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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Around the Diocese: Feb. 7, 2002

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 7, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

All Saints students go on with the show
Move over, N’Sync. Get ready, Brittany Spears. Students at All Saints School have a few moves of their own. For weeks, middle building students prepared songs, skits and poems to perform at the school’s annual talent show on Thursday, Jan. 29 during Catholic Schools Week.

CROPWalk will be April 25
Sunday, April 25, will be this year’s CROPWalk, an ecumenical fund-raising event whose proceeds are used to combat hunger throughout the world.

Registration for the walk begins at noon at Martin Centre on the Gonzaga University campus. The walk itself — 10k — will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the nearby Centennial Trail.

The walk continues a tradition of more than 45 years. Seventy-five percent of funds raised by the walks is distributed to overseas hunger relief agencies. The remaining 25 percent is used for local agencies which combat hunger.

Among the agencies which can be designated to receive pledge funds is Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and emergency relief agency.

Sponsor sheets for walkers to gather pledges are available by calling 928-0216, or can be picked up April 11-12 at St. Mary Parish, 304 S. Adams Rd. in Spokane.

WSCC distributes new video presentation on Columbia River pastoral letter
A new 13-minute video presentation, titled The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good has been produced and is now available from the Washington State Catholic Conference.

The video is based on the international letter of the Catholic bishops of the Columbia River watershed. Among those appearing on camera are Bishop Skylstad and Bishop Eugene J. Cooney of Nelson, B.C.

Bishop Skylstad said that the bishops hope that “this video will add to the prayerful discussions and respectful listening which have been taking place in our parishes throughout the region since the pastoral letter was issued a year ago. The beauty of the Columbia comes across well in the video and our hope is that people will be able to enjoy it long into the future.”

Bishop Skylstad chaired the steering committee for the letter.

Robideaux Markets and Design and ILF Production of Spokane produced the video.

Copies are available for $7 through the Washington State Catholic Conference, 508 2nd Ave. W., Seattle, WA 981199.

The WSCC can be reached by phone — (206) 302-0556 — and e-mail:

Caroling with the Knights
Parishioners at St. John Vianney parish in the Spokane valley gathered on Dec. 14 to view area Christmas light displays and sing Christmas carols. The 35 participants rode on the school’s bus, and took time out halfway into the evening to enjoy snacks, beverages and fellowship. The St. John Vianney Knights of Columbus council sponsored the event.

Centennial celebration approaches for Spokane’s St. Ann Parish
St. Ann Parish, 2120 E. First Ave. in Spokane, will be celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.

The celebration date itself is set for Saturday, Oct. 12. Included will be displays of photos and memorabilia from the parish’s 100 years of serving Spokane.

Photos, keepsakes and stories about the parish and its school are being collected for the celebration and for display.

For information about the event, or if you have items to share with the parish community, call 534-3167 or visit the parish’s web site.

Guatemala seminarian
Juan Francisco Peren Mux is a seminarian studying in Guatemala. For several years he has been sponsored in his studies by Father John Birk, a chaplain at Our Lady of Lourdes Health Center in Pasco, in residence at St. Patrick Parish there. The two of them were able to meet while Mux spent time at the Benedictines’ Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Ill., to study English and where he has professed vows as a member of that community. The Illinois Benedictines also run a seminary in Guatemala.

Gonzaga University theater department presents ‘Once Upon a Mattress’
The musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Princess and the Pea,” will be performed this month by the theater students of Gonzaga University.

Performances began Jan. 31 and will continue through Feb. 10.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance Feb. 10.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for faculty and students. For ticket information, call the Russell Theatre box office: 323-6553.

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