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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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(From the April 11, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

National CCHD director to keynote April social concerns gathering
Father Bob Vitillo, president of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, will be the keynote speaker at a gathering of parish social concerns contacts at O’Malley Hall at St. Aloysius Parish, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Following the keynote by Father Vitillo, the mid-day session will include an overview of Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry programs and small group sessions on specific social justice activities such as Journey to Justice, the Catholic Charities voucher program, Volunteer Chore Services and Global Solidarity. Lunch, large group discussion and highlights of the plan for parish partnerships will follow.
Father Vitillo is a priest of the Diocese of Patterson, N.J., has been a Catholic Charities Director and was with Caritas Internationalis from 1986-95.
While in Spokane he will be meeting with pastoral leaders at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, visiting local CCHD projects, and will be guest speaker at a dinner for members of the Catholic Charities HIV/AIDS CareTeams.
All parishioners, particularly members of Social Concerns Committees are invited and encouraged to attend. An RSVP to Catholic Charities at 358-4250 or 1-800-831-1209 is requested.

Parish to honor Father Skok’s 50th anniversary of ordination
Father Charles Skok will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest in late April this year.
Father Skok has shared his talents throughout the diocese. He has served as pastor of several parishes, rector of the seminary, Gonzaga University faculty member, department head and faculty leader, an advisor to bishops and an observer of Vatican II. Father Skok earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology from Rome, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Gonzaga University and recognized with the presentation of the Bishop’s Medal. His voluntary service to the diocese is truly a priceless treasure.
St. John Vianney Parish will honor Father Skok on April 26 at 6 p.m. with a reception in the parish hall. If Father Skok has touched your life, and you would like to join us, please do so. Please call the parish office with any questions or with an RSVP: (509) 926-5428 or (509) 926-5553.

Clarkston parishioner bound for Ethiopia
Monica Eggleston, a member of Holy Family Parish in Clarkston, will soon leave for a year of service with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, working in Ethiopia.
Eggleston’s work will include teaching English and vocational skills at the Sisters’ school, as well as working with youth groups and helping to provide general relief services to the larger community.
The parish is taking up a collection to help fund her travel and expenses. Donations can be made to Holy Family Parish, 719 Chestnut, Clarkston, WA 99403, with a notation that the funds are to be used to help support Eggleston’s efforts.

Janyce Bouta renews first vows with Holy Names Sisters
Janyce Bouta renewed her first vows with the Sisters of the Holy Names during a ceremony in late January at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.
Sister Janyce first entered the community in 1970. She served with Holy Names communities in Washington before leaving the community.
Since that time she worked for Seattle parishes and worked and lived at a Carmelite monastery.

DeSales team competes in Knowledge Bowl
The Knowledge Bowl team from DeSales, Walla Walla, competed recently at a state tournament in Camas. The competition followed a DeSales regional tournament win among B schools.
The DeSales students came in second in state, with a two-point loss to St. George School, Spokane.
DeSales’ team consisted of juniors Bonnie Ankrom, Jesse Fledderjohann, Peter Phillips, and Whitney Power, and sophomores Colin Roach and Megan Stull.
The hard work — dedication, perseverance, time management, and steady Sunday night practices — paid off.

Catholic Charities’ Christmas Collection tops goal for 2001
As of March 29, $653,534.89 has been donated to the 2001 Catholic Charities Christmas Collection. The sum surpasses the 2001 Collection goal of $650,000.
It also represents an all-time high for the Christmas Collection.
Collection proceeds help fund Catholic Charities programs throughout the year. The 2001 Collection was the 60th annual fund-raiser.
The 2001 collection represents a five percent increase in donations, and a 10 percent increase in the number of donors.
The average gift was $106.
“The 2001 Christmas Collection is truly a lifesaver,” said Mary Ann Heskett, Catholic Charities Development Director. “All agencies dependent upon year-end holiday appeals for donations were nervous, given the threats at home and abroad. There was never any doubt regarding the faithfulness and generosity of our donors.”

Auction will benefit Cataldo School
Cataldo School’s auction has been set for Saturday, April 20, at Gonzaga Prep.
The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m. The social hour and silent auction start at 5:30; dinner is at 7, followed by the oral auction at 8 p.m.
For information, call 624-8759, ext. 14.

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