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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Around the Diocese

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(From the March 21, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Some 70 people from across the diocese gathered at St. Ann Parish Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21, for a workshop and training with NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. NETWORK trained attendees in the complexities of welfare reform. That reform must be reauthorized by Congress by this fall. According to NETWORK, the goal for welfare reform should be to move people out of poverty and not just off the welfare rolls. The role of the faith community is to be a voice, in concert with those most affected by welfare policy, for those who have no voice. At least eight parishes were represented, including Sacred Heart, Pullman, and St. Joseph, Omak. A class from Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, also took part. The advocacy training ended with writing letters to national legislators.

Catholic women’s group hosts day-long retreat
The Catholic Business and Professional Women of Spokane are hosting a day-long “mini-retreat” on Saturday, March 23, at Sacred Heart Church, on the corner of 10th and Rockwood Blvd., Spokane.
Leading the day of prayer and reflection will be Benedictine Abbot Adrian Parcher, pastor of Mary Queen Parish, Spokane.
The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude around 2:30 p.m.
All Catholic women of the diocese are invited to attend. For information or reservations, call 489-3423. Cost is $10 per person for the luncheon.

Marriage Day celebrated throughout diocese
Feb. 10 was designated as World Marriage Day, with events throughout the diocese honoring the commitment of married couples.
One of the Masses honoring marriage was celebrated at Mary Queen Parish, Spokane. Presiding was Jesuit Father Robert Goebel.
Displayed for all to see where proclamations about the event, from both Bishop Skylstad and Spokane Mayor John Powers.
A reception followed.

Cataldo stages ‘Peter Pan’
Cataldo School’s after-school drama program recently presented the musical Peter Pan, directed by Cataldo parent Kim Roberts. About 60 students and 30 parent volunteers were involved in the effort, which was performed at Spokane Community College.

Jubilee dinner, auction to benefit St. Mary School
St. Mary School will host its 30th annual benefit auction on Saturday, April 13, at the DoubleTree Hotel in the Spokane Valley.
The event begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and live auction at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person; reserved tables for 10 are $350.
Among the auction items are vacation getaways, dinner parties, gift baskets and sports memorabilia.
For information or reservations, call 924-4300, ext. 11.

Independent living
Morning Star Boys’ Ranch recently completed an appeal for funds to purchase a tri-plex unit to house the Ranch’s new Independent Living Program. Once repairs and maintenance are completed, the first boys should be in residence sometime this spring.

‘Medieval Mysteries’ to be staged at St. Aloysius
Gonzaga University’s theatre department will present the U.S. premiere of Medieval Mysteries, a series of religious cycle stories from the Bible, written by Whitworth professor Doug Sugano.
The production is a shorter version of the Midland Mysteries which premiered five years ago in England.
The four Old Testament plays are “The Creation of Heaven,” “The Fall of Man,” “Cain and Abel,” and “Noah.” Also included are nine New Testament plays focused on the ministry and Passion of Jesus.
The production opens April 12. The evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are scheduled for April 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at St. Aloysius Church. Tickets go on sale March 25; tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Call 323-6553 for tickets and information.

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