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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: June 13, 2002

by the Inland Register

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

IDAHO
LEWISTON — Each classroom at St. Stanislaus Tri-Parish School planted a tree in a project that created a grove of trees dedicated to world peace. The school’s student council organized a “Count on Kids” campaign, choosing the tree-planting project. The Rotary Club of Lewiston purchased the trees for the students but each class must see to watering and protection for their tree during its first year. The classes have named their trees and several classes plan to spend reading time under their trees when it warms up.
COTTONWOOD — St. Mary Hospital and Clinics held a groundbreaking blessing and celebration for a new medical clinic which is expected to be completed next fall. St. Mary Hospital was established by the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude. Over 300 people attended the event.
The Idaho Register, Boise

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena

MISSOULA — The first Charismatic conference in the diocese in seven years was held in Missoula April 12-14. Speakers included Ralph Martin and Peter Herbeck who spoke to 568 persons during the weekend. A REACH team from Yakima, Wash., led a youth track and Bishop Robert Morlino gave the welcome. Planning has already started for the next conference which is set for early May.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two elementary schools in the archdiocese have started handbell programs. One is Holy Family School in Kirkland; the other at All Saints School in Puyallup. School music directors believe the handbell program is a good way for students to learn to read music as they make it. The program also promotes teamwork, since students must play their notes at the right times. They also learn how to ring the bells with such terms as “tower swing, plucking,” and “table wah.”
SEATTLE — Members of the eighth grade class at Our Lady of Guadalupe School installed filters in the school’s storm drains to trap pollutants before they reach waterways. The fabric filters are called “Grate Mate.” Student Matt Gilpin organized the effort as one of the class’s Citizen Steward Graduation Projects.
VANCOUVER, WASH. — St. Joseph Parish, the archdiocese’s second largest, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Several events are planned in the parish, which has over 3,100 households. One of the first honored parish and school volunteers May 31.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — Mount Angel Abbey of St. Benedict, Ore., will conduct the First Northwest Conference of Oblate Leaders July 26-28 in Yakima. The purpose of the conference is to determine the policies and direction of the Oblate program. The program, liturgy and conferences will be held at the St. Peter Retreat Center and Holy Family Parish’s new parish center.
— National Jesuit News, Washington, D.C.

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

BEAVERTON — The youth group at St. Cecelia Parish helped the St. Vincent de Paul Society with the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. The teens sorted supplies that the mail carriers had collected door-to-door May 11.
FOREST GROVE — Children in St. Anthony Parish earned $250 to send to an international hunger relief agency.
MEDFORD — Young people in Sacred Heart Parish sold shares of stock ... in themselves, for $10 each. The money will be used to help fund their trip to World Youth Day in Toronto this month. The “stockholders” will be invited to attend an event in which the youth pilgrims will tell about their trip.
PORTLAND — Young people at Sacred Heart Parish baked goodies for a bake sale to fund the needs of a Filipino child the parish sponsors.
PORTLAND — For the second year, Blanchet School will sponsor “Camp Invention,” a day camp that encourages children to develop their creativity. The camp is scheduled June 24-28 and is a nationally recognized science and creativity camp for children entering grades two through six next fall.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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