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 March 19, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

MOSCOW, Idaho — A concert and workshop for music ministers, “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir: Ensemble Playing and Singing for Liturgy,” will be hosted March 27 and 28 at St. Mary Church, 618 E. First St., Moscow, Idaho.

The events are sponsored by Music Ministry on the Palouse.

Friday, March 27, will feature an 8 p.m. concert in the Church by presenters Paul Tate and Deanna Light of World Library Publications. Cost is $10 per person.

The workshop itself will be Saturday, march 28, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $50, including continental breakfast, lunch and materials; scholarships are available.

The workshop will focus on ensemble playing, including tips for guitarists and pianists, scoring for woodwinds, incorporating percussion and bass, rehearsal planning and execution, harmony singing, cantor training, and beginning keyboard improvisation sessions.

Registration closes Friday, March 20.

Registration forms and more information are available on the event’s web site:

Questions and comments can be sent via e-mail to:

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Eight members of the Engineers Without Borders chapter at the University of Portland traveled to Guatemala this year, where they provided and helped install 13 water tanks and rain gutters, giving the people in a remote part of the country a simple water collection system.

The University’s School of Engineering backed the trip. It was the second such journey for members of the student organization – last year saw similar work completed in other villages.

Engineers Without Borders aims to improve the quality of life for needy people worldwide by carrying out sustainable engineering projects, while at the same time training engineers who ultimately will be internationally responsible.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – In the Feb. 20 edition of the Helena Diocese’s The Montana Catholic, Bishop George Thomas took up the issue of capital punishment, in support of a Montana State Senate bill to abolish the death penalty in favor of life in prison without the possibility of parole:

The Catholic Church takes seriously its duty to speak uncomfortable truths when necessary, or to embrace unpopular positions that go against the prevailing winds of culture and society. Such is the case with the death penalty and the myriad questions it creates.

The Catholic Church holds the position that all life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. This vision is called a consistent ethic of life, and is predicated upon the conviction that God alone is the Author of life and the Arbiter of death. Furthermore, we believe that a person’s worth is inherent, even when their actions have been subhuman or their life decisions inhumane….

The Church’s position on the death penalty is coupled with a strong sense of solidarity with victims of violent crime and their families, whose lives and sense of well-being have been altered forever. We acknowledge that except for other victims of violent crime, none of us can ever appreciate fully the anguish they have experienced or the struggles they endure on a daily basis….

The Catholic Church’s position on the death penalty flows from a Gospel vision that acknowledges every person as redeemable and every soul salvageable…. This vision of human life prompts us to conclude that the death penalty should be replaced by values that interrupt the cycle of violence and create opportunities for restorative justice, redemption and healing for all….

The moral disconnect of killing killers is both apparent and appalling, and cries out for redress and correction.

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

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