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

(From the June 12, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Catholic authors crack best-seller list

The Catholic Book Publishers Association compiles a monthly list of best-selling Catholic books. The list for June contains two volumes by Spokane authors.

Weighing in at number 8 on the hardcover list is Daughters of the Desert, by Inland Register columnist Mary Farrell and four other women. The book is published by Skylight Paths Publishing.

In paperback, also at number 8, is Poor Clare Sister Patricia Proctor’s self-published book 101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary ("Spokane’s Poor Clares Monastery publishes collection of rosary stories,” IR 4/10/03).

Serra, past and present

Nine of the 51 persons who have served as presidents of the Serra Club of Spokane were on hand to celebrate the club’s 66th birthday May 23. Gathering for a banquet at the Knight of Columbus Hall, Spokane, were, in the back row, from left: Dick Weber, Martin Weber, Don Kelly, Ed Mertens and Mike Doohan. In front are, from left, Emmett Shearer, Jim Bertis, Dave McGann and Bert Ewers. The club recently chose new officers. President is Don Kelly; secretary, Mary Milla; treasurer, I. Ed Thomas; vice president for communications, Winnie Doohan; vice president, members, Jim Merriman; vice president for programs, Steve Domini; vice president, vocations, Bill Kerley. The group’s chaplain is Father Darrin Connall. The Serra Club is dedicated to fostering vocations to the priesthood and Religious life, and enhancing the spirituality of its members. (IR photo from Ed McNabb)

APM elects officers

The diocese’s Association of Parish Minister held elections for the coming year recently.

President is Joan Leeds, director of religious education for Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane. Vice president is Tara Brown, director of the Newman Center at Eastern Washington University, Cheney. Laura Mach, youth minister at St. Augustine and Sacred Heart parishes, Spokane, is the association’s secretary. Treasurer is Jan Meyer, director of religious education at St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane.

The Association of Parish Ministers provides opportunities for lay and clerical staffs, paid or volunteer, involved in parish minister to gather for mutual support and education.

Fine day for a swim

Mark Hartley, seventh grade teacher at St. John Vianney School, Spokane, graciously joined in the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary recently. Hartley dedicated his time and temperature to the dunk tank featured in the festivities. (IR photo from St. John Vianney School, Spokane)

Christian musician/songwriter Tony Melendez to perform June 21

Tony Melendez, famed for his performance before Pope John Paul II, will give a concert at St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, on Saturday, June 21.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $20 per family, and $25 for reserved seating.

Melendez was born without arms. He taught himself to play the guitar using his feet and has spent his life delivering an uplifting and powerful message of Christian faith and hope.

Besides his concert appearances, Melendez headlined in Branson, Mo., for several years. He is once again touring with his special mix of music, artistry and entertainment.

For tickets, contact Paul Mach in the diocese’s Parish Services Office: 358-7311.

St. Mary Church is located at 304 S. Adams Rd. in Spokane Valley.

Pullman parish hosts Iraq peace forum

Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, will host a forum on peace in Iraq on Tuesday, June 16, beginning at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart is located at 440 N.E. Ash in Pullman.

The forum will feature Sister Simone Campbell of the Sisters of Social Service. Sister Simone traveled to Iraq in December 2002 as part of a delegation of religious leaders visiting the country’s schools, hospitals, churches, and people.

She is the CEO of the interfaith policy organization JERICHO, which works to protect the interests of the poor and disenfranchised. She is an active member of the California bar and has served as lead attorney for the Community Law Center, Oakland, which she founded.

Pitching in

These Colton children spent a recent inservice and child care day creating designs to decorate canvas bags. The bags are used by children who have been taken into protective custody to shield them from abusive home situations. Each bag contains a small blanket, underwear, a toy, and a toothbrush. The project is part of the children’s Lenten activity. Top row, from left: Sam Baerber, Kelsey Moser, Tim Baerber, and Joe Faerber; in the bottom row, from left, are Haley Moser, Jenna Moser, Winnie Schultheis, Zoe Moser, and Peter Schultheis. (IR photo from Ann Schultheis)

Business Women club closes year’s activities

The Catholic Business and Professional Women will hold their last meeting of the club year on Saturday, June 14, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Skylstad at Rockwood Lane, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd., Spokane, at 11:30 a.m. The Mass will be preceded by an 11 a.m. social hour.

The Mass will be followed by a luncheon, during which two scholarships from the club will be given and new officers installed for the coming year.

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