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 April 29, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland
PORTLAND — Father David Gutmann is a “near perfect 10.” He is pastor of Holy Cross Church and he suggested in a Catholic Sentinel article that parishioners rate their pastor’s homilies on a scale of 1-10 to inspire them to better work. On the following weekend, when Father Gutmann returned to his seat after his homily, parishioners stood up and displayed numbered placards, just like they do in Olympic skating. Nearly all were 10s. Father Gutmann is known to be a good sport as well as a good homilist.
PORTLAND — Faith and science mix at St. Agatha Parish. An astronomy group meets at the church to ponder the mystery of creation. Scripture readings are included in their program, along with powerful telescopes and live links to the directors of the Vatican Observatories. The program was funded with a grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal. Anyone wanting information can contact Charles Geiger, the project’s organizer at
PORTLAND — At St. Agatha Parish, children are collecting empty pop can to redeem and buy Easter treats for children living at Rose Haven, a shelter for homeless mothers and children. Parishioners also donate toys and personal toiletries to the shelter.
BEAVERTON — Holy Trinity Parish has held an annual campout for more than 30 years. This year parishioners will travel to Silver Falls State Park May 28-31. New parishioners are particularly encouraged to attend, to help them get acquainted.
Diocese of Baker
St. Bernard Parish hosted an evangelization workshop recently for more than 30 people. One of the guests was Bishop Robert Vasa. The SINE sessions are to help Christians reclaim the basics of faith and become inspired to share it.
— Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Diocese of Helena

HELENA — Students in the sociology problems class at Carroll College designed a project to collect money and food for children in low income families. It is called “Helping Hands for the Children.” The students hoped to collect $4,200 in cash donations, to provide insurance coverage for 10 children and to replenish non-perishable food items at Helena Food Share. Each spring Father Jerry Lowney asks students in the class to put together a program to address a local social problem.
—The Montana Catholic, Helena

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — Resurrection Parish hosted a Catechism Bee last December with 10 finalists from all eight grades and two members representing Catholics in Action. The young people went 12 rounds to determine the winner. The contest was only to go 10 rounds, but two young people were tied. The winner, Lauren Sandlin, 10, gave the correct answer to a question about “filioque” and the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

Archdiocese of Seattle

SHORELINE — Students at St. Mark Parish School have raised over $41,000 for the American Heart Association in the Jump Rope for Heart Program. Father Otto Koltenzburg even took a turn at jumping rope in the most recent event held March 10.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Boise

BOISE — The first graders at St. Mark School worked on a community service project during Lent. They did jobs at home or in their neighborhoods to earn money, working a minimum of two hours. They used the money they earned to buy food for St. Mark’s Crisis Action Center.
—The Idaho Catholic Register, Boise
COTTONWOOD — The Benedictine Sisters at St. Gertrude Monastery invite single women who may be interested in religious life to attend a “Come and See” weekend in May. The weekend is scheduled at the monastery May 14-16. Get more information or make reservations by calling Benedictine Sister Janet Barnard at 208-962-3224 or e-mail: by May 10.

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