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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

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 20, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland
FLORENCE — The process usually works the other way, but at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Dunes Parish, they do it differently. Parish children will bring toys to a Christmas party to put in St. Nicholas’s sack. St. Nick takes the toys and distributes them to needy children in the area.
PORTLAND — Ascension Parish held a special “Sundae Sunday,” a “sweet time” for parishioners to enjoy fellowship and to write letters of encouragement to their sister parish in New York City. Children of the parish made a patchwork banner to send with the letters.
PORTLAND — Father John Kerns returns to All Saints Parish Dec. 21 after spending part of his four-month sabbatical in the Holy Land. Thanks to digital technology, Father Kerns was able to keep parishioners up-to-date on his travels by posting information on the parish’s web site. The web site featured a link titled “Where in the World is Father John?” Just a click away were photos and notes which the priest posted from the many places and sites he visited. For those not on the web, parish staff displayed prints of the photos and journal entries on the parish bulletin board.
ROGUE RIVER — For 32 years, Catholics in Our Lady of the River Mission have worshipped in the Hope Presbyterian Church. Parishioners want their own church and have started a three-year fund-raising campaign to accomplish that goal.
VERBOORT — Happy news from Visitation Parish. Father Joseph Heuberger, pastor, reported that his pet turkeys survived the Thanksgiving holiday.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena

MISSOULA — Nearly 300 students at St. Joseph Elementary School ran, jogged or walked on Rollins Field’s track on a wet, rainy day recently, to raise pledge money for their school. Altogether they covered 3,900 laps and raised over $27,000.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
BILLINGS — Sacred Heart Renewal Center is sponsoring a tour of six churches of different denominations in the city. The “Houses of Worship” tour began Dec. 11 and will continue through March. The event includes a 45-minute tour of the church and then about 30 minutes for a social time, with refreshments.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — A youth delegation from St. John School traveled to Peru in October to visit their sister parish of San Miguel and La Immaculada School in Puno. The nine-member delegation included pastor Father William McKee and the school’s Spanish teacher, Paul Kelly. St. John Parish funded the Peru parish’s new library and in gratitude, San Miguel parishioners named it San Juan. The delegation learned that the library was one of the only places in town “where kids have access to books or a computer lab.” The delegation presented a slide show in the parish about their Peruvian trip.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

IDAHO

BOISE — St. Mark Parish has an active ministry to inactive Catholics. One of the parish’s small faith communities, the Joyful Servants of the Lord, has offered the Returning Catholic program and to date, about 75 people have gone through the program. The program was advertised in parish bulletins and also in the local daily newspaper. The group also does a general mailing to households in parish boundaries. The Joyful Servants have trained teams at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Boise, and at Holy Apostles Parish in Meridian. Their idea was to have classes available throughout the year somewhere in the area. The program came out of discussion and study by the Joyful Servants, of a book called Catholics Can Come Home Again —A Guide for the Journey of Reconciliation with Inactive Catholics, written by Carrie Kemp and published by Paulist Press.
—The Idaho Register, Boise


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