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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 Jan. 16, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Helena
HELMVILLE — A group that calls itself “Called by Name Players” entertained recently at a gathering of people from several parishes. St. Thomas Parish in Helmville was host to people from St. Michael of Drummond, St. Philip of Philipsburg, St. Jude Mission of Lincoln and Living Water Mission of Seeley Lake. The gathered folks enjoyed a potluck dinner and skits and music by the Players, who came from Belgrade-Bozeman.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena


COTTONWOOD — Two postulants from Boise were invited to join the Benedictine Sisters at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. Jean Ihli, 63, and Michele Bateman, 49, have lived with the Sisters for the past year as postulants. Ihli is retired from the state auditor’s office and began visiting the monastery as an Oblate. Bateman is a mother and grandmother and a convert to Catholicism. They will spend the next two years learning Benedictine life.

Archdiocese of Portland
PORTLAND — Three huge billboards in North Portland invite people to find out more about the Catholic faith. The messages are in the form of postcards that say “Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.” One of the billboards is in Spanish. The billboards list a phone number and a website where people can get information about the North Portland Catholic Community. The Community’s pastor, Father Dave Gutmann, believes the church needs to be “more proactive than ever” in sharing the Good News.
HILLSBORO — St. Juan Diego is the name of the Portland Archdiocese’s first new parish in 20 years. Father John Kerns, pastor, celebrated the parish’s first Mass recently with 300 people. The community borrowed worship space from nearby Christ Church, a Lutheran congregation.
MCMINNVILLE — The many organizations and groups of St. James Parish were brought together under one roof for a parishioner information day. Visitors could stop at display tables, pick up pamphlets and enjoy cinnamon rolls. Among the groups with displays were the Knights of Columbus and the youth group.
MILWAUKIE — Young people in St. John the Baptist Parish held a scavenger hunt recently with a twist. They went door-to-door to “scavenge” canned goods and other supplies for area needy.
PORTLAND — Parishioners at Sacred Heart Church compiled a list of houses recently sold in their neighborhood and sent flowers to the new residents, along with an invitation to worship.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Catholic Community Services in King County offers a family conflict resolution service called the Peace Council. Twenty adults and 20 teens make up the council, with one adult and one teen going out on calls to help families settle disputes that have deteriorated into shouting matches or worse. Four of the teen members, working under council founder Judy Friesem, designed a three-hour educational seminar which they present in churches, schools and youth organizations that teaches families skills in conflict resolution. The workshops, designed for youths, adults and intergenerational groups incorporate discussion, art and theater to teach the skills. For more information, call 206-328-5774.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
EDMONDS — The Dominican Sisters of Edmonds will merge with the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Mich., a large community with which it shares common traditions, values and charisms. The Sisters’ vote in favor of the merger goes to the Vatican for confirmation. When confirmation is received, the 56 Edmonds Dominicans will become Adrian Dominicans in June 2003. The Adrian Dominican Sisters number more than 1,000 members serving in various ministries throughout the United States. The two groups spent more than two years praying and studying the possibilities of merging. Both have the same founding community: Holy Cross Monastery in Regensburg, Germany in 1233. The Dominican Sisters of Edmonds have ministered in the Archdiocese of Seattle for 112 years.

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