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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Seattle
SEATTLE — The archdiocese has named a coordinator for a relatively new program that will focus on pastoral education about mental health. Bev Spears will head the program, which is called the Pastoral Mental Health Outreach Program. Her job will be to provide education and other resources on mental illness. It is sponsored by the Seattle-based Therapy and Renewal Associates, a counseling resource for ministers that is directed by Father John Heagle and Franciscan Sister Fran Ferder.
WEST SEATTLE — The eighth grade class at Our Lady of Guadalupe decided to do something different when they were planning a legacy of their presence. They dreamed big, real big, and gave their school a five-foot stained glass depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe, valued at $6,000. The window as installed on the top floor above the school’s entrance. Artist Edwin Lebel, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Seattle, accepted what the students were able to raise in funds for the work. He donated his labor and much of the materials.
MOUNT VERNON — Computer training for migrant workers and low-income people will be offered at eight sites in Skagit County. One of the sites is La Casa de San Jose, a housing complex for farm workers. Students will receive several weeks of the free training. About 360 people are expected to be served.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle


CALDWELL — Christians in Action, a group at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, held an international dinner and live auction Oct. 6. Among the ethnic foods were Asian, Polish, Basque and Hawaiian as well as Mexican, Italian, and American. Proceeds will go toward the food baskets for the needy at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
BOISE — Sacred Heart Parish held its 18th Evangelization Retreat in nine years Oct. 11-13. The retreat invites participants for an “intense encounter with the Risen Lord,” through Mass and the sacraments, prayer, music, and food. Spokesmen said the retreat is a “catalyst for people in coming home to the Catholic Church,” helping them find a sense of purpose and to feel a sense of belonging. Theme for the retreat was “Light the Fire Again.”
—The Idaho Register, Boise

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — The annual Hazy Day benefit raised the most money ever. About $18,000 was raised for the Diocese’s mission in Guatemala and 12 students received sponsorships for the year at the mission school. About $14,000 of the amount was raised from an appeal letter sent to mission supporters. The Helena-area Knights of Columbus cooked and served breakfast for over 500 people. The benefit was named for Father Jim Hazelton, a Helena native who has served the Guatemala mission for 38 years.
KALISPELL — St. Matthew Parish has started “TEEM Masses” (“Teens Embrace Eucharistic Ministry”) on the first and third Sundays of each month. Over 100 people were present for the first TEEM Mass Sept. 1.
HELENA — Farm in the Dell is an organization started by a Helena support group for parents of disabled children. It starts “farms” where the disabled can live and work as independently as possible. In 1996 the Montana National Guard was asked to partner with Kyrgyzstan in the former USSR, in the State Partnership Program to help establish stable governments. Through the Guard, a woman in Kyrgyzstan, who had founded a program that employed handicapped individuals, learned about Farm in the Dell, and she hopes to establish a similar program in her country.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

Archdiocese of Portland

BEAVERTON — Catholic and Lutheran members of the Mission of the Atonement shared a reflection recently with a teacher from a mosque. The two religious groups plan to continue their new relationship.
PORTLAND — Holy Cross School held a fund-raiser to show support for a Catholic girls’ school in Ireland, also named Holy Cross. The Irish students have been subject to harassment by extremists.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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