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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Around the Diocese

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(From the Oct. 24, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Forensics League honors Prep chapter

The National Forensics League has awarded its highest honor, the Leading Chapter Award in the Eastern Washington District, to Gonzaga Prep.

Of the 2,700 NFL member schools nationwide, only 102 received the award in 2002. The award honors student participation, including the hundreds of hours the students spend developing life skills such as communication, analysis, leadership, organization, and fair play.

Faculty member giving oversight to the forensic students is Andre Cossette.

Serra Club’s pizza night

Photo: Spokane’s chapter of the Serra Club continues staying in touch with the priests, Religious and seminarians of the Spokane Diocese. The group held a pizza night last month for the seminarians at Bishop White, a get-together for casual conversation and getting acquainted. From left are Serra members Diane Kelly, Martin Weber and Dave McGann. On Nov. 9 the group will host its annual Priest appreciation Night at St. Charles Parish in Spokane, an opportunity for the group to express its appreciation of the dedication and hard work of the priests serving the Church in Eastern Washington. (IR photo from Serra)

Talk in opposition to capital punishment canceled; to be rescheduled

Nov. 7 appearances by Don Cabana, author of Death at Midnight: Confessions of an Executioner at Gonzaga Law School and Sacred Heart Church in Spokane has been canceled.

His appearances were to be sponsored by Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry Office, Gonzaga University, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, and the Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group.

The rescheduled event will be announced later.

Parish planning

Photo: A pastoral planning and goal setting session was held earlier this month for the people of the anticipated new parish located in the Tum Tum/Suncrest area near Spokane. Leading the sessions was Father Mike Savelesky, pastor of Assumption Parish in Spokane. Pictured: Jesuit Father Tim Clancy (third from left), the sacramental minister of the present community in Tum Tum, listens attentively as community members discuss ideas and options regarding the parish. Bishop Skylstad is considering creation of the new parish later this year. (IR photo)

Consumers opt for Sacred Heart Medical Center

The National Research Corporation recently acknowledged Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, as one of the nation’s top hospitals.

SHMC was honored with a 2002 Consumer Choice Award.

Among the other hospitals so distinguished is St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma.

SNAP chapter forms in Spokane

A chapter of the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has formed in Spokane and will be meeting Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at 1522 N. Washington.

The group is for men and women who have been sexually abused by the clergy or Religious of any denomination.

For information about the group, call 991-8834 or 701-4730. All responses are confidential.

Praying hands
Photo: Mackenzie Smith, fifth grader at Cataldo School in Spokane, stands next to the bulletin board she designed earlier this school year. Each of the handprints in the display has a prayer, written by Cataldo students for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This year on Sept. 11, sixth graders held a bake-sale fund-raiser, which brought in $250 for the American Red Cross’s disaster relief fund. (IR photo from Cataldo School, Spokane)

Harpist to perform at St. Augustine Church

Harpist Leslie Stratton Norris will perform Sunday, Oct. 27, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 428 W. 19th Ave., in Spokane.

Ms. Norris is former principal harpist with the Spokane Symphony. She now performs with the Dayton, Ohio orchestra.

Admission is free; donations to support the musical outreach of the parish will be accepted.

For information, call the parish office: 624-1630.

Service to the community

Photo: All Saints students served nearly 500 meals to current and former St. Ann parishioners as part of the parish’s centennial celebration last month. Here, sixth grader Ian Hartfield doles out dinners to tables full of hungry party-goers. St. Ann is one of three parishes whose combined resources support All Saints School; the other two are Our Lady of Fatima and St. Peter. (IR photo from All Saints School)

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