Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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 April 10, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)
MOSCOW — The third grade Brownie Troop at St. Mark School held a food drive at all
the Masses during the weekend of March 8-9, collecting two large shopping carts of food for the
school’s food bank. The drive was the Brownies’ spring service project.
COEUR D’ALENE — Catholic Daughters, Our Lady of the Lake Court no. 1447, held its
55th annual Book Review and Tea Feb. 22. The Court asked Russ Patterson from the Coeur d’Alene
Public Library to review the book The Greatest Generation by national news anchor Tom Brokaw.
Patterson is coordinator of services for the deaf and hard of hearing. The tea was held at St.
IDAHO FALLS — Students in Holy Rosary Bi-Parish School start their school day with
song. After the first bell rings, students file into the building to be greeted by staff
members playing guitars and other musical instruments. Students line the halls and they begin
the day by singing, belting out patriotic and religious hymns. According to some, the addition
to the morning routine “generates an incredible amount of energy.”
— The Idaho Register, Boise
OREGON CITY — A parishioner at St. John the Apostle Parish made 700 wooden crosses,
one for each parish household and school classroom. Recipients were invited to decorate the
crosses any way they wished and then use them as a source of prayer and family discussion. The
crosses will be returned to church on Passion Sunday and left in the sanctuary for Holy Week
services. They will go home again after Easter.
Archdiocese of Portland
GRANTS PASS — St. Anne Parish held a candalaria Feb. 2. In the service the Baby
Jesus is blessed, as is a parish infant born since Dec. 25.
Classes from the parish school are taking turns putting on Lenten dinners that include
a prayer service.
Parish teens formed their own St. Vincent de Paul youth council. Once a month they
work in the city’s soup kitchen.
Diocese of Baker
HEPPNER — Two Irish dramas, written by Father Gerry Condon, were presented by the
Heppner Chamber of Commerce. One play is titled Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, and the
other Brigid, Patroness of Ireland. Father Condon is a native of Ireland. Parishioners
from St. William Parish in Ione and St. Patrick Parish in Heppner performed in the plays.
Proceeds from the plays’ performances were donated to charity.
VERBOORT — St. Mary Sister Clare Vandecoevering retired from a long career in
teaching at Visitation School and now finds herself involved in parish history. One of the
historical gems she unearthed concerned the old custom of paying pew rent, common to many
parishes in the early 20th century.
Information dated 1904 and written by then-pastor Father Louis Verhaag listed the
regulations. One rule stated that “All grown up members, whether married or single, must rent a
seat or pew in the church.” However, those who were poor could have seats “gratis upon applying
to the pastor.” If parishioners had to give up their seats, they would continue to be charged
until they gave formal notification to the pastor. Further, “sub-letting or sub-renting (one’s
pew) is strictly forbidden.”
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland
COVINGTON — The parish family at St. John the Baptist Church reached out in many
different ways to a former member who became seriously ill after moving to Chicago. Janna
Larsen was struck with a mysterious malady that brought great pain and kept her from talking,
eating and even sleeping. She had not had time to become acquainted with a new faith community.
No matter. When St. John the Baptist Parish learned of her plight, the cards, flowers and
prayers started coming. At the request of Larsen’s husband, two parishioners even flew in to
visit her. In separate visits, they supported and comforted her. Eventually Larsen was
diagnosed with carotid dissection, a condition that causes bleeding in the lining of the
carotid arteries in the neck.
Archdiocese of Seattle
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
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