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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


Catholic Foundation presents grants, Catholic Community Service Awards

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the June 10, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Nominees for this year’s Catholic Community Service Awards were, from left, Jan Staeheli (Cataldo School), Phyllis Lamb, Roy Lamb, Stephanie Johnson (principal at Cataldo School), Frank Taylor, Dave McGann, Karen Crum, Rebecca Schmidlkofer, Robert Schmidlkofer, Deacon Doug Banks, Charles Milani (Fatima Guatemala Mission Committee), and Deacon Richard Skok of St. Mary’s Presentation Parish, Deer Park (Parishioners Helping Parishioners). (IR photo courtesy of the Catholic Foundation)

Some 115 people attended a luncheon at Spokane’s Waterford Retirement Community on May 26 for the annual presentation of grants and the Catholic Community Service Award by the Catholic Foundation of the Spokane Diocese.

The Catholic Community Service Award originated in 1999 as a way to recognize and honor individuals and groups that give of their time, skills and resources to parishes, schools and other ministries throughout the diocese.

The recipients of the 2010 Catholic Community Service Award are Cataldo School in Spokane and Frank X. Taylor of Spokane’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Bob Hailey, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, presented the winners with plaques.

Cataldo was nominated by Libby Hein, director of Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program. Her formal nomination included these words:

“Over the last year, Cataldo School helped organize and provide a beautiful Christmas celebration for single parent families. The school collected toys for over 50 families including gifts for young moms and their children. The students also helped with the CAPA Christmas party having shopped for and wrapped presents to deliver to the families. They served a traditional Christmas Turkey dinner for the young moms and children. Childcare was provided for the younger kids so that moms could have a moment to relax and enjoy their meals. The Cataldo 1st Graders organized and performed a play celebrating the birth of Jesus and stayed to help clean up after the party was over. What a tremendous blessing the students of Cataldo were this past holiday season.”

In his nomination of Frank X. Taylor, Franciscan Father Michael Blackburn, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, included these words: “Frank provides many volunteer services for the community including teaching computer classes at Cathedral Plaza, working at the House of Charity, the Salvation Army’s ‘Safehouse,’ and the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Francis of Assisi Parish,” where Taylor assists “people with utility and transportation needs. He helps the elderly by performing yard work, using his own money to buy a lawn mower and other supplies. Frank has also helped in clearing the snow from the parish walkways, and (he) delivers parish donations of food to ‘Our Place,’” an ecumenical assistance agency in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood.

Nominees for the Catholic Community Service Award each received a large, handsomely framed certificate.

In addition to the winners, nominated were Deacon Doug Banks, principal of St. Thomas More Catholic School and deacon for St. Thomas More Parish in Spokane; Karen Crum of Spokane’s Assumption Parish; the Fatima Guatemala Mission Committee of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane; Roy and Phyllis Lamb of Rockford’s St. Joseph Parish; Dave McGann of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane; the Parishioners Helping Parishioners program at St. Mary’s Presentation Parish in Deer Park; and Robert and Rebecca Schmidlkofer, volunteers at Gonzaga Preparatory School.


2010 Grant Recipients

Caritas Outreach Ministries, for Emergency Family Services: $3,000

Catholic Charities – Refugee and Immigration Services: Increase immigration program capacity by upgrading technology and adding remote service components: $1,000

Catholic Engaged Encounter: To conduct engaged encounter weekends for engaged couples: $2,400

Diocese of Spokane Prison and Detention Ministry: For training and materials for Prison and Detention Ministry volunteers: $2,500

Gonzaga Preparatory School: To partially fund the Elementary School Band Program: $2,311

Holy Family Youth Group: To partially fund the Catholic HEART Workcamp for youth: $2,000

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center: To host student SEARCH programs – Search for Christian Ministry: $3,925
• To host a Come and See Weekend for women exploring Religious life with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church: $1,327
• To conduct Grieving retreats (“Living through Grief”): $1,200

Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute: To partially fund Spokane Kateri Weekends: $1,500

Natural Family Planning Program, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center: Natural Family Planning instruction: $1,000

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church: To partially fund the Vacation Bible School – Mystagogy: $1,500

Our Place Community Ministries: For Direct Client services – distribute hygiene items: $2,000

Providence Adult Day Health: Construct raised garden beds – Therapy Garden: $400

Right to Life of Spokane: To purchase baby cribs for new mothers: $634

Sacred Heart Church, Othello: To purchase Spanish Language Adult Education Materials: $1,146
• To purchase Cathechist Formation Materials: $1,596

St. Michael Mission, Inchelium: To partially fund Grieving and Healing Leadership Training and retreat for Native Americans: $500
• To partially fund the Youth Summer Program: $1,000
• To purchase Mass Reading booklets for the elderly: $500
• Rehabilitation of St. Michael’s Hall: $2,500

Secular Franciscans Dayton Satellite: To prepare food baskets for local families in need: $250

Guardian Angel/St. Boniface School, Colton: To purchase materials for teaching the rosary: $385

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane: To purchase special supplies for Religious Education: $500

St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane: Collaborative Partnership with St. Joseph Parish, Spokane, for Religious Congress: $2,000

St. Joseph Parish, Colbert: To help fund the Life Teen Program: $500
• For Registration and accommodations for Religious Education Conference in Los Angeles and Teen Life conference in Texas: $1,450
• Religious Ed Conference in LA and Teen Life Conference in Texas

St. Joseph Parish, Dayton: To purchase a TV & DVD/VHS player for religious education: $600

St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards: To institute the Just Faith Program in the parish: $1,500
• Food and Refreshments for Childcare during Adult and Parent Faith Enrichment: $300

St. Mary Presentation Parish, Deer Park: To partially fund the Life Teen Program for Youth Ministries: $750

St. Patrick School, Spokane: To partially fund the Summer School and Camp 2010: $2,000

St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center, Pullman: Religious Education: $700
• Retreat Ministry: $1,000

Wisdomworks, Spokane: To conduct “No Life is Ordinary: Models for Healthy Eldering” workshops: $885


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