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

December 18, 2008

by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 18, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register: Volume 17 – No. 20
50 Years Ago: December 26, 1958

Odessa Children Present Program

Children of St. Joseph Parish presented a Christmas program Dec. 21 consisting of songs, carols and a play. Miss Ann Horak directed the singing.

Mrs. Frank Horak played the organ for Midnight Mass on Christmas. Altar boys were Stanley Weber and Paul Eckhardt. Rex Smith carried the statue of the infant to the crib. The choir sang the “Mass of St. Basil” and “Adeste Fideles” at the Offertory.

Larry Reisenauer drove home from Alaska over the Alcan Highway. The temperature when he started the journey was -40 degrees.

A daughter, Dora Jean, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Null Dec. 11 and a daughter, Janell Kay, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd V. Tebow Dec. 8.

(Mrs. Jacob Walter, Jr., Correspondent)


Twisp Altar Society Has Christmas Fete

The Altar Society of St. Genevieve Parish held its Christmas party Dec. 10 in the home of Mrs. Ray Wehmeyer, with Father Ludo presiding. With 20 members present, games and a gift exchange followed the business meeting with Mrs. Bob McHugh and Mrs. P.F. Smith winning two special gifts. A luncheon wound up the occasion – the first Christmas party to be held at Winthrop.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Doren, new members of St. Genevieve Parish, are being congratulated on the birth of a daughter, Mary Margaret.

Of special interest to Twisp parishioners is the “Children’s Mass” held every Saturday at 11 a.m.

(Mrs. P.F. Smith, Correspondent)


From the Inland Register: Volume 41 – No. 16
25 Years Ago: December 14, 1983

Appeal Will Help Needy

Thousands of needy persons were helped this year thanks to the generosity of those who contributed to the Catholic Charities Christmas appeal on Dec. 25, 1983.

This Christmas, Catholic Charities is relying on even more help from residents of the Spokane Diocese. An unprecedented number of people are hurting this year, said Donna Hanson, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. Goal for the Christmas appeal is $300,000, well over the record of $270,000 collected in last year’s appeal.

Theme of the 42nd annual Christmas appeal is “The Quality of Mercy ... Stretches Hearts and Hands.” The appeal will be taken up in all parishes on Christmas Day.

Bishop Challenges People

On behalf of Catholic Charities, Bishop Lawrence Welsh has challenged the people of God to respond as they have never done before to the Christmas appeal.

The appeal is an “opportunity to reach beyond parish, family and friends,” he said.

“The counties within the diocese are experiencing record unemployment and many children are hungry because their families cannot afford the food, clothing and shelter they deserve,” he said. “Many who are mentally handicapped do not receive the training they need to become independent and self-sufficient” because there is no money for aid.

Because of these tremendous needs, “I appeal to you as never before to be generous on Christmas day,” Bishop Welsh said. “Only then will Catholic Charities be able to extend a special quality of mercy to our brothers and sisters in need. In their name, I appeal to you to stretch your hearts to love – stretch your hands to help.”

“The needy are not only found in the major cities of the diocese,” Mrs. Hanson said.

Catholic Charities’ continuing thrust for 1984 is the expansion of services outside of Spokane County.

To accomplish this, Catholic Charities has hired Frank Yuse as coordinator of regional services.

Yuse is responsible for the development and management of the Catholic Charities programs outside Spokane County. His job is to service and coordinate offices and programs in the 12 counties of Eastern Washington which, along with Spokane County, make up the Spokane Diocese.

The board of directors of Catholic Charities has divided the Diocese of Spokane into six regions to facilitate services in all sections of Eastern Washington.

The six regions are: Walla Walla, which includes Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties; Pasco (Franklin, Adams and Lincoln counties); Palouse (Whitman County and part of Spokane County); Tri-County (Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties); North Central (Okanogan County); and Spokane (most of Spokane County).

Councils Plan Services

“Each region has a council which is in effect a planning board for funds and services,” Yuse said. “An office in each region implements the services according to plans set forth by the council.”

Parishioners of regional churches are members of the councils along with other local representatives.

“The office receives its direction and planning from its local council,” he said.

“This shared involvement of council and office is in harmony with the new 1983 Code of Canon Law, which tries to involve the people of God in Christian works,” Yuse said.

“Our main goal is to carry out the Church’s mission of witnessing to the Gospel by serving the poor, the disadvantaged, the oppressed and all people in need,” Yuse said.

“No matter what kind of structure it uses,” Yuse said, “Catholic Charities is always striving to reach the top goal: ‘Christian love in action.’”

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

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