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

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(From the Oct. 2, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Respect Life Sunday to focus on combating abuse

The Spokane Diocese’s efforts to promote reconciliation and healing of the sexual abuse scandal will be highlighted during the weekend of Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 4-5.

Bishop Skylstad has asked priests and deacons to include aspects of the subject in their homilies for the weekend. Parish bulletins will include a new brochure produced by the diocese. The brochure details symptoms exhibited by victims of sexual abuse; characteristics of some abusers; how to contact the diocese for help; how to report abuse; and community and church resources.


Jubilees celebrated

Three Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration were honored for their 50th anniversary of vowed life. The celebration took place at Clare Spirituality Center, Spokane, for Sisters Mary Simeon Werner, Bernadette Nehl and Agnes Schweiger. (IR photo from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration)

Republic parish seeks engineering expertise

Immaculate Conception Church in Republic stands on the brink of a hill overlooking the town. Entrance to the church’s front door is from a concrete apron running from the parking lot to the front door. In the wintertime, the parking lot gets pretty icy, because snow and ice builds up, since there is inadequate drainage of the parking lot.

“We would like to have an engineer come and look at our situation, and help us solve the problem,” writes Father George Morbeck, Republic’s pastor. “Since we are a very pleasant community of people, someone might want to come and visit us on the weekend, attend Mass on Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning, and see what our problem is, and maybe help us find a solution.

“If an interested person, engineer, or contractor, or other capable interested person could help us, we would be appreciative for many years in the future,” he wrote.

Interested parties should contact Father Morbeck by calling (509) 775-3935 or by e-mail at

Encounter dinner

Engaged Encounter gathering

The Spokane community of Catholic Engaged Encounter gathered for dinner at Bishop Skylstad’s house in late August for an evening food and fellowship. (IR photo from Engaged Encounter)

Planning begins for ‘Christmas at the Cathedral’

The parishioners of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes have started their preparations for the community’s annual Advent Festival, a three-day event beginning Nov. 21 this year.

This year’s theme is “A Winter Wonderland: Christmas at the Cathedral.”

The event will begin with a silent auction on Friday, Nov. 21. Items are still needed for the silent auction, whether goods or services. To donate, please call 358-4290.

Parish mission will be ‘Journey to the Heart of Christ’

St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley will host a parish mission Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 26-28, with the theme “Journey to the Heart of Christ.”

Conducting the mission will be Brother Michael O’Neill McGrath of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

In a world filled with uncertainty, it is possible to become overwhelmed with a sense of fear and loss. Brother Michael uses his painting and stories to show the healing power of the Holy Spirit in a parish mission experience that appeals to families and people of all ages.

His presentation on Sunday, Oct. 26, is set for 7 p.m. It is titled “Journey to Our Own Hearts.”

On Monday, Oct. 27, his talk at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. is “Journey with Saints and Sinners.”

The presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 28, also will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. It is titled “Journey to the Heart of Christ.”

Call the parish for more information: 928-3210.

Principal Rick Pelkie and students

First day of school

Students weren’t the only ones making an adjustment to the first day of school. St. Paschal’s principal, Rick Pelkie, is new to the job this year. Pictured with him are two of his students, Murphy McIntyre and Brandy Frick. (IR photo from St. Paschal School)

Morning Star hosts open house Oct. 5

Morning Star Boy’s Ranch will host its annual open house on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Ranch is located at the foot of Brown’s Mountain in Spokane: 4511 S. Glenrose Rd.

The day’s events include guided tours, a Farmer’s Market, refreshments, music, and silent auction.

For more information call 448-1412.

St. Mary Officers

Student body officers

Students of St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, elected their officers for this school year last spring. Serving, from left, are Sophia Johnson, president; Katie Metzger, commissioner of service; Matthew Anthony, treasurer; Morgan Nitta, commissioner of spirit; and Jacob Wizner, vice president. (IR photo from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley)

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