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

Regional Report

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the Dec. 16, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Gov. Chris Gregoire issued a proclamation on Nov. 2 declaring Sunday, Nov. 21, as “Archbishop Alex J. Brunett Day,” citing the archbishop for leading Catholic Community Services of Western Washington and Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington, which have become the largest nongovernmental social service agency in Washington.

The proclamation also credited the archbishop with opening four Catholic elementary schools and two high schools.

In addition, Seattle University bestowed its St. Ignatius Medal on the archbishop. The medal is the university’s “highest recognition of persons who exemplify the mission that we are committed to as a Catholic and Jesuit university,” according to the university’s president, Jesuit Father Stephen Sundborg.

And on Nov. 21, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledged Archbishop Brunett by bestowing their Family Values Award on Nov. 21.

The church recognized his “superb efforts to strengthen and sustain families during his service as the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.”

— Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — Spanish- and English-speaking worship communities in the United States can celebrate their faith and culture side by side with a hymnal developed by OCP titled One Faith, Una Voz.

An announcement from the Portland publisher said it is the only Catholic hymnal featuring bilingual songs along with original language English and Spanish titles. It offers more than 800 multilingual songs designed to fit the needs of growing Latino-Anglo communities in the Catholic Church.

“The very nature of this hymnal speaks to the profound way a community comes together to pray despite differences in language or origin,” said Pedro Rubalcava, director of Hispanic ministries at OCP, a nonprofit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources. “It provides a means for culturally diverse assemblies to unite in celebration of each other’s journeys of faith through song,” he said in a statement.

Rubalcava said that multicultural English- and Spanish-speaking communities were looking for a way to honor their own traditions, while sharing in the common act of celebrating Mass, and One Faith, Una Voz answers that need.

“Not all songs are meant to be translated; there are innate poetic qualities that can only be heard when the composition is sung in its original language,” he said.

The hymnal includes song selections for traditional rites and celebrations such as marriages, funerals and a “quinceanera,” the coming-of-age celebration for girls turning 15 years old. There also are seasonal choices for Easter and Christmas.

OCP has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship programs it produces are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide.

— Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – Alex Lobdell, former editor of the Helena Diocese’s newspaper, The Montana Catholic, is one of the authors whose work is included in a new volume of Catholic science fiction stories, titled Infinite Space, Infinite God II.

Each of the stories features a Catholic hero or theme. The Catholic Writers Guild has given the book its Seal of Approval, indicating that the book adheres to Catholic traditions and beliefs.

BOZEMAN – Helena’s Bishop George Thomas spent an evening fielding questions from students from Montana State University. Topics included the upcoming changes to the Roman Missal, exorcisms, and the bishop’s own vocation story.

Student Stephanie Haag said, “It’s so important to have role models like the bishop in our lives to guide us along and to help us on our faith journey.”

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

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