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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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 5, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

OREGON
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 closet.
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

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

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.
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

MONTANA
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

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.
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 before.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena

IDAHO

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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