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 May 3, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Big Band swing music to benefit Catholic Charities

“Swing in the Cathedral for Catholic Charities,” a benefit concert of Big Band music, will be hosted by the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

The cathedral is located at 12th and Grand in Spokane.

The concert is the latest in a series of concerts in various musical styles that have benefited a number of non-profit organizations over the years, including 2003’s “Country in the Cathedral” and 2006’s “Swing in the Cathedral,” both of which also benefited Catholic Charities’ programs. Music will be provided by the 18-piece band Tuxedo Junction.

Tickets are $10 per person, available from a variety of venues: TicketsWest (800-325-SEAT), the Spokane Arena box office, the Cathedral of St. John (838-4277), or Catholic Charities: 358-4250.

Walla Walla’s St. Mary Medical Center named one of nation’s top 100 hospitals

St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla (above) has been named as one of the top 100 small community hospitals in the nation for patient care, patient safety and organizational excellence.

The prestigious designation was granted by Solucient, a national healthcare information company. The company uses statistical information from Medicare to select the top performing hospitals from approximately 3,000 facilities nationwide.

To be one of the top 100, a hospital must demonstrate excellence in a wide range of areas, including patient safety, clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial stability and growth. “The 100 Top Hospitals are saving more lives than their peers” Solucient notes in its 70-page report about the top hospitals.

The Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success are granted in four categories based on hospital size: major teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals and small community hospitals. St. Mary’s designation was in small community hospitals, which contains the nation’s 965 small community hospitals.

Across all of the categories, St. Mary was also one of only three hospitals in Washington State to be named to the top 100.

(IR photo courtesy of St. Mary Medical Center)

Philadelphia Franciscan Sisters organize Alabama service trip

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are organizing a summer service trip June 23-30 to Mobile, Ala.

The trip is offered for single Catholic women age 18-35. Room and board will be provided; participants are responsible for their transportation to the service site.

The group will provide service to what is described as an inner-city parish and school, assisting with summer cleanup, painting, home visitation, and similar ministry, within the context of the Sisters’ community.

For information, contact the Sisters:

In Portland: 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland, Ore., 97214; (503) 233-1878;

In Tacoma: 6602 S. Alaska St., Tacoma, Wash 98408; 253-475-2088;

Providence Sisters to relocate administrative offices to Renton

The Sisters of Providence, who combined two the St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart provinces to form Mother Joseph Province in 2000, will relocate provincial administrative offices to Renton, Wash., where they will share building space and services with the System Office for Providence Health and Services.

Said Providence Sister Margaret Botch, Provincial and Leadership Team Coordinator, “We are confident that this decision will enhance our leadership and administration with greater efficiency, but even more with a stronger presence and communication.” The new address is 1801 Lind Ave. SW.

For the time being, Mount St. Joseph, Spokane will remain a residence for a number of the retired Providence Sisters.

Mother Joseph Province includes Alaska, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and El Salvador.

International market

All Saints School second graders Michael Davison and Katelyn Denny did a little bargaining at the sari-sari store before they looked for dinner at the local fish market during a recent school field trip. The exotic locale is part of the Bayanihan exhibit at Mobius in Riverpark Square, which features a market place from Palo – a rural town in the Philippines. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)

Walla Walla parish organizes Holy Land pilgrimage

St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla, is organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November, accompanied by the parish’s pastor, Father Pat Kerst.

Sites to be visited include Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane, and many others as well. The trip will include daily Mass, as well as “an amazing opportunity to walk in the places Jesus ministered.”

Cost is approximately $2,700 per person, including many (though not all) meals, all transportation from Seattle, and lodging in Israel. A deposit of $250 is required to hold a spot on the trip, with the balance due in late summer/early autumn. Reservations must be made by Aug. 1.

For more information, call (509) 525-3958, or e-mail

Baby supplies

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas at St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane Valley, recently completed two Dresser Projects for Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Along (CAPA) program for Lent. They donated two gently used dressers for two CAPA clients expecting children this spring, filling the dressers with baby clothes and other necessities, and added diapers, high chairs and strollers. Pictured are Shirley Pantaleo and Arlene Spragg. (IR photo from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas)

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