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

Youth activities flourish in diocesan parishes during summer months

by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff

(From the June 10, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Summer has arrived and children are out of school. Unfortunately, for many teens the initial exhilaration after their release from the walls of their classrooms is short-lived, and after just a few days, boredom begins to set in.

Fortunately several parishes in the Spokane Diocese have youth groups that will continue to run throughout the summer. Youth ministers all over the diocese are planning fun activities to keep youth busy and occupied even though they are not slaving away at their homework.

The following parishes have summer youth group plans.

Assumption Parish, Spokane, is gearing up for a summer packed full of fun activities. Every first and third Wednesday of the month they will have a prayer night. Though they have not yet set dates, their plans include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, a softball game against Our Lady of Fatima’s youth group, an overnight camping trip and three separate day bike trips throughout the course of the summer. For more information about Assump-tion’s activities, contact Deacon Kelly Stewart at (509) 326-0144.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, will not have regular meetings in the summer, but they have many activities planned, nonetheless. On June 15 and 22, the group will be working with Habitat for Humanity, constructing new homes. At the end of June and into the beginning of July, the group will be in Mexico, building a new mission. Though it is too late to join them for this summer, interested high-school students can contact Dan Glatt to get on the list for 2005’s Mexico trip.

In mid-July the youth group is planning a bike ride down the Centennial Trail, from the Spokane Valley YMCA to Post Falls, Idaho, complete with ice cream and swimming. Other planned activities include a trip to Silverwood amusement park, a movie night, a camping trip, and a softball game against Assumption Youth Group. Anyone interested in getting involved in the Our Lady of Fatima Youth Ministry program can contact youth minister Dan Glatt at (509) 747-7213.

Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman is planning a trip to Mexico to work in a border town at an orphanage and nursing home, as well as volunteering as needed in the rest of the community. They have a high school retreat planned for Aug. 13-15 and plans are in the works for a Teen Mass sometime this summer, as well. To get involved, contact June Brown at (509) 332-4402.

Spokane’s St. Aloysius Parish is planning one activity each month over the summer. Possibilities include Laser Quest and a camping trip. Contact Trista Rodeen at (509) 838-4656 for more information.

The combined youth group from St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick parishes in Spokane will continue to meet every Sunday night from 7–8:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier. Their meetings include catechesis, games and prayer.

This summer the youth group will be “Seriously Seeking Sainthood.” They plan to do outreach every Wednesday. From 2:30-3:30 they will work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. plan to visit homebound people and help with household chores, yard work, and provide companionship.

One night a month they have a movie night. They are planning a day retreat for June 19 to welcome incoming seventh graders and from June 25-27, members of the youth group are planning to attend the Steubenville Northwest Youth Conference in Lacey, Wash.

There’s another retreat in the works for July 24, and on Aug. 14 the girls in the group are having a Girls’ Night, complete with facials, pedicures, chick flicks and girl talk. But don’t worry, there’s a Guys’ Night Out in the works, as well.

The youth group is also helping with Vacation Bible School on Aug. 2-6.

For more information, contact Judy Leach, (509) 325-3263.

St. John Vianney in Spokane has not completed their summer plans yet, but they will be having monthly meetings for movies and discussion. They are also planning a kick-off party in September to start off the new school year. For more information, contact the church office, (509) 926-5428.

St. Jospeh Parish in Otis Orchards has not finalized their summer plans yet, either, but they will be meeting every Friday morning in July and August for daily Mass at a different parish each week, followed by coffee together. They are planning to attend a Mariners baseball game in July, and, of course, their annual camping trip. The group has also tentatively scheduled a Bible Study for Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact Dave Creqpau at (509) 926-7133.

St. Mary Parish in the Spokane Valley has big plans for the summer. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join the group every Monday night for the weekly meeting and open gym. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. with an outdoor game or sport such as ultimate Frisbee, kickball or volleyball, followed by a snack and social time.

Around 8 p.m. there is a Bible study, currently focused on the Gospel of Mark, until 8:30, when the meeting is officially over. The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Anyone is welcome to join the group afterward for basketball in the gym until around 10 p.m. Don’t worry! You don’t have to be athletic.

St. Mary is also gearing up for a service trip to Mexico in August, and at the end of June the youth group is planning to volunteer at St. Mary Vacation Bible School with the fun and games.

For more information, contact Eric Thomason at (509) 928-3210.

St. Paschal Parish Youth Group will continue to meet throughout the summer on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. Their meetings usually include a game of basketball or baseball followed by approximately 15 minutes of teaching. Members of St. Paschal youth group will also be attending the Steubenville Northwest Conference June 25-27, a summer High School Youth Conference co-sponsored by Spiritus Ministries Northwest and Franciscan University of Steubenville. For more information about St. Paschal youth group contact Mark Lamb, (509) 927-8587.

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