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 April 10, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Bringing cheer to the sick

All Saints School seventh graders delivered a dose of laughter along with presents and stories as they helped a young pediatric oncology patient at Sacred Heart Medical Center celebrate his birthday. The entire class wrote stories and purchased presents for the young boy, whose family lives quite some distance from Spokane. Here, Max Eugenio, dressed as a rabbit, reads his original composition. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)

St. Mary School’s annual auction is April 26

St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, will host its 36th annual auction on Saturday, April 26, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley.

The event will begin with a silent auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction. The cost is $45 per person; gold and silver table sponsorships also are available. Following the auction and dinner there will be dancing to the music of The Jackson Street Band.

The auction funds some 10 percent of the school’s budget.

Among the items to be auctioned this year are travel packages, weekend ski condo and golf trips, jewelry, dinner parties, and sports memorabilia.

For more information and reservations, contact (509) 924-4300, ext 206 or e-mail

Good Friday presentation

Sister Francis Marie (center), a member of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Shroud of Turin to the students of Saint Patrick School, Spokane, on Good Friday, March 21. (IR photo from St. Patrick School)

Holy Week re-enactment

Fifth grade students at Holy Family School, Clarkston, re-enacted the events of Holy Week this year. Portraying Jesus is Jake Oldfield; the guards are C.J. Johnson and Tanner Larson. (IR photo from Holy Family School)

Open House/orientation features information on new Catholic cemetery

There will be an Orientation/Open House in the Bishop’s Room of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center on Sunday, April 13, from 2-5 p.m., for information about the new Queen of Peace Cemetery located near Immaculate Heart.

Dennis Fairbank, Diocesan Director of the Catholic Cemeteries, will be available with a plat plan, an artist’s rendition of the new cemetery, and will happily answer questions about the new cemetery.

Bishop Skylstad will dedicate and bless Queen of Peace Cemetery on Memorial Day – Monday, May 26.

All Saints School benefits from technology gift

All Saints School, Spokane, has received an anonymous donation of $160,000 to update its technology program.

The donation was used to purchase new computers for each classroom, new servers, a wireless mobile lab at the school’s middle building, and laptop computers for each teacher.

In addition, each classroom is now equipped with a projection device and document camera.

The sleek, all-in-one Macintosh computers have also been placed in the school’s computer lab at the primary building where students can learn different programs and practice keyboarding. The new technology means less room is taken by the computers, since they have no tower, and the space is kept much cooler.

As part of the donation, teachers will also receive three days of classes focusing on enhancing curriculum through technology.

“This gift has been a real blessing for us,” said Kathy Hicks, All Saints’ principal. “We had just finished our technology plan for our recent accreditation and this donation allowed us to put that plan into action.”

This is the largest single donation ever given to the school, which serves 475 students in its preschool through eighth grade program.

Social ministry consultation is May 15

The spring Parish Social Ministry consultation has been set for Thursday, May 15, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Ann Parish, 2120 E. 1st Ave. in Spokane.

The event will include analysis of the U.S. bishops’ revised document on Catholics’ call to political responsibility; ideas for bringing that document, “Faithful Citizenship,” to the parish; and education on I-1000, the Washington State initiative regarding physician-assisted suicide.

All are invited; lunch will be provided at no cost.

For information, or to register, call (509) 358-4273, or e-mail

Food Drive winners

The students of Spokane’s St. Patrick School had a Lenten Food Drive Contest, and the kindergarten class brought in the most nonperishable items. The food was stored in the convent basement of the Missionaries of Charity, the Sisters who live on the school campus. Pictured is the kindergarten teacher, Denise Haugen, and some of her very generous students. (IR photo from St. Patrick School, Spokane)

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