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

Diocese dispensed from Dec. 8 obligation

The archbishop and bishops of the Seattle Province have agreed as common policy this year to grant a dispensation this year from the Obligation of Mass attendance for the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, Dec. 8. Bishop Skylstad grants the dispensation to the Catholics of the Spokane Diocese.

The USCCB norm which removes the precept of obligation for Saturdays and Mondays does not apply to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas.

“Pastors are asked to have some celebration of the feast day as is appropriate to this patronal feast for the United States, but to respect the primacy of the Second Sunday of Advent in all celebrations taking place Saturday evening,” wrote Msgr. John Steiner, vicar general of the diocese, in a message to diocesan leadership.

“The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, Dec. 12, is also a patronal feast day in the United States and should be celebrated appropriately even in communities without a large Hispanic presence,” he concluded.

St. Aloysius presents free Thanksgiving dinner

St. Aloysius Parish will cooperate with Gonzaga University and Sodexho Campus Services to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner this year, from noon-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

The dinner is open to all, especially those who might be alone or unable to prepare a meal of their own.

The dinner will be held in the university’s COG on campus, on the corner of DeSmet and Dakota.

For information or to arrange a ride to the dinner, call 323-7004.

Seminarian admitted to candidacy for ordination at Mount Angel

Joseph Sullivan, a third-year seminarian studying for the Diocese of Spokane at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., was one of 12 seminarians admitted as a candidate for Holy Orders Oct. 18.

The Mass and admission ceremony were celebrated in the Mount Angel Abbey church. Presiding over the event was Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny.

Admission to candidacy is a formal step on the journey to ordination. The admission gives seminarians an opportunity to deepen their commitment as well as publicly state their intention to seek ordination.

GU alumni’s family Christmas Mass is Dec. 9

Gonzaga University’s alumni association will host its annual family Christmas Mass on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. in the campus’s Cataldo Dining Hall.

Jesuit Fathers Robert Spitzer, GU’s president, and Tony Lehmann are the hosts for the 20th annual gathering.

RSVP by calling 323-5999.

Parish announces concert series

St. Augustine Parish in Spokane has announced its second season of concerts featuring its recently-installed pipe organ.

The six-concert series begins Sunday, Dec. 2, with a presentation by parishioner Craig Johnson, titled “Almost Winter Wind Music.”

The Jan. 6 concert, Epiphany, will feature a carol sing-along. The Inland Northwest Bach Festival organ recital will be performed Feb. 16 by James David Christie of Holy Cross College, Massachusetts.

Gonzaga University’s choir will perform March 20, followed by the Whitworth College Women’s Choir April 21. On Pentecost Sunday, May 19, will be a concert by the Spokane Brass Works.

Admission to the concerts is free; a free-will offering will be taken. For information call 624-1630.

Eltopia parish has web presence

St. Paul Parish in Eltopia has had a site on the world-wide web for about a year now.

The site was created and is maintained by Shelly Fangman.

‘Understanding Islam’ forum scheduled for Cheney

Four Cheney churches — Cheney United Church of Christ, Cheney United Methodist, Emmanuel Lutheran, and St. Rose of Lima Parish — together with Eastern Washington University campus ministries are sponsoring a forum on “Understanding Islam” on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The forum will be held at Louise Anderson Hall, on the corner of 9th and Elm on the EWU campus.

Hassan Mallah, president of the Spokane Islamic Center, will present the session.

For information call 235-4193.

Honored parishioners

“Senior” senior citizens of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane, were honored recently with an annual dinner served by the women of the parish. About 50 attended the dinner.

Seminarians to benefit from bake sale, bazaar
St. Charles Parish’s altar society will use proceeds from its annual bake sale and mini-bazaar to support seminarians of the diocese.

The event is scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the parish, 4515 N. Alberta.

Law professor honored by Pope John Paul II

Jesuit Father Robert Araujo, professor of the Gonzaga University School of Law, was honored recently by Pope John Paul II for work as Vatican legal adviser at the United Nations and elsewhere.

Father Araujo was given the silver Medal of the Current Year of the Pontificate, as well as a letter of commendation from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, at the behest of the pope.

Father Araujo has been involved with the establishment of the International Criminal Court, which would be a permanent tribunal to try individuals for violations of international law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggressive war.

“I am humbled by this recognition,” said Father Araujo. “It is a powerful reminder of what we in the Society of Jesus have pledged ourselves to do at the request of the Holy Father and for the great glory of God.”

Father Araujo is the past recipient of GU’s Great Teachers Program Award for Distinguished Scholarship (1997) and the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence (1998).

APM to meet Nov. 21 at St. John Vianney

The Association of Parish Ministers will be gathering for a lunch meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at St. John Vianney Parish, 503 N. Walnut Rd. in Spokane.

Guest speaker will be Bishop William Skylstad.

Members are asked to RSVP by calling 926-5553.

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