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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Spokane’s Sacred Heart Parish kicks off centennial celebration

the Inland Register

(From the March 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Celebrating a 100th anniversary may evokes an image of something old that will be important to people who themselves are old. But the centennial of Sacred Heart Parish in Spokane has been led by the youth of the parish.

Founded in 1911, the parish is celebrating its centennial throughout the year of 2011. The year’s initial events were facilitated by the parish’s teens in SASH, the combined youth ministry of Saint Augustine and Sacred Heart parishes under the direction of youth minister Chris Ferrez.

The centennial year opened on Jan. 2, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, with a unified parish Mass. The guiding star and the visitation of the Magi are apt symbols of the pilgrim parish seeking the Lord Jesus, adoring him, and being sent forth to proclaim him to the ends of the earth.

Following the liturgy, the youth group served a hot and hearty breakfast. This also provided an opportunity for parishioners to bring photographs and texts of the parish’s history for use by the History Committee in its preparation of the history of Sacred Heart. This memorabilia is now displayed on charts arranged by decade around the parish hall. The Quilting Committee introduced its project of creating a banner of living bricks. Each “brick” of the banner will contain a family of the parish.

The next event, on Feb. 12, was the “Dinner of the Century.” For this occasion, the youth group transformed the plain vanilla appearance of the parish hall into the ambience of fine restaurant with drapery, foliage, lighting and music. A complete dinner from hors d’oeuvres to dessert was prepared and served by the youth under the direction of parishioner, Dennis Hake, and with help from other parents.

Teen hosts Keegan Campbell and Kaila Ceballos provided commentary on the evening’s events, the dinner menu, parish youth program and quizzed the crowd of nearly 200 on the saints. At each place was a saint’s biography that the diners were urged to review in preparation for the quiz.

There was a silent auction featuring artwork, GU men’s basketball tickets, and jewelry. Parishioners also made cash donations. Any profit from the $30-per-plate dinner and other proceeds from the evening will be used for youth ministry, especially to help with expenses for the Notre Dame Vision Youth Conference that seven parish teens will attend in July 2011.

ND Vision is a weeklong retreat for Catholic High School teens from throughout the country. Set on the Notre Dame campus, teens explore their relationship with God through Discipleship and Conversion; Relationship and Communion; and Discerning God’s Call and Responding in Faith.

Former pastors, Fathers Charles Skok, James Kuhns , and George Haspedis, and Msgr. Frank Bach, attended the dinner. Providence Sister Dorothy Byrne remarked that, “I have been part of Sacred Heart for over 40 years, and this is the best event we have ever had!”

But there’s more to come. Bishop emeritus, William Skylstad, who now resides at Rockwood Lane, adjacent to the church, will direct a parish mission titled, “A Disciple’s Heart.” Evangelization, once a term foreign to our Catholic vocabulary, is now recognized as fundamental to Catholic identity. But what it means and how we do it is not self-evident. Bishop Skylstad will share his wisdom and spiritual insights on the disciple’s evangelizing ministry beginning with the homilies on the weekend of March 26-27, and continuing at sessions on March 28-30. Presentations will be at 10 a.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart extends an open invitation to the Mission.

Other communal events further down the road are:

• June 26: Procession from the present Church to the old Sacred Heart Church where a wreath will be placed to honor the site that was the ecclesial home of the parish for 55 years.
• June 30: At 7 p.m. the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated at a vigil Mass. The parish looks forward to former parishioners and others connected to the parish gathering for the liturgy, which will be followed by a reception and historical display.
• July 23-24: Bishop Blase Cupich celebrates the weekend Masses.
• October 16: the Centennial Dinner at Manito Country Club, where pastoral council member, Dan Veliz, is Club Manager and CEO.

Besides these events, other projects are underway. The Historical Committee is collecting information and welcomes past and present parishioners to contribute stories, anecdotes and pictures of their life and times in the parish. The historical Committee can be contacted through the Centennial website:, or call the parish: 747-5810. The website contains the schedule of Centennial events and how people can participate.

An event like this only comes around every 100 years. You don’t want to miss it.

Debbie Ceballos, Robin Ray and Nancy Hake, parents of Sacred Heart teens, helped with the dinner preparations.

Dennis Hake goes over the game plan with David Zabinski and Sean Andrus, while Zach Agnew seizes the opportunity for a photo op.

Kaila Ceballos and Jennifer Halvorson quizzed the audience on the lives of the saints.

From left: Father Mark Pautler, Sacred Heart’s present pastor, with former pastors: Fathers George Haspedis and Jim Kuhns, Msgr. Frank Bach, and Father Charles Skok.

Chris Ferrez, youth minister for Sacred Heart and St. Augustine parishes, recognizes Dennis Hake, the principal organizer of Sacred Heart’s Dinner of the Century.

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