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 Sept. 11, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland
GLIDE — Forty-nine high school boys from all over western Oregon, the highest number ever, attended the annual Quo Vadis Days, held at Little River Christian Camp east of Roseburg. The weekend joined the boys with priests and seminarians of the Portland Archdiocese to explore the call to priesthood. The three-day weekend is both a retreat and a camp. It was started three years ago to cultivate vocations at the high school level. Founders were Fathers William Dillard and John Cihak.
FOREST GROVE — Parishioners at St. Anthony Parish donated over $2,200 to help build a rectory at St. Kizito Secondary School in Umachima, Nigeria.
INDEPENDENCE — A guitar group with about 40 young people and adults has formed in St. Patrick Parish. The St. Patrick 4-H Guitar Club meets once or twice a week to practice and is slated to perform at two upcoming fairs.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

LAKEWOOD — Fifty high school youth from six churches in Pierce County participated in the annual Youth Summer Mission in Lakewood Aug. 4-9. During the week they worked more than 1,500 hours of community service at eight different work sites.
SEATTLE — Five members of two parishes, Holy Family in Kirkland and St. John the Evangelist in Seattle, took a 10-day trip to Nguludi Parish in Malawi to discern the possibility of a sister-parish relationship. St. John Parish already supports an AIDS ministry there. —The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
SEATTLE — Pax Christi Pacific Northwest will hold its annual regional assembly, “From Darkness to Light – The Long Term Struggle,” Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at DayBreak Star Indian Cultural Center at Discovery Park in Seattle. The gathering will be an opportunity for peace activists to listen to native peoples, share dialogue with Native American elders and others and also participate in “Talking Circles.” The day includes lunch, child care and a youth program. There is no cost; but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted. Pre-registration is requested and is required for day care and the youth program. Call 206-937-0549.

Diocese of Boise
JEROME — The Monastery of the Ascension will host the 10th annual “Desert Pause” retreat for those with HIV/AIDS Sept. 25-28. Retreatants will participate in forums with physicians and counselors on the medical and psycho-spiritual aspects of living with their disease. A Ceremony of Light will honor those who have died. Art work, massage therapy, a “no-talent show” and a hot springs trip are also planned. Cost is $30 which is non-refundable, but limited scholarships are available. For more information, contact Brother Selby Coffman, 208-324-2377 or e-mail.
MOSCOW — A welcome-back barbecue for new and returning students was held Sept. 7 at St. Augustine Catholic Center on the University of Idaho campus. Father Len MacMillan is campus minister and chaplain at the center, which is located next to the university’s bookstore on the east side of the campus. Daily Mass is offered at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sunday Mass times are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Student programs and activities include prayer groups, Friday pizza and movies, communal meals, social justice dinners, social outings and a mini-theology classes on a variety of subjects. Father MacMillan will a Scripture class on the Gospel of Luke during the fall semester at 7 p.m.
DESMET — The youth group from St. Pius X Parish in Coeur d’Alene put on a Vacation Bible School for the children at Sacred Heart Mission in Desmet. The group, led by youth minister Brian Kraut, used funds from its spring rummage sale to make the week possible. The youth group used the SCUBA (Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure) program, which featured Jonah, the whale and an underwater theme. Between 30 and 40 children attended each day. Two afternoons were spent at Rocky Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
—The Idaho Register, Boise

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