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

Catholic schools students celebrate ‘100 Ways in 100 Days’

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 23, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Left: Bishop Skylstad chats with future Catholic school student Kathryn Watson and her mother, Shirley, after the “100 Ways in 100 Days” Mass and celebration at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Spokane. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)

As part of Catholic Charities’ “100 Ways in 100 Days” celebration, students from Spokane area Catholic Schools and Holy Family Catholic School in Clarkston gathered at a special Mass Feb. 1 to present their gifts, gathered over the first 100 days of the school year in lots of 100, to the directors of various programs at Catholic Charities.

They assembled at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, bringing canned soup for the residents of Cathedral Plaza, warm socks for homeless men at the House of Charity, diaper wipes for St. Anne’s Children and Family Center, and peanut butter for those served by Volunteer Chore Services.

Right: Students from All Saints School, Spokane, help load donations gathered for the event. (IR photos from All Saints School, Spokane)

Bishop William Skylstad, celebrant of the Mass, expressed appreciation for the willingness of the students to “accept the mission of Jesus and to do something about it.” He told the story of the Good Samaritan; Jesus told the parable in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

“Everyone is a neighbor in our world,” said Bishop Skylstad. It is our obligation to reach out to those who are down and out, as Jesus did, to be “always in solidarity with the poor.”

After the Mass the students loaded up cars and trucks that were waiting to transport the goods to the various Catholic Charities programs. Their smiles made it clear that they felt good about what they were doing. They looked as if they were, as Bishop Skylstad, “inspired to go forth and care for the vulnerable even better.”

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