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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 February 16, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume XX, No. 27
50 Years Ago: February 9, 1962

In Pasco parish, new church by Christmas

In January of 1961 parishioners of St. Patrick Parish here launched their all-out fund drive for their new church and rectory – with the timetable depending upon retirement of the school debt and local business climate.

Now, in February of 1962, Pasco’s hard-working parishioners have been assured by the architect of worshipping in their new church by Christmas, 1962. Plans are in the “working drawings” stage, and construction should start sometime in May.

Total cost of the parish plant, including furnishings, fees, and taxes, will approach $400,000. Architect Henry Swoboda said exact costs will be determined when bids are called in May and contracts awarded for construction.

The new church will be hexagonal in shape, with masonry walls and a roof of pre-stressed butterfly-shaped T-sections. The low profile of the main building will be accented by a tall spire. The church will seat about 750 persons, with pews set on floors that slope toward the sanctuary. Parking space will be provided north of the church.

The present structure dates back to about 1900, with an addition tacked on in 1948. The present rectory, south of the church, was built in 1911. The new church will be located on Lucas Street, north of St. Patrick School and convent.

Campaign chairman for the fund drive was John Flemming. Judge B.B. Horrigan was honorary chairman; Jean Mootz, general canvass chairman. Steering committee members were James Fanning, Richard Gonzales, Dave Gallant, Norbert Job, and Rex Patterson.

Division leaders and captains were John Hanke, Gerald Ahmann, James McQuiston, John McCannon, Harold Swanson, Dan O’Neil, Wayne McGriffin, Patrick Sullivan, Carl Perry, Bud Stricker, Ray Benson, Bob Lyness, Ed Horrigan, Tom Lynch, John Hendricks, Pat Doherty, F.M. Mullins, George O’Neil, Bob Sullivan, and Bob Wells.

Women parishioners who took charge of clerical work on pledge cards for the fund drive were Alberta Edwards, Caroline Jilek, Mary Clarke, Betty Wickhaim, Cora Swanson, and Marjorie Uhling.

Father William Schmitz is pastor at St. Patrick.

From the Inland Register
Vol. 44, No. 11
25 Years Ago: February 12, 1987

Stewardship Task Force is examining programs, funding

A diocesan Stewardship Task Force has been meeting twice each month for four hours at a time since its formation last October by Bishop Welsh. The task force was created to examine the financial situation of the diocese.

Father Robert Pearson, Vicar for Priests, co-chairs the task force with financial consultant Phil Kuharski.

In a recent interview, Father Pearson said the bishop formed the task force because of a decline in available funds to meet the present needs of the diocese.

The Stewardship Task Force consists of “a representative group” of people of the diocese, Father Pearson said. Serving on the task force in addition to Father Pearson and Phil Kuharski are Holy Names Sister Mary Garvin, Joan Gagliardi, Deacon Craig Bartmess, Mary Ann Marciel, Jack Martin, Jim Quann, Molly Van Marter, and Fathers Frank Bach, David Brumbach, and John Rompa.

The task force has two main goals at this time, Father Pearson said.

The first is “to look at current diocesan offices with a view to their effectiveness and the need for them.”

The examination is being based on “the articulated goals of the diocese in the document ‘Directions’ (IR 5/9/85).

“The first part of what we would do,” Father Pearson said, “would be to look at the programs and see if people feel they are needed, if they are living up to the goals.”

The examination is also being done “within a theological frame-work,” a theology of stewardship, he said, especially in light of the U.S. bishops’ pastoral letter Economic Justice for All (IR 1/1/87).

The second goal is to look at the resources of the diocese and see if there are other ways that money can be raised, he said.

Father Pearson said the task force has three subcommittees: theological, program review, and resources.

Professional consultants will be hired to aid the work of the program review and resources subcommittees, he said. “We’re attempting to be as professional as possible, to produce quality work,” Father Pearson said, “while at the same time respecting the questions of theology and ecclesiology that are involved.”

The third draft of the theological framework will be presented at the task force’s next meeting.

The work of the task force is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the beginning of this summer, Father Pearson said. By that time, “we expect to have some concrete recommendations” to make to the bishop for his consideration and possible implementation.

The recommendation could conceivably include augmenting, trimming, or eliminating some diocesan programs, changing the way resources of the diocese are now used, or the way funds are raised, Father Pearson said.

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


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