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

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(From the Nov. 11, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Aloysius Parish offers free community Thanksgiving dinner

St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, will be offering a free community Thanksgiving dinner on the great day itself, Nov. 25, from noon-1:30 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Sodexho Campus Services and Gonzaga University. Cataldo Hall, across the courtyard from the church, on the corner of Boone and Astor, is the site of the event.

Rides are available; to schedule a ride, call Don Weber, pastoral administrator, at 323-7004 by Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Poinsettia sales benefit Prep all-nighter

Gonzaga Prep is taking orders for poinsettias, just in time for the holidays.

Orders can be placed through Nov. 22. Proceeds benefit the Gonzaga Prep Senior All-Nighter.

Red, white, or pink 6-inch poinsettias are available for $11.50 each; pickup of orders will be Friday, Dec. 10, after 1 p.m., in Prep’s Barbieri Student Center.

To place an order, call 489-2288.

Cathedral celebrates the seasons with family Advent festival

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane, will be hosting the annual Advent Family Day Festival on Saturday, Nov. 20, from noon-4 p.m.

Family-friendly crafts and activities, visits with St. Nick, hot dogs, chips, an auction, a craft bazaar, and bake sale are all part of the festivities this year.

Price is $2 per child. For information, call the Cathedral office: 358-4290.

Our Place asking for donations for holiday food baskets

Our Place, an ecumenical emergency assistance agency in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, is asking for help in putting together holiday food baskets for the needy.

Our Place is supported through the efforts of several congregations, including St. Joseph Parish.

The organization estimates that $35 will provide a full meal for a family, “but no matter what amount you can share with us… you will be helping to make memories that last a lifetime.”

Donations may be sent to Our Place Ministries, 1509 W. College, Spokane, WA 99201. Please specify that the donation is for holiday baskets.

Clothing drive

Helping others keep warm

Ryan Hodges and Corbin Carlton, second graders at Assumption School in Spokane, load winter clothing for the House of Charity and St. Margaret Shelter. Each year Assumption participates in a winter clothing drive, supported both by school parents and other parishioners. (IR photo from Assumption School, Spokane)

Christmas coming to All Saints School

All Saints School, Spokane, will be offering a Christmas Store on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the gym of the primary school building, 3410 E. 18th Ave. – between Ray and Freya.

The store will feature decorated and undecorated wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, and swag, donated by area businesses. Craft items and baked goods will also be available.

Proceeds will be used for the school’s Fair Share tuition program, and for purchasing new cheerleader uniforms and athletic equipment.

Gavin Group gives Spokane Diocese ‘full compliance’ rating

The U.S. Catholic bishops have agreed to annual audits of diocese, to ascertain how closely the dioceses are adhering to the requirements of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The audits are conducted by members of The Gavin Group, a company consisting largely of ex-FBI agents.

This year’s audit tool was revised from 2003. Two new areas of emphasis for 2004 resulted in two action recommendations for Spokane.

In a letter dated Nov. 2, William A. Gavin acknowledged that the Spokane Diocese is now fully compliant with the Charter.

According to Bishop William Skylstad, the auditors recommended that the diocese develop a more centralized employee tracking procedure, keeping exact records not only on those working directly within the diocesan administration, but any employee in any diocesan entity, whether a rural parish of 50 families or a metropolitan grade school ministering to hundreds of students.

The auditors recommended that the new procedure not only track individuals, but specifically state when each employee had completed the diocese’s “safe training program.”

The centralized procedure also should reflect background checks, routinely conducted for all employees, but with easily demonstrable proof of accomplishing the checks.

“We have been doing these things all along,” said Father Steve Dublinski, vicar general for the Spokane Diocese. “What we lacked was a central source of records to prove it.”

Pumpkin Carving, St. Mary School

Seasonal decor

In the photo at right, St. Mary School eighth graders Jennifer Maier and Jose Rodriguez and pre-kindergarten buddy Jordan Laird show off the Halloween pumpkin they decorated together recently. Students from both classes share a variety of weekly activities, including attending Mass. (IR photo from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley)

St. Vincent de Paul teams with radio stations for holiday food drive

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Spokane will be working with five radio stations of the Clear Channel company – KKZX, KIZX, KCDA, KAQQ, and KISC – to encourage holiday food donations. The goals: 5,000 turkeys or hams, and 60,000 pounds of non-perishable food.

The Nov. 12 event will take place in four different locations in the Spokane area: Yoke’s Pac N’Save in Airway Heights, Chevron at Division and Wellesley, near Staples at the Spokane Valley Mall, and on Spokane Falls Boulevard, at Riverfront Park. Food will be accepted from 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Each year, the Society’s food bank feeds over 60,000 people, giving away over 1.3 million pounds of food.

For more information, call 535-2491.

Additionally, volunteers will be needed the next day, Saturday, Nov. 13, to help sort the proceeds, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To volunteer, call 534-2824.

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