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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

New acolyte installed
Pedro Bautista, a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Spokane at The American College in Louvain, Belgium, was installed as an acolyte earlier this month. Celebrating the Mass was Bishop David Ricken of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Prayer service to honor 60 years of priestly ministry
Father Terence Tully, the Spokane Diocese’s Scout chaplain, celebrates his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination this year. As part of the celebration, there will be a prayer service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside in Spokane. The public is invited; a reception will follow. Father Tully is the founding editor of the Inland Register. He continues to write a column devoted to Catholic Scouting for each issue, despite the fact that he has been something resembling retired for several years.

‘Moonlight Serenade’ will help fund capital improvements for St. Aloysius School
“Moonlight Serenade,” the annual dinner/auction/community event, helped raise funds recently for St. Aloysius School. Proceeds from the event will help pay for a new roof and other capital improvements for the school. This year’s chairs were Don and Kristi Heaton. Co-chair, Guy Byrd, will chair the event next year.

Bishop White rector profiled in national Catholic newspaper
Father Darrin Connall, rector of Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, was the subject of a recent interview/profile on the front page of the National Catholic Register. The article, written by Jesuit Father Matthew Gamber, who serves as Bishop White’s spiritual director, can be read in the “Recent Archive” section of the Register’s web site.

St. Charles students assist needy schoolchildren of Afghanistan
Seventh and eighth grade classes at St. Charles School, Spokane, have been busy preparing a “school chest” for the children of Afghanistan. The school chest program, through the American Red Cross, helps children reach out to other children in need around the world. The chests are stocked with common school supplies – from crayons and paper to books. A 63-pound chest will contain enough supplies to help about 40 children overseas. “This has been a great opportunity for the students,” said eighth grade teacher Jessica LaDoux. The students presented their school chest to Red Cross representatives on May 9.

Catholic Investment Trust seeks to fill three member spots
The investment committee of the Spokane Catholic Investment Trust (SCIT) will have three openings beginning this summer. This committee meets quarterly to review the investment performance of the fund managers within SCIT. Entities within SCIT include the Catholic Diocese of Spokane; Catholic Charities; Catholic Cemeteries; Gonzaga Prep; Morning Star Boys’ Ranch; and Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. The investment advice of the committee is then forwarded to the Board of Directors of SCIT for action. Preferred background for committee members should include: Catholic in good standing; experience in all types of investments; general financial background in portfolio management. Potential applicants should submit a letter of interest no later than Friday, June 14, 2002, to: Michael Miller, Bishop’s Secretary for Diocesan Business Affairs, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453. For questions or for more information, contact Miller by phone: (509) 358-7333.

Gifts for the pastor’s gifts
The National Catholic Educational Association declared Sunday, April 21, national Catholic School Pastor Day. In honor of the occasion students at St. Mary School, Spokane, celebrated Father Steve Dublinski, St. Mary’s pastor, during a Thursday Mass. They presented him with a variety of gifts, from song and poetry to drawings and handmade books. Among the gifts was a banner, presented by the school's fifth graders. The banner consisted of crosses which acknowledge some of his gifts.

Spokane Sister organizes medical mission to Haiti
Sister Bonnie Peiloux, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia ministering in Spokane, organized a recent medical mission to Haiti. Sister Bonnie was one of six women Religious who traveled to Haiti April 19-27. In Haiti they helped operate an eye clinic û performing eye exams and distributing pairs of used eyeglasses. The donated glasses were sterilized, sorted, and packed by retired Sisters in Tacoma and Philadelphia. The Sisters also helped care for TB, cancer, and HIV/AIDS patients.

Natural Family Planning classes now being taught in Chewelah
Dr. Paul and Lori Larsen are now teaching Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes in the Chewelah area, through a grant from St. Joseph Hospital there. “We are providing the same program as the class offered at Sacred Heart” Medical Center in Spokane, said Lori Larsen. “We felt that the commute to Spokane would be difficult for many couples living in the northern counties.” For information, call 675-4491.

Community garden project blooms
Partners for Community Living at Bernadette Place will have a Community Garden this summer thanks to the generosity, hard work, and dedication of two special groups. As part of a biology landscaping project, students from Gonzaga Prep are providing the actual labor in building the gardens. They are also organizing a fundraiser in order to supply and install decorative brick borders around each garden bed. The other group making this happen is Spokane Community Gardens. In addition to offering professional advice, they are donating all the dirt required for the beds, as well as seed packets and templates. This project would not be possible without the generous members of the community.

Spokane pastor recognized for chaplain service
Father Gene Tracy, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Spokane, was recognized recently as Chaplain of the Year by the Spokane Police Department. Father Tracy, a Spokane native, has been a priest since 1991.

Statues get dressed for Bloomsday
For the last five years, LaLa Gerber, an employee with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Spokane, has dressed the Bloomsday runner statues in Riverfront Park in preparation for the annual race. The statues are adorned with past Bloomsday finisher t-shirts, adding a little history and a festive air to the occasion, and affording some publicity for the Society. Helping Gerber were Michelle Forsyth and Gabriel DaSilva.

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