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 22, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle
BELLEVUE — Those who have more should help those who have less, right? That’s what Kristen Curtis of Eastside Catholic High School thought. Her swim team program had a large budget and teams in the public school did not. So she and her swim team members decided to hold a car wash and help out the other teams. Fifteen swimmers from Eastside Catholic and 10 swimmers from the team from Cleveland and Rainier Beach high schools cleaned 55 cars in a six-hour period, raising more than $800 to purchase swim-related equipment at the two public schools and also to fund scholarships for a summer swim league.
SEATTLE – A day center for homeless men and women over 50 has returned to seven-day-a-week operation, thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors. The Archdiocesan Housing Authority’s Lazarus Day Center in Pioneer Square had begun closing its doors two days a week for lack of funds, after being open seven days a week throughout its 13-year history. The center provides day shelter, meals and hygiene services to up to 350 people each day and now it is once again seven days a week.
TACOMA – The late Zahi Haddad of St. Charles Borromeo Parish will be honored posthumously with Associated Ministries’ 2003 Ecumenical Service Awards. Haddad was well-known in Pierce County for his work in relating the plight of the Palestinians in his work to promote peace in the Middle East. Haddad and Rabbi Mark Glickman drafted a three-point proposal for peace in the Middle East which was signed by thousands of people in Pierce County. The proposal was delivered last spring to the leaders in the Israeli government and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Also receiving a service award will be the Emmanuel Food Pantry, operated by St. Andrew Parish in Sumner.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — Father Bob Turner, who has taught theology at Carroll College since 2001, has accepted the position of chaplain and director of campus ministry for the college. Prior to teaching at Carroll, he taught theology at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore. He was ordained a priest for the Spokane Diocese in 1982.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena


MOSCOW — St. Mary School Student Council President Monica Kerr spearheaded a drive at her school to collect soap and washcloths for children in Haiti. Along with members of St. Mary and St. Augustine parishes in Moscow, the students collected 260 packages, to fill four boxes. The boxes were sent to Soap for Hope, West Hartford, Conn. Soap is a luxury in Haiti, costing as much as one day’s wages. The packages of soap and accompanying washcloth are given to Haitian children when they are vaccinated.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

BEAVERTON — Children at Holy Trinity Parish had a day of “Biblical fun” when they enjoyed a carnival based on the Bible. For instance, one game, the popular bean bag toss, was renamed Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Children tossed the bean bags into a lion’s mouth. There was also a Sea of Galilee Fish Pond and another game called Jonah and the Whale.
HOOD RIVER – Young people in St. Mary Parish join in a pre-prom banquet. Called the Lord’s Day meal and held around prom time, it includes toasts and other tributes. The young people get dressed up for the special occasion.
JUNCTION CITY – St. Helen Parish hosted an exhibit of a facsimile of the Shroud of Turin. There was also a video about the cloth, which many believe is the burial wrap of Jesus.
TIGARD – St. Anthony Parish hosted a program April 29 on how to recognize and stop child predators. It was presented by specialists from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and included such topics as the definition of child sexual abuse, the extent of the problem, the impact on victims and families and better strategies to protect children.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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