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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: Aug. 1, 2002

by the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 1, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle
SEATTLE — Marisa Bittenc-Miramoto, a sixth grader at St. Bernadette School, was a state winner in a “Nature Greets Technology” contest sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Information Services. Marisa chose a theme of “Conserving Washington’s Water,” and developed a website that offers all kinds of tips on conserving water indoors and out. Marisa’s entry took top honors in the 9-12 age group.
SEATTLE — The white van that belonged to Kathy Zamberlin and her husband, Carroll Thomas, got a paint job recently, but not of the standard kind. Their van was donated to St. John School where upper grade students painted it with peace messages in every color under the sun. The school used the now-painted van in the Greenwood Parade July 24 and then donated it to a charity. The students were part of a project called Art Across America in which students get hands-on experience in a variety of arts and crafts.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Archdiocese of Portland

MOUNT ANGEL — Louis and Florence Gross have been married for more than 60 years. For all those years, the couple has played church music in their parish. They retired from church music in one parish in 1973 and yet continued playing in other parishes where they lived. Most recently they played music for Masses at Mount Angel Towers, the retirement home where they now live.
PORTLAND — All Saints Parish held a nine-week Novena of Prayer and Healing in response to the needs of those who have been harmed by people in church leadership who abused their authority. Each week the prayers focused on different groups of people who have been hurt in the crisis and invoked the saints who are noted for their intercession in the particular area of concern. The novena ended with a special liturgy of healing and reconciliation.
PORTLAND — An interactive hunger banquet was held at St. Philip Neri Church June 22, sponsored by the parish Peace and Justice Commission. It was held to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger in Oregon, the United States and the world.
Diocese of Baker
Bishop Robert Vasa attended a day-long Spanish-language retreat at the Exposition Center. About 1,500 people attended the gathering in which speakers encouraged them to keep their faith.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland


CALDWELL — A group of western Idaho Latino high school students produced, directed, filmed and edited their own television programs with funds and other assistance from Catholic Charities of Idaho. Purpose of the TV programs was to encourage young people to stay in school, to build awareness of higher education and career opportunities and improve academic performance. The programs were shown on the Treasure Valley public access television channel.
BOISE — Father Steve Rukavina of St. Mark Parish got a cool haircut for summer. He promised parishioners he would shave his head if they could raise $5 million for their proposed church building fund. Not only was that goal reached, but Father Rukavina raised $80 by raffling off a chance to help shave his head.
BOISE — A special program sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul helps low-income persons get their prescription medicines. The program is called the FreeMed Prescription Program and was started in Idaho Falls last year. The Boise program started this year with a $15,000 grant from the Whitney Foundation to pay for office space and the part-time salary for the director. Volunteers help administer the program.
BOISE — Students at St. Mary School took their “Homebound Friends” to Mass recently and then treated them to gifts and a picnic lunch on the school grounds. The friends are elderly or disabled members of the parish who don’t or can’t get out much. Students get a “Homebound Friend” in kindergarten and follow the same friend all the way through eighth grade. The students write letters to their friends, make gifts for them and also visit.
— The Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

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