Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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the Inland Register
(From the June 9, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)
Archdiocese of Seattle
TACOMA – Two of their teachers are cancer survivors. A third lost her life to the disease. And for some of these 21 eighth graders from St. Charles Borromeo School, the disease also has taken away grandparents and friends.
But such personal experiences worked to inspire these teens. Last month they were the top youth fundraiser in the Tacoma Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, raising $15,320 in pledges for cancer research, twice the amount of the second place finisher.
They raised the funds through car washes, snacks sold at school, memorial cards and solicitation letter to relatives and friends.
While some dedicated their efforts to someone in particular, all the eighth graders were able to draw inspiration from two breast cancer survivors at the school: librarian Judy Phillips, who has survived two bouts with the disease, and math teacher Allane Eastberg, diagnosed just last year.
FLORENCE – First-grader Taylor Grahm, a member of St. Mary Our Lady of the Dunes Parish in Florence, Oregon took the Corporal Works of Mercy seriously and decided he should hold a book sale to benefit Florence Food Share. He asked for support at all Masses and at his school, bringing in 10, 000 donated books.
Radio, TV, and newspapers carried the story as Taylor enlisted help from his friends to organize and sell the books at the Bromley Room of the Florence Library.
Taylor’s Read to Feed book sale raised more than $3, 750. The next week, escorted by nine fire vehicles, Taylor and many schoolmates walked to a local grocery store, where they shopped and shopped. While there, a benefactor presented Taylor with a check for another $500 and the owners of Grocery Outlet matched the $2,805 worth of groceries the children had selected.
The final total of food and money raised for Florence Food Share came to $7,200.
PORTLAND – Archbishop John Vlazny presided at the blessing and dedication of a new building at Holy Redeemer School in Portland in late May.
The building – called “green,” because of its environmentally friendly materials and components – is named for Pope John Paul II and will be used for educational space.
Holy Redeemer Catholic School is the first LEED-certified “green” K-8 school building in the country.
“Green” buildings are federally certified to have elements that reduce their impact on the environment.
The new building will house a science laboratory, a library media center, a computer technology center, and two classrooms.
The building will use less energy because large overhead windows allow for more natural light. The roof is covered by an insulating garden.
The “green” construction also helps maintain health indoor air quality by using low-emitting carpets, paints, sealants and adhesives.
BOISE – The Diocese of Boise Sister’s Council was recently reactivated to provide a means for Sisters from all communities in Idaho to gather, pray together and work together, according to Sister Mary Louise Deroin, CSC, co-chairperson.
“It is our goal to share our spirituality by giving or sponsoring retreats open to all women, address issues on abuse of women, Pope John Paul II’s letter on nutrition and be more aware of how we can help the women of the diocese,” said Sister Mary Louise. “We have suggested a special track for women at the Diocesan Fall Conference. We are encouraging the formation of a Diocesan Vocation Committee composed of women religious, men religious, married couples, youth, brothers and priests and laity.”
Sister Mary Louise said the sisters decided that continuing the Sister’s Council would help strengthen and build relationships among sisters working in Idaho and help the Idaho Church be more aware of the vital ministries they are prosing in the diocese.