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 July 3, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland
EUGENE — St. Paul Parish held a health fair recently that included tests for blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma and vision and hearing loss. Parish seniors regularly attend lectures that tell about such topics as assisted living, computers and chronic illness.
GRANTS PASS — Pastoral councils from all over south Oregon met at St. Anne Parish recently to identify ministry issues that were to be forwarded to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, a group that helps the archbishop set priorities for the archdiocese.
Diocese of Baker
Young people at St. Francis Parish will spend a weekend this summer living among Portland’s homeless. High school students attend a monthly Bible study.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Diocese of Yakima

TOPPENISH — On May 18, Jesuit Bishop Carlos Sevilla celebrated the Annual Diocesan Mass with Persons of Disabilities at St. Aloysius Parish. The theme was “Celebration as One People of God.” The Mass is celebrated to assure the inclusion of everyone into parish life.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima
Archdiocese of Seattle
OLYMPIA — A 75-mile pro-life hike started June 12 in Olympia, following an hour of adoration in St. Michael Church. Hikers stopped along the way to pray at exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as outside abortion clinics. Five men hiked the entire distance but other participants joined for shorter segments of the trek. Purpose of the hike was to offer “prayer and sacrifice for the sanctity of life.” Also hikers visited with people along the way about the sanctity of life.
BELLEVUE — The Archbishop Wore Pink Socks? That’s not the title of a murder mystery; it’s a fact. On May 23, Archbishop Alex Brunett joined the students at the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart to celebrate the feast day of St. Madeleine Sophie, the founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Pink was reportedly the saint’s favorite color and the students, along with the archbishop, wore pink socks. In his homily, Archbishop Brunett explained that in the past it was not unusual for prelates to color coordinate their socks with other clothing.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Boise

COEUR D’ALENE — Jesuit Father Thomas Connolly, pastor at Sacred Heart Indian Mission at Desmet, was awarded the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene’s President’s Medallion recently. The award was started by UI president Bob Hoover in 1998, to be given each year to someone who has made significant contributions to “the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people and has provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well being of mankind.” Father Connolly, 74, has worked with Native Americans since 1955. He helped tribal elders in their quest to preserve the old Indian-Catholic hymns and prayers, some of the first published in the 1970s. He was ordained in 1963 and has been pastor at Desmet, and also Plummer and Worley, since 1977, directly serving the people of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe. He has written several articles and books, including Saga of the Coeur d’Alene Indians: An Account of Chief Joseph Seltice.
LEWISTON — All eight of the St. Stanislaus Tri-Parish School students who participated in the 2003 History Day Competition in Boise recently placed in the state event. Theme for the contest was “Rights and Responsibilities.” Principal Marcia Ney, said that the theme “launched research into a topic that integrates the emphasis on social justice issues Catholic schools are asked to study.” Contestants compiled entries on such issues as refugees from Haiti and Cuba, child labor in other countries to make clothes sold in America, and censorship.
—The Idaho Register, Boise

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