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
the Inland Register
(From the Nov. 14, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
CALDWELL — Catholic Extension presented its annual Lumen Christi award to a
Caldwell couple, Tony and Evelyn Messuri, members of Our Lady of the Valley Parish. The couple
has given birth to eight children, adopted two others, and have been foster parents to almost
400 children, many of them with multiple handicaps. The award was presented by Bishop William
Houck, president of Catholic Extension. The couple received a check for $10,000 and the Lumen
Christi crystal cross. In addition, the Diocese of Boise received a check for $25,000 “for the
work of the church of the Diocese of Boise in any way (Bishop Michael Driscoll) sees fit.”
Bishop Driscoll said he plans to give the money to Catholic Charities to be used for “Idaho
children at risk...”
MERIDIAN — The Knights of Columbus moved a 500-pound statue of Mother Frances
Cabrini from the Old Holy Spirit Church on Cherry Lane to the new facility on Meridian Road.
The statue becomes the latest addition to the memorial walkway at Holy Apostles Church. Mother
Cabrini was the namesake for the church which later became Holy Apostles.
— The Idaho Register, Boise
PORTLAND — St. Mary Cathedral has set up a “school house corner” at a nearby family
shelter. Volunteers come to the center to read to or tutor children of homeless families and
will provide books, pens, or pencils.
Archdiocese of Portland
VERBOORT — Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish hosted a dinner Nov. 2, for
nearly 10,000 people. The event was their annual Dutch sausage fest. Parishioners make the
sausage and more than 500 people help with the dinner, including young people who wrap
silverware and peel potatoes. This dinner was the 68th event, and special honor was given to
the late Janet Verboort, a dinner worker who missed only one of the previous 67 dinners. She
was a member of the region’s original family.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland
BEAVERTON — Students from schools in the Pacific Northwest are invited to take part
in the Roman Catholic Challenge, a Catholic faith contest played in the style of the TV quiz
show Jeopardy. Questions can range from history to sacraments to Church doctrine. The
Challenge is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2003, at St. Cecelia Church. Over 200 students take
part in the contest which has cash prizes. For more information or an entry packet, call
1-503-324-3825; write to Roman Catholic Challenge, 39365 N.W.
Wilkesboro Rd., Banks, OR 97106.
Diocese of Yakima
YAKIMA — The Yakima Young Ladies Institute’s annual smorgasbord was held last month
in St. Paul Cathedral’s cafeteria. The dinner is a popular event with a huge attendance. The
Yakima Young Ladies Institute was founded 81 years ago, and the dinner was started to become a
worthwhile and integral part in the growth of the diocese. In the 50 years, the YLI has donated
$169,738.46 to the diocese’s seminary fund. There are seven YLI in the Yakima Valley.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima
Archdiocese of Seattle
SEATTLE — St. George School principal Bernadette O’Leary was looking for ways to
enrich the after-school program. Thanks to a program called Pacific Northwest Blues in the
School, 25 students met after school with professional musicians to learn the blues which is
the root of American music. The four-week program ended with a concert by students and their
instructors. James “Curley” Cook founded the program four years ago to give youngsters in
schools, youth centers and even detention facilities a hands-on introduction to blues music.
BURIEN — Students at Kennedy High School raised $3,000 for a Nicaraguan orphanage.
It is said to be the largest donation to the orphanage by one high school. The Spanish classes
made and served tacos for school lunches for two days, raising $2,000. An all-school assembly
raised $500, which was matched by the Associated Student Body.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
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