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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 2, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 9 – No. 13
Fifty Years Ago: November 4, 1960

More Than 300 Attend Colfax Church Blessing

An estimated 350 persons, including 62 priests from the Dioceses of Spokane, Boise, and Yakima, and the Archdiocese of Seattle, and 11 out-of-town Sisters, were on hand for the dedication and solemn blessing of St. Patrick Church, Colfax, on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Bishop Topel officiated at the 10:30 morning ceremonies, with Father Michael O’Malley, S.J., and Father Anton Flour, serving as his chaplains.

Father William Hanly, pastor of Colfax, celebrated the Mass. With him in the sanctuary were Fathers William Van Ommeren and Theodoric DeJong, master of ceremonies; Father Adrian Parcher, O.S.B., deacon; and Father Donald Schenk, subdeacon; Father Ambrose Meyer preached the sermon.

Mrs. Sabina Schreiber was organist, and an all male choir under the direction of David Hofford sang the Solemn High Mass of St. Ann by Kaim.

Altar boys were Tommy Burns and Jim Hardy. Rodney Riedner was thurifer; Larry Ellis, assistant thurifer; and Martin Marier, cross bearer.

Altar boys in the procession were Dennis Benis McDonald, Tommy Hardy, Jack Ellis, Larry Taufen, David Hofford, Terry Burns, Steve Hart, Mike Stravens, Melvin Riedner, Phillip Riedner, Larry Sherfy, and Bill Miller.

Following the dedication ceremonies, Father Hanly was host to the visiting priests at a roast beef dinner served at St. John Academy, prepared by members of St. Mary’s Altar Guild.

Serving on the dining room committee were the Mmes. Clarence Caldwell, Jack Linehan, L.J. Lothspeich, and Roy Hall. Mrs. Richard Haxton was chairman of the kitchen committee, assisted by the Mmes. Katie Hensle, Thomas Burns, George Earnest, Chet Harpole, Poe Stravens, Martha Merkl, Daisy Morton, W.M. Freeman, Anna Niehenke, Sabina Schreiber; Mr. David Hofford and Mrs. Charles Hofer.

Mr. Roy Hall and Mr. Charles Hofer were in charge of decorations for both the church and the dinner. Baskets of chrysanthemums, geraniums, ferns and greens were used.

Father Adrian Parcher, O.S.B., deacon of the High Mass, is a former parishioner of St. Patrick Parish, as is Father Ambrose Meyer, who preached the sermon. Father Meyer received the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation at St. Patrick, celebrated his First Mass there, and offered the funeral Mass for his mother at the old church. His sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Bietzen of Yakima, and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Meyers and Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Meyers of Colfax, also were present for the dedication ceremonies.

From the Inland Register
Volume 43 – No. 10
25 Years Ago: November 21, 1985

Chant Concerts to be presented

A series of acapella Gregorian Chant concerts will be given in four Spokane area parishes prior to and during the Advent season.

Ten singers representing various parishes and denominations are presenting the concert series. A free will offering will be taken up during the concert. That collection will be given to the sponsoring parish for the benefit of the poor, with one concert given for the benefit of Immaculate Heart Retreat House.

Participating in the choir are director Joan Flaherty; Scott Randall, Mark Kehoe and Paul Schuster (St. Peter Parish); Steve Sanchez and Ray Girard (St. Patrick Parish): Tom Dettwiler (St. John Vianney Parish); Father Ken Krall, SJ (Gonzaga University); Steve Trautman (St. Mary Parish); James Quinn (St. John Episcopal Church); and Mark Fitch (St. Anthony Parish). Host for the evening is Father Gary Sumpter of Immaculate Heart Retreat House.

The group will perform acapella Gregorian Chants as well as polyphonic motets. In addition to the Advent and Christmas music there will be readings from the early Church fathers.

The group believes that Gregorian Chant is one of the lost treasures of the Church and should not be forgotten. They performed a concert of chants during Lent of this year which raised money for the poor of St. Ann Parish.

Included in the program will be “In Dulci Jubilo,” “Jesu Redemptor Omnium,” “Ave Maria,” and “Puer Natus in Bethlehem,” as well as familiar Christmas hymns for a sing-along finale.

(Father Caswell is Inland Register archivist and a frequent contributor to this publication.)

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