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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the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 6, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Francis Xavier also among sites for bishop’s prayer services

The schedule of parish prayer services in the last edition of the Inland Register excluded the service scheduled for St. Francis Xavier Parish, 545 E. Providence in Spokane.

Bishop Skylstad will visit the parish and lead a prayer service of atonement and lamentation on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.

The bishop is visiting all parishes of the diocese where a credibly accused sexual abuser served, whether abuse has been reported from that particular parish or not.

He leads a prayer service, during which he identifies the abuser(s), apologizes, and asks that any additional victims please come forward.

Van donation

The Serra Club of Spokane recently presented a van to the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, currently residing at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane. Delivering the key and title to the vehicle are Serrans Pat Ryan and Don Kelly. Accepting are Sisters Mary Francine and Mary Beth. (IR photo from the Spokane Serra Club)

Gonzaga Prep completes successful food drive

Gonzaga Preparatory School, Spokane, concluded its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the school gymnasium.

Students distributed the food to nearly 200 families, benefiting over 850 people.

Students also delivered food to various area food banks, including those at Mary Queen, St. Francis Xavier, St. John Vianney, and St. Thomas More parishes.

Prep has conducted the food drive for more than 60 years. Each student is asked to collect 75 pounds of food: 50 pounds for families, and 25 pounds for food banks.

A team of 12 students invests months of time and energy into organizing and planning the event, as well as energizing the entire school for the project.

Teaching has its moments

All Saints students and staff flipped over a BMX bike show that was presented as a thank-you to the school for reaching its magazine sale goal. The BMX team weren’t the only daredevils in the crowd, however; students cheered as fifth-grader teacher Sean Bailey agreed to allow a rider to jump over him as a highlight to the show. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)

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