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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 Oct. 21, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

GU Chorale to perform anniversary concert

Gonzaga University’s Chorale celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, with a membership of 40, representing both the Gonzaga student body and the greater Spokane community.

The Chorale is dedicated to signing “the great choral-orchestral repertoire of the Church.”

The fall concert will be performed Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, on the corner of 12th and Grand in Spokane.

Included on the program are movements from the Rutter “Gloria,” the Vivaldi “Gloria,” the Durufle “Requiem,” the Fauré “Requiem,” and Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and “Veni Sancte Spiritus.”

The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Cemeteries director elected to national post

Dennis Fairbank, Director of Cemeteries and General Manager of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Spokane, has been elected to a two-year term as treasurer of the National Catholic Cemetery Conference. The election took place at the NCCC’s annual meeting last September in Rhode Island.

Fairbank also has served the NCCC as Director-at-Large for the Western Region and Western Canada, and has served on several NCCC committees, including time as chairman of the Smaller Cemetery Committee.

St. Francis Xavier parishioners celebrate Edna West’s years of service

Edna West Edna West, more than 20 years president of the altar society at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Spokane, was honored as “Queen for the Day” by 40 fellow parishioners recently.

West’s contributions of time and skill helped keep the altar society organization alive and well; aided the St. Vincent de Paul Society; and included volunteer work with Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

She and her husband, Mel, also helped with construction of their neighborhood’s Cop Shop building, located on the corner of Wellesley and Addison in Spokane.

Diocese increases contributions to CCHD

The national share of the Diocese of Spokane’s contribution to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development increased 16.2 percent in 2003, according to information received from Father Robert Vitilllo, CCHD’s executive director.

“We are most grateful to and wish to honor your bishop, all the clergy and faithful of your diocese … for your solidarity with poor and low-income people in the United States,” said Father Vitillo.

CCHD makes grants that help address the root causes of poverty, funding community-based self-help projects.

Providence Sisters host two discernment retreats in Spokane

The Sisters of Providence are offering two vocation discernment retreats at Mount St. Joseph, 12 W. 9th in Spokane, on Sunday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 5. Both are scheduled for 2:30-5 p.m.

For more information, call their Vocations Office: 474-2323, or e-mail vocations@providence.org; or call Sister Clare Lentz, 965-0913; clarelentz@yahoo.com

GU theatre arts to perform ‘Dead Man Walking’

Gonzaga University Theatre Arts will perform Tim Robbins’ stage adaptation of his film Dead Man Walking Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30, and Nov. 5 and 6.

The play and film are based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book of the same name, an examination of the issue of the death penalty.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students. Group rates also are available; call the box office for reservations and information: 323-6553.

DeSales eighth grader attains Eagle rank

Richard J. Westphal Richard J. Westphal, eighth grader at DeSales in Walla Walla, was awarded the rank of Eagle, Scouting’s highest rank, during a Court of Honor Oct. 2 at Assumption Parish.

Westphal’s Eagle Scout project involved landscaping for Assumption Church, including flora in three parking lot planters and two church planters, as well as irrigation. New landscaping was also accomplished around the new cross which graces the front of the church.

Besides his Scouting activities, Westphal is on the DeSales football, basketball, and baseball teams, and is an honor student. He will be making a mission to Guatemala in January, delivering medical and dental supplies he is now gathering.

Westphal is the son of Keith and Jerri Westphal.

Trinity School’s silver anniversary auction is Nov. 13

Trinity School, Spokane, will host its 25th annual benefit auction on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid in Spokane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. to view oral and silent auction items. Dinner will follow the oral auction.

Tickets are $17.50 in advance until Oct. 31, and may be purchased at the school, 1306 W. Montgomery; after, tickets are $20, and may be purchased at the door.

Auction items include cars, getaway packages, Seahawk tickets, golf, tickets to the Spokane Symphony, and much more.

Over 90 percent of the money raised by the auction goes directly to the school. The school serves the parishes of St. Anthony and St. Joseph.

For more information, call Trinity: 327-9369.

Contemplative prayer to be explored at Pullman gathering

Cistercian Father Thomas Keating will lecture and teach on the subject of centering prayer during presentations in Pullman next month.

His presentations are sponsored by The Common Ministry at Washington State University, an ecumenical group.

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Father Thomas will present a lecture titled “The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel.” That evening will begin with registration at 5 p.m., followed by a banquet at 6 p.m.

On Monday, Nov. 8, Father Thomas will speak at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 525 N.E. Campus in Pullman.

That day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., and is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m.

The full event is $50; the Sunday banquet and keynote address, or the Monday lunch and addresses, individually are $25.

For information, contact The Common Ministry at WSU: 332-2611.

‘Music at Lourdes’ announces new season

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes continues its series of music offerings, “Music at Lourdes,” with a new performance schedule.

Sunday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., will be the Inland Northwest Harp Festival, with a wide variety of music styles demonstrating the instrument’s versatility.

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.: The Cathedral Choir performs Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” as well as favorite Advent and Christmas pieces.

On May 29, Sunday, at 2 p.m., the Cathedral Choir will perform as part of the parish’s Corpus Christi Flower Festival.

The season will conclude with an April 19 performance at 7:30 p.m. by the Gonzaga Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Edward Schaefer, performing Handel’s “Dixit Domino.”

All events are free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.


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