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 Feb. 3, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

GRANGEVILLE – Traditional and modern, classic and original were all mixed as Sts. Peter and Paul School students put on their Christmas program for the community Dec. 21 in the school multipurpose room.

Christmas Is... was written and produced by the students and directed by Sonya Turner, music teacher. The program viewed Christmas from the birth of Jesus to the coming of Santa Claus.

First and second grade students presented a mini-musical, Listen to the Lambs, in which shepherds and angels talked and sang about the birth of the Savior.

Third and fourth grade students put on a play they wrote entitled The Rennid Who Stole – Well, Just About Everything. The Seuss-like spoof was full of laughter but ended with a moral for Christmas. Fifth and sixth graders danced in the program, doing “The Turkey Tango” and “Everlasting Fruitcake.”

Seventh and eighth graders wove the program together with poems and scripture. They also acted out a play called The Christmas Candle, about one young man’s adventure as he saw the Light of Christmas.

The program ended with the entire student body singing as Santa Claus entered and treated the students.

– Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

EUGENE – Seventh graders from St. Paul School in Eugene have launched a project to raise money to help victims of the tsunami that devastated south Asia. Students hung posters and placed an empty five-gallon water jug in the school office marked with their slogan “Change for Change.” Students passed buckets in the gym before school and in the parking lots after school encouraging parents and students to toss in their loose change.

On Jan. 15, students gathered on a local street corner in a final push to collect change for their effort.

The week culminated with a multimedia presentation, developed by seventh-grade students, to educate about the event. The assembly was followed by a prayer service honoring the tsunami victims, both living and deceased.

PORTLAND – Students, faculty and staff of St. Mary Academy in downtown Portland distributed 100 boxes of holiday items to five area organizations: the Bradley-Angle House, Raphael House, Rose Haven, and Volunteers of America Home Free. Each class collected personal items for women and children, as well as backpacks, umbrellas, bus tickets, toys and other items. In addition, St. Mary partnered with JOIN’s Home for the Holidays program to help provide stable housing for a homeless woman and her three children, by giving housewares, appliances and supplies.

– Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

COVINGTON – The World Series championship ring adorning Rich Donnelly’s right ring finger, earned as the third base coach with the 1997 Florida Marlins, seemed as big as a ballpark peanut Jan. 14 as he spoke at St. John the Baptist Parish as the featured speaker at the parish’s annual “A Night of Inspiration.”

Donnelly described his youthful zeal for baseball and his Catholic faith. He fell away from his faith after becoming a professional ball player and didn’t come back for more than a decade. It was his daughter Amy’s brain tumor and death at the tender age of 16 that brought him back.

– Northwest Catholic Progress, Seattle

SEATTLE — The Seattle Archdiocese plans to reorganize its two existing review boards dealing with clergy sex abuse issues and create one board, despite criticism of the action from several members of one of the boards. Some board members say a new entity would lack independence from archdiocesan control. The planned changes would eliminate the current Case Review Board, which advises Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett on the credibility of accusations of child sex abuse made against clergy, and the Policy Review Board, which advises on policies needed to prevent abuse. Greg Magnoni, archdiocesan spokesman, said a unified board would be formed sometime after Jan. 30.

– Catholic News Service

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