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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Seattle
SEATTLE — In the 12 years of its existence, The Giving Tree workshop has provided handmade wooden toys to kids. The workshop is a joint venture between the Archidiocesan Housing Authority and Catholic Community Services.
It was founded in 1989 to help formerly homeless men living in an AHA facility put their talents to use. About 50 people, all unpaid except for two, work at the shop making toys such as wagons and rocking horses, to sell and to give away. Some of the volunteers continue to be formerly homeless men, but many are low-income and the elderly. Many parishes assist The Giving Tree by raising money for it during Advent. The program received national exposure when it was featured in an article on CNN on Christmas day.
BLAINE — Father Tim Sauer is president of the Blaine Ministerial Association, the first Catholic to hold the post in the group’s history. The group meets monthly for prayer and sponsors pulpit exchanges and outreach programs. One ecumenical effort of the Blaine churches is pooling their resources to help others. Those in need are sent to one location where someone is always available to assist them. Father Sauer is also part of an ecumenical Christian organization to help youth which recently opened a youth center. “Good ecumenism is essentially local,” said Father Sauer.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
SEATTLE — The Sisters of Providence in the West have dedicated the year 2002 to a commemoration of the life and legacy of their foundress, Mother Joseph. The commemoration noted the centennial of Mother Joseph’s death Jan. 19, and will also note her birthday April 16, and Dec. 8, the date in 1856 when Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and four other sisters arrived at Fort Vancouver on the banks of the Columbia. Under Mother Joseph’s leadership, more than 30 hospitals, school and homes were opened. That legacy continues today in the Sisters’ sponsorship of Providence Health System which serves western Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska, and Providence Services, which serves eastern Washington and Montana. Employees and the public will be invited to take part in events and activities commemorating Mother Joseph’s life.

Diocese of Baker
ELGIN — Members of St. Mary Parish gathered recently for a ministry discernment retreat called “Gifts for the Journey.” The retreat included several activities as well as reflection time for the nearly two dozen participants.
Archdiocese of Portland
Catholic youth in Beaverton are playing a Jeopardy-style game of trivia called “Roman Catholic Challenge.” Four-member teams field questions in such categories as Scripture, the Mass, the Commandments, and church history. St. Cecelia School hosted a competition Feb. 1-2, with members of the winning junior and senior teams taking home $100 each. Last year 200 students from Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana and British Columbia tested knowledge of their faith in the contest. Goal of the game is to inspire students to learn more about their faith.
EUGENE — St. Mary Parish is considering providing Spanish classes for its parishioners. To learn the language would help promote unity among cultures in the parish.
GRESHAM — A bus load of young people departed from St. Henry Parish to spend a day at Mount Hood enjoying winter sports. Their fun was part of the Winter Extravaganza, which is sponsored by Catholic youth minsters from the east side of Portland.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland
MT. ANGEL — “Come and See” is the theme of a weekend opportunity to learn about monastic life at Queen of Angels Monastery Feb. 22-24. The weekend experience is for single Catholic women ages 18-45 who are interested in the call to religious life. Participants will join the Benedictine Sisters for community prayer and experience other aspects of community life. For more information write, call or e-mail Sister Marietta Schindler OSB at 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362; (503) 845-6141. The Benedictines’ web address is

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