Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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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 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. Thomas Center.
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

Archdiocese of Portland

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.
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
— 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

Archdiocese of Seattle

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.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

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