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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 20, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Bill Exworthy played his accordians for guests of the Bishop’s Poor Man’s Meal Oct. 2 at the House of Charity in downtown Spokane. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

Poor Man’s Meal another success

The 20th annual Bishop’s Poor Man’s Meal went off without a hitch on Sunday, Oct. 2. Beef stew, made by House of Charity cook Cally DeWitt, bread, and cake, were served to 200 guests in this fundraiser for the House of Charity’s Emergency Winter Sleeping Program.

Catholic Charities Executive Director Rob McCann thanked city officials and others who have joined with Catholic Charities in their efforts to serve the most vulnerable among us. House of Charity Director Ed McCarron introduced and thanked the Jesuit Volunteers, who play a crucial role in service at the facility. Bishop William Skylstad was not able to be present this year, as he was attending the Synod in Rome; however, he called at just the right moment and said grace by cell phone conference call for the assembled guests.

The pumpkin centerpieces decorated by third graders from Cataldo School in Spokane. Community volunteers included individuals from the fourth grade religious education class at St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards; Gonzaga Prep Knights and Ancilla members; and youth groups from Our Lady of Fatima and Assumption parishes in Spokane.

St. Vincent de Paul assisting families displaced by hurricane

The St. Vincent de Paul Society in Spokane has been quietly assisting families who have relocated to Spokane from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. A variety of social service agencies – including Catholic Charities – have referred evacuee families to St. Vincent de Paul for beds and other household furnishings. Some estimates suggest that several dozen households have relocated to the Spokane area as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Recent increases in fuel prices have hit the charity hard this year. In the past year, diesel fuel has gone from about $1.89 per gallon to about $3.29 a gallon today, a situation especially difficult for a non-profit agency which relies on a fleet of trucks to pick up and deliver donations.

The rising prices also have a direct impact on the poor of the area. St. Vincent operates the only food bank which serves all Spokane County residents on a repeating basis. Rising prices might well translate into a need for more assistance for impoverished families.

To arrange pick up of donated items, call (509) 534-2491.

One-day seminar focuses on liturgical issues

A one-day intensive professional seminar featuring Msgr. Kevin Irwin of The Catholic University of America, titled “Models of the Eucharist,” will be hosted Monday, Nov. 7, in San Francisco by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

The seminar is intended for pastoral musicians, clergy, liturgical leaders, catechetical leaders, youth ministers, and other pastoral personnel.

Registration information is available from the NPM national office: (240) 247-3000, or by e-mailing Other information is available on the NPM web site:

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