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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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St. Aloysius Parish’s 82nd Annual Novena of Grace begins March 7

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 5, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Aloysius Parish’s 82nd Annual Novena of Grace, scheduled for Saturday, March 7-Sunday, March 15, will be under the direction of two Jesuit priests who also are brothers: Fathers Dick and Frank Case. The theme of the novena is “Let Jesus Free Us.”

Father Dick Case SJ (IR photo courtesy of St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane)

St. Aloysius Church is located at 330 E. Boone Ave.

The novena, a nine-day period of concentrated prayer to God for one’s most important intentions, had its earliest beginning in the year 1615 in Goa, India, when a boy, crippled from birth, was cured through the intercession of Francis Xavier.

Together with his friend, Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Francis Xavier was canonized March 12, 1622. Through the years, other intercessory miracles have been attributed to St. Francis, as well, including the healing of Jesuit Father Mastrilli from a near death accident in 1633. It was Father Mastrilli who formalized the Novena format, which grew in popularity throughout the world, especially in parishes served by Jesuits.

During these nine days of prayer, St. Aloysius Church will offer three daily services: at 12:15, 3:30, and 5:15 p.m. On Sundays, the mid-day services will begin at 12:30 p.m. to allow for normal Sunday liturgy. In keeping with the Lenten journey, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered 45 minutes before each service.

Father Frank Case SJ (IR photo courtesy of St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane

Fathers Dick and Frank Case grew up in the Seattle area, where they both attended parochial elementary school. They subsequently attended Seattle Prep, where they were introduced to the Jesuit tradition, which proved to have a lasting impact on their personal and spiritual development. Both brothers joined the novitiate shortly after graduating from high school – Frank in 1956 and Dick in 1963.

Following ordination, their pastoral ministry took them on very diverse paths. Father Dick Case spent a number of years ministering to the indigenous peoples of Alaska – at times in administrative roles in the diocesan office, and at times traveling into the bush, bringing the sacraments and pastoral presence to the more remotely-settled populace. In between stints in Alaska, he taught at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and served as president of Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, for a number of years. He became pastor of St. Aloysius last year.

In his early years of ministry, Father Frank Case was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at Seattle University. He later became Provincial Superior of the Oregon Province of Jesuits, and from there he assumed the position of Regional Assistant for the United States, Jesuit Curia in Rome for 15 years. In that role he became a liaison between the Father General in Rome and the U.S. Jesuits, which required handling correspondence and meeting with, and monitoring the ministry, issues, and needs of, the assorted Provinces. Currently he is enjoying a sabbatical year while he discerns his next call to service.

The 82nd annual Novena of Grace is open to the public. For further information, contact St. Aloysius Parish Center: 313-5896.

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