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 March 17, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

TACOMA – One way to illustrate the community nature of St. Charles Borromeo Parish would’ve been to get all 2, 200 households to sign their names on a giant piece of blank paper.

But how much fun would that be?

So, the Tacoma parish took an artistic approach, asking parishioners to incorporate their names on a line drawing of their church. Thus, the last names of every parish household blend in niftily along the roof lines, the tower, the parking lot, even the tree trunks in the church drawing – while not overwhelming it.

The three-by-four-foot signature portrait will be displayed March 12-13 as part of an open house of the parish’s new Unity Center.

“It’s very easy to be invisible in a large parish,” said Helen Hein, the parish’s director of religious education.

So the idea to include everyone’s name in a single drawing was designed to help promote unity and deepen parishioners’ connection with their church, she said.

The “We Are The Church” project was launched last year during Lent at the parish’s inaugural Religious Art Festival. Adam Hunt was the graphic artist who designed the line drawing of the church. “It was a fantastic project to do,” he said last week. “It was one where you really felt community involvement in everybody getting together to come and do this.”

- Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Over the course of weeks, fifth-graders from St. Therese School in Northeast Portland worked their fingers briskly for a good cause. Boys and girls alike learned to knit and now proclaim the art “super cool.”

Completing math and reading assignments speedily to create time to work, the students turned yarn into colorful scarves. These scarves were delivered last month to the mothers and children at the nearby Shepherd’s Door shelter.

“It is kind of hard to let go of it,” said Abi Presley, clutching a multi-colored scarf, the fruit of her labor, “But I’m glad someone who needs it can use it.”

Then Presley and the other 19 students dropped their scarves into a bin for women and children to use during these cool, wet winter months. The students even sacrificed recess time to make the delivery.

The knitting craze began when fifth-grader Theresa Vu brought her own knitting to class last fall. When the other students showed interest, their teacher, Louann Honarvar, sought out some help to teach the class how to knit. She needed to go no farther than the parish office for receptionist Willilah Mosbrucker. After the children had learned the basics, the students stashed their knitting bags under their desks and were allowed to put needle to needle after finishing academic work.

“It’s something we wanted to pass onto the children,” Mosbrucker said. “Not many people know how to knit anymore.”

– Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

Diocese of Boise

PAYETTE – The plans have been in the works for six years, now the new Corpus Christi Catholic Community in Payette is ready to take action in building their brand new church in Fruitland. Corpus Christi Catholic Community gathered its leaders together at a Jan. 20 reception to envision the future of the Catholic Church in Payette County.

In 1999, at the 1997 behest of Bishop Tod Brown, the parishes of St. Aloysius in New Plymouth and Holy Family in Payette joined to become Corpus Christi Catholic Community.

Bishop Brown also instructed that the new faith community should build a new and larger church in Fruitland in order to meet the needs of a growing community and shrinking priesthood.

Six years later, the new parish is set to make that church a reality. It has the land; now all it needs is the money.

The leadership reception precedes the Feb. 13 kickoff of the parish’s Building the Body of Christ campaign, which over the next three years aims to raise the $3.9 million in funds needed to build the new church.

– Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)

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