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

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 3, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Baker

BURNS – A 21-year-old parishioner was arrested and charged with arson after a fire destroyed the parish hall of Holy Family Church Nov. 9.

John Diaz was taken into custody, facing charges of first-degree arson, second-degree burglary, possession and manufacture of a destructive device, first-degree criminal mischief, and tampering with evidence.

Although the building is insured, Bishop Robert Vasa said it could cost up to $1 million to replace.

The parish hall was 55 years old, measuring 6,300 square feet, including a gathering hall, kitchen, and classrooms.

Firefighters kept the blaze from reaching the church sanctuary. No one was injured in the incident.

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – A Portland couple has written a setting for the new Roman Missal, which will go into use beginning with Advent this coming year.

The bilingual Mass of St. Cecilia, by Estela Garcia-López and Rodolfo López, was part of the prayer at a liturgy Dec. 4 at the Cathedral of St. James in Seattle.

The couple has worked in one way or another in bilingual parishes for about 20 years, including a decade at Ascension Parish in southeast Portland.

MCMINNVILLE – St. James School held a science fair last November for students in grades K-5.

Projects included fifth grader Hailey Dunn’s “Cats chose ‘Chicken of the Sea’ tuna over regular Friskies and The Goodlife Cat Food” and “Jolly Time microwave popcorn has the most kernels 131, over all others,” by fourth grader Kimmy Anaya.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

BILLINGS – The Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Montana gathered in October to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their covenant regarding the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The celebration was hosted by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Great Falls.

Among those attending were Bishop Jessica Crist, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, who also served as homilist; Pastor Joel Brosten, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings; and Bishop George Thomas, Diocese of Helena. Music was provided by a joint choir.

— The Harvest (Diocese of Great Falls-Billings)

Diocese of Boise

JEROME – On the top floor of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, at a forties-era Singer sewing machine that is in front of a window overlooking the Camas Prairie, Benedictine Sister Placida Wemhoff sews clothes for underprivileged children. Twice a year – winter and summer – she sends her handmade creations to parish relief projects and sometimes to international programs as far as Africa and Central America.

Recently, the third-floor board room was filled with vest-and-pants outfits, long-sleeved shirts, coats and more. “I used to just send them out,” she says, “but then people were coming to me and saying, ‘I didn’t get to see them!’”

She learned to sew on a treadle machine when she was a candidate in her early teens. Now, she says she still prefers a classic Singer to new machines. “These were made to last forever,” she says. Her sewing work is in addition to her other ministries as a bookbinder and full-time Maintenance Manager.

Sewing clothes for underprivileged children is a long-standing tradition in the Monastery.

Sister Placida became more active in sewing after the Sisters ceased wearing habits and she needed clothes to wear to her teaching job. When she retired from teaching and became the Monastery Maintenance Manager, she found she had the time during the cold season. The recovery required for a recent foot injury has also given more time for sewing.

While she sews, Sister Placida imagines that perhaps in heaven, she will one day meet the children who received her work.

– Web site of the Monastery of St. Gertrude

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