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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 Feb. 3, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 9 - No. 22
50 Years Ago: January 6, 1951

Diocesan Digest

Pasco: At the December meeting of St. Patrick’s Altar Society, Mrs. Adolph Van Hollebeke was re-elected president. Other officers elected were Mrs. Robert Carden, vice-president; Mrs. Gene Clement, secretary; and Mrs. Axel Anderson, treasurer. Mrs. Anderson has held this office since 1929.

A report was given on the Christmas fair, which realized more than $1,000. General chairmen were Mrs. Kermit Christianson and Mrs. Adolph Van Hollebeke. Other chairmen were Mrs. Curtis Hall, Mrs. C.B. O’Larey, Mrs. Fred Hanses, Marilyn Hanses, Mrs. L.A. Merk, Stella Gilligan, Mary Clark, Mrs. Gover Hodgen and Mrs. Arthur Byrne. Father William Schmitz, pastor, expressed appreciation of members’ efforts.

Two troops of Brownies from St. Patrick School sang carols in the children’s ward of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Dec. 20 – bringing along two tiny mascots, the Misters Brunner and Merk.

The two troops planning for their investiture in January were honored guests at a party in the home of Mrs. L.A. Merk after their hospital caroling. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies, were served the girls by their leaders – Mmes. Merk, Brunner, Cunningham, Storm and Connell.

Girls participating were Nancy Miller, Kathy Connel, Susan Merk, Michele Bruner, Shirley Kinzing, Kelly Bradshaw, Danielle Denny, Cynthia Jessberger, Jill Storm, Patricia Thompson, Linda McCall, Laurie Cunningham, Virginia Hedrich, Marcia Fanning, Ann Marie Fortier, and Julie Crevitin.

Members of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court of Our Lady of Fatima, met Thursday evening in the auditorium of St. Patrick School to observe their annual Christmas party when members brought gifts for the children at the St. Anne Children’s Home in Spokane.

Gifts were also brought by members for the infirm and the aged in the Tri-Cities.

The serving table was centered with a silver-trimmed, red-net Christmas tree made by Mrs. J.K. Scharf, and red and white tapers.

Hostesses were Mmes. Raymond Benson, A.G. Chaussee, Furlong, Clifford Dahl, Arthur Finke and Scharf.

Rosary records were featured.

The special prize went to Mrs. J.D. Furlong. (Mrs. John Storm, correspondent)

Ritzville – Kathryn Kiehn of St. Agnes Parish is enrolled at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.

Walla Walla – Mrs. Joe Chystal was elected president of St. Patrick’s Altar Society at the annual Christmas party Dec. 15 in the Bishop White Aula. Other new officers are Mrs. Terry Adlington, vice president; Mrs. Joe Urzo, secretary; and Miss Alice Newbill, treasurer.

Mrs. Orville Loney, Mrs. Ralph Gilbertson, and Miss Alicia Martin were in charge of dessert. Yule décor included Christmas trees and angel figurines. Special prizes went to Father John Sands, Miss Philomena Delaney, Mrs. Carl Nelson, Mrs. M.A. Detmer, and Mrs. Zepphire Chaebre. (Mrs. David Haun, correspondent).

From the Inland Register
Volume 43 – No. 16
25 Years Ago: Feb. 20, 1986

RCIA in Action in St. Mary Parish

Both frequent home visits and the Neighborhood Parish concept make our parish unique in its approach to the RCIA. Not only can Neighborhood Parish (NP) members encourage participating spouses to join the Church, it is also an excellent way to introduce and incorporate the new Catholic into the parish community.

NP outreach projects to the poor and elderly help the new Catholic to practice what they learn about ministry in the RCIA. One such project was outreach to the elderly parishioners at Good Samaritan Home in Greenacres, Spokane Valley. NP is important in making the catechumen who chooses to participate in it to get to meet and share with Catholics other than the sponsor or spouse.

At St. Mary (Parish), the priests and (Providence) Sister Helen Mason, RCIA director, attempt to visit every one of the 1,300 households every four or five years. This continual visiting and getting to know the people has enabled us to follow up on persons who have expressed interest in the Church.

Each catechumen is visited in his/her home before the sessions begin and again during the winter. This enables us to both get to know their family and to assess the environment they are in, which in some cases could be an obstacle to their interest in the Church.

One catechumen this year felt called by God, repeatedly, to help the poor. This person developed a special project to help the needy in our parish.

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


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