Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302
December 4, 2008
by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register
(From the Dec. 4, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
50 Years Ago: December 19, 1958
Waitsburg Group Plans Busy 1959
A busy round of activities for 1959 was approved unanimously and standing committee chairmen named at a session of St. Mark’s Altar Society, Dec. 4.
The upcoming slate includes a no-host potluck dinner and card party Jan. 25; a fried chicken dinner in late March or April with Mrs. Collins as chairman and Mrs. Walt Weber and Mrs. Howard Pettyjohn; days of real sport food sale, May 23, Mrs. Peck and Mrs. Don Gagnon.
Rummage sale, Sept. 11-12, Mmes. Chester Stonecipher and Dick Archer; bazaar, October; dinner chairmen, Mmes. Clifford Hermanns and John Gagnon; fancy-work, Mmes. Charles and Ted Rousseau; aprons, Mary Heinen; candy, Mrs. Stonecipher; country store, Mrs. John Liebermann; doll, Mrs. Donald Abbey; fishpond, Mrs. Fred Zuger; and punchboard, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gerkey; and Christmas party, Mrs. C.J. Thomas.
Standing committee chairmenship posts will include Mrs. Weber, library; Mrs. Andrew Hermanns, membership and hospitality; Mrs. Peck, monitor and sickness and sympathy; Mrs. Gerkey, publicity; historian, Mrs. Lucy Donnelly; charities, Mrs. Zuger; and yearbook, Mmes. Clifford Hermanns, Peck and Mike Hofer.
The annual family Christmas party is slated Sunday, Dec. 21, beginning with a 4:30 p.m. potluck dinner at the parish hall followed by a program, a gift exchange for the children, and dancing. Mrs. Jim Hansen is in charge of arrangements with Mrs. Pierre Ganguet and Mary Heinen.
A Christmas basket for a needy family will be prepared under Mrs. Zuger’s direction, with parishioners to bring food stuffs to the hall by Sunday, Dec. 16.
Mrs. Hansen gave a paper, “Spirit of Christmas.” The group voted to assist with the community Christmas party, Mrs. Clifford Hermanns named representative with Mrs. Zuger, alternate. Mrs. Guy Humbert, a new parishioner, was a guest.
Mrs. Zuger reported the addition of The Catholic Life Annual by Wolfgang to the parish library. The November benefit card party netted $27.
Mrs. Collins, foreign relief chairman for the Dayton-Waitsburg parish council, reported the sending of 15 large boxes of clothing by auto freight to Seattle for embarkation overseas in connection with the Bishop’s annual Thanksgiving Clothing Drive for overseas relief.
Clothes from both parishes were packed in Dayton, Monday, December 1st, with the assistance of Mmes. Claire Hays, Vera Zito, and Ted Reiling of Dayton and Mmes. Collins and Bernard Donnelly of Waitsburg, and directed by the Rev. Victor Breznikar, pastor.
Several are helping sponsor children for the annual Christmas party staged by the committee cooperating with Catholic Charities of the Walla Walla Deanery Council of Catholic Women at St. Francis of Assisi’s Parish hall, Walla Walla, at 1 p.m. Dec. 21.
The party is held for underprivileged children in the area regardless of religion. Others wishing to assist with money, toys, or clothing are asked to contact Mrs. Edwin Chadek, Walla Walla, Co-op Catholic Charities Chairman, or Mrs. Gene Gerkey, Waitsburg.
(Mrs. Gene Gerkey, Correspondent)
From the Inland Register: Volume 41 – No. 15
Service Commences Jubilee
(by Bob Cubbage, Inland Register Staff)
At an ecumenical service Dec. 4 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bishop Lawrence Welsh called the Cathedral a “place to build a community of all believers.”
The Cathedral was constructed with the help of Catholics and non-Catholics alike, he said. “I pray that the Cathedral may continue to be a place where all God’s people are welcomed,” he said.
The afternoon service opened five days of celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral. U.S. Rep. Tom Foley, Pastor Richard Leon of First Presbyterian Church, and over 450 other persons attended the service.
Gov. John Spellman, who had indicated he would participate in the service, was unable to attend.
In his welcoming address, Bishop Welsh said that the “chair of the bishop” stands in the Cathedral. That chair reminds us of “the concern that the Church has for all people, especially the poor, he said.
“The Cathedral is in the heart of the city – where most of the poor people live,” he said.
In a short talk to the crowd, Rep. Foley hailed the service, calling the ecumenical spirit “one of the greatest works of the Holy Spirit today.”
He recalled the long strides toward ecumenism that the Catholic Church and other Christian churches have taken over the past few decades.
Over 20 years ago, the door of ecumenism opened wide when Bishop Charles White of the Spokane Diocese asked all parishes to hold a second collection for a church in Birmingham, Ala., which had been bombed by racists during the civil rights crusade in the Deep South, Rep. Foley said.
Pastor Leon also spoke at the service, calling the Cathedral a “standing testimony to God’s love.”
“The body of Christ is one, but its shapes, forms and tasks are very different,” he said. “The body is made of different cells, and although I come from a different cell, we are all part of the same body,” he said.
Father James Ribble, rector of the Cathedral, said that the diamond anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral does “not merely mark a passage of time nor an accomplishment. It is the recognition of an example of enduring worthiness in our midst.” The walls of the Cathedral were built from “the nickels and dimes of working men and women who raised a family on $5 a week,” he said.
The Gonzaga Choir, directed by Michael Yachanin, performed at the service.
The formal rededication of the Cathedral will be held Dec. 8 during a solemn Mass which begins at 7:30 p.m.
(Father Caswell is archivist and Ecumenical Relations Officer for the Diocese of Spokane, and a regular contributor to this publication.)