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

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 23, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Ground blessing 
for St. Anne Children and Family Center

Ground blessing

Bishop William Skylstad and representatives from Catholic Charities, Garco Construction, the architectural firm of Heylman Martin and Associates, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Gonzaga University gathered to ceremoniously bless the ground for the new St. Anne Children and Family Center on Friday, Sept. 26. This new facility will provide childcare to 200 children and families and will include the maternity support services of the Childbirth and Parenting Alone Program. It will be located at Fifth and Browne Streets, just below Sacred Heart Medical Center. Occupancy is planned for July, 2004. From left: Wendell Sinn, Bishop Skylstad, Donna Hanson (Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities), Skip Davis of Providence Services, and Catherine Rider. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

Middle school ‘Faith Day’ is Nov. 8

A “Faith Day” for sixth, seventh and eighth graders will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane.

This year’s “Dwelling Within the Temple of God!” is the diocese’s seventh such annual event.

“Faith Day” begins at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. The day’s schedule includes Mass.

For information, contact the Parish Services Office: 358-7311.

Cathedral offers Advent Festival Nov. 21-23

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane, will again host its annual Advent Festival on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 21-23.

The event will include sales of ornaments, home décor, baked goods, crafts, and other items, as well as auction items.

The Saturday festival includes a number of family events, including children’s activities, crafts, and pictures with St. Nicholas.

For information, call the Cathedral office: 358-4290.

St. Paschal School Stepping Stones

Stepping stones for progress

All of St. Paschal School, Spokane, participated in making stepping stones for the auction that will be held on Nov. 1. The auction’s theme is “Movie Night.” The students’ hand prints will be used as the “Walk of Fame” and will be sold the night of the Auction. Pictured is Joey Petretee hard at work. (IR photo from St. Paschal School)

Diocese’s newest parish begins capital campaign

Our Lady of the Lake Parish in the Suncrest area northwest of Spokane has launched a capital fundraising campaign for the parish’s buildings and grounds.

The parish complex will be situated on land already purchased in Nine Mile Falls, on the north side of Highway 291. The land already has a Marian Grotto and prayer labyrinth.

Chairing the campaign is Fran Bessermin. The parish’s pastor, Jesuit Father Tim Clancy, has been working with the architectural firm of Denny Christenson and Associates of Spokane. Current plans call for the new church to seat some 366 people in a structure of wood, native stone and glass.

For information, call 465-2598, or check the parish’s web site:

Auction to benefit Trinity School

Trinity School in Spokane has scheduled its annual auction for Saturday, Nov. 8, at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane.

Advance tickets are available by calling 327-9369, or from the school, 1306 W. Montgomery.

Tickets are $17.50 before Oct. 31; after, $20 each. Dinner is included with the price of the ticket.

Doors open for advance viewing at 4:30 p.m.

Vocation Directors

Vocations directors

Vocations Directors from Region XII – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana – were among those gathering for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors at Biloxi, Miss., Sept. 27-Oct. 2. Theme for the convention was “Vocation Ministry: Evangelizing a New Generation.” Pictured, from left: Brother Craig Bonham, Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska; Father Dale Yurkovic, Diocese of Great Falls/Billings, Mont.; Father Darrin Connall, Diocese of Spokane; Msgr. John Ecker, Diocese of Yakima, Wash.; Father Tim Sauer, Archdiocese of Seattle, Wash.; Father Kelly Vandehey, Archdiocese of Portland, Ore.; Father John Hinsvark, Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska; and Mr. Rich Shively, Archdiocese of Seattle. (IR photo from Bishop White Seminary)

Catholic mystics examined at Clare Center

“Taste and See: A Celebration of the Catholic Mystical Tradition” will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Clare Center, 4624 E. Jamieson Rd. in Spokane.

Presenting will be Dr. John Jerry-Anthony Parente of Oakland, Calif. Dr. Parente has degrees in spirituality, theology and art.

Catholic mystics, he says, regard God as “a Living Presence. This day of prayer will be a celebration of the nearness of God.”

Among the mystics examined will be St. Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, Mechtild of Madgeburg.

Cost of the day is $45, and includes lunch. For information or registration, call Clare Center: 448-4887. Other information is available on Clare Center’s web site:

St. John Vianney Parish craft sale is Oct. 25-26

St. John Vianney Parish, 503 N. Walnut Rd. in Spokane, is offering an craft fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday.

Among the items featured are baked goods, many displays by craft artists, as well as lunch and dinner.

Admission is free.

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