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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 Jan. 17, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Helena
• HELENA — Fifty-one people in the diocese traveled to Rome with Bishop Robert Morlino Nov. 5-13. The highlight of their trip was a general audience with Pope John Paul II. The travelers also visited other Christian sites in Rome, including the seven major basilicas that had been pilgrimage churches in the year 2000.
• HELENA — A Native American outreach program is being developed in the diocese under the leadership of Deacon Tony Duvernay, Rose Morrison and Renée St. Martin Wiseman.
• MISSOULA — Eight students from elementary through university levels won awards for their entries in the “Search for Peace” competition. The contest was started by Father Jim Hogan of Christ the King parish to help students express “their personal vision of peace.” Winning entries included poetry, a video, a song and a sculpture.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

Archdiocese of Seattle

• SEATTLE — Students in the German Club at Bishop Blanchet High School are invited to enter the annual gingerbread house contest each year. One of the entries this past year was the effort of three students who built a gingerbread World Trade Center as a tribute. The contest was started in 1980, and entries have included cathedrals, castles and even the Space Needle.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


• TWIN FALLS — Students at St. Edward School decorated a Christmas tree to donate to the Festival of Trees, which raises money for the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation. The tree’s theme was “Gifts of Prayer to the World,” and included ornaments with prayers attached to them. The ornaments included fabric doves made by the kindergartners and plaster casts of the praying hands of the school’s preschool children. The tree won a blue ribbon at the festival. The tree’s purchasers, Ron and Deb Miciak, donated the tree back to the school with the wish that each student receive the ornament they had made.
• RUPERT — Dr. Leo Brown and his wife, “Blue,” who is a registered nurse, recently received the Father Mader Award, given by the Catholic Network of Volunteer Service. The couple worked with the Mission Doctors’ Association for over 30 years, taking medical care to such places as Zimbabwe and New Guinea. Dr. Brown became interested in Mission Doctors after a tour of duty as a Navy doctor in Vietnam. The Browns are members of St. Nicholas Parish.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

• EUGENE — At St. Paul Parish, the Women of St. Paul held a thank-you luncheon to honor volunteers. At the parish Thanksgiving Mass, families brought loaves of bread to be blessed, taken home and shared round the table.
• PORTLAND — The Pennies for the Poor campaign is underway at the Downtown Chapel. Students in a number of schools collected coins during Advent for the drive which helps needy people in Old Town. Students at Central Catholic High School worked with younger students at Holy Redeemer School to pool collections and gain corporate matching funds.
• ST. HELENS — With the arrival of cold winter weather, the Social Justice Committee at St. Frederic Parish collected coats, sweatshirts, and head gear which were distributed to families in need.
• VANCOUVER, WASH. — Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is hosting a two-year study of Catholic Church history. The group meets 16 times a year.
• SHERWOOD — Members of St. Francis Parish, along with other congregations, is becoming involved with the Interfaith Caregiver Volunteer Program. People in the program will assist area seniors by driving them to doctor appointments, the store, or the hair salon. The volunteers will also change light bulbs and do yard work.
The parish held a benefit concert recently to help raise money to build a school.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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