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. 25, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

LEWISTON – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Lewiston, will host a memorial Mass for those who have experienced the death of a child during pregnancy or infancy. The Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The occasion will begin with recitation of the rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7 p.m.

The memorial Mass is sponsored by the Lewiston Catholic community and by Sacred Heart Parish, Lapwai, Idaho.

Our Lady of Lourdes is located at 2015 13th Ave. in Lewiston.

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – The Diocese of Helena recently added a new staff member.

Mark Frei is now Director of Pastoral and Renewal Services for the diocese. Part of his work will be implementation of the pastoral plan “Come to the Light.” Initiatives will include outreach to rural areas, the New Evangelization, and work in the Indian parishes of the diocese.

The Pastoral and Renewal Services Office also supports diocesan social justice education and ministry outreach, and Frei will be the liaison between the diocese and the Montana Catholic Conference, the Montana Association of Churches, and Catholic Social Services f Montana.

HARLOWTON – Irene Jones Coatta was driving with her husband through Central Montana in 2005. They stopped in Harlowton and noticed that the Catholic Church’s windows were only partially painted. She volunteered to return and finish the job.

A bout with breast cancer intruded on her plans, but this past summer, the couple arrived in town in their RV. The next day they began cleaning and repairing the windows of St. Joseph Church.

Twenty days later, the job was completed. Father Jeff Benusa gave them a recognition plaque at the last Mass they attended in the parish.

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Archbishop John Vlazny will ordain six men to the diaconate on Nov. 3 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.

The six are William Bloudek Jr., a retired Hewlett Packard engineer; Gerald Giger, the chief of police in the town of Molalla, Ore.; José Gutierrez, a native of El Salvador who is director of Hispanic ministry at St. Anthony Parish, Tigard, Ore.; Robert Page, a Fullbright scholar who teaches at Willamina High School, Willamina, Ore.; Arthur Schmidt, a former pastoral associate and chaplain; and Stephen Tabor, an attorney in Stayton, Ore.

They join 37 other deacons in the archdiocese.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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