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

Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Vol. XX, No. 45
50 Years Ago: June 15, 1962

Diocese greets young refugees

Eighty-eight feet clattered down the steps from the big plane at Spokane’s International Airport. Forty-four pairs of liquid dark eyes lit up at the welcoming smile and outstretched hand of the Spokane priest who had arranged their coming.

The boys came first, slim, buoyant as only youth can be buoyant, dressed in their Sunday best. A few carried briefcases; others carried flight bags or small overnight cases. They wore no topcoats, and the chilly Spokane night air made their shoulders hunch.

The girls came next – some in sweaters, some in jackets, a few wearing light coats. The sweaters were hugged closely. A few of the girls shivered openly. One hugged a huge stuffed dog, wrapped in cellophane, bought in Miami. The littlest girl – about 10 – carried a blonde-haired American-type doll. You had the feeling, looking at her, that only crowbars could have separated the two.

There were bouffant hairdos, little girl hairdos, and asset of blonde braids. There were spike heels at the nether end of very young, very straight, very slim legs; flats and anklets, mid-heels. Skin tones were tanned and golden. Several carried personal possessions wrapped in newspapers or stuffed into shopping bags.

They knew very little English, but they could understand the priest – Father Bernard L. Schiller, director of Catholic Charities and sponsor of the Cuban Children’s program. A big heart and a big smile are understood by children everywhere. They were all children: none was older than 18. They responded to Henry deLaney, too. DeLaney has been a prime mover in the Cuban Children’s Program.

They were impressed that the city’s top official, Mayer Neal Fosseen, should welcome them, but they couldn’t understand him. The mayor read a carefully prepared welcoming speech in Spanish, but the Mayer does not know Spanish. When Paul F. Ewing, representing the Chamber of Commerce, spoke to them in their native tongue, their faces beamed. Here was communication, and they clapped their hands noisily. Here was the first break in the Language Wall.

More breaks followed. Mrs. John McHugo, W. 216 Fourth, who will teach English to the youngsters, greeted them warmly – and fluently, as did Arturo Rodriguez, who will be “housefather” to the boys. Jose Borges, a Jesuit scholastic from Puerto Rico; Mrs. McHugo; Sisters Patricia Anne and Catherine Joan; and Mrs. Maxine Sanchez will teach the youngsters during the summer. The boys will study and stay at Bishop White Seminary; the girls, at Holy Names College at Fort Wright. Sister Clarisse Marie will be in charge of the summer program for the girls; Sister Marian Mark will be their “house parent”; Joan Naccarato, their recreation director.

The Very Rