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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Schools, Charities mark ‘100 Ways in 100 Days’

the Inland Register

(From the March 1, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

The annual “100 Ways in 100 Days” celebration took place Feb. 1 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Spokane.

The “100 Days” refers to the first 100 days of the school year, which also is the period during which students at Catholic schools collect various items which are distributed to the 15 programs of Catholic Charities.

“We have contests between the grades to see who can collect the most,” explained Luke Peterson, a student at All Saints.

“It’s a friendly competition,” added his friend, Trevor Connelly.

The goods, including diapers, canned soups, peanut butter, and much more, are presented to the directors of St. Anne Children and Family Center, St. Margaret Shelter, Bernadette Place, and other Catholic Charities programs at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Skylstad.

The bishop noted the obligation to have pity and deep care for those who are troubled. “In the eyes of God, everyone is loveable, no matter what,” he said during his homily. “Sometimes people don’t think they’re very loveable. But no one is to be excluded.” The annual event, he said, serves as a reminder of what Catholics should do every day.

Volunteer Charlotte Lamp, one of the originators of the event, said that she sees its power in the lives of the children. “The students see the bishop blessing these things they’ve gathered, and then the items go out into the world. And the thank-you notes they receive from the charities completes the circle for them.” It’s great to see the children’s enthusiasm for the project, she said, and to watch them gain awareness of what Catholic Charities does.

The mounds of goods gathered in the church do a great deal to supplement the always-needed supplies. The charities are grateful for the items, and the children clearly enjoy supplying them. Trevor Connelly described the event simply: “It helps out everybody.”

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