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 May 1, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland
EUGENE — St. Mary Parish welcomes homeless families during the school spring break by turning the gym into apartments. Parishioners also provide food and companionship to their “renters.”
EUGENE — Father David Cullings at St. Peter Parish took advantage of a young man’s attire at a recent Lenten soup supper. The young man was wearing a t-shirt with the GAP manufacturing logo on it. Father Cullings asked the young man if he knew what the letters stood for and when he said he didn’t, the priest said it stands for “God Answers Prayer.”
MILWAUKIE — Parish youth in St. John the Baptist Parish sold homemade bread recently to help raise funds for a gathering in Eugene later in the summer when they will help needy people.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — St. Cecilia Parish teenagers held an unusual fund-raiser recently. They made a “Well Walk” to raise money for a well in Lulla Parish in Uganda. Lulla Parish is St. Cecilia’s sister parish and villagers there must walk long distances to get water (they also have to watch for crocodiles). The youth group took pledges for their one-mile walk to Eagle Point Bay to get water and bring it back, in imitation of the Ugandans. The project is coordinated by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island. So far, $4,000 of the nearly $6,000 cost of drilling a well has been raised.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — Providence Health System sold the Providence Yakima Medical Center, the Providence Toppenish Hospital and Providence Home Health and Hospice to Health Management Associates, which is based in Naples, Fla. Providence Health System said it has lost money on operation of the facilities for several and was unable to turn it around. In a question and answer format, Providence said it considered several options before deciding on Health Management Associates, an organization that specializes in operating in smaller rural and non-urban markets. The sale will be completed next fall. Providence Health System will continue to operate Providence House, a HUD-subsidized apartment building and the Sisters of Providence who live in Yakima will continue their ministries there.
YAKIMA — A scholarship fund for Yakima students has been established at Gonzaga University in Spokane in memory of Jesuit Father Pat Carroll. Father Carroll taught 14 years at St. Joseph Parish.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

CHINOOK — “Is it soup yet?” “Is there enough for a new window yet?” The catchy commercial slogan and its paraphrase denote a project currently underway at St. Gabriel Church. Six people who remained together after their parish RENEW have taken on the project of raising funds for a new church window. For the past three years, the six have gotten together to make soup which is sold by the quart and the proceeds put into the window fund. St. Gabriel Church was built in the 1950s and the window is in need of replacement. People have also made donations to the window fund in memory of loved ones. Anyone who would like to contribute to the window project can send donations to “St. Gabriel’s Window Fund,” in care of Bettie Barber, HC 73 Box 4, Lloyd, MT 59535.
— The Harvest, Great Falls


RUPERT — The Andrew Moller Basketball Tournament provided three days of competitive basketball for boys and girls last winter. The sporting event is sponsored by the Andew Moller Tournament Committee and St. Nicholas Church. It was established in 1992 to honor Army Sergeant Andrew Moller, the only Idahoan to die in the Persian Gulf War in Iraq in 1991. As a special tribute to the slain soldier, an Idaho National Guard color guard performed the Missing Man Table Service, a service usually reserved for formal occasions. A special note is that many of the tournament alumni are now serving in the military.
—The Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

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