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 Dec. 5, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
Archdiocese of Portland
GRANTS PASS — Dick Weber, a member of Knights of Columbus Council 3157, thought it
might be a good idea to celebrate Columbus day by promoting sobriety. He and Grand Knight Harry
Harvey were assisted by other Knights in the council to sponsor “OkSoberfest” which was a
family affair. The event featured German cuisine, Mexican cultural dancers, a Christian band
and a dance band, along with booths for local non-profit groups that deserved recognition in
the community. The response was “overwhelmingly favorable.”
BEAVERTON — High school students from St. Cecelia Parish went trick-or-treating on
Halloween, but not for candy. They were collecting canned food for the St. Vincent de Paul food
Middle schoolers took a field trip to Blanchet Farm in Yamhill. They fed animals,
gathered eggs and harvested crops that go to feed the homeless. Afterward they traveled the
short distance to the nearby Trappist Abbey for a tour with one of the Brothers to learn about
monastic life and the abbey bakery.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland
SEATTLE — Eighth graders at Our Lady of the Lake School made sculptures of themselves that
reflected how they see themselves. These were not ordinary sculptures; the students used
objects from home. The students spent weeks studying the art form before building their
“self-sculptures.” One student made his sculpture out of sports equipment: golf club legs and a
basketball head. Another made hers using a karaoke microphone because she likes to sing.
Another used cooking utensils which showed her love of cooking and then dressed her sculpture
in a Japanese kimono, reflecting her interest in that culture.
Archdiocese of Seattle
TACOMA — The Tacoma/Pierce County Coalition for the Homeless held a “Homeless Awareness
Day” recently. The event included a resource fair, a panel discussion, keynote speakers and a
candlelight vigil in memory of deceased homeless persons.
SEATTLE — Fifth graders at St. Benedict observed a Day of the Dead as part of their
Spanish language and culture classes. The Day of the Dead is actually held over three days that
runs from Halloween through All Saints and All Souls Days. The students brought mementoes of
their deceased loved ones, such as photos, favorite food, or other memorabilia to place on
altars that were decorated with flowers, skeletons, candles and images of Our Lady of
Guadalupe. The custom is rooted in Aztec mythology.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
GREAT FALLS — The Poor Clares of Montana are holding a monthly limerick contest
with a prize of $25. Contestants must finish the last line of the rhyme. Pete Von Holtum of
Carter won in October.
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
People who would like to meet the Poor Clares are invited to attend one of the series
of “Clare Klatch” coffee hours which will be held each month at various parish centers.
— The Harvest, Great Falls
Diocese of Helena
HELENA — People in the diocese were extremely generous in their gifts to Operation
Rice Bowl last spring. They donated $12,792.47, an amount 14 percent higher than the year
— The Montana Catholic, Helena
POST FALLS/COEUR D’ALENE — The annual Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll drive by the
combined parishes of St. George in Post Falls and St. Pius X and St. Thomas in Coeur d’Alene,
raised over $4,000 to benefit the disabled. Most of the proceeds will be donated to TESH, Inc.,
a non-profit organization that provides job training and life skills to the disabled and to the
Special Olympics which were held this month.
BOISE — Bishop Michael Driscoll accepted 30 candidates into the Permanent Deacon
program at a bilingual Liturgy of the Word in September. The men and their wives have spent the
past year in discernment and will spend the next three years in formation.
— The Idaho Register, Boise
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