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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

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 26, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Spitzer honored by Catholic Leadership Institute

Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, is one of four individuals to be honored next month by the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) for their Outstanding Catholic Leadership.

Besides his ministry as president, Father Spitzer also serves as Director of the Institute for Professional Ethics and as International Chaplain for Legatus, an organization for Catholic business executives.

“The lay, clergy, and Religious men and women named this year have inspired and led others and serve as role models for future Church and lay leaders,” said Timothy C. Flanagan, CLI’s founder and chairman.

The awards will be presented Nov. 3 in Philadelphia.

Running for a good cause

From left: First graders Brogan Clemson, Onna Cornwell-Hood and Taylor King run in St. Mary School’s 26th Annual Fun Run. This year’s theme was “Break Free.” Each year, St. Mary students earn over $25,000 for the school by asking family, friends and parishioners to sponsor them as they run laps around the school gym. The students earn a t-shirt after they have written 10 sponsor letters. This year’s very popular shirt was a lime green and royal blue tie-dye design, created by eighth grader Danielle Mertens, with help from St. Mary parent Katherine Waxman. (IR photo from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley)

St. Aloysius, GU host free Thanksgiving Day dinner

St. Aloysius Parish, Gonzaga University, and Sodexho Campus Services are cooperating to offer a free Thanksgiving Day dinner on Nov. 23 from noon-1:30 p.m.

The dinner will be served in Cataldo Hall, just off the Gonzaga University campus – across the courtyard from St. Aloysius Church.

All are welcome.

Cathedral’s Advent Festival becomes Harvest Festival; scheduled for Nov. 17-19

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes’ annual fund-raiser, the Advent Festival, has been re-christened as the Harvest Festival.

Whatever the name, the event still will offer activities and opportunities during an event-packed weekend.

Among the activities planned so far are a “Festival Fun Day” for families on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with crafts, games, and a simple lunch. Admission? A can of food and a free-will donation.

Sunday will include a French toast brunch, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

More details to come.

Eagle Scout’s service project benefits his Catholic grade school

Nicholas McMichael, a graduate of Gonzaga Prep and St. Charles School, received his Eagle Scout rank earlier this year.

Part of his process toward the award was a service project. With the assistance of Boy Scout Troop 258 and a local Cub Scout Pack, McMichael rebuilt the flower beds in front of St. Charles, which included installation of a sprinkler system.

He is currently enrolled in Washington State University’s neuroscience program.

4-H program assists Colton-Uniontown students with web site

Seventh and eighth grade students at Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School in Colton learned how to re-design and maintain their school’s web site with the use of 4-H Mobile Technology laptop computers, from the Washington State 4-H Technology Program.

Eventually, the students will be introducing the younger classes into the activity, and in time, the school’s entire web site will be maintained by students who learned their art through the 4-H program.

Blessing of the pets

St. Patrick School, Spokane, held its annual Blessing of the Pets on Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Parishioners and students alike participated. Pictured is Father Dan Barnett, St. Patrick’s pastor, as he blesses Shontel Shaw and her ferret, Stinky. (IR photo from St. Patrick School, Spokane)

Transitional Living Center awarded Fred Meyer grant

The Transitional Living Center (TLC), part of the Transitions program in Spokane, received a $1,000 grant recently from the Fred Meyers Foundation.

TLC is a transitional housing program in which participating families – homeless women and their children – can live temporarily while creating stable lives.

The grant will be used to stock the on-site food bank, utilized by families participating in the program.

According to Glynda Brockhoff, Philanthropy Coordinator for Fred Meyer and the Fred Meyer Foundation, the Foundation and members of its Advisory Committee “were particularly impressed by the successful track record of Transitions and its programs. We hope this community grant will help (TLC) continue the important work it is doing to enhance the welfare of the community.”

The Fred Meyer Foundation has awarded some $5 million in grants since its inception in 1998.


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