some Sundays for parents and youth to spend time together. Fathers and daughters took a biking trip, mothers and sons took a canoe trip and mothers and daughters played miniature golf, raced carts and went bowling.
SPRINGFIELD — A summer religious camp that drew 150 young people took them on a virtual world to villages around the world. The camp explored how Mass is celebrated in Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Africa and Italy, and learned about different customs, foods, and ways of life. The kids received a few surprises. Skydivers dropped in one day, a Latino dancer performed one day, and parish and parents offered an end-of-the-week carnival.
PORTLAND — Parishioners at St. Rose of Lima Church recently held a “festival of bread.” The event was a benefit for the work of Father Airton Freire, who is known as the “Mother Teresa” of Brazil. Father Freire visited Oregon to tell about his work in a Brazilian community where residents scavenge the garbage in a nearby dump.
EUGENE — St. Mary Parish worshipped for a day recently with the help of the Kirkwood Children’s Chorale from Missouri, which was in town for the annual children’s choir festival.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland


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