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

Around the Diocese

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(From the May 1, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)


An Open House was recently held at St. Paschal school for incoming Kindergarten students. Pictured are some of the visiting students and their parents. Registration is currently taking place for all grade levels at St. Paschal School. (IR photo from St. Paschal School)

Committees established in VOTF chapter

The Spokane chapter of Voice of the Faithful has continued its organizational efforts as it works to support local victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Three committees were formed during April meetings: Education; Legislative; and Transparency/Accountability.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at O’Malley Hall at St. Aloysius Parish, 330 E. Boone Ave. in Spokane. For information, call 684-6997 or e-mail

Jesus Caritas to meet in June in Oregon

The Region XII Assembly of Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests will be held this year from June 9-12, Monday-Thursday, at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

The gathering hopes to “strengthen communications with brother priests in the Northwest,” according to Msgr. Desmond Dillon, Associate Region XII Responsible. “We are also trying to affirm each other to recognize the sacred calling of our priesthood and endeavor to walk more closely the call of Christ.”

The assembly is open to all priests. Attendance is limited, however; make reservations by calling Mount Angel: (503) 845-3025.

Catholic Daughters to mark centennial this year

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will reach the 100th anniversary of their organization this year.

As part of the celebration, CDA state courts of Washington and Idaho will come together for a July 19 Mass, to be celebrated by Bishop Skylstad at Holy Family Church, Clarkston. The Mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. that Saturday. A luncheon and reception will follow at Clarkston’s Quality Inn.

Advance registration is required; cost is $12.50 per person for the lunch. Call 243-4696 (Asotin) or e-mail pljensen@ In Idaho, call (208) 722-2559 (Hayden), or e-mail

Easter greetings

The St. Paschal Parish Junior High Youth Group recently made Easter Cards and cookies for homebound parishioners and also for 35 Meals on Wheels recipients. During spring break sixth graders Katy Matthews and Becca Goldman, along with Meals on Wheels driver Kathy Foreman, delivered cookies and a card to Helen Savland. The youth group has previously delivered Valentines and plans to deliver May baskets as well. (IR photo from St. Paschal School)

Vincentians thank volunteers

The Spokane area St. Vincent de Paul Society held a banquet recently, an opportunity to thank volunteers who assist the Society’s works. In 2002, the Society reports it aided over 60,000 clients with 2.5 million pounds of food, valued at over $1.5 million. Some 1,700 households were aided with clothing, linens and housewares. That assistance is valued at about $60,000.

Blanket project

Three young women from Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, recently earned Scouting medals for their “I Live My Faith” projects. The three — Hyun Min Park, Valerie Rice, and Cathy Paul – each made a baby blanket which they delivered to Care Net of the Palouse, a Pullman pregnancy support center. The “I Live My Faith” program is affiliated with the Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office. It enables young people to become more aware of the place of God and religion in daily life. (IR photo from Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman)

May Idaho workshops feature liturgy expert

Father Michael Joncas, a noted liturgist and composer, will give two workshops this month at parishes in the Boise Diocese.

On Sunday, May 18, he will speak at St. James Parish, Lewiston, beginning at 7 p.m. The following day, Monday, May 19, he will speak at St. Pius X Parish, Coeur d’Alene, also beginning at 7 p.m.

Father Joncas’s presentation is titled “Celebrating Eucharist in the 21st Century: The New General Instruction on the Roman Missal, the New Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion.”

The workshop is designed to help participants deepen their understanding of the documents which direct liturgy, as well as make a smooth transition from the old to the new.

All priests, deacons and parish staff are particularly encouraged to attend.

For information about the Lewiston presentation, call (208) 743-8231; for Coeur d’Alene, call (208) 765-5108.

Congratulating the graduates

Each year the members of Knights of Columbus Council 3455, Msgr. Hugo Pautler Council, at Holy Family Parish, Clarkston, escort the graduating Catholic seniors to a Sunday Mass and then to a brunch afterward. On Sunday, April 6, each of this year’s 18 seniors was escorted by a Knight and received a flower donated by Fuch’s Flowers and Garden Center. The brunch was catered by Jim and Cindy Tuschoff. Guest speaker this year was Jane Windsor of the Asotin County Prosecutor’s Office. (IR photo from Wes Clizer)

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