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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 28, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland
EUGENE — On Ash Wednesday, St. Paul School began its program of service to needy families. In an effort called Project Starfish, students, staff and parents sponsored fund-raisers to aid outreach agencies. Their work has raised more than $35,000 in the past five years. The project’s name is taken from the story of a man who threw starfish back into the sea, one by one — even though there were millions of starfish to be tossed back in, he was able to save as many as he was willing to try to save.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland


LEWISTON — St. James Parish in Lewiston was looking for an Advent project. A search on the Internet discovered a church named St. James located in Manhattan, just seven blocks from Ground Zero. After talking to Father Rafael Corniel, who is pastor of the Manhattan St. James, Lewiston parishioners learned that the New York church did not suffer any structural damage, but they had fed hundreds of rescue workers, firefighters and police officers, putting a big crimp in their budget. The Idaho church responded by raising $2,500, which was sent in a scroll of good wishes and promises to pray for the New Yorkers. The Idaho church also sent an album depicting their own parish life.
POST FALLS — Vince Nims, also known as the “Banana Guy,” will be the keynote speaker for the Idaho Catholic Youth Convention 2002 March 15-17. Youth in the Northern Deanery will host the event at the new Post Falls High School. Nims has been in youth ministry 12 years and has appeared at National Catholic Youth Ministers’ conventions since 1997. For more information contact Ken Cooke, diocesan youth minister coordinator, at (208) 342-1311.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

GREAT FALLS — Eighteen boys were invested into a new group of the Knights of Columbus Squires program last fall, the second such group in the state. The other Squires group is in Billings, and five of those members attended the Great Falls ceremony. The Squires program is for boys 12-18 years old who participate in spiritual, service, social, cultural and social activities.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

Diocese of Yakima

MOSES LAKE — Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, seven years in the planning and building, was dedicated by Bishop Carlos Sevilla, S.J., Dec. 2, 2001. The church was started as a mission with 23 families in 1941, and was made a parish 10 years later, with 377 families. Pastor is Jesuit Father John Morse. The three-hour dedication ceremony included a bilingual Mass. Nearly 1,000 parishioners and community friends attended the dedication.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — The 16 members of the Vocal Ensemble at Holy Names Academy became “singing Valentines” Feb. 14, offering their vocals as “Valigrams.” The unusual fund-raiser took the ensemble, or various parts of it, all over Seattle that day, to sing such standards as “My Funny Valentine” or “My Girl.” The $100 fee not only included a song for the recipient, but also a rose and a homemade, heart-shaped, frosted sugar cookie. Director and tenor Rafe Wadleigh was the brains behind the idea; he sings occasionally for Live Wires Telegram Entertainment Service.
FRIDAY HARBOR — St. Francis of Assisi Parish, its station churches, along with churches of other denominations on the island celebrated Mardi Gras in a nautical fashion. Their party was held on the inter-island ferry during the boat’s regular runs to San Juan, Orcas, Shaw and Lopez Island. The family-style party featured Cajun food, Dixieland music, games and prizes for best costumes. This was the island communities’ second such party. The idea came from Father Rob Evenson and a group of parishioners who were seeking a way to build community.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
VANCOUVER — Members of St. Joseph Parish are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their church. The parish held a Liturgical Arts Festival recently which focused on the ministries of worship.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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