Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Letters to the Editor
(From the March 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)
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At Mass during the Our Father, I used to be reluctant to hold hands with complete strangers. But last Sunday, Feb. 27, the person next to me smiled and offered his hand. I thought, “This is the only time anyone touched me all week long.” I became a little teary-eyed, as old people often do. It really made my week.
Name withheld by request
Bishop Cupich came to Colfax for Eucharistic Adoration.
St. Patrick Church, Colfax, Wash., is a small-town parish, and we share our priest, Benedictine Abbot Adrian Parcher, with our neighbors in Lacrosse at St. Joseph Church. As some rural churches shut their doors in Eastern Washington, we are glad to count ourselves alive and well on the Palouse, complete with Daily Mass that is truly daily, and so I have a true story to tell you.
It started during Lent 2007, when it was proposed that we have a Thursday, 12-hour Eucharistic Adoration during the Lenten Season. Many of us wanted to continue Eucharistic Adoration, so Jerry and the late Nancy Shea presented Abbot Adrian with a petition, complete with sign-up list, and we were allowed to proceed. Father had a right to make sure that we, a very small parish, could understand what responsibility we were “signing up” for. It is very difficult to keep the momentum up at times, but we are now entering our fourth Lent with Eucharistic Adoration intact!
Imagine our surprise when we learned from the pulpit that Bishop Cupich was going to be at our church, in our tiny town, to join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction on the coming Thursday? Our Grand Knight, Fred Brannan, shot out the news via email, “The bishop is coming, the bishop is coming!”
Imagine the towns of Colfax and Lacrosse pouring out from the far fields, squeezing tired children into their Sunday best on a school night? Yes, it was just that cool. We were all there together, worshipping Jesus in the Eucharist, there with Bishop Cupich. Rural churches have cause to rejoice everywhere!
Hannah Walker, Colfax, Wash.
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