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

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

Dan Byrne honored as Gonzaga Prep’s Alumnus of the Year

Dan Byrne Each year at graduation, Gonzaga Prep honors a graduate who has made a difference in the world and at Gonzaga Prep. This year’s honor was given to Dan Byrne, a 1972 graduate of Prep, as well as a 1977 graduate of Gonzaga University.

Byrne is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sterling Savings Bank, a member of St. Thomas More Parish, and is a past Lt. Governor of Kiwanis International.

He served for two terms on Gonzaga Prep’s Board of Trustees and as chair of the school’s Finance Committee. His expertise and guidance has helped keep Prep’s Fair Share Tuition program viable and keep the school on sound financial footing.

Byrne is chairing the facilities improvement portion of the Gonzaga Prep Forever campaign.

All Saints adds class to preschool program

All Saints School, Spokane, has added a “Barely Five” class to its preschool program for this fall.

The Barely Five program offers students with birthdays before Aug. 31 an opportunity to spend more time learning the basic skills needed to succeed in kindergarten – in areas such as socialization, emotional development, and fine motor skills.

Classes are Monday-Thursday.

For more information, call 624-5712.

Birth mothers honored at Mass

Bishop Skylstad celebrated the Birth Mothers Mass May 12 at St. Joseph Church in Spokane.

The Mass is an annual event sponsored by Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program, offered specifically for those whose lives have been touched by adoption.

Bishop Skylstad said that it was “a singular privilege and honor” to be part of the Mass. He spoke of the way in which God “literally loves us into life,” that each person is a manifestation of God’s love. “Whatever emotions we may have,” he said, “it comes back to God’s love, and this trumps it all.”

Each year at the Mass, those who have given up a child or otherwise been touched by adoption are invited to take a rose to lay at the altar in remembrance of their loved one.

The Mass was followed by a luncheon in the St. Joseph parish hall for birth mothers who relinquished their children. Women revel in the opportunity to speak of their love for a child who, in some cases, they have never seen. Others delight in speaking of children with whom they have been reunited.

Said one birth mother, “It’s a fellowship that nobody else can understand.”

Worthy Cause Golf Scramble is June 22

Indian Canyon will be the site of the 2006 Worthy Cause Golf Scramble, sponsored by the North Spokane Exchange Club and Transitions.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit area women and children in need at Transitions and provide scholarship funds through the Exchange Club.

Transitional Programs for women sponsors and initiates programs which, in faithfulness to the mission of Jesus, foster the personal growth and wholeness of women and children in need. Transitions pursues this mission through the operation of such programs as the Women’s Hearth, Transitional Living Center, EduCare, and Miryam’s House.

This year’s tournament will be held June 22 at Indian Canyon Golf Course, W. 4304 West Drive. The format will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Check in begins at noon. Teams of men, women or mixed men and women are welcome; early registration is recommended.

For information, please visit the web site, or call 328-6702.

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