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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 10, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, hosts Youth Day Saturday, Sept. 26

St. Joseph Parish, 3720 E. Colbert Rd. in Colbert, is hosting an all-day youth program, “Five Smooth Stones,” featuring Angus McDonell of Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The day begins at 10 a.m. and concludes after 5:30 p.m. Mass.

All high-school-age youth are invited. Suggested donation is $5 per student, which includes lunch and an afternoon snack.

McDonell is a composer and performer of Catholic music who has recorded for Oregon Catholic Press’s Spirit and Song label. His debut CD, River of Life, was released in 2003. The title track was used for the theme of the 2003 National Catholic Youth Conference in Houston.

He holds degrees in theology and music, from Seattle University, the University of Washington, and Northwestern University.

McDonell presently serves as youth minister for Assumption Parish in Bellingham.

“My greatest joys are my faith, family, and those I minister to through music in the Catholic Church,” he says.

For information and registration, call the parish: 466-4991.

The servant Grumio (Bing Blalock) and Petruchio (Michael Heye) carry off Katherine (Millie Duchow) after her marriage to Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. (IR photo courtesy of Father Kevin Connell SJ)

Encore ‘Shrew’ performances to be staged at Empyrean Coffee House

The Way Off Broadway Theater Group, composed of members of Gonzaga University’s theater community, presents three encore performances of their hit summer production of The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare’s wild comedy of the battling lovers Kate and Petruchio.

Directed by Jesuit Father Kevin Connell, principal of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, the production is described as “90 minutes of fun, falling down, iambic pentameter and kissing.”

Shrew will be performed Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-14, at the Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison in Spokane. Friday and Saturday’s performances are at 6 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.

General admission is $7; students and seniors, $5. (Cash only.) For reservations call 509-994-2788.

Regional Serra conference is Oct. 2-4

The Serra Club of Spokane will be the host of the Region 12 Serra Conference Friday-Sunday, Oct. 2-4 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. The theme this year is, “To Foster a Culture of Vocations Together,” in conjunction with the Serra International theme, Pastores Dabo Vobis – “I Will Give You Shepherds,” taken from the title of Pope John Paul II’s 1992 apostolic exhortation on the formation of priests.

Serra Internationalis is a Catholic organization whose primary purposes are to help promote vocation to the priesthood and religious life and to foster the spiritual life of members. Serra International has 23,000 members worldwide in 38 countries. Region 12 consists of 14 Clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, call 509-926-8540

Women Religious host ‘Twilight Retreat’ for vocation discernment

The communities of women Religious in Spokane are hosting a “Twilight Retreat” Friday, Oct. 9, from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at Clare Center, 4624 E. Jamieson Rd. in Spokane. There is no cost; supper is included. Single Catholic women age 18-40 are invited to participate in a “quiet time for finding God.”

RSVP to Sister Sharon Bongiorno of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: by phone at 509-448-0674, or e-mail

St. Charles pro-life group sponsors DVD discussion series

On six Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 23 and ending Oct. 28, the St. Gianna Pro-Life Group at St. Charles Parish, 4515 N. Alberta in Spokane, will host the DVD series “Healing the Culture: A New Vision for Life” will be presented at 6:30 p.m., with child care available. The one-hour filmed talks are given by Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer and Camille De Blasi Pauley. Healing the Culture is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes a culture of life based on Father Spitzer’s “Life Principles” and “Four Levels of Happiness.”

Northwest Men’s Retreat is Oct. 23-25

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of the Portland Archdiocese will head the 12th annual Inland Northwest Catholic Men’s Retreat at Camp N-Sid-Sen, on Lake Coeur d’Alene, the weekend of Oct. 213-25. Cost is $95 per person, which includes lodging and meals. The theme of the retreat is “To Be a Catholic Man in Today’s Society: What Tools do I Need?”

Father Dan Wetzler, a retired priest of the Spokane Diocese, will provide spiritual consultation and celebrate liturgy.

Deacon Burke-Sivers appears frequently on various EWTN radio programs and gives talks throughout the United States.

Send checks to: Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 15, Coeur d’Alene, ID. 83816. For more information, call 208-659-2127.

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