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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny’s June 16 column offered some reflections about the parish ministry of priests.

“It remains a mystery to me why the same priest is a hero in one place and a zero in another, but it happens. Fortunately, most are heroes everywhere, but the expectations from God’s people are really high these days….

“Just as church membership doesn’t make us any better than our unchurched neighbors, neither does ordination make the clergy better than those whom they are commissioned to serve. Together we are all responsible for the evangelizing mission of the church, building up the kingdom of God together. The ordained – deacons, priests and bishops – are here to support and guide all of our people in this important task, entrusted to us by the Risen Lord. We priests are only human. The more welcome and supported we feel, the more effective we will be in carrying out our ministry.”

ST. BENEDICT – Mount Angel Abbey will host its annual Bach Festival July 26-28.

Each evening begins with sung vespers with the monks, followed by a short musical interlude of about a half-hour. Guests are then invited out to the grassy mall in front of the abbey church for a picnic basket supper, and then the main concert of the evening in Damien Center.

Tickets are $40, which includes the supper. For information, call (503) 845-3321, or visit the abbey’s web site:

BANDON – The clergy in Bandon, a port town just south of Coos Bay, have been especially busy. It’s the time of year for the blessing of the fishing fleet.

This year, the Coast Guard supplied the transportation. The ministers were sailed over the Coquille River Bar, into the open sea, for prayers and for wreaths thrown into the waters in memory of those lost to the deep.

This year’s participants were Father Heiko Junge, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish; Rev. John Hubbard, First Presbyterian Church; and Rev. Tom Hutton, Pacific Community Church.

Archdiocese of Seattle

VANCOUVER – St. James Parish hosted a concert in May, featuring the talents of the Hanson Family Singers and Seraphim. The evening included baroque Marian songs and yodeling.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett ordained the largest class of priests in more than 30 years at St. James Cathedral last month.

The men come from a diversity of geographical backgrounds: Western Washington, Oregon, Texas, and Vietnam.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA – The Central Washington Catholic, the full-color news magazine of the Yakima Diocese, has switched from a bi-monthly publication schedule to quarterly issues.

Production editor is Benedictine Oblate Paul-Thérèse C. Payne.

— Central Washington Catholic (Diocese of Yakima)

Diocese of Helena

STEVENSVILLE – St. Mary Mission celebrated the 165th anniversary of its founding last month.

Events included a parade through downtown, a barbecue, tours, and living history activities on the mission grounds.

The mission is no longer an active church, and no regular services are scheduled there. “Friends of the Mission” has been formed to raise funds for restoration, repair and maintenance of the mission’s buildings.

The mission is open for tours from mid-April through mid-October, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The mission also has its own web site:

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

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