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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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(From the Nov. 14, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

TEC weekends set for December, February

Spokane TEC weekends – a religious encounter experience –have been scheduled for the weekends of Dec. 28-30 and Feb. 15-17 at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.

Originally, the abbreviation stood for Teens Encounter Christ. The encounter experience, however, is applicable to older high school students (juniors and seniors) and even young adults, according to Paul Mach, youth ministry consultant for the Diocese of Spokane.

“TEC proclaims the central message of Christianity: the Paschal mystery of death, resurrection, and mission,” Mach said. The weekends allow participants to “not only hear the message, (but) experience the mysteries.”

The weekends begin on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. and conclude the following Monday at 5 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, which includes room, board and materials. Some scholarship funding is available.

A non-refundable $10 deposit is required for registration.

For registration materials, contact the Parish Services Office, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210; (509) 358-77311;

Tombari honored by Sacred Heart Medical Center

Photo Juanita Tombari, a 31-year employee of Sacred Heart Medical Center, has been honored with SHMC’s annual Sister Peter Claver Award.

The award is given annually to “a person who represents the mission and spirit of Sister Peter Claver, Sacred Heart’s administrator for 33 years and a mentor and inspiration to many throughout the Spokane community.”

Tombari is office supervisor in Environmental Services. Besides her work at Sacred Heart she is an active volunteer at Gonzaga Prep and St. Aloysius School. (IR photo from Sacred Heart Medical Center)

All Saints students 'stir the waters'

Photo All Saints sixth graders spent the day at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge this year, testing water samples for microorganisms and reading ph levels. Pictured are students Ashley Kavanaugh, Kaylee Pierce and Brianna Kerley, getting a little assistance from one of Turnbull’s volunteer docents. (IR photo from All Saints School)

Serrans launch web site

The Spokane Serra Club has its own site on the worldwide web.

The site includes information about the local activities of the Spokane Serrans.

Serra Clubs are dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and fostering the spiritual life of the members.

Thanksgiving a community event at St. Aloysius

St. Aloysius Parish, adjacent to the Gonzaga University campus, will be hosting a free dinner on Thanksgiving Day from noon-2 p.m.

The dinner will be held in GU’s COG, on the corner of DeSmet and Dakota in Spokane.

The event is a cooperative venture between the parish, Sodexho Campus Services and the university.

The dinner is free and open to the public. Some transportation is available; call 323-7004 for information.

Scripture study examines Old Testament themes

A Scripture study class of particular interest for high school and college-age youth began Nov. 11 at Assumption Parish, 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd. in Spokane.

The series is taught by Father Mike Savelesky, Inland Register spirituality columnist and Assumption’s pastor.

The classes meet Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Topics include “Creationism vs. Evolution: Who’s Right?” (Nov. 18), “We Walk in Holy Time” (Nov. 25), “God’s People: We’re God’s Choice” (Dec. 2), “A Prophet’s Tongue!” (Dec. 9), and “Life and Times of the Jewish People” (Dec. 16).

Cost is $20 for the textbook; scholarships are available. Registrations are still open; call 326-0538, or register at the door.

Children in action

Photo Older youth paired up with younger students to share a Bible story, learn a song, and make a craft activity together last month in a “Bible Buddies” session at Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman. The friendly partnerships have continued with other activities during the year. (IR photo from Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman)

‘Good Works in Action Day'

Photo The first “Good Works in Action” day, giving people the opportunity to experience the ministries of Catholic Charities, was held Oct. 17. Among the activities was an opportunity for participants to serve lunch at the House of Charity (pictured). The group also visited St. Margaret Shelter and St. Anne Children and Family Center. Individuals represented a wide number of parishes, including churches in Harrington, Inchelium, and Wilbur, as well as several Spokane parishes. The next “Good Works in Action” day will be Nov. 22; call Catholic Charities (358-4250; 800-831-1209) for a reservation. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

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