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

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(From the April 6, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Auction helpers

The pre-schoolers at St. Patrick School, Spokane, helped with their school’s fund-raising auction by purchasing a bookcase and painting and decorating it with their handprints. They also included a few toys, books, games, and a storage cabinet. The project was sold for $525. Pictured are the students, their project, and their teacher, Mary Morton. (IR photo from St. Patrick School, Spokane)

Mass, luncheon honor birth mothers

On Friday, May 12, Bishop William Skylstad will celebrate Mass to honor women who have placed babies for adoption at noon at St. Joseph Church, 1503 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) Program, the Mass is offered especially for birth mothers, to recognize and celebrate their motherhood. Women and families of any faith who share this common experience, anyone touched by adoption, and the general public are invited to attend.

After Mass, lunch will be served to the birth mothers only in the parish center. A birth mother interested in the luncheon is requested to call (509) 747-4174 by May 10 and confirm her intention to attend.

The luncheon is sponsored by Catholic Charities, Children’s Home Society of Washington, New Hope Child and Family Agency, and Spokane Consultants in Family Living.

For information, call 358-4258 or 325-7667, ext. 18; or e-mail or

Food drivers

Children from the religious education program at Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, bundled up against the cold earlier this year in order to collect food door-to-door to help the local food bank. (IR photo from Sacred Heart Parish, Othello)

‘Island of Aloha’ to benefit St. Mary School

St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, will host its 34th annual fund-raising auction, “Island of Aloha,” on Saturday, April 29, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.

The event begins with silent auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction. Cost is $35 per person.

Auction items include jewelry, dinner parties, vacation home rentals, sports memorabilia, and travel packages.

For information and reservations, call 924-4300, ext. 25, or e-mail

New Serrans

Spokane Serra Club President Tom Crossan addresses Serra initiates during a recent ceremony at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. New members include, from left, Jim Fields, Aileen Fields, Tom State, Duane Costa, Madeleine Durkin, and John Lorhan. Another new member, Kathryn Corrigan, could not be present. Bishop William Skylstad celebrated Mass for the Serrans. Serra is an international organization devoted to promoting and supporting men and women who have chosen vocations to the priesthood and Religious life, and encouraging the spiritual growth of its members. (IR photo courtesy of Paul McNabb)

Spokane St. Vincent de Paul Council selects new Executive Director

Adrienne Brownlow has been chosen as the new Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Spokane.

Spokane president Mike Fitzsimmons made the announcement last month.

Brownlow began working with the Society last January.

Her new responsibilities will include conference revitalization, business development, and special works renewal.

Visiting poet

On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 St. Paschal School was host to children’s poet Kenn Nesbitt. He spent time with each grade level, showing the students how much fun reading and writing poetry is, talking individually with them, and autographing books. When visiting a school his goal is to “demonstrate to the students that they can have more fun reading a book or writing a poem than they can watching television, playing video games, and so on.” He certainly succeeded at St. Paschal. (IR photo from St. Paschal School, Spokane Valley)

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