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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


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(From the Dec. 4, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Charles changes weekend scheduling

St. Charles Parish, 4515 N. Alberta in Spokane, has announced changes to its regular weekend celebrations.

The sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated from 9-9:30 a.m. and from 2-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The vigil Mass moves to 4 p.m.

The changes were effective Nov. 30.

Country-style ‘Beauty’
St. Mary School play

St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, presented the musical Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Nov. 21 and 22. Two tour directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre brought not only their talent, but also the props, costumes, make-up and enthusiasm to the task at hand. Some 59 students were chosen on Monday afternoon. They were rehearsed and ready to perform in time for Friday’s show. Pictured are some of the Beauty Lou and her sisters with two of the assistant directors. Back Row: Kaci Matsch, Katie Metzger, and Stephanie Haskins. Middle row: Lisa Harrell, Aleisha Chan ( Beauty Lou) and Sophia Johnson. Front row: Cara Hamilton and Rachel Hollenbeck. (IR photo from St. Mary School)

Spokane woman honored with Mother Joseph Award

Betty Harrington Betty Harrington of Spokane has been chosen to receive this year’s Mother Joseph Award, an honor bestowed annually by the Sisters of Providence on individuals who best exemplify “the values and courage of Mother Joseph,” a Northwest pioneer and a member of the Providence Religious community.

Harrington is a Providence Associate and a leader in health care and nursing. As a registered nurse, she worked in a variety of roles at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, for some 35 years. She was director of SHMC’s School of Nursing for over 10 years, and then established SHMC’s Department of Educational Services. She served there until she retired in 1989.

She has been the frequent recipient of nursing honors, and was the second recipient of the Sister Peter Claver Award, given to individuals who “reflect the leadership and faith” of the late Providence Sister Peter Claver. She has been a long-time volunteer with the Women’s Drop-In Center and continues to volunteer at SHMC, rocking babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Also honored this year was Chuck Hawley of Seattle, the vice president for government affairs for Provfidence Health System.

Hawley is a nationally recognized expert on health care concerns of the elderly, especially the vulnerable and physically fragile.

Board members chosen for Young Adults group

The Spokane Catholic Young Adults group has chosen a new roster of board members

Serving new terms of office are Jeff Martin, Cincy Ochoa, and John Boyle.

Father Victor Blazovich, pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown, is spiritual director for the group.

The Spokane Catholic Young Adults organize weekly activities for couples as well as young singles. The group participates in service projects, social gathering, and opportunities for spiritual growth.

For information about the group, write to Spokane Catholic Young Adults, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.

Poor Man’s Meal

Poor Man's Meal 2003Beatrice Ryan, Bill Ryan, and Mary Schroeder were among those enjoying the Bishop’s Poor Man’s Meal at the House of Charity last month. Over $37,000 was raised for the benefit of the Winter Sleeping Program, which shelters homeless men from November through March each year. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

‘Magnificat’ to be performed at cathedral Dec. 11

Thursday, Dec. 11, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes will host a performance of John Rutter’s musical work “Magnificat.”

Max Mendez, director of music for the cathedral, wil conduct the cathedral choir for the performance.

The program also includes J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.”

There is no charge; a free-will offering will be taken.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The cathedral is located at 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

Two Vietnamese nuns transfer to Providence Sisters

Sisters Lang Tran and AnnMary Vu, both natives of Vietnam, completed their transfer into the Sisters of Providence in an October ceremony on at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Seattle.

Participating in the transfer were Providence Sisters Barbara Schamber, provincial superior of Mother Joseph Province, and Kathryn Rutan, the order’s Superior General.

Both Vietnamese women joined the Adorers of the Holy Cross in their native country. When Saigon fell in 1975, giving the communists control of Vietnam, they also took control of the Catholic schools and prohibited the Catholic nuns from teaching. Her family decided to escape from Vietnam together, and joined another group that escaped in a small sailboat in 1981. They reached a Philippines refugee camp and were saved by a German ship. Sister AnnMary was reunited with her Religious community when she came to Portland, Ore., in 1983.

Sister Lang Tran was born in North Vietnam to a family with seven children. She became a pre-candidate in the Adorers of the Holy Cross as a fifth-grader at the age of 11. She professed first vows at the age of 20 and began teaching first grade. Like Sister AnnMary, she was unable to continue teaching with the fall of Saigon, so she worked in the fields. She escaped from Vietnam to France, and eventually made her way to the United States. In 1997 she moved to Portland to join her Religious community there.

Sister Lang taught for two years in a Portland day care facility and also in Sunday school.


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