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 Dec. 16, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Diocese parishioners respond generously to Sudan crisis

As of Dec. 8, Spokane Diocese parishioners had generously responded to Bishop Skylstad’s request for donations to help ease the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and emergency relief agency, is coordinating assistance to the region.

So far, Eastern Washington Catholics have answered Bishop Skylstad’s request with donations totaling $13,457.13.

New Honor Society at St. Aloysius

A new Honor Society named for St. Benezet has been established at St. Aloysius School, Spokane. New inductees are, in front, from left, Annie McEwen and Jaycee Koontz; in back, from left, are Jacob McEwen, Alicia Doohan and Brandon Fuchs. The Society instills a desire to help others strengthens faith, creates enthusiasm for scholarship, promotes leadership, develops character, and encourages citizenship. IR photo from St. Aloysius School)

St. Peter Parish hosts ‘Called and Gifted’ workshop

St. Peter Parish, Spokane, is hosting a “Called and Gifted” workshop the evening of Friday Jan. 14, and all day Saturday, Jan. 15, at the parish – 3520 E. 18th Ave. in Spokane.

The workshop is designed to help laity discern their various spiritual gifts, through learning about church teaching on the role of the laity; through a Catholic spiritual gifts inventory, and exploring the Catholic notion of vocation: that everyone has a vocation.

There is no charge, but bring a sack lunch for Saturday’s sessions. A free-will offering will be taken up.

To register, call the parish: 534-2227.

Summit View residents learn nutrition, cooking skills

The way to many people’s hearts is through their stomachs. Women living at Catholic Charities-supported Summit View apartments are learning to nourish themselves and their children by making economical, healthy meals.

Once a week, Pat Streeter of Washington State University’s County Extension program comes to Summit View to teach the women about nutrition, food budgets, and specific recipes. The women gather in the kitchen for hands-on learning. As they cook, Pat gives them information about everything from the nutrition pyramid to children’s nutritional needs.

Local CCHD grant applications solicited

The local portion of funds collected by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be distributed through grant applications in the coming months.

CCHD grants are open to any non-profit organization with a project that addresses the root causes of poverty in the community, but is not primarily concerned with direct service. Applying organizations must include low-income members in the decision-making body. The applying organization also must demonstrate a capability to execute its plan and to affect institutional change.

The one-page request for proposal with application details is available from Catholic Charities by calling 358-4273 or (800) 831-1209.

Deadline for submission is Jan. 4, 2005.

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