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 Dec. 18, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Serra dinner

Appreciation dinner

The Spokane Serra Club held its annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner recently at St. Charles Parish. The turkey dinner for priests, deacons and seminarians featured door prizes donated by Serra members. At left is Bishop White seminarian Everett Buyarski of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska; at right, Keith Holowecky, a Spokane seminarian, also studying at Bishop White. (IR photo from Paul McNabb)

Prayer vigil is Dec. 29

The Spokane chapter of Pax Christi is organizing a prayer vigil on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Monday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1503 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane.

Pax Christi is the international Catholic peace organization.

Advent Day in Cheney

Advent Day in Cheney

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney, held its annual Advent Day festivities on Dec. 6. The morning started with an Advent wreath ceremony, moved into a show by the Pipkin Family Puppet Theatre, the parish hall filled with Christmas craft projects for children to assemble, and finished with a pizza lunch. (IR photo)

CAPA offers single mothers a taste of traditional Christmas

The Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program at Catholic Charities’ St. Anne Children’s Home held its Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 12, in Sacred Heart Parish’s parish hall in Spokane.

Single mothers and their young children served by St. Anne gathered with their mentors to celebrate the holiday. The mentors, or doulas, serve as support for single young women through pregnancy, childbirth and the early phases of parenting. Typically, CAPA mothers live in extreme poverty. Few have experienced anything like a traditional Christmas. Their average age is 18.

The CAPA program has been in place since 1985. Besides mentoring, CAPA also provides counseling, parenting and childbirth preparation classes, volunteer birthing coaches, play grouips, donated baby items, and resource information.

St. Charles continues tradition: free Christmas dinner

St. Charles Parish, 4515 N. Alberta in Spokane, will once again host its free Christmas Day dinner, with “turkey and all the trimmings.”

The dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m., so that no one need be alone or hungry on Christmas Day.

Some transportation is available; call the parish office at 327-9573 by Dec. 19 to arrange a ride.

St. Charles is located across from Shadle Center.

Morning Star choir tours during holiday season

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch accomplished another tour of its Christmas choir this year.

The Boys’ Ranch choir completes a series of five concert stops in the Spokane area on Dec. 18.

This year the choir performed at The O’Malley retirement complex; Lincoln Heights Congregational Church; at Murphy House at the Ranch; at Cathedral Plaza in downtown Spokane; and finally on Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Canterbury Court, 1010 S. Rockwood Blvd.

The Christmas choir is led by Ron and Marsha Feller. A Boys’ Ranch choir has toured at Christmas for more than 30 years.

Officers of New Catholic Daughters Court

New Catholic Daughters court

Court 196 of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas recently welcomed Court 2524, Court Mystical Rose, located at Gonzaga University in Spokane. The new court is believed to be the first college or university Catholic Daughters court in Washington State. The new court’s officers are, from left, Kim Propson (financial secretary), Rebecca Podergracz (vice regent), Amy Koreski (regent), Molly Pfister (treasurer), and Amanda Collins (recording secretary). (IR photo from The Catholic Daughters of the Americas)

Voice of the Faithful to meet Jan. 12

The Spokane chapter of Voice of the Faithful will meet Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in O’Malley Hall at St. Aloysius Church, on the corner of Boone and Astor in Spokane.

The evening’s scheduled speaker is Don Brockett, former prosecuting attorney for Spokane County.

All members of the diocese are invited to attend.

St. Mary School grandparents

Grandparent Day

St. Mary Catholic School student Heather Hagerty is pictured with her Grandparents Betty and Chris McLean. The McLeans attended Mass and other special activities for the school’s celebration of Grandparents/Special Persons’ Day on Nov. 26. Grandparents visited the classrooms for snacks and more special activities after Mass. (IR photo from St. Mary School)

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