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 Oct. 2, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle
SEATTLE — Five women from Our Lady of the Lake Parish were among a group of 10 people who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, as a fund-raiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The climbers raised close to $100,000 in pledges and donations to help fight breast cancer. Joanne McDonald said it was definitely a religious experience when they reached the top. “You’re a little closer to God when you’re that high,” she said. “It’s beautiful.” Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,400 feet high. Others from the parish who made the climb were Jacqueline Lewis, Monica Donovan, and Donovan’s children, Stacy and Jake. All were memorializing family members with cancer.
SEATTLE — A group of young people, from fourth to eighth grade, participated in the second St. James Cathedral Choir Camp last summer. Nineteen young people prayed and sang together for a week in August, learning a wide variety of music. They learned everything from medieval to brand new music. They also learned selections from other countries, some coming from their own ethnic background. Dr. James Savage is the cathedral’s music director.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Boise

BOISE — An Idaho quilter in Challis donated a quilt she made to be used for a raffle to benefit Bishop Treinen House of Discernment and Formation. Charlene Anderson belongs to a quilt club in which members take turns choosing themes for a quilt and then members of the group make blocks in the pattern. Anderson had to honor of choosing the first design and she selected one with houses. She worked on the completed blocks for a number of years and after it was finished, decided to donate the king-size quilt to Treinen House. Persons wanting raffle tickets can send their name, address, phone number and $1 for each ticket wanted to Bishop Treinen House, 904 North 9th St., Boise, Idaho 83702. The drawing will be held Nov. 1.
SUN VALLEY — Some 120 campers and 30 staff people including several Idaho seminarians, experienced life at the Diocese of Boise Junior High Camp north of Sun Valley. The campers did all the usual activities: fishing, canoeing, climbing rock walls and “singing to the girls.” But the youth also participated in prayer services and reconciliation. Theme for the camp was “True North,” to indicate that there is a standard in Christ that never changes so people can always find their way.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

EUGENE — Archbishop John Vlazny celebrated a Mass of Healing at St. Mary Church for the fall Ember Day of prayer. The archdiocese began the Ember Day observance last year, to be held in September, Advent, and Lent. Ember Days are days of prayer, fasting and abstinence from meat and are not obligatory. Archbishop Vlazny asked that Catholics pray that day for healing and reconciliation in the Church and for those who have been sexually abused.
PORTLAND — How about a free meal? Those who live near St. Stephen Church can partake of the opportunity. The church has offered free socials and pancake breakfasts, inviting not only parishioners but members of neighboring churches and other people in the community. Father Stephen Stobie, pastor, revived the parish custom of free meals from years ago. The project has been assisted by the National Catholic Society of Foresters.
  • Holy Family Parish has started meals of a different sort. As part of a “hospitality vision,” parish organizers have begun “Breaking Bread” for interested adult parishioners of all ages. Organizers form groups of eight that meet four times over six months to share a meal in each of the homes.
    SHERWOOD — St. Francis Parish has “acres of land and acres of kids.” What do they plan to do? Build a new Catholic school. Parishioners have started fund-raising for the new school, which they hope to open in 2004. So far plans call for a 14,000-foot building on 18 acres that will start with about 200 students in grades K through 6. Later the school will expand to include grades 7 and 8. Eventually there will be a gym and media center. Archbishop John Vlazny blessed the school site Aug. 17.
    — Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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