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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 Oct. 4, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

DRIGGS — Bishop Michael Driscoll of Boise dedicated the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Driggs Aug. 25. About 500 people attended the bilingual celebration, including seven priests and four deacons. Father Gabriel Vargas is pastor. The church is the first ever to be built in the Teton Valley. The Catholic community’s history started in 1840, but Mass was not celebrated on a regular basis for over 100 years.
CATALDO — Cataldo Mission Church is the oldest standing building in Idaho. It was built in 1853 by Jesuit Father Pierre DeSmet and members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The Diocese of Boise returned the property around the church to the tribe at the annual pilgrimage and Mass held on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15. The tribe will take over the diocese’s position in a lease agreement with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the agency that manages the Old Mission State Park where the church is located. The department also maintains the church.
EMMETT — A new program called “Tijuana Way” is getting underway at Sacred Heart Parish. The program emphasizes the sacredness of life and helping the poor, and also evangelization of parishioners through young people. Goal is to raise enough money for a working pilgrimage to Tijuana to assist the children in an orphanage there. Young people have held fund-raisers to send 10 youth and chaperones to Mexico during Lent next year.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

MOUNT ANGEL — The Benedictine Sisters will offer a weekend monastic experience Oct. 12-14 for single Catholic women ages 18-45 who are interested in a call to religious life. For more information contact Sister Marietta Schindler, OSB, at 840 S. Main St. Mt. Angel, OR 97362, or call 503-845-6141 or e-mail: Theme of the weekend is “Come and See.”
PORTLAND — The archdiocese received a donation from the B.P. Lester and Regina John Foundation to provide funding for subscriptions to The Purple Mountain Press, a colorful youth newspaper with a kids’ point of view.
PORTLAND — St. Rose of Lima Parish held its annual benefit bread festival. Bakers brought their creations and then shared. The day’s donations went to Brazil to help people who live near a trash heap at Arcoverde.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

GREAT FALLS — “Passport to the Holy Land” was the theme of Vacation Bible School held at Holy Spirit Parish. Youth through fourth grade had “passports” which enabled them to travel each day to different city in which Jesus worked. On the last day students visited the “Jerusalem Market Place” where “vendors” needed help making their wares.
MILES CITY — In Sacred Heart Parish, Vacation Bible School had a country-western theme. Children through sixth grade studied the Acts of the Apostles and the adventures of St. Paul and learned how the mission of Christ was carried out by his disciples down to this time. Each group of youth had a “trail boss” to oversee their many activities of the week.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — St. Anne Parish launched a ministry to single parents Sept. 22. The ministry is designed to serve the spiritual and practical needs of its members and well as be a peer support group. Many church activities focus on traditional families, organizers said, leading single parent families feeling left out. Monthly meetings are planned on topics such as coping skills.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — A recent concert at St. Cecelia Parish featured pianist and parishioner Trudy Pival, longtime church organist and music teacher. Pival is 85 years old and is doing the concert to help raise funds for a new preschool and kindergarten program in the parish. There is a need for a Catholic school and the parish is hoping that eventually a school will come out of their effort. Pival continues to give piano lessons, and has done so for over 50 years.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

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