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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 Dec. 1, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Advent includes sung compline at Cathedral

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane, will offer a sung compline service on the Sundays of Advent at 8:15 p.m.

Compline is the last prayer service of the church’s liturgical day. Sometimes called “Night Prayer” or “Prayers at the End of the Day,” the service is structure to emphasize spiritual peace.

Max Mendez, the Cathedral’s Director of Music, will serve as cantor.

On Monday-Friday, the Cathedral offers community recitation of Evening prayer at 5:30 p.m.

‘Transitions’ authors to read Dec. 9

A new book of poetry, prose and art by women of the Transitions programs is titled Coming Together. The authors will read their own work at Auntie’s Bookstore on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Dominican Sister Mary Rathert, who directs the Women’s Hearth program of Transitions, said that the artistic processes – drawing, writing – have helped many women heal from the ravages of violence, addiction, mental illness and poverty.

Coming Together was funded in part by a local grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The public is invited; the event is free.

St. Vincent de Paul to offer antique sale

The St. Vincent de Paul Society’s thrift store at 2824 N. Monroe, Spokane, will be offering a unique antique sale Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4, featuring “40 years of antiques.”

Entertainment will include live music: a harpist on Friday, a pianist on Saturday.

On Dec. 6, all Spokane-area Applebee’s Restaurants will have a “dine to donate” day, to benefit the Society’s food bank.

The stars come out

Cataldo School, Spokane, includes a pre-school program – Cataldo Shining Stars Preschool – with an enrollment of four-year-olds who don’t seem to mind having their picture taken. (IR photo from Cataldo School)

Perinatal clinic opens at Sacred Heart Women’s Health Center

Sacred Heart Medical Center’s new Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine opened recently in the Women’s Health Center.

In Spokane County, it is estimated that approximately 11,000 women of child-bearing ages could have high-risk pregnancies, due to high blood pressure, diabetes or other conditions that can potentially cause danger to the mother and/or her baby. Currently, Spokane hospitals deliver approximately 8,000 babies considered to be in high-risk situations.

To complement a Maternal-Fetal Center, the Women’s Health Center already has a well-established inpatient antepartum unit in its Birth Place, to care for women who need to be hospitalized during their pregnancies for close evaluation. In the same facility, the Children’s Hospital has a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for babies who are born prematurely or have special care needs.

Women who are concerned about their need for high-risk perinatology services may be referred to the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine through their obstetricians.

For questions about the Center, please call (509) 474-4060.

‘Lion King’ to get an airing by GU students, volunteers

As part of Gonzaga University’s Specialized Recreation (GUSR), a program with the Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL), 20 Gonzaga students and 20 members from the Spokane community with developmental disabilities will perform their version of the musical The Lion King on three consecutive days: Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 6, at 8 p.m.

The production will be staged in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall, on the corner of Sharp and Addison in Spokane. Tickets are a $5 suggested donation; proceeds benefit GUSR.

The mission of Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation is to create an atmosphere where people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and ages feel welcome, respected and loved. The focus is on creating programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities and a place that fosters equality and inclusion.

“We reach out to a group of people with exceptionalities who are underrepresented at Gonzaga,” said Megan Drobnicki, AmeriCorps program coordinator for Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation. “We stand to create a niche for people with developmental disabilities.”

For more information, contact Drobnicki at (509) 323-5524.

Catholic Daughters offer holiday luncheon

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas are sponsoring a special holiday luncheon, “Holiday Magic,” in the executive suite of the Westcoast Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Tickets are $22 per person.

For information and reservations, call 489-7049.


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