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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the June 9, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocesan priests’ pay cut effective July 1

Priests of the Spokane Diocese, both active and retired, will be taking a pay cut of $100 per month, beginning July 1, 2005.

The pay cut came as a recommendation from the Presbyteral Council. Bishop Skylstad accepted the recommendation.

In addition, parishes of the diocese will be increasing their contribution to the priest retirement fund from $375 per month to $675 per month.

Those parishes which share a priest also will share the retirement contribution – for instance, three parishes served by one priest would split that cost. A parish served by more than one priest would find that cost doubled.

The active priests’ pay cut will be used to offset the increased contribution to the priest retirement fund.

Jump Off Joe parish community celebrates centennial

The Catholic community of St. Joseph, Jump Off Joe, celebrates its centennial on Sunday, June 12, with Mass at 11 a.m.

St. Joseph is a mission of St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah. Just for June 12, the Chewelah Sunday Mass time is changed to 8 a.m.

After Mass, an outdoor procession will visit a series of altars, with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at each. A potluck luncheon will be held at Holy Ghost Parish’s hall, in Valley.

Catholic Charities refugee, immigration program honored

Greg Cunningham The award was presented during a luncheon ceremony in Portland, Ore.

Gregory Cunningham, Director of Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services, was honored May 13 with an award from CLINIC – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. – for Best New Program Serving in a New Area or Serving an Underserved Population.

CLINIC specifically cited the program’s “commitment to provide much needed legal services in multiple languages in both the Spokane and Walla Walla offices.”

Immigration and Refugee Services provides certified assistance to those seeking citizenship in the United States. Refugees in the Spokane area also assisted with employment and referral services.

Right to Life witnesses visit Spokane parishes

Members of the Crossroads team pause on the playground of St. Patrick School, Spokane. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

A group of 10 young people spent their Memorial Day weekend in Spokane, visiting three parish communities to share their mission as witnesses to their opposition to abortion.

Crossroads Walk, a non-profit organization, began three simultaneous walks from cities on the West Coast in mid-May. Walkers will take turns walking, averaging around 17 miles per day. The three groups of walkers will meet Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their achievement with a rally and prayer.

Among the walkers is Gonzaga University junior Nick Paradis. While he says he is “sore and limping along,” he also says that he “feels like he’s doing something.”

The walkers were welcomed at St. Patrick, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Charles parishes.

Spokane woman accepted into FSPA novitiate

Sister Laura Nettles FSPA Laura Nettles, the daughter of Ed and Carol Nettles and the granddaughter of Ruby West, Spokane, became a novice of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at a reception service May 28.

She became an associate with the community in May last year (“Eastern Washington woman explores Religious life with Franciscan community,” IR 1/15/04). The novitiate stage is the next step to becoming a full member of the congregation. A time for intense study of the vows, prayer, Franciscan life and values, it includes nine months at the Midwest Common Franciscan Novitiate in Joliet, Ill., and a year of continued study and integration into ministry in a multicultural setting.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Nettles said she wants to join FSPA to aid in its efforts to grow the church and, through that growth, help people from all walks of life in their physical and spiritual journeys. “You do together what you can’t do alone,” she said.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are based in La Crosse, Wis. There are about 400 members ministering throughout the United States and the world.

Odessa parish hosts centennial events

St. Joseph Parish, Odessa, will be marking its centennial this year with a Mass and open house on Sunday, June 19.

Among those celebrating the Mass will be Bishop William Skylstad and Bishop William Weigand, bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif, and former resident of the Diocese of Spokane

The Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. An open house will be hosted from 3-5 p.m. The public is invited.

The ups and downs of physics

The eighth graders of St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, had a roller coaster project as part of their physical science class, taught by Brenna Conners. Each group of students had to create, demonstrate, and present their model roller coaster. Using a marble to roll along the path, the students had to explain all the types of forces and energy that their model contained and why, how they came up with the idea, the modifications they had to make from the time the first marble rolled down, and how they came up with the name of their creation. As they presented their project, the rest of the class had to draw every project and rate the group to see if they followed the guidelines of two hills, two turns, one loop, and successful completion of the track by the marble. Pictured, from left, with their “The Neverworks Ranch Roller Coaster”: Rachel Hollenbeck, Morgan Nitta, Tiffany Arnold, Kelly Lopez, and Allie McCabe. (IR photo from St. Mary School)


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