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 Sept. 13, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Adult volunteers needed for next year’s Catholic Youth Celebration

As preparations continue for next year’s Catholic Youth Celebration (CYC), a call has gone out for adult volunteers to help with this diocese-wide youth ministry event.

CYC brings together youth and youth ministers from throughout the diocese for a weekend of inspiration, education, and ministry through prayer, music, and mutual support.

The 2008 CYC has been scheduled for March 14-16 with the theme “Our Journey: Don’t Stop Believing — 1 Peter 3:13-18.”

The event is in great need of adult volunteers to commit to help with the effort, by Oct. 1 of this year. Without those commitments, the event will have to be canceled.

For information and volunteer forms, contact Jackie Keyes, youth minister at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco: (509) 547-8841 X21.

Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia renews vows

On Aug. 10, Sister Patricia Kerezsi, a former counselor at St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane, renewed her vows in Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Aston, Pa. Gathered with her were approximately 100 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

A native of Aston, Pennsylvania, Sister Patricia is the daughter of Louis (deceased) and Patricia Kerezsi. A graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Sister Patricia earned a B.S. in Education from West Chester University and an M.S. in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann College in Aston.

Prior to her entrance into the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Sister Patricia taught at St. Francis DeSales School in Lenni.

She served at St. Joseph Family Center from August 2004-June 2007.

Red Mass to be celebrated Sept. 18

Gonzaga University School of Law invites the legal and Jesuit communities to the annual Red Mass, to be celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. in Spokane. Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University, will celebrate the Mass. Giving a reflection will be The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A reception will follow the Mass, at 6:30 p.m. at Cataldo Hall, 502 E. Boone.

The Red Mass dates back to 1310 in the reign of Edward of England. The Mass was held in Westminster to mark the beginning of the Michalemas, or fall term of the King’s Bench. It was an occasion of great pageantry and solemnity as judges, barristers and members of Parliament gathered to invoke God’s blessing and guidance on themselves and their profession.

Today, the Red Mass is celebrated annually in many cities across the United States. It is an occasion of prayerful petition and thanksgiving for all members of the legal profession, regardless of religious affiliation.

Catholic Charities expanding ranks of volunteers

Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help with its wide range of ministries to the entire Eastern Washington community.

The agency will host a Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at Catholic Charities on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1023 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

For more information, or to register, call 358-4270 or e-mail

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