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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Foundation distributes over $48,000 in grants during annual luncheon June 6

by the Inland Register

(From the June 13, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

The Catholic Foundation held its annual Grant and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Spokane. Over 120 people attended the event.

At the luncheon Rich Algeo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation, announced the 65 recipients of Foundation grants for 2002.

The total amount distributed in the annual grant program this year is $48,664.

Grants are funded through the Catholic Community Outreach Endowment and various Religious Education endowments held by the Foundation.

Grants from the Religious Education endowments help to support the elementary, secondary and adult religious education programs in parishes throughout eastern Washington. The Catholic Community Outreach Endowment provides grants to Catholic schools, parishes, organizations and social service programs within the Diocese of Spokane. Grants are made for projects that support the common good, build community, encourage evangelization and foster the well-being of families.

The following grants were given from the Religious Education endowments:

Diocesan Multicultural Committee, to print “Diversity, Working Toward Unity” materials: $1,000.

Jail and Prison Detention Ministry, to support Chaplaincy Services, volunteer formation, Director’s meetings, and more: $1,000.

Parish Services Office:
• To help cover some of the costs of Faith Day for Middle School: $1,000.
• To cover some of the costs of Catholic Youth Leadership Camp housing, meals, supplies, and transportation: $1,500.
• Catholic Youth Celebration printing, meeting rooms, equip, help, speakers, t-shirts, meals: $2,000.
• To update the current library software program through bar coding and computer updates: $200.

Sacred Heart Parish, Brewster:
• to purchase tables, chairs, whiteboards, certificates for religious education: $500.
• to help support youth ministry programs: $300.

Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman: to support the Mexico Mission Trip 2002: $2,000.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane:
• purchase religious education m, books, videos: $100.
• Youth religious education materials, books, videos: $100.

St. Joseph Parish, Colbert: for scholarships to the Leadership Formation Conference: $400.

St. Joseph Parish, Spokane:
• to send one young person from the parish to Leadership Camp: $180.
• help parish youth attend a retreat and the Catholic Youth Congress: $499.

St. Joseph/St. Anthony parishes, Spokane:
• for 15 scholarships for the Catholic Conference: $250.
• to purchase religious education curriculum materials: $400.

St. Michael Mission, Inchelium:
• for Summer Bible Camp materials, food, transporation: $400.
• to purchase religious education materials: $350.
• to support youth ministry: $400.
• for adult education educational speakers: $450.

St. Patrick Parish Pasco:
• for meals, lodging, refreshments, for Cursillo: $1,500.
• to purchase bi-lingual religious education textbooks and workbooks: $2,000.

St. Patrick Parish, Spokane:
• present a lay ministers retreat for the parish: $375.
• eight scholarships for Catholic Faith Conference: $200.
• purchase religious education curriculum materials: $400.
• provide Scripture study guides for small groups: $150.
• to send 24 parishioners to a music and liturgy workshop: $210.

St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla: Purchase Hispanic Catecismo Program textbooks: $500.

St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla: for scholarships to Junior High Faith Day and Catholic Youth Congress: $500.

St. Thomas More Newman Center, Pullman:
• to purchase religious education materials, Bible study, Advent, Lent: $500.
• to help enhance liturgies through music and environment: $500.

Grants from the Catholic Community Outreach Endowment are:

Caritas Center, Spokane: to help the center meet the needs of the poor and needy in the North Spokane: $750.

Catholic Charities Housing Social: to help build community at Guse Summit View apartments: $500.

Catholic Engaged Encounter: to help with the costs of Team Training, Travel, Hosting and Scholarships: $700.

Catholic Newman Center, Cheney: Refurbish Newman Center Chapel: $2,948.

Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program: Room and Board, materials, retreat center, secretarial support: $750.

Fig Tree: Rural Community Outreach: $500.

Holy Family spirituality: to help 25 parishioners attend the Journey to Justice Weekend: $250.

Human Life Education Foundation:
• to purchase a copier: $750.
• Printing, mail cost, postage for 4 yearly mailings: $1,000.

Immaculate Heart Retreat:
• Diocesan Youth Retreats Tuition Assistance: $1,000.
• Senior Day of Prayer scholarships, transportation: $500.
• Handicapped Encounter Christ Retreat stipend, travel, scholarships: $1,000.

Miryam’s House of Transition: video equipment for the Attachment Program to help mothers working toward reunification with their children: $435.

