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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

Catholic Foundation distributes 56 grants to help fund ministry throughout Eastern Washington

the Inland Register

(From the July 3, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

This year’s grant awards luncheon, hosted by The Catholic Foundation, included honors for Leon and Irene Bailly of St. Paschal Parish, Spokane. The Baillies were presented with the Catholic Community Service Award. With the Baillies are Bishop Skylstad at right and, at left, Rich Algeo, chairman of The Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees. (IR photo from the Development Office)

On May 29 the Catholic Foundation held its 20th annual Grant and Awards Luncheon. Over 100 people attended the event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Spokane to honor individuals who had been nominated to receive the Foundation’s “Catholic Community Service Award” and organizations that successfully completed the application process for a grant from the Foundation.

There were 56 grants awarded at the luncheon; 29 were funded through the Catholic Community Outreach Endowment and 27 through religious education and Marycliff endowments. Representatives from the organizations receiving funding accepted their grants from Bishop Skylstad and the Foundation Trustees.

Since 1983 the Catholic Foundation has awarded 1,045 grants totaling more than $967,000.

In addition to its grant program, the Foundation makes annual cash distributions from the 115 endowments it manages. Distributions from the endowments since the Foundation began in 1981 have reached more than $5,870,000.

This year’s grant awards:

• Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA): $850 for play Groups/Parenting Classes Facilitator, supplies, snacks

• Catholic Engaged Encounter: $1,125 for training, facilities, scholarships

• Dominicare, Chewelah: $160 for Value-Based Service Satisfaction Project.

Fig Tree ecumenical newspaper: $675 for rural outreach project, outreach, publication, supplies.

• Holy Family Parish, Clark-ston: $250 for library outreach books.

• Human Life Education Foundation: $732 for educational materials; $1,000 for rent; $1,000 for printing/mailing newsletter.

• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center: $1,000 for Handicapped Encounter Christ Retreat — tuition, publicity, stipend, travel; $500 for senior Days of Prayer tuition; $1,000 for diocesan youth retreats tuition scholarships.

• Miryam’s House of Transition: $500 for new copy machine.

• Natural Family Planning, Sacred Heart Medical Center: $1,000 for Natural Family Planning instruction, salaries, brochures.

• Our Place Community Ministries: $1,000 for emergency energy assistance.

• Parish Services Office Youth Ministry: $795 for Youth Leadership Camp housing, meals, supplies; $150 for Youth Leadership Workshop; $150 for youth minister training: speakers, materials, facilities.

• Project Timothy, Dayton, Wash.: $1,500 for crisis assistance: operational and aid expenses.

• Parish Services Office Multicultural Ministry: $800 for Unity in Diversity books, workshops, speaker.

• Parish Services Office Hispanic Catechist Formation: $500 for Echoes of Faith videos and books.

• Parish Services Office Detention Ministry: $800 for meetings, Bibles, song books, catechisms, videos, postage.

• Sacred Heart Parish, Brewster: $1,125 for Mini Mission Project: travel, food, housing, materials; $1,200 for religious education materials, bi-lingual texts, supplies, snacks; $500 for Mexico mission trip expenses.

• Sacred Heart Mission, Nespelem: $100 for Advent/Christmas family education program: supplies, food, materials

• Sacred Heart Parish, Othello: $540 for Echoes of Faith videos; $200 for Bibles for religious education programs; $550 for census and stewardship project census, forms, meetings, personnel, food, etc.

• St. Aloysius School, Spokane: $1,000 to remodel educare toddler room.

• St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane: $575 for Discerning on Your Feet Workshop: transportation, accommodations, advertising, hospitality; $575 for Called and Gifted Workshop for Young Adults: transportation, accommodations, advertising, hospitality; $500 for youth program curriculum catechists, Bibles, books, tapes, videos.

• St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane: $800 for special fund for counseling and education services; $500 for two sets of heart monitors for counseling sessions, training.

• St. Joseph Parish, Colbert: $200 for leadership and formation scholarships; $600 for catechist training and youth scholarship project.

• St. Joseph Parish, Spokane: $300 for youth program retreats; $200 for diocesan leadership camp.

• St. Joseph/St. Anthony Parish, Spokane: $600 for curriculum materials, for ages 3 years to Grade 8; $120 for 15 Catholic Conference scholarships; $500 for vacation Bible school materials, advertising, decorations, crafts, food, etc.

• St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley: $1,000 for Journey to Justice Retreat – rooms, meals, snacks, ceremony.

• St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, Youth Group: $500 for house building mission to Tijuana.

• St. Michael Mission, Inche-lium: $250 for youth ministry events, activities; $250 for adult education classes, speakers and food; $500 for summer Bible Camp materials, food, transportation; $500 for 10 replacement light fixtures for church hall; $500 for tables and caddy for church hall.

• St. Paschal School, Spokane: $500 religious education materials for grades 3, 5, 7; $1,483 to reseal school roof – materials, labor.

• St. Patrick Parish, Spokane: $1,200 for religious education curriculum materials for three-year-olds through grade 6; $175 for adult faith formation study guides; $120 for 10 Catholic Conference scholarships.

• St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla: $500 for textbooks for bi-lingual sacramental preparation; $250 for Echoes of Faith video-assisted catechist training program.

• St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane: $500 for summer faith camp.

In addition to the grants 11 nominees for the Catholic Community Service Award were honored at the luncheon. The individuals and groups were nominated for the award by parish pastors, parish administrators or directors of parish or diocesan service programs.

Leon and Irene Bailly from St. Paschal Parish, Spokane, were nominated by Don McKenzie for their selfless giving of time and talent wherever there is a need in the parish. Francy Pavalas Bose of Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman was nominated by Theresa Paul for her generosity to the parish and the Pullman community. Denise Briggs, nominated by Brenda Senger, volunteers in the youth programs of St. Peter Parish, Spokane.

Ben and Marguerite Daltoso, members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Walla Walla, were nominated by Franciscan Sister Sharon Bongiorno because of the generous way they share their time, skills and resources with the parish. Ken and Delores Fuchs from St. Paschal Parish, Spokane, were nominated by Sister Loretta Giampietri for their generosity to St. Paschal School and Parish.

The organist and choir at Holy Rosary Parish in Pomeroy were nominated by Mary Flerchinger. The organist and choir volunteer their time and musical talent to the parish and general community. Theresa Overfield of the Secular Franciscan Order nominated Jeannie Lyonnais for service to the St. Joseph Parish community in Dayton. Bill McMillan was nominated by Eric Thomason for his work with the underprivileged and the youth of St. Mary Parish, Spokane.

Betty Nugent from St. Michael Parish in Inchelium was nominated by Nancy Armstrong-Montes for her service to the parish. Helen Samsel, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cheney, has cared for the bookstore at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center for many years and was nominated by Deacon John Ruscheinsky, IHRC’s director, for her service. Sima Issen Smentek has shared her musical talents with St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley for many years and was nominated by Shady Maher and Dona Mohr.

This year the Foundation Trustees presented the Catholic Community Service Award to Leon and Irene Bailly.


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