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

by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 21, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Volume III – No. 10: Friday, November 3, 1944

175 Sodalists Attend Meeting in St. Ann’s

Approximately 175 sodalists attended the sectional meeting of the sodality in St. Anne Parish in Spokane on October 25. The sodalities from Sacred Heart, St. Augustine, St. Joseph, and St. Anthony parishes participated.

The meeting was presided over by Tom Savage of St. Anthony. Other prefects who represented their sodalities on the rostrum were Harold Sandell of Sacred Heart, Frances Smith of St. Augustine, Bernice Cochrane of St. Joseph, and Dick Schulte of St. Anne.

The general meeting concerned itself with projects of the different sodalities. Discussion from the floor dealt with the difficulties and problems encountered in sodality work.

Chaplain Hannan Gives Talk

Father Leo Hannan, base chaplain of Geiger Field, addressed the sodalists. Father Hannan emphasized the importance and the necessity of carrying principles of the sodality into our everyday lives. Since Spokane is a military city, Father Hannan said, and since there are so many dangers and temptations open to young people today, the sodalist must live very close to Our Blessed Mother.

An enthusiastic welcome was accorded Miss Jean Thorpe, who encouraged the sodalists to cooperate in their own sodality groups.


Volume III – No. 12: Friday, Nov. 17, 1944

Mary Rosa Rocca Winner of “Miss Marycliff III” Title

In one of the most colorful and inspiring assemblies of the school year, senior Mary Rose Rocca was officially crowned “Miss Marycliff III” on Friday, November 10. She represented the winning room, 207, in the recent Marycliff News subscription campaign which was the most successful ever held in the school.

Her attendants were Marie Binder ’45, Louise Oliveri ’48, Madeleine Cochrane ’47, and Ardella Shannon ’46, runners-up in rooms 205, 105, 107, and 303. The program was in charge of Mary Lotze, editor, and Mona Ann Derr, business manager, of the school publication. These girls also performed the coronation ceremony.

Candle-Light Service Impressive

Taking part in the traditional candle-lighting service symbolic of the aims of Catholic journalism were Mona Ann Derr, Patricia Pierson, Mary Magrath, Carmen Gauthier, Caryl Lea Hurd, Lily May Emert, Mary Whelan, and Mary Lotze. These girls also read “The Editor’s Prayer” to St. Francis de Sales. Awards were conferred on campaign managers and on Marie Binder, Individual winner in the contest.

Armistice Day was anticipated in the decorative color scheme, in the national anthem and flag salute that opened the program, and in “Lest We Forget,” an appropriate address by Mary Lotze embodying Joyce Kilmer’s “Prayer of a Soldier in France.” The school song and recessional closed the program.

Campaigners Attend Luncheon

On Thursday, Nov. 16, all the girls who took part in the campaign were guests at a noon luncheon party. Chili, chocolate doughnuts, and coca-cola composed the menu. A musical and humorous program was given.

General campaign managers were Mary Magrath, and Mary Whelan. Room representatives were Catherine McCollum, Marie Binder, Virginia Boisen, Mary Alice Burger, Maxine Kenna, Claranenna Wald, Helen Lou Burger, and Dolores Kane.

(Father Caswell is archivist and Ecumenical Relations Officer for the Diocese of Spokane, and a regular contributor to this publication.)

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