Natural Family Planning, Sacred Heart Medical Center: Instruction salaries, printing: $1,000.

OMEGA: for prescription medication and transportation assistance for the needy: $350.

Project Timothy, Dayton:
• purchase a computer and related equipment: $1,225.
• Crisis Assistance to needy — Building payment, utilities, oil, phone, maintenance, supplies, repairs: $1,500.

Secular Franciscan Order, Dayton: Purchase food to cook for the homeless: $500.

Spokane County Jail Ministries: purchase Bibles for jail inmates: $400.

Spokane Region, Providence: for food, childcare supplies, and so forth for women’s retreats: $500.

St. Francis Xavier/Vincent DePaul: Subsidy for the parish food bank: $750.

St. Joseph Family Center: to help support the Counseling Service and skill-based programs: $500.

St. Joseph Parish, Colbert: to provide books and support retreats for the Just Faith program: $500.

St. Mary Parish Youth Group: for plane fare and other fees for two Guatemalan youth to attend World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto: $500.

St. Mary/St. Joseph parishes, Omak: Reaching out Ministry to the Colville Indians — transport, housing, food, insurance, and so forth: $500.

St. Michael Mission, Inchelium: Window replacement and installation: $1,250.

St. Paschal Educare: Remodeling the toddler room: $217.

St. Paschal School, Spokane:
• replacement of carpet: $1,520.
• computer center for students: $1,000.

St. Patrick Parish, Pasco:
• Marriage Enrichment Program Keynote speakers, food, choir, facilities: $1,000.
• to help conduct a Strategic Planning Program for the parish: $1,000.

St. Patrick Parish, Spokane:
• to train a parish staff person for Senior Adult ministry in the parish: $220.
• to present a Parish Weekend Retreat: $500.

St. Patrick School Pasco: To help support the Toddler Program: $485.

In addition to the grants, Algeo announced the nominees for the Foundation’s annual Catholic Community Stewardship Award.

The award is presented each year to individuals or groups within the Diocese of Spokane who give their time, skills and financial resources to parishes, programs, schools or religious education programs.

This year 15 individuals were nominated for the award. Each of them received a framed certificate of recognition.

Algeo presented the Catholic Community Service Award for 2002 to Cecilia “Sis” Clark and Pete Brickner. Their names will be inscribed on a special commemorative plaque at the Catholic Pastoral Center.

Brickner was nominated by Eleanor Finley and Betty Ries.

Pete has been a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish for 50 years. He has been a member of the Holy Name Society, St. Francis Xavier Home and School Association and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Pete is talented at convincing people to give both time and money to projects that he knows are important. There is a saying at St. Francis Xavier Parish that if you want a fund raiser to succeed, convince Pete it is important. He has recruited members into the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Meals on Wheels, Knights of Columbus and the Holy Names Society.

To facilitate the ability of several deaf employees in his department when he worked at the Spokesman Review, Pete learned sign language. Pete is an important behind-the-scenes member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Cecilia (Sis) Clark was nominated by Nancy J. Armstrong-Montes.

Sis has been an active member of Sacred Heart Mission in Nespelem for over 40 years. Her involvement in Church and tribal life include Cursillo, Northwest Kateri Ministry, Tekakwitha Conference, and the Colville Tribe Housing Authority. She has been a key person in the Cursillo Movement on the Colville Reservation and throughout the Diocese of Spokane. She has participated in Leaders School, Cursillo weekends and was the secretariat for the Spokane Diocese to Cursillos Region XII.

She has been a participant in Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute for the past 11 years. Cecilia has also worked with the Native American Housing Authority of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sis is a model great-grandmother, grandmother and mother for her 12 children.

Also nominated were:
Virginia Ayres, St. Francis of Assisi, Walla Walla.
Jack and Mary Barga, St. Patrick, Walla Walla.
Jean Carmichael, St. Augustine, Spokane.
Joseph and Angela Cavanuagh, St. Mary, Spokane.
Kathy Foreman, St. Paschal, Spokane.
Don Herak, St. Augustine, Spokane.
Joan Herres, Holy Rosary, Pomeroy.
Sandra Maher, St. Mary, Spokane.
Zoe McManus, St. Mary, Spokane.
Dennis Montes, Sacred Heart, Nespelem.
Helen Murbach, Holy Ghost, Valley.
Hilde Swords, St. Charles, Spokane.

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