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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Junior High Faith Day celebrates Christian life ‘under construction’

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 15, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

On Saturday, Nov. 3, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Spokane, the diocese celebrated the fifth annual Junior High Faith Day. The theme was “Under Construction,” which was based on the three readings for Sunday, Nov. 4.

Each reading was the central focus for each of the three general sessions lead by the Reach Evangelization team, a young adult group out of Yakima. Team members make a year’s commitment to travel the country putting on retreats and rallies for parishes and diocese.

The Reach team provided songs, witness talks, and dramas to help the junior high youth understand the readings and message of the day.

Between the second and third general sessions, the youth were put into small groups and had to “construct” an image of God from a bag of miscellaneous items.

After the three general sessions, Bishop Skylstad closed the day. He gave a talk about the importance of youth — not so much the Church of the future, but the Church of today. He followed his talk with a question-and-answer session with participants, then lead a closing prayer service.

From the evaluations, it seems that most had a great day!

Special thanks are due:

  • To Bouten Construction, for help with signs for environment.
  • To the high school youth ministry at St. Mary Parish, Spokane, for making lunch for the day.
  • To Dan Glatt, youth minister at Our Lady of Fatima, who made everyone feel welcome.

    About 120 youth and 30 adults participated from the following parishes: Assumption (Spokane), The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes (Spokane), Holy Family (Fairchild Air Force Base), Holy Rosary (Pomeroy), Holy Rosary (Tonasket), Immaculate Conception (Colville), Our Lady of Fatima (Spokane), Sacred Heart (Brewster), Sacred Heart (Spokane), Sacred Heart (Tekoa), St. Ann (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), St. Augustine (Spokane), St. Charles (Spokane), St. Francis (Walla Walla), St. Francis of Assisi (Spokane), St. Joseph (Colbert), St. Joseph (Otis Orchards), St. Mary (Spokane), St. Pascal (Spokane), St. Patrick (Colfax), St. Patrick (Spokane), and St. Patrick (Walla Walla).

    Next year’s Faith Day, “Soul, Spirit and Still Searching” — has already been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002.

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