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 Aug. 21, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of BOise
POCATELLO — And the three became one ... Catholic community, that is, when the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Anthony of Pocatello and St. Paul of Chubbuck were merged to become the Holy Spirit Catholic Community. The Community also includes St. John Catholic Student Center Chapel in Pocatello. The decree was signed by Bishop Michael Driscoll June 4. Father Joseph Muha is pastor of the Community’s 1,200 families. The three parishes have combined a number of projects and services over the past several years, including their parish bulletins and RCIA program. About eight years ago the school at St. Anthony became interparochial, with all three parishes assuming some responsibility for it.
BOISE — A new St. Vincent dePaul parish conference was organized at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in southeast Boise. Mike Lowe is the conference president. He is in the deacon formation program and chose to develop the conference as part of his formation. The conference received training from other area conferences and has started making calls on those in their area who have requested assistance. The Boise Diocese now has six conferences and two store conferences.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — About 200 members of St. Clare Parish camped out at Nehalem Bay State Park recently. The annual event included a Saturday potluck and Sunday Mass with Father Tom Farley. The parish has held the camp-out for about 12 years.
WILSONVILLE — St. Cyril Parish took part in the recent community-wide celebration by offering a booth for free fun. Everything but the food and drink was free. Also available were fact sheets about the parish and bookmarks with Mass times.
PORTLAND — The Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, also known as The Grotto, held its 20th annual Blessing of the Animals last month. About 200 owners of cats, dogs and a few other animals took part in the blessing.
Diocese of Baker
Redemptorist Father Mike McAndrews of Kansas finished his seventh year ministering to migrant workers through St. Peter Parish. With the assistance of seven bilingual college students, he was able to provide religious education to the workers, preparing them to receive the sacraments.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — Over 90 missionaries of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students were commissioned July 10 by Bishop Robert Morlino of Helena and Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Denver in a Mass at St. Helena Cathedral. The 90 have completed an intense summer training at Carroll College the past seven weeks and will work as campus missionaries during the coming school year.
MISSOULA — Bishop Robert Morlino dedicated a new Pastoral Life Center at St. Anthony Parish recently. The dedication and blessing included a Mass and potluck. The facility has 12,800 square feet, houses five new offices, and includes 10 large rooms which can be used as classrooms or meeting rooms.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
BILLINGS — Five members of St. Bernard Parish traveled to Haiti to witness the dedication of a church and school that began three years ago. The parishioners of St. Bernard raised the money for the building which was constructed by volunteers. The parish is in a twinning program with the parish at Mirebalais.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

Archdiocese of Seattle

STEVENSON — Thomas Nathe was ordained to the diaconate in the church where his father, the late Richard Nathe, served over 20 years as a permanent deacon. The senior Deacon Nathe, who died in 2002, also helped build St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church, a project that was completed in 1995. The younger Nathe, completing his priestly formation, learned in childhood that “service to others is one of the greatest calls God gives.”
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

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