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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 4, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – The children’s choir of St. Rose Parish took its act on the road – Italian roads, with a pilgrimage to Rome that included performance at a papal audience.

The choir, founded in 2001, leads music at the Saturday Vigil Mass once each month. The group specializes in a repertoire of Gregorian chant and classical sacred music. The singers hope to help preserve ancient sacred music.

The children sang a Mass at the Tomb of St. Peter, the principal Mass at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter Basilica, the Basilica of St. Ignatius and St. Paul in Rome, and the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi.

PORTLAND – OCP (formerly known as Oregon Catholic Press) and the University of Portland, associated with the Holy Cross Fathers, are teaming to present a two-day workshop on sacred music on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at the university.

The event includes a musicians’ retreat with composer Christopher Walker, and addresses by Father Michael Joncas and Paulist Father Ricky Manalo, both noted liturgical music composers.

In addition to recording sessions, Saturday will conclude with an evening concert presented by the University’s Choral Union.

For information, call 800-548-8749 and ask for the events department, or visit the web site

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Bishop Michael Driscoll reported that Father Raul Covarrubias, the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Mountain Home, has been placed on leave because of allegations of misconduct.

“In compliance with our policy, this is being investigated,” the bishop said.

He also requested that anyone who “has been abused by clergy diocesan employees or volunteers, past or present” to notify the diocese’s coordinator fo the office for Child, Youth and Adult Protection, Bob Fontaine, or Father Joe daSilva, the dioceses’ Vicar General, at 342-1311 in Boise.

— Idaho Catholic Register (Diocese of Boise)

LAKE COEUR D’ALENE – The 10th annual North Idaho Catholic Men’s Retreat has been scheduled for Oct. 26-28 at Camp N-Sid-Sen, led this year by author Peter Herbeck. This year’s retreat theme is “Jesus, Teach Us to Pray.”

Herbeck, of Ann Arbor, Mich., is the author of When the Spirit Comes in Power. He also ministers through television, as co-host of The Choices We Face, and through the radio program Fire on the Earth.

Cost of the weekend is $85. For reservations, call (208) 664-1498 or (208) 772-3262.

Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY – A new Catholic high school, scheduled to open in fall 2009, has been named in honor of Pope John Paul II by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett.

The school’s mascot will be the eagle; the school colors, royal blue and gold. The colors were chosen because of their significance in Pope John Paul’s papal crest.

The name also was widely suggested by the community itself.

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett has called for a new class of deacons for the Seattle Archdiocese.

The decision comes after widespread consultation with the presbyteral council, members of the diaconate community, and the cultural communities of the archdiocese.

Information sessions for prospective deacons have been scheduled in several locations in Western Washington, including Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Poulsbo, Burlington, Chehalis, and Des Moines.

For more information, call the Office of the Vicar for Clergy in Seattle: (206) 382-4276.

— The Northwest Catholic Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

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