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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 19, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle
SEQUIM — Frank Roach has an unusual hobby: He makes gingerbread houses. He also makes gingerbread people, a golf course, a replica of the White House and once, what he called his “greatest challenge,” a gingerbread sailboat. Roach, a member of St. Joseph Parish, has been making gingerbread creations for the past 30 years. One year he made 98 gingerbread houses in one holiday season. The retired man loves to bake and enjoys carrying on the tradition of making gingerbread houses for the holidays.
SHORELINE — Students at St. Mark School are wearing “dog tags.” Well ... not real dog tags, but tin metal tags inscribed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Students at the school have been studying the gifts and when they complete their learning about one of the gifts, they each receive a tag. The program also includes parents. Bulletin inserts and homilies focus on the gift being studied, which encourages discussion at home. The students studied the gift of wisdom the first month.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Helena

BUTTE — A Maryknoll priest born and raised in Butte is new superior general for his order. Father John Sivalon took office Nov. 22 to head the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers for six years. He will lead some 570 priests and Religious Brothers in 29 countries throughout the world. Father Sivalon has been a longtime missioner in Tanzania and also rector of Maryknoll’s seminary and formation program.
HELENA — The kitchen in Legendary Lodge at Salmon Lake is undergoing a complete renovation with the hope that it will be completed before next summer’s camp season. The new kitchen will be more efficient, safer, and healthier. An estate gift provided about half the cost, but further donations are needed before the remodeling can be completed. For more information, write to the Diocese of Helena, P.O. Box 1729, Helena, Mont. 59624.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena


BOISE — The one-room cabin in which the first Catholic Masses were offered in Boise has been restored after extensive work. A dedication ceremony was held Nov. 7. The cabin, built in 1863, was the one-room house of John and Mary O’Farrell. Mass was celebrated there for four years, until a church was built. The couple had seven children while they lived in the cabin. The building is included in the National Registry of Historic Places. It is located on Fort Street, near the Federal Building and the Veterans Administration hospital.
BOISE — The Women of St. John Cathedral raised over $6,000 during their Christmas Bazaar held Nov. 2. Ten percent of the money will go to charity and the remaining money will be used to purchase vestments and other liturgical items for the cathedral.
GRANGEVILLE — Thanks to technology and a digital link-up, 400 people “attended” a funeral in a church that could only seat 230 people. The digital link-up connected Sts. Peter and Paul Parish with the local high school. When the church was full, the overflow crowd was directed to the school gym where they were able join those in the church for the service. Further, the funeral was recorded and duplicated on compact discs so that people who couldn’t attend the funeral were able to see it.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — During Advent, Sacred Heart Parish hosts an event called “Quiet Joy,” an evening of music, readings, and a time of reflection for people of all faiths and spiritualities. The purpose is to allow time for people to be refreshed and to nurture their spirits in the holiday season. Refreshments are served afterward.
EUGENE — Clara Barnes sews nuns’ habits. Not for Sisters; rather, these habits go to dolls. Barnes has always been fascinated by the Sisters and their unique habits and as an expression of her faith, she began researching nuns’ habit. From there she began making miniature versions. An exhibit of her work is on display at the Lane County Museum, 740 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, through Jan. 4.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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