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 July 29, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

IDAHO FALLS – Retired carpenter Don Rieth keeps his hand in and his skills sharp by contributing various works to his home parish, Holy Rosary.

His latest work consists of two oak credence tables and a Gospel stand. One of the tables includes the front piece of the altar that formerly graced the chapel of Sacred Heart Hospital in Idaho Falls. Another table includes marble inlay.

Besides his liturgical furnishings, Rieth recently completed the computer room at the parish school. He also built all the bookshelves in the rectory and parish center.

Rieth’s involvement in the parish isn’t limited to construction. He served on the parish’s maintenance committee for 10 years, the parish council for three years, and has been singing in the choir for 40 years.

BOISE – Idaho’s Bishop Michael Driscoll has appointed a layman, Mark Raper, as the diocese’s Director of the Office of Canonical Affairs.

Raper has worked in the office since 1999. He recently completed a licentiate degree in canon law from St. Paul University, Ottawa.

“Without the support of my wife, Stephanie, and kids these past months I would never have been able to finish my degree in Ottawa,” said Raper. “My wife, especially, took on a huge load when I left. I have nothing but thanks and praise for her.”

Raper also holds a communications degree from Boise State University.

BOISE – Father Henry Carmona, rector of the Cathedral of St. John in Boise, is the latest to produce Catholic radio broadcasting.

Titled simply Father Henry’s Radio Show, the program debuted June 27 on Boise station KSPD, located at 790 on the AM dial. The program airs monthly, on Sundays at 8 p.m.

Co-host for the venture is Boise attorney John Keenan, a Third Order Dominican.

The initial show was titled “The ‘Just War’ Theory and a Catholic Christian Response to the Iraqi Situation.” July 25’s edition was titled “The Catholic Church’s Preferential Option for the Poor.” Upcoming broadcasts will focus on pro-life issues and issues of migration.

The program is sponsored by the Cathedral’s social justice committee.

— Idaho Register (Boise)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE — She has been interviewed on the Today show and on CNN about her effort to get a retail store to offer modest clothing for girls. Newspapers and magazines around the country have spread her story. But has all the publicity given 11-year-old Ella Gunderson of Redmond a big head?

“No. We’ve tried to wrap this whole thing in a lot of prayer to ward (it) off,” said her mother, Pam Gunderson. “The Lord knows who he picked (in Ella). She’s really shy.”

Ella, who will be a sixth-grader at Holy Family School in Kirkland this fall, said the newfound fame makes her uncomfortable. “I don’t really like it a whole ton,” she told The Catholic Northwest Progress, newspaper of the Seattle Archdiocese. But when pressed, she added that a positive side to the publicity has been “getting the word out.” By that she means that many girls would opt to wear more modest clothing, if only they could find it. That was the thrust of a letter she wrote to Nordstrom last winter. She complained to the Seattle-based retailer that the clothes it sells for girls — particularly the jeans she was interested in purchasing — were too tight and showed too much skin. — Catholic News Service

SUQUAMISH – The Seattle Archdiocese earlier this month marked the 150th anniversary of ministry to the Suquamish Indians, at St. Peter Mission Church on the Kitsap Peninsula.

After an 11 a.m. Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Alex Brunett, participants enjoyed a salmon feast.

The parish is administered these days by St. Olaf Parish in Poulsbo.

– Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

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