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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the April 11, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena
BUTTE — Sister Paula Tweet’s second graders at Butte Central Elementary School had two special guests recently who communicated with them in silence. Tane Schulte and her mother, Flo Ellen Hippe who was born deaf, came to the class to teach sign language to the students. Schulte said the students were quick learners.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY — The clothing bank at Sacred Heart Parish was the recipient of an anonymous gift of 150 Beanie Babies. The parish’s St. Jude Guild used the beanies as bingo prizes at a local adult care facility.
BELLINGHAM — Several years ago Assumption School named its annual fun in honor of Ellen Anderson, a volunteer at the school for more than 20 years and a enthusiastic promoter of the event. Anderson, now 92, completed the latest Grandma Ellen Fun Run March 16 by walking a mile in less than 30 minutes. When she was a volunteer, Anderson worked with elementary age children, reading to them, teaching them how to tie their shoes, and comforting them when they were homesick for Mom and Dad.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — The Yakima Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will celebrate their 50th anniversary Saturday, April 27, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in East Wenatchee. Bishop Carlos Sevilla, S.J., will concelebrate Mass in the morning to begin the day of festivities. After the celebration the organization will become inactive.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

OREGON
Diocese of Baker

BURNS — Parishioners at Holy Family Parish did a “brown bag project” during Lent. On Ash Wednesday they were given bags and lists of donations needed for local social organizations. The filled bags were returned on Palm Sunday and were then given to the organizations.
Archdiocese of Portland
PORTLAND —
Fifteen different ethnic groups shared faith, culture and food at the first multi-cultural weekend at St. Pius X church. More than 600 people attended the event, which included a Mass with different cultures expressed in the liturgy. Petitions and the Lord’s Prayer were read and recited in different languages.
TUALATIN — Members of the Church of the Resurrection are paying for the education of some low-income Hondurans, with going to 15 students. Parishioners are raising another $4,000 to continue the scholarships for the next school year. A group of parishioners went to Honduras recently to meet the students.
SUBLIMITY — Parishioners at St. Boniface donated 2,000 pounds of clothing, books, toys and bedding to St. Joseph Mission parish in Keams Canyon, Ariz.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland
PORTLAND — Jesuit Father Michael Schultheis was named president of the first Catholic university to open in the African country of Ghana. Father Schultheis accepted an appointment for a three-year term, which begins in June. He is one of the founders of the Jesuit Refugee Service and was with that agency 11 years, in both Rome and Africa. Father Schultheis has a Ph.D in economics and has taught in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, and Malawi.
— Northwest Jesuit

IDAHO
Diocese of Boise

BOISE — St. Mark Parish hosted a Called and Gifted Weekend March 15-16, to help participants discern the gifts God has given them for service. The weekend is centered around the belief that every Catholic has a vocation to extend Christ’s ministry in the world. The team presenting the weekend was trained through the Catherine of Siena Institute in Seattle.
OROFINO — Sculptor John Gilliam of St. Theresa Parish is a man with a mission. He is sculpting in bronze all 15 mysteries of the rosary. Gilliam believes strongly that art is “an important communications tool God can use to teach people.” A work of the suffering Christ by Gilliam hangs near the church’s tabernacle. Through his art, Gilliam wants people to understand who Christ is and “what he did for us.”
— The Idaho Register, Boise

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