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

Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the July 29, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 8 - No. 46
50 Years Ago: June 24, 1960

Holy Family Home to Open July 17

The new Holy Family Home at N. 5525 Lidgerwood will open its doors to convalescent and nursing-care patients of all faiths on July 17, weeks ahead of schedule.

Sister M. Alberta, superior of the new nursing facility staffed by the Dominican Sisters of Kettle Falls, said that Holy Family is neither a hospital nor a home for the aged.

“Our home will care for persons who cannot be cared for properly at home,” she said, “or patients released from a hospital who need further professional care, but not necessarily in a hospital.”

The home is equipped to care for the chronically ill, handicapped and long- or short-term convalescing patients. There are no age barriers – children may be admitted, too. Stays as short as one week are also contemplated.

Non-Catholic patients not only will be welcomed at the home, but will be free to invite their own clergy to visit them there. Although there is no resident chaplain – “that is our hope for the future,” Sister M. Alberta said – a Catholic priest will be available upon request. The chapel will be open at all times to worshippers of any religious denomination.

A question asked most frequently those calling the home (HU. 7-4401) is whether patients must be attended by the house doctor.

“Patients,” Sister M. Alberta said, “may have the doctor of his or her own choice.”

The 80-capacity, $1.17 million – 40 percent financed by Hill-Burton Funds, the remainder a loan to be paid back within 10 years – is “the very latest on the market.”

It has semi-private rooms, plus private rooms with or without baths. All rooms have built-in intercom systems enabling patients and nurses to communicate, and all are equipped for TV. Private room-with-bath units include telephones for patients.

Beds are the high-low type which may be adjusted to standard or hospital height. Both sides of all corridors are equipped with hand rails, and bath and toilet facilities have multiple hand-holds for patients’ safety.

Termed the “most modern and fireproof nursing home in the area,” the building designed by Seattle architect John Maloney is poured-in-place reinforced concrete and masonry. A thin-shell concrete canopy will give all-weather protection to arriving patients.

The three-story elevator shaft will allow for expansion at a later date. Aside from patients’ rooms and facilities, the building includes administration offices, a full basement for storage, supplies and locker rooms, and permanent underground electrical and phone facilities.

All “sun-side” windows at the home have louvers and canopies. None of the home’s bedrooms have western exposure. The home’s three fire exits are fireproof concrete and are designed for speedy and easy evacuation of chronically ill patients.

A nursing home auxiliary has been organized whose members will volunteer their services two hours, twice monthly, for patients.


From the Inland Register
Volume 43 – No. 1
25 Years Ago: July 4, 1985

St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah, Celebrates 100 Years

July 21 will be celebrated as the 100th anniversary of St. Mary of the Rosary Church, Chewelah.

The parish was established as a mission church in 1885 by Father A.M. Folchi SJ.

The site of the original church was an old Indian campsite, which some historians believe Father DeSmet SJ visited when he first passed through the area. There is evidence to indicate that Father DeSmet offered Mass in the area as long ago as 1843.

The church used by Father Folchi had been a trading post, a log building which was soon outgrown by the growing number of parishioners.

Father Folchi eventually erected a frame building specifically as a church, which was used until replaced in 1905. Father Folchi’s edifice then served as a school for a number of years.

The present church was built on land donated by the Monaghan family, whose son, Robert, was killed during the Samoan war and whose statue now stands at (the intersection of) Monroe and West Riverside in Spokane.

A rectory was built, then turned into a convent. After a second rectory was built, a school was added to the parish complex in 1925.

The centennial celebration is open to the public. Especially welcome are previous members of the parish, former students of St. Mary School, and members of Religious communities who have served the parish.

All priests of the diocese have been invited to concelebrate the Mass on July 21 at noon. Following the Mass will be a buffet luncheon.

A book which chronicles the history of the parish, Catholic missions in Stevens County, and the early days of Chewelah and the Colville Valley, covering the period from the mid-19th century-present, has been commissioned by the parish. The book, by Elizabeth Riley, is titled Strong Still Beats the Heart.

(Father Caswell is the diocese’s Ecumenical Relations Officer and archivist for the Inland Register, and a frequent contributor to this publication.)

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