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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

Scouts’ dedication, hard work pay off through emblem awards

by Father Terence Tully, for the Inland Register

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

In January five young men, dressed in their Scout uniforms, faced a Board of Review, of which I was a member. They told of the months they spent fulfilling the requirements of a religious emblem called the Pope Pius XII medal. If the name of the emblem reflected its activities, it would be called “How Can I Please God with My Life?” The Board of Review readily decided these Scouts should receive the medal, and on Feb. 3 Bishop Skylstad conferred it on them, during the Bishop’s Recognition Day this year at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

At the Board of Review the young men showed with humor and friendship that the emblem requirements helped them handle the pros and cons of lifestyles, professions, and states of life that lay ahead of them. Ways to serve God include priesthood and Religious life. They thought of it and prayed about it.

They looked into themselves for their gifts and talents. What people, what environment, what technology, what threats and opportunities are they likely to meet with? How will God and God’s Providence likely affect their lives? Wife and family. Professions that take them around the Earth and beyond the Earth — nothing was overlooked.

At all times and points relationship with God was maintained, not too hard a task for Scouts who have repeatedly promised on their honor to do their duty to God and their country, and to help other people at all times.

Their names
In alphabetical order, the names of the Scouts receiving the Pope Pius XII emblem from Bishop Skylstad on Feb. 3 are as follows:

• Ehren Burright, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.
• Josh Burright, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.
• Philip T. Clements, Holy Rosary Parish, Rosalia.
• David Gaims, Holy Family Church, Fairchild Air Force Base.
• Jonathan Schmitz, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.

Facilitator of this group as they worked through the emblem requirements was James Burgen, member of our Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and chairperson of the Pacific Northwest region of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

The Pope Pius XII emblem is different from all others, and I feel privileged to promote it and sometimes act as facilitator for the young men who go for it.

I should also mention young women, because they can join Venturing, a phase of Scouting that is open to them. And Venturers can work for the Pope Pius XII emblem. Also, a Venturing crew can specialize in youth ministry.

Scouts at Easter Vigil
In some parishes Scouts are asked to light, maintain, and extinguish the blessed Easter Fire that is part of the Easter Vigil liturgy, this year on March 30. From this fire is lighted the large Paschal Candle, and from it are lighted the candles held by persons in the congregation.

I like to remind Cub Scouts who have earned the Light of Christ emblem that their medal shows a Scout looking up at the Paschal Candle. Why not invite Cubs wearing this medal to attend the Easter Vigil liturgy in uniform? If anyone asks why, the Cub Scout can point to his medal and explain the connection.

A future column will list the names of the Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts who received the Light of Christ and the Parvuli Dei medals from the bishop on Feb. 3.

Coming Events
Catholic Camporee, date and location TBA, autumn 2002.

For information on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and its activities, contact:
Father Terence Tully, diocesan Scout chaplain, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd., Apt. 308, Spokane, WA 99207-1200; phone (509) 458-7674; or,
Joe Schmitz, chairperson, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, 400 S. Jefferson, Suite 112, Spokane, WA 99204; (509) 747-7499.
Click here for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s web site!

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