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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

Around the Diocese: Sept. 13, 2001

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 13, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

Rockford’s St. Joseph Parish marks 100 years

St. Joseph Parish in Rockford will celebrate the centennial of its founding with a Mass and dinner Sunday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. Celebrants will be Bishop William Skylstad and Father Steve Dublinsky, the parish’s pastor.

Historical photos will be on display at the dinner, and organizers are hoping to have a video prepared for guests.

Father W. Amschwand founded the church, traveling from Desmet, Idaho, to celebrate Mass for the Catholics who had settled at Rock Creek.

Currently the church has 52 families with 150 people.

All interested persons are welcome to attend. The church is located at 138 S. River in Rockford.

Octoberfeast to benefit retreat center

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will hold its seventh annual Octoberfeast Dinner and Auction.

This year’s event offers fun and excitement for all. The evening begins at 4 p.m. with silent auction. Throughout the evening there will be large items and packages to bid on in a silent and live auction format.

Dinner, featuring a German buffet and beer garden, will be informal and available from 5-7 p.m.

The highlight of the evening will be the auctioning of a bright red 1997 Hyundai Accent. This five-speed automobile is immaculate, with just 35,000 miles on the odometer, one owner and a brand-new AM/FM/CD stereo.

Returning as master of ceremonies is Gary Darigol, former reporter for KHQ-TV.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be obtained by calling the Retreat Center at (509) 448-1224.

IHRC is still accepting gifts and donations for the auction event. Call IHRC for information.

Whitworth adds Catholic club to campus activities

Whitworth College, a predominantly Protestant school on the north side of Spokane, has recently added a Catholic Fellowship Club to campus student activities.

The school also features a Catholic Ministry theme house.

Both the club and the house are seeking donations of Catholic materials for distribution to students and the Whitworth community at large. Magazines, books, sacramentals, and other items can be utilized in this campus ministry.

For information, e-mail

St. Patrick School hosts thank-you celebration for Holy Names Sisters

St. Patrick Parish and School, Spokane, will be hosting a celebration and appreciation event in honor of the Holy Names Sisters’ 87 years of service there.

Bishop Skylstad will celebrate Mass on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. in thanksgiving for the Sisters’ many contributions to the parish-school community over the years. A reception will follow.

Anyone with a history of involvement with St. Patrick is invited to attend.

‘Saturday Night Live’ alum to speak at benefit luncheon

Spokane native and Saturday Night Live alumna Julia Sweeney will return to town to speak at the fifth annual “Caring for Kids Luncheon” on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the WestCoast Grand Hotel.

Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds benefit St. Anne Children and Family Center and Morning Star Boys’ Ranch.

Sweeney spent the 1990-95 TV seasons on SNL before moving on to feature films, including the film version of her autobiographical play, God Said, “Hah!” The play recounts her brother’s struggle with cancer, her own illness, and the interaction of the rest of her family.

Reservation deadline is Sept. 20. For information call 358-4254.

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