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 May 1, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Pullman parish discussions focus on global food issues

The Social Justice Ministry at Sacred Heart Church in Pullman recently finished a three-session series of Lenten reflections titled “Hunger Matters.”

Peter Wyeth led the Feb. 18 discussion of the “Politics of Food – hunger and international trade. Feb. 28 featured viewing and discussing the video “The Global Banquet: The Politics of Food,” led by John McNamara.

On March 5, the Community Action Center of Pullman and VOICES of Spokane led the discussion of “Food Security/Insecurity – local situation.

Between 30-50 people attended the sessions. They took part in a vegetarian meal each night. Over the three sessions, $137 was donated and sent to Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and disaster relief agency, earmarked for aid to Darfur. The food collected was given to the community food bank at Community Action Center.

A handout included the sessions’ closing prayer, along with suggestions for direct service and advocacy opportunities, and contact information for local and national legislators.

Schoolchildren’s generosity

St. Paschal School, Spokane Valley, had a “Dimes for St. Margaret’s” collection during Lent. Presenting checks for the proceeds are kindergarteners Dallas Young and Marshall Mumford, pictured with Jody Nelson and Nadine Van Stone of St. Margaret Shelter, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children. (IR photo courtesy of St. Paschal School)

Annual ‘Spirit of St. Patrick’ party another success

On March 15, a large roomful of people gathered at Spokane’s Double Tree Hotel to celebrate two things: St. Patrick’s Day, and the continued assistance Catholic Charities provides to homeless women and their children through St. Margaret Shelter.

The Spirit of St. Patrick party raises funds to provide women with shelter, parenting and relationship classes, encouragement in the areas of education, budgeting, and fitness, and so much more. Guests won raffle prizes, savored a traditional and delightful Irish dinner, talked with friends, and danced (if they chose) to the rocking sounds of The Doodads. Other highlights included a song by the children of the Shelter, and Irish dancing and music provided by the Angus Scott Pipe band.

In its 11th year, the Spirit of St. Patrick showed once again that philanthropy and revelry can be an excellent mix.

Pictured: a costumed Joseph Bunker sells raffle tickets at the Spirit of St. Patrick Party. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities, Spokane)

Honors for community involvement

All Saints teacher Joe Staebell and his seventh grade class were among those honored with 2008 Chase Youth Awards. Staebell and his class were recognized for their work in fighting cancer through a variety of organizations and community service projects, including fundraising efforts for the Mark Rypien Foundation, participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and personal letters to patients in Sacred Heart’s Pediatric Oncology Unit. Pictured: Staebell coaches his students as they create books on tape for patients in Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)

Field Trip Fun

Dr. Tony Bonanzino (in leather jacket), CEO of HollisterStier Laboratories LLC, shares a laugh with the eighth grade students of St. Patrick School in Spokane on a field trip to the corporate facilities on April 11. HollisterStier, located in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood , makes vaccines and allergy medications for pharmaceutical companies. (IR photo courtesy of St. Patrick School, Spokane)

Riding for a good cause

Knights of Columbus Erik Wakeling (left) and Greg Takisaki (right), with “invaluable support” from Florian Herda (center), completed their annual 100-mile bike. The two men, members of St. John Vianney Parish’s Knights Council, collected pledges for their ride and raised $2,400 to benefit Bishop White Seminary, and hope to repeat the effort next year. (IR photo from the Spokane Diocese Vocations Office)

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