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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 April 8, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Birth mothers to be honored at Mass, luncheon

Bishop William Skylstad will celebrate Mass on Friday, May 7, to honor women who have placed babies for adoption.

The Mass will take place at noon at St. Joseph Church, 1503 W. Dean in Spokane.

The Mass is offered to recognize and celebrate the motherhood of birth mothers. Invited to attend are women and families of any faith who share this common experience and anyone else touched by adoption, as well as the general public.

A luncheon for the birth mothers only will follow the Mass, in the parish center. Birth mothers should confirm attending the luncheon by calling 747-4174 by May 5.

The luncheon is sponsored by Catholic Charities, Children’s Home Society of Washington, New Hope Child and Family Agency, and Spokane Consultants in Family Living.

Via Dolorosa, All Saints School

Via Dolorosa

Third graders at All Saints School, Spokane, walked the “Via Dolorosa,” or “Way of Suffering,” as part of their Stations of the Cross ceremony during Lent. From left: Anna Kerr as Mary; Savannah Lundsford; and Courtney Rose. (IR photo from All Saints School)

St. Anne Center hosts open house

An open house will be held from 11-4 at St. Anne Children and Family Center, one block east of St. Joseph Church, on Friday, May 7.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities, St. Anne has served the people of Spokane for over 60 years in a variety of programs supporting children and families.

The public is invited.

Dominican Sister celebrates 60th jubilee

Dominican Sister Ellen Shannon Sister Ellen (Moise) Shannon (Moise) marks her 60th anniversary of Religious life this year.

A Mass honoring the occasion will be celebrated at Queen of the Rosary Chapel in Sininawa, Wis., on June 6. Also honored on that day will be 14 other Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters celebrating their 60th jubilee.

Sister Ellen grew up in Oconomowoc, Wis. As a Dominican Sister her ministry has been dedicated to education. Since 1999 she has served as business officer for the Dominican convent in Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Besides her work in schools, she was a pastoral minister in Kalispell, Diocese of Helena, for eight years, and convent coordinator at the Dominican Convent in Spokane from 1994-97.

Vincentian gathering set for Eugene, Ore.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society will hold its Western Regional Meeting June 23-26 in Eugene, Ore.

Workshops and speakers will address such topics as emergency services, thrift stores, affordable housing, manufacturing and recycling, and more.

Register by calling (541) 688-0453 or online.

Bubbles, tiny and otherwise

First graders at St. Mary School in Spokane Valley observed the behavior of bubbles recently, part of their science unit on air and weather. In the foreground at Eric Holden and Abrielle LeBlanc. (IR photo from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley)

St. Augustine Parish hosts workshop for cantors April 24

Michael Connolly St. Augustine Church, on the corner of 19th and Bernard in Spokane, will be the site of a workshop for cantors on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Michael Connolly, author of The Parish Cantor and associate professor of music at the University of Portland, will lead the workshop.

He currently serves as chair of the board of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Cost of the workshop is $25 per person, which includes the workshop, materials (among them, a copy of Connelly’s book), and lunch.

For information or registration, call 624-1630.

Bottle rockets

Joel Lahrmeyer, a former student at Holy Family School, Clarkston, paid a visit to his alma mater to share some educational lessons about making and launching bottle rockets. Lahrmeyer is an engineering student at the University of Washington and an active member of the school’s Newman Center. (IR photo from Holy Family School, Clarkston)

St. Mary School’s auction: ‘A Child’s Garden of Dreams’

St. Mary School in Spokane Valley is hosting its 32nd annual auction on Saturday, April 24, at the Maribeau Park Hotel.

The event, with the theme “A Child’s Garden of Dreams,” begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the live auction. Dancing to the music of “The Super Naturals” will follow the live auction. Cost is $35 per person; tables of 10 can be reserved.

Among the items on the block: jewelry, dinner parties, vacation home rentals, sports memorabilia, and travel packages.

For information and reservations, call 924-4300, or e-mail,


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