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St. Charles Parish marks anniversaries
the Inland Register
(From the Dec. 2, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
From left: Msgr. Robert Pearson, Deacon John Sicilia, Father Tom Connolly, Bishop Blase Cupich, and Fathers Joachim Hiên and Joe Bell. (IR photo courtesy of St. Charles Parish, Spokane)
On the beautiful fall evening of Thursday, Nov. 4 feast of St. Charles Borromeo, the parishioners of St. Charles gathered to celebrate a very special event, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the parish and 50th anniversary of the present Church building. This year also providentially marks the 400th anniversary of the canonization of St. Charles Borromeo, the parish’s patron saint.
Before Mass, sodality members of St. Charles School greeted people at the door and distributed special worship aids provided for the evening. A combined choir from the parish and school enhanced the liturgy with beautiful music, including Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus.”
St. Charles Parish family was very happy to welcome Bishop Blase Cupich on his first parish visit in the diocese.
The evening’s festivities began with open house in the school at 5 p.m., followed by Mass at 6 p.m. celebrated by Bishop Cupich. Concelebrants included Father Tom Connolly, present pastor of St. Charles; Father Joachim Hiên , a former pastor who now serves as pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Spokane; and Msgr. Robert Pearson, a former St. Charles associate pastor.
Father Joe Bell, now pastor of St. John Vianney parish, Spokane Valley, was once a student at St. Charles and was an altar server at the first Mass offered in the Church in 1960. Father Bell also concelebrated.
Bishop Cupich used the First Eucharistic Prayer also known as the Roman Canon explaining the two reasons for his choice: the saints adorning the altar are all mentioned in the Roman Canon, and St. Charles Borromeo himself offered Mass using this prayer.
At the conclusion of Mass the Bishop presented to Deacon John Sicilia a beautiful and well-deserved Papal Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI to honor his 25th anniversary of ordination to the Diaconate.
Following Mass, all gathered in the Parish Hall to visit and to enjoy a magnificent spread of potluck dishes. It was a particular joy to have several of the original St. Charles parishioners present for the evening.
The celebration concluded with an Open house at the rectory and convent.