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 Oct. 5, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – “My experience working in social justice ministries has been very enlightening,” wrote Moe Wosepka, Executive Director of the Montana Catholic Conference. “I have learned from the poor and the mentally ill, the inmates in our prisons, the homebound and those in nursing homes. I have learned that life in all these persons is precious.

“But these people cannot protect themselves. If we do not stand up for them, they too will be destroyed. They need to see our face and feel our touch, and they need to know we will take their voices to the places of power and work to make their lives a little bit better….

“The election season is numbing, and much too long, but Catholics need to understand the moral obligation we have to be responsible, informed voters. Our elected officials will make policy which will directly affect life issues, as well as the manner in which our society will care for the least among us. Register, become informed and vote. Pro-life policies that reflect Catholic values begin with you and your vote.”

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

Archdiocese of Portland

NEAR SANDY – Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny visited Camp Howard, run by the Portland Archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization office, while summer activities were in full swing. He has made the trip each year that he has spent in Western Oregon.

He takes in the changes that have occurred since the last camping season, discusses the campers’ art projects and activities, and enjoys cookies fresh-baked by long-time Camp Howard cook Carolyn Romey.

NORTH BEND – Holy Redeemer Parish contributed to the festivities in the nearby community of Bandon by sending a float for the Bay Area Fun Festival last month. The float’s theme: the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in the area, as well as the 100th anniversary of the parish itself.

Diocese of Baker

La PINE – Baker’s Bishop Robert Vasa visited Holy Redeemer Church earlier this month to bless the parish’s new building addition.

The project was the culmination of some four years of work by parishioners. The church was originally intended as a parish hall. The new addition enlarges the worship space by 70 percent.

JORDAN – Perhaps parish chicken suppers aren’t all that unusual.

Except that Our Lady of Lourdes’ chicken suppers feature entertainment: a car show and airplane fly-in.

ATHENA – Msgr. Raymond Beard recently celebrated a nifty anniversary: 65 years of priesthood. He still says Mass in his chosen community of retirement.

Archdiocese of Seattle

RIDGEFIELD – A 38-acre parcel of land has been secured near St. Mary of Guadalupe Church, upon which to build a new Catholic high school that might open as soon as autumn 2009.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High would help answer the dilemma of Southwest Washington Catholics who commute across the Columbia River to Catholic high schools in Portland, Ore. An estimated 300 students make the trip each day.

A capital campaign to fund the project will begin soon.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

KELSO AND BELLINGHAM – Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett blessed two new affordable housing facilities last month.

In Kelso, he blessed Villa San Martin, a 26-unit apartment complex for farm worker families.

In Bellingham, he blessed the 40-unit Kateri Court Apartments, which provides housing for low-income people.

Villa San Martin opened in April and is fully occupied. It is the Archdiocesan Housing Authority’s sixth facility for farm worker families. Kateri Court opened July 28 and is at 90 percent occupancy.

— Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

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