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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 9, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

‘Faithful Citizenship’ workshop is Sept. 11

Holy Names Sister Lynda Haydock and Dominican Sister Judy Byron of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle will facilitate a Sept. 11 “Faithful Citizenship” workshop at St. Augustine Parish Hall, 428 W. 19th Ave. in Spokane.

Cost of the workshop is $10.

The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch is included.

The workshop is designed “to assist people of faith to approach public policy issues through a lens of faith and Catholic social teaching,” according to Scott Cooper of the Parish Social Ministries office.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Cooper at 358-4273, or

U.S. News ranks GU No. 4

The weekly magazine U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Spokane’s Gonzaga University as the No. 4 best university in the West in the magazine’s “Universities – Master’s” classification.

This year’s ranking marks the 10th consecutive year that U.S. News has ranked GU among the West’s best universities.

The “Universities – Master’s” classification includes some 572 universities within four geographical areas — North, South, Midwest and West – which provide undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. GU’s sole Ph.D. is awarded through the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies.

Catholic schools also ranked from the Northwest were the University of Portland (No. 8) and Seattle University (tied at No. 9).

Support needed for disaster relief efforts

Parishes of the Diocese of Spokane have been requested to take up special collections for two causes: relief to victims of the recent Hurricane Charley in Florida, and for refugee relief Darfur, Sudan.

According to CNN’s web site, Hurricane Charley is estimated to have caused some $7.4 billion in damages. The storm “hit portions of western Florida and cut across central Florida, killing 27 people, destroying more than 12,000 homes and leaving another 19,000 homes with major damage. Two weeks later, more than 20,000 customers were still without electricity,” reporting Catholic News Service.

Catholic Charities USA is coordinating that appeal for funds.

In Sudan, thousands of people have died in the fighting. More than 1 million have been displaced, forced to flee to refugee camps. The sheer numbers make the work almost overwhelming.

Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and emergency relief agency, is working to provide emergency assistance in Sudan.

To contribute to either of these efforts, please send donations to: Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453. Indicate how you would like your donation to be used.

IECCR sponsors ‘Holy Spirit Conference’ at St. Peter Parish

The Inland Empire Catholic Charismatic Renewal (IECCR) is sponsoring its annual conference Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2, at St. Peter Church, on Freya between 18th and 19th in Spokane.

Keynote speaker will be Jim Murphy, director of Michigan’s Vera Cruz Communications, a company whose mission is to “present the Gospel in ways understandable to a wide audience.” Murphy also has served as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal.

The conference begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s sessions start at 9 a.m.

Also on Saturday will be a presentation by the REACH youth ministry team from the Diocese of Yakima. The youth track runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Saturday evening Mass will be celebrated by Father Dan Wetzler.

Box lunches will be available for those who register before Sept. 15. Child care will be offered on Saturday for children, age toddler to 10 years old.

Registration forms are available from Kaufer’s Books, St Peter Parish, or by calling (509) 465-2598 or (509) 448-9736.

CAPA benefits from Cheney KC rummage sale

The Knights of Columbus Council at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney, held their annual parking lot rummage sale earlier this year, raising some $1,600.

Proceeds from the sale, as in years past, were donated to Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program.

Said a Knights spokesman, “This event gets bigger and better each year and we can’t wait for next year!”

Vacation Bible School at Otis Orchards

Over 200 persons were involved in Vacation Bible School this summer at St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards. The program was directed by Teresa McCann, the parish’s Director of Religious Education, and parishioner Gina McCauley. The youth learned in large groups through McCauley, through the songs led by Mary Simpson, and through a daily skit directed by Debra Goodwin. Generous donations and support provided scholarships. Each family took home a holy water font, a rosary bracelet, and a CD copy of the songs the children learned. Pictured: participants Henry Walker and Sarah Miller. (IR photo from Paul Kienbaum)

Honoring animals this year? St. Anthony Messenger wants to know

St. Anthony Messenger Press is preparing its annual St. Francis Feast Day feature for their web page – – which includes a list of parishes in the United States who host a “blessing of the animals” for the occasion.

Parishes offering a blessing of animals are asked to contact St. Anthony Messenger with their pertinent information – name, address, date, phone number, and the name of a contact person in case of questions.

Their toll-free number is 1-800-488-0488, ext. 118; e-mail; or fax 513-241-0399.

Composer Marty Haugen to present workshop, concert next month in Spokane

Internationally acclaimed liturgical composer and musician Marty Haugen will be performing in concert and conducting a workshop Oct. 1 and 2 at St. Augustine Church, 428 W. 19th Ave. in Spokane.

Haugen’s concert is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $10, $6, and $4 for clergy, Religious, and students, purchased in advance; ticket prices increase $2 each when purchased at the door.

His ecumenical worship workshop will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, also at St. Augustine. Prices are $25 per person. Discounts are available for groups of eight or more.

Also participating in the workshop will be Father Tim Hays, pastor of Assumption Parish, Walla Walla, and Father Steve Dublinski, chairman of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Vicar General of the Spokane Diocese and pastor of the parishes in Oakesdale, Rosalia, St. John, and Tekoa.

Haugen has presented hundreds of workshops around the world. He is a recording artist and songwriter with GIA publications. Among his works are “Eye Has Not Seen,” “Gather Us In,” and Mass of Creation.

The conference is co-sponsored by Kaufer’s Religious Supplies. Contact the store for more information or tickets: 326-7070.

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