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Regional Report: Aug. 1, 2002
by the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 1, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
Archdiocese of Seattle
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.
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.
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.
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