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 Dec. 4, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

MONTANA
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
BILLINGS — Preschool students at Holy Spirit Catholic School recently held a “Johnny Appleseed Day.” The children made “kettle hats” to wear and their parents helped them visit tables with different activities such as playing Harvest Bingo, dipping apples, and making “Apple Jack” necklaces. They also sang the song that goes with the Johnny Appleseed story: “Oh, the Lord is good to me...”
— The Harvest, Great Falls

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — Life is bleak and poverty-stricken for many citizens of central Vietnam. Children are unable to afford school and there is little for them to do. Holy Names Sister Ly Thi Le who is from Vietnam decided to do something about it. Her Holy Names community and her former community in Vietnam, called the Lovers of the Holy Cross Sisters, have established a joint ministry to serve the poverty-stricken Vietnamese people. A benefit dinner was held Nov. 22. The new collaboration hopes to provide funds to dig a community well as its first project.
SEATTLE — Father Ramon SantaCruz, a parochial vicar at St. Alphonsus Parish, cooked the entrée for the Gala Dinner at the parish school. His special dish, pork loin stuffed with dried fruits, served approximately 275 people. He also made a French torte for the “parade of desserts.” Father SantaCruz once had a catering business in his native Philippines, serving almost 500 people once at a school homecoming. He said he comes from a family of “good cooks.”
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

IDAHO
Diocese of Boise

WORLEY — St. Michael Church will soon undergo an expansion, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Catholic Extension and the generosity of parishioners. The church is small and often is overcrowded, especially in the summer months. Twelve stained glass windows will be installed and the ceiling will be remodeled into a cathedral-style ceiling. Jesuit Father Thomas Connolly steered parishioners to the old Mary Immaculate Academy and Convent in Desmet, where they found 18 oak pews with padded kneelers, and a large wood altar that will be put into St. Michael Church after it is finished. The pews and the altar need refinishing but are otherwise in good condition. Another find was a six-foot stained glass window depiction of Christ, which will be installed behind the altar. The Sisters of Providence operated the school at Desmet for many years beginning in the 19th century. In 1974 they returned the land and all its holdings to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

SALEM — Parishioners honored Mary Barton for her longevity on the occasion of her 100th birthday. She has been a member of St. Joseph Parish for 98 years and played the organ for funerals and weddings there for 55 years. She still attends Saturday night Mass.
PORTLAND — The senior high youth group of Ascension Parish goes to Providence Child Center once a month to meet with the profoundly disabled children there. The visit is made on the second Sunday after their youth Mass.
PORTLAND — Young people at Sacred Heart Parish also practice social outreach. They make sandwiches for homeless youth, serve meals at a dining hall for the homeless, visit homebound parishioners and raising money for a Filipino boy the parish has supported for years.
PORTLAND — Parishioners at St. Joseph the World Parish studied the Mass in what Father John Amsberry called a “teaching Mass.”
— Catholic Sentinel, Portland
PORTLAND — The Grotto’s 16th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights opened Nov. 28 and will continue through Dec. 30. Festival theme is “Season of Hope.” Over 60,000 people are expected to attend during the month. The festival features holiday music concerts presented hourly each night, spectacular lighting displays with over half a million lights, a living history theater program, and family entertainment. There is an admission charge, but visitors are also asked to bring a donation of canned or dry food to benefit an emergency food ministry. The display is closed on Christmas Day.


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