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
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 18, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Helena

BOULDER VALLEY – St. John the Evangelist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary last month with Mass and, fittingly, a baptism.

St. John is a mission of St. Catherine Parish, Boulder. The parishes’ pastor, Father William Greytak, celebrated the Mass.

The church building itself is unique, in that it still serves as a functioning church in its original location. A number of early churches have either been razed or moved over the course of the years.

The church was dedicated in the summer of 1881, before the Helena Diocese was established. The first bishop of Helena, Bishop John B. Brondel, consecrated the parish’s cemetery in 1887. It was one of only two consecrated cemeteries in the diocese of a number of years. The other was at Miles City.

BUTTE – Butte’s Irish Gaelic cultural festival, An Rí Rá, once again included an outdoor Mass, celebrated at Emma Park.

This is the third year in a row that that Mass was included in the celebration. Organizers felt that including the Mass was a way of acknowledging the Catholic faith as the bedrock of Irish culture.

The previous two Mass celebrations have drawn more than 800 people.

The festival moved from Missoula to Butte in 2003.

— The Montana Catholic

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Father Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at Mundelein Seminary, Chicago, was keynote speaker for this year’s Summer Conference, hosted last month by the Benedictines of Mount Angel Abbey.

The main focus of the conference this year was Eucharist. Said Father Barron, “The Eucharistic liturgy is the best guide for understanding who we are and what we believe…. We gather, we enter into the loop of grace, and we are sent forth to sanctify the world.”

Most of those gathered were laity, including many families with children. Children and teens took part in their own cycle of classes, exploring art and theology. One parent said that a conference highlight “was seeing my children play with other children, the Great Family Experience as cousins in Christ.”

TUALATIN – It’s not really news that a parish presented its departing pastor with a reception and farewell gifts.

At his going-away party, however, Father Dick Rosman asked Church of the Resurrection Parish to donate any monetary gifts to San Esteban Parish in Honduras, Tualatin’s sister parish. The donation came to some $7,300 dollars.

One item couldn’t be sent south, however: At the end of the party, a plaque was revealed, dedicating the parish’s hall as Father Richard Rosman Hall.

— Catholic Sentinel

Archdiocese of Seattle

KINGSTON – A June 26-29 gathering at Camp Indianola, “Quo Vadis Days,” provided an opportunity for men to come together to begin discerning a potential call to the priesthood.

The program launched at the southern end of the Seattle Archdiocese in 2003. That initial offering was attended by a dozen men. This year’s Quo Vadis Days drew 85, from throughout the Northwest.

According to Father Hans Olson, one of the organizing pastors of the event, “The Archbishop (Alex J. Brunett) always said that the pastors are the main vocation directors. So the reason that this many are here is mainly because the pastors in their parishes have invited them to consider and come and try it out.”

LACEY – St. Martin College will now be known as St. Martin University, effective later this month.

The name change reflects the present reality of the school, begun some 110 years ago. Today, many people assume a “college” is a two-year program, such as those offered by community colleges.

The school has an enrollment of about 1,000 students.

— Catholic Northwest Progress

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