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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Around the Diocese: June 13, 2002

by the Inland Register

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

Presidential pen pal
Gina Conger, an 11-year-old student at St. Aloysius School in Spokane, found herself moved to comment on recent tragedies which have befallen America. She shared her reflections with her classmates who urged her to pass on her words to President Bush. She did, and received a reply, signed by the president. “Your message tells me that you are caring and thoughtful,” wrote the president. “During these difficult times, I am encouraged by your kindness and compassion for others.” Together with her friend Jordon Hoffnagle, Conger has been named national award winner in the American Automobile Association’s recent national school travvis safety poster program.

Puppets, games help teach lessons
Michele Acock, principal of Assumption School, Walla Walla, invited the local Parent-to-Parent staff and volunteers to visit the school for two days of puppet shows, games and more, teaching students and staff about disabilities, both mental and physical. The main message: “God made us all and we are all unique and wonderful children in our Father’s eyes.”

Anniversaries celebrated
Holy Names Sister Mary Angela (Mary Ann) Morbeck and her brother, Father George Morbeck, mark significant anniversaries this year: for her, 60 years as a Religious; for him, 50 years as a priest. The two will celebrate on Sunday, July 7, with Mass at St. Boniface Church, Uniontown, their home town, at 9 a.m. An open house in their honor will be held that afternoon at the home of Carroll and Edna Mae (Morbeck) Schultheis, 311 Steptoe St., Colton.

Holy Family’s Top 10
Tri-State Hospital has been the business/education partner for Holy Family School, Clarkston, since 1995. The hospital recently honored the top 10 percent of the students at the school, with lunch at Fazzari’s Restaurant. Honoring top-tier students is an annual event.

Clarkston Catholic Daughters elect officers
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ Court St. Catherine of Siena, Clarkston, elected new officers to a two-year term. Elected were Dianne Marshall (regent), Mary Harlow (vice regent), Mary Smith (recording secretary), Kathleen Shotzko (treasurer) and Johanna Twiet (financial secretary). Twiet is from Lewiston, Idaho; the other officers all live in Clarkston. The Court presently has 59 members.

Mr. Yuk winner
Cataldo third grader Meghan Schemmel has won trophies for taking first place in a recent Mr. Yuk poisoning prevention contest. Her poster was made into a billboard and displayed at the corner of Sprague and Division in downtown Spokane.

Mentors to mother needed by CAPA program
The “Doula” project from Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) is in need of volunteers – “doulas,” or “caregiving helpers,” – to work with young, single, pregnant women. The doulas provide emotional support and encouragement to a single parent, from prenatal times through birthing and the months of early parenting. The doula commitment is for one year, about two hours a week. Volunteers must be a parent, have a high school education, and be a minimum of 26 years old. Training will begin in the fall; enrollment is limited. For information, call 325-7667.

Cataldo alumnus ministers in El Salvador
Patrick McMonigle, an alumnus of Cataldo School, Spokane and a junior at the University of Santa Clara, has recently been working in San Salvador, ministering among the poor through Mother of the Poor Parish there. Besides helping with the local Catholic school - tutoring, teaching PE - McMonigle is studying at the University of Central America. His Spokane alma mater helps support his work - Cataldo students donated gently used shirts and shoes for his students. The donations were delivered personally by McMonigle’s parents, Denny and Jan McMonigle.

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