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 Sept. 11, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Developers hoping to build a large Planned Parenthood clinic on city-owned land have asked for another delay before the deal becomes final.

The clinic has seen a steady 18-month protest by Precious Children of Portland, led by Bill Diss. A local rabbi has been leading worshipers in prayer that the protest effort will succeed.

The clinic also was the subject of a petition of opposition signed by 900 residents of the planned location.

More than 250,000 abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood sites each year, most involving women under age 25. The organization has annual revenues of almost $1 billion.

PORTLAND – For the second time, Mariel Zagunis, a graduate of Valley Catholic High School, took the gold medal in women’s saber, at the Beijing Olympics.

“She was always extremely responsible about her assignments despite her world travel and intense fencing career,” said principal Ross Thomas.

Now a student at the University of Notre Dame, Zagunis postponed college to focus on her Olympics bid. She intends to return to Notre Dame.

She claimed world championships in saber at age 16.

PORTLAND – The annual summer conference for families, once held at Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, returned to the Portland Archdiocese this summer after a year’s hiatus, hosted by the University of Portland.

Some 160 people came to the five-day event.

Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll of Mount Angel was one of the presenters this year as well. He called the success of the conference “the work of the Spirit – to make fresh all these old things.”

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Dreyer, a religious studies professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, told those at5tending, “The Spirit shows up on the ground. The Spirit shows up with people living together and trying to figure out what it means to live as a Christian.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Thirteen couples participated in the Sacrament of Matrimony during a single ceremony July 28 at Christ the King Church.

Some had never been married; some had civil marriages; all were Hispanic. They ranged in age from young couples new to the United States, to one couple married 33 years and now blessed with grandchildren.

“It was a day of great blessing for our parish,” said the parish’s priest administrator, Father Raymond Cleaveland. “It gave a great testimony to everyone about our Catholic belief in the sanctity and importance of marriage.”

The phenomenon of communal weddings is not unusual in California, said Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, who presided at the ceremony and had served as pastor of a parish in Oxnard for a time.

“One time we had 50 weddings (at once),” he said. “We had a huge parish, 90 percent or more Hispanic.”

A number of factors can cause couples to delay getting married: application for citizenship can be slowed by a change in marital status; finances; the undocumented fear being exposed to the authorities when they seek a marriage license.

“There are so many factors,” said Bishop Elizondo.

SAMMAMISH – Eastside Catholic School started its new year with its own building on its own campus, a change from the past 28 years of renting space.

The $85 million complex, located on 50 acres, is the result of nearly 10 years of planning and more than two of construction.

The school’s chapel stands in the middle of the facility. “It reminds us that Christ is at the center of everything we do, and faith formation is at the center of everything we do,” said the school’s president, Jim Kubacki.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

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