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

Around the Diocese

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(From the June 14, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop’s Medal awarded

The evening of May 4 saw 178 people gathered at the Spokane Club for Catholic Charities’ 28th annual Bishop’s Dinner. Held each spring, the event raises money for the 15 programs of Catholic Charities. This year’s event raised over $29,000 for the less fortunate in Eastern Washington. Festivities included a silent “Chair”-ity auction featuring work donated by local artists, a six-course gourmet meal, and the awarding of the Bishop’s Medal, given each year to a significant contributor to the mission of Catholic Charities. This year’s honorees were LeRoy and Irene Byrd. Bishop Skylstad praised their meaningful contributions to Catholic Charities and to the community as a whole. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

Council gardening

Madison Payne (left) and Gayle Hammersley (right), members of St. Mary School’s student council, plant flowers in the beds surrounding the school’s Mary grotto. The student council under the leadership of 8th grade teacher Debbie O’keeffe earned the money to purchase the plants by selling candy on Fridays after school. (IR photo from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley)

CAPA’s Doula Project seeks ‘mother mentors’

The Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) Program of Catholic Charities Spokane is currently looking for volunteers who would like to participate as mentors to young, single, pregnant women for the Doula Project. A Doula supports and encourages a single parent through the prenatal, birthing, and early parenting experiences. Doulas make a one-year commitment to spend 2 hours a week with their young mother. Volunteers must be a parent, have a high school education or GED, and be at least 26 years old.

Applications for Doulas are now being accepted; training will begin in the fall of 2007. Catholic Charities Spokane provides services to people of all faiths.

For more information call the CAPA Doula Project at 325-7667.

Information session for potential deacons is June 30

On Saturday, June 30, Bishop Skylstad and members of the deacon community will present an informational session for men considering a vocation to diaconate.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the library of Bishop White Seminary, 429 E. Sharp Ave. in Spokane.

Wives of potential candidates also are invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will cover such aspects as the application process and an overview of the deacon formation program.

The meeting is invitational only; no startup date has been set for the next deacon formation program, nor has a new program director been appointed.

Those who plan to attend should RSVP with Mary Jane Sever, Bishop White Seminary, by June 15; call 326-3761, or e-mail

Season’s greetings

Easter is a time for celebration, and Colville is no exception. The Easter Bunny paid a visit to Immaculate Conception Parish’s pastor, Father Victor Blazovich (left), as well as Holy Cross Father Tom Doyle (right), visiting family. Father Doyle is Vice President for University Relations at the University of Portland, Portland, Ore. (IR photo from Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville)

Living museum

Cataldo School third grader Caroline Romano portrayed Spokane historical figure Patsy Clark at the “Spokane Museum” presented by her class. The students were required to make presentations on various historic Spokane buildings, people and events. Some of the other presentations included the Fox Theater, the Davenport Hotel, Manito Park, the Clock Tower, Bloomsday, the Spokane Fish Hatchery, and James Glover. (IR photo from Cataldo School, Spokane)

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