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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 March 21, 2002 edition of the Inland Register

IDAHO
LEWISTON — Catholic Daughters of America Court Cataldo celebrated their 90th anniversary by donating funds to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Foundation. The money will be used to furnish a room at Carondelet House, a facility that provides lodging for the families of out-of-town hospital patients. The presentation was made Feb. 4 at St. Stanislaus Parish Center.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena

HELENA — Robert Dickey of Helena became a Catholic Jan. 23 at the age of 89. Dickey’s wife, Helen, was a strong Catholic. When she died five years ago, he moved into a retirement community on the upper east side of the city. He would often take another resident in the community to Mass and in that way came to learn about the church.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

PLENTYWOOD — During the week of Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25, the Ministerial Association in Sherwood County sponsored eight days of hosting services in eight different churches in the community. St. Joseph Church hosted the service on Jan. 25. The gathered ministers also said farewell to St. Joseph’s pastor, who is retiring in June.
GREAT FALLS — The first graders at St.Luke’s School made gift boxes for the children at the Children’s Receiving Home. The boxes included personal toiletries and and toys.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Mary Larson is a nurse at Pioneer Square Clinic. She is also a portrait painter. The portraits are of some of the people, many of them homeless and all low-income, who come to the free clinic for services. Larson doesn’t sell the paintings; she trades them for socks, or McDonald’s coupons, or warm gloves and once, for a pair of men’s size 9 shoes. Larson is mostly a self-taught painter, and said each person she paints “is so special. It’s a privilege, I think, to be part of their lives.” Other clinic workers said Larson’s colorful portraits seem to boost the self-esteem of the people who were painted. Larson is a member of St. James Cathedral Parish.
SHAW ISLAND — Shirley Frances Roy became Mother Martina in the Benedictine Nuns of the Primitive Observance ... at age 79. Her three children and five of her six grandchildren attended the liturgy at which she professed her final vows. Roy had thought she might enter religious life after high school, but college studies derailed her plans. She married, had four children (one is deceased) and was later divorced. She worked in Arizona when she once again thought about her vocation. She entered the community in 1994
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — St. Andrew Parish hosts a support group for the unemployed. Those out of work gather each week to talk and form networks. The parish has restarted its shuttle and seniors and homebound parishioners can once again get a ride to Mass.
PORTLAND — St. Pius X Parish held an art sale and auction to help support a mission and orphanage in India. The program was started to return resources to the Indian communities who are currently sharing three of their priests with the Archdiocese of Portland. One of the priests, Father Agnelo Gomes, is associate pastor in the parish. The program was named Taj Art, which means “marvelous art” in Indian. Parish children, ages 6-13, provided the art. They painted canvases, pieced together mosaic work, such as mirrors and garden stepping stones and made birdhouses. The art event raised $8,000, which will be sent to Boys Town, a needy community and orphanage run by the Society of St. Francis Xavier. The money will be used to pay teacher salaries and buy educational supplies. Father Gomes said it was “wonderful to see our children... reach out to the poor children of another country...”
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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