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 Feb. 27, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)
Archdiocese of Portland
EUGENE — High school teens at St. Mark Parish hosted the annual Gravy Bowl, a flag
football tourney held on the day after Thanksgiving. Seven local parishes played in the
contest. The team from St. Jude, St. Alice, and St. Catherine won the top trophy, a gravy bowl.
The game was followed by the Gravy Bowl Ball, hosted by St. Helen Parish in Junction City with
an ’80s theme.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland
TACOMA — Nativity House, a homeless shelter and place to help families and
individuals in need, opened a new building that is “bigger and better.” The original Nativity
House opened on Christmas Eve 1979. Founder is Jesuit Father David Rothrock, who wanted to
provide a daytime refuge from the loneliness and violence of the streets. Michael Tucci, who
has been involved with Nativity House since 1982, chaired the $2.3 million campaign for a new
building. Scott MacKay is executive director; he came from Boston College as a Jesuit Volunteer
six years ago. The new house measures 8,400 square feet, 60 percent larger than the old
facility, and the kitchen is 10 times as large. Nativity House is located at 2304 S.
Archdiocese of Seattle
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
Diocese of Yakima
YAKIMA — An estimated 350 walkers participated in the Yakima Walk for Life held
Jan. 18, to note the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Marchers walked from St. Paul
Cathedral to the Naches Avenue Parkway. They came from all over the Yakima Valley and many
carried pink or blue balloons in memory of the millions of babies aborted during the past 30
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima
BILLINGS — Last fall 275 students in grades K-8 in the Billings Catholic Schools
system enrolled in a Spanish language program. Teaching the younger students were older
students from Montana State University at Billings, who donated their time and talent to the
classes. The program is voluntary for the young people and there is a waiting list.
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
—The Harvest, Great Falls
COEUR D’ALENE — Holy Family Catholic School noted Catholic Schools Week in a
significant way: It began a campaign to build a new school. Organizers hope to raise $2.8
million, and when the total gets to $1.5 million, they can begin work. Property has been
purchased at Kathleen and Atlas roads in Coeur d’Alene to build a 34,000-square-foot facility.
Even though the school has only been in operation since 1996, it already has cash and assets of
$1 million. Holy Family is the only Catholic school in north Idaho. It is currently located at
the St. Thomas Parish Center.
Diocese of Boise
RATHDRUM — The Knights of Columbus have started a search for color pictures of the
old front doors of St. Stanislaus Church. The Knights were to restore the church’s old front
door windows, which were removed several years ago and now appear to be lost. Anyone having
such a photo is asked to contact Ron Benne, 18074 N. Circle S Trail, Rathdrum, ID 83858; or
JEROME — Parishioners from Jerome, Twin Falls and Boise have formed themselves into
a group called “Capstones,” to make a connection between the state’s Catholics and the poor in
Tijuana. The name was chosen since the “capstone is the block that completes a building and a
Biblical metaphor for Jesus Christ.” The group was loosely formed as the Tijuana Orphanage
Project. In 1997 members assisted St. Joseph Children’s Home in Tijuana. That work spread
quickly to other Catholics in the Boise Diocese and to other programs in Tijuana that help the
poor. The children’s home is in dire financial straits and donations would be most welcome.
Send contributions to Capstone Missions, St. Jerome Church, P.O. Box 169, Jerome, ID 83338. For
more information about the mission’s work, call Ralph May in Jerome, 208-324-5124. The web
address is www.capstonemissions.org.
— The Idaho Catholic Register, Boise
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