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 Feb. 26, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise
BOISE — Young people in LifeTeen and Life Junior High started a new ministry. They are making blankets of fleece for the elderly, the homebound, those sick in hospitals and newborn babies. The blankets are special in that the knots tied in the fringe around each one represents a prayer prayed for the recipient. LifeTeen youth coordinator Linda Graefe received such a blanket when their baby was born. When the baby was sick some weeks later, Graefe found comfort and the “power of prayer and love” in the blanket as she covered the child with it. She thought everyone should have such a gift and took her idea to the youth group and they agreed. The first batch of blankets was given to the residents at Heritage Retirement Center.
GRANGEVILLE — Parishioners at Sts. Peter and Paul collected $2,600 just by donating their spare change during Advent. The project was suggested by Father William Crowley, who has been at the parish just six months. All that was needed to start the drive was a large water bottle with funnel and dozens of empty half-pint milk cartons. Parishioners were asked to take the cartons home, fill them with their loose change and return the cartons to be emptied into the jug. An anonymous parishioner said they would match whatever money was donated. The money was given to the young son of former parishioners; the boy had just been diagnosed with leukemia.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

EUGENE — The St. Paul School student council hosted a dance for the seventh and eighth graders, with the proceeds used to help homeless families in the area.
— Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

AUBURN — Andrew T. Miller, a parishioner at Holy Family Church, has written a musical comedy about the Prodigal Son. Called The Prodigal, it premiered at the Federal Way United Methodist Church and proved to be a hit, so much so that local theaters and some Off-Broadway people have shown an interest. Miller is well-known in local religious circles and has recorded a dozen CDs, including one with a children’s choir from St. Theresa Parish that reached “gold,” with over 500,000 in sales.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — Moe Wosepka took a huge pay cut from his high-powered job to become manager of the Good Samaritan Thrift Store, which is operated by the four parishes in the city. Since he began, sales have quadrupled and the store has had to move ... twice. Direct aid to others in need increased from $18,000 to $139,000 and services expanded far beyond the thrift store operation. Now there is personal counseling, nursing home and homebound visitation, prison and jail ministry, advocacy and government affairs and job training. Wosepka encourages others to get involved in ministry, however small. “We all have gifts,” he said. “If you think you are being called, go do it. What have you got to lose?”
BUTTE — An organization called Maternal Life International started by a local doctor works to improve the well-being of women and families through such programs as emergency obstetrical care, natural family planning services and AIDS prevention programs. Programs in that last area have drawn international attention for their value in preventing the spread of AIDS. MLI’s program is different in that it stresses behavioral changes, including abstinence, rather then rely on condoms to stop the spread of the disease. In Uganda an abstinence program brought down the rate of HIV infection 20 percent.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

BILLINGS — An organization with the name Called to Serve provided a dinner for 85 Head Start children and their families in a special event organized to promote reading. It was called “Read and Eat,” in which the kids read to the parents, the parents read to the kids, and everyone took part in a free book giveaway.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

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