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 Oct. 21, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena

BUTTE – On Sunday, Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated in Butte with a special outdoor Mass in the Irish language, a tradition that can be traced back over 300 years to a period when practicing the Catholic faith was outlawed in Ireland.

The organizers of An Ri Ra – the annual celebration of Irish history and culture – brought the tradition of the outdoor Mass from the “Old Country” to Montana for the first time last year. The tradition continued this year and a congregation of over 700 turned out for the Mass.

Those involved in the organization agreed that a faithful replication of this tradition demanded the use of Irish as the language of the liturgy and an Irish-speaking priest, Father Seosamh O Beaglaoich, was flown in especially to offer this service. A bilingual Mass booklet was distributed among the congregation, while local artist playing traditional airs and singing in Irish added further beauty to the spiritual and cultural ambiance of the occasion.

– The Montana Catholic (Helena)

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEA TAC – Their “flock” consists of transient and permanent populations numbering in the thousands. Their places of worship and meditation are sometimes housed in the most curious locations.

The airport chaplain is a caring face to travelers and employees, a neutral ear to those looking to vent, the person one turns to for meaning and solace in the aftermath of disaster.

In their first Seattle-area gathering, 87 chaplains from 17 countries and of various denominations and faiths descended on the SeaTac Holiday Inn in early Sept. for the annual conference of the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains, a non-denominational organization founded by a Belgian chaplain in 1960. Joining them for the five-day meeting was Vatican representative Msgr. Anthony Churayath of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees.

The chaplains shared fellowship, attended workshops dealing with trauma, and talked shop in a ministry dramatically impacted by heightened security and airline financial woes.

And they exuded enthusiasm for a ministry unlike any other.

“There’s hardly any parish in America that has one priest for 50,000 people,” said Father Michael Zaniolo of Chicago, referring to the number of employees at O’Hare and Midway airports, where he serves as a full-time chaplain.

Airport chaplains administer the Sacraments, most often Mass and Confession, provide a listening ear, and minister to both employees and travelers.

– The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

IDAHO
Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Elizabeth Place in Boise – which offers low cost housing for single women, mothers to be and mothers with infants and young children who are working toward financial independence – must be a part of God’s plan.

“It just seemed like whatever we needed to get the house up and running came to use just when we needed,” said Margo Henning, outgoing president of the St. Vincent de Paul District Council and the project coordinator. “There were a lot of miracles.”

Elizabeth Place opened in Aug. and is a joint project with Catholic Charities and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Catholic Charities is providing counseling and support for the women who live at Elizabeth House. St. Vincent’s is doing the day-to-day administration for the project.

Elizabeth House offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms and support services at an affordable price for up to three women with children, regardless of faith affiliation. The requirements are that the residents must be willing to live with others, have the ability to pay a share of housing and utility costs and have a goal of becoming financially and physically self sufficient. The women can live at Elizabeth Place up to two years while they complete their educational goals. They are expected to pay about $200 a month in rent and $100 toward utilities. Donations are expected to cover the rest of the expenses.

– Idaho Catholic Register, Boise


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