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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: May 23, 2002

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(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland
KEIZER — Young people at St. Edward Parish make sack lunches each Sunday for the homeless who live under the Marion Street Bridge in Salem. They began their ministry two years ago, and went from making 30 lunches each week to making 100.
PORTLAND — Holy Family School’s 10 newly-baptized children and their 10 student sponsors went on a “Mystagogia Field Trip” in the week after the Easter Vigil. The purpose was to offer an experience of the “Jesus Way of Life.” The group visited the Downtown Chapel, Macdonald Center assisted living center, Sisters of the Road Cafe, Greenhouse street youth center and St. Mary Cathedral. Children visited with some of the people on the streets and handed out meal cards for the Sisters of the Road.
PORTLAND — Most people want to comfort a person whose loved one has died, but don’t know what to do. Providence Health System provides a free two-hour class to church congregations on how to help people whose loved ones have died. Hospice volunteers, who made plenty of fumbles in their work, had suggested the idea. The program started five years ago and the number of people taking the class has grown each year.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland


BOISE — Bishop Kelly High School’s prosecution team narrowly defeated a defense team from Centennial High School to win first place at the State Mock Trial Competition. Idaho Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout presided over the mock trial. Nearly 200 attorneys, judges, teachers, and community leaders donated their time and expertise for the 2002 competition. The program gives students an opportunity to experience first-hand the drama and excitement of a courtroom proceeding.
—The Idaho Register, Boise

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

GREAT FALLS — The third grade students at Holy Spirit School celebrated Michelangelo’s birthday during their art class recently. One of their activities was drawing on the bottom of their desks as they lay on the floor. This helped them experience the great painter’s work in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
—The Harvest, Great Falls

Diocese of Helena

MISSOULA — Six high school students and two adults from Pope Blessed John XXXIII Parish participated in the Catholic Relief Services Food Fast. This was the third year that young people took part in the fast which also includes prayer and education about poverty. This year’s retreat focused on child labor around the world. In an exercise call “It’s not fair,” participants learned how youth in other countries live and compared that to their own lives. In India 100 million children do not attend school because they are forced to work. An 11-year-old boy makes bricks, 16 hours a day, six days a week, for 2.6 cents an hour. The retreatants analyzed these situations and then applied Catholic social teaching to them.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Students at Bishop Blanchet High School practiced for months with professional circus performers in preparation for their spring musical, called Barnum. Students learned to be clowns, jugglers, acrobats and other circus performers. The musical is based on the life of circus legend P.T. Barnum. Performances took place the last two weekends of April.
SEATTLE — Father James Williams, pastor at St. Bernadette Parish, was given a special gift for his 66th birthday. His gift was a quilt with individual photos of all 256 students at St. Bernadette School. Father Jim visits the classrooms at the school “almost every day,” said the school principal.
GIG HARBOR — Students at St. Nicholas School raised $6,000 in a Jump Rope for Heart Campaign. The kindergarten class raised the most money: over $1,300.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — Jesuit Father Mike Pope was installed in January as pastor of St. Joseph Church.
— National Jesuit News, Washington, D.C.

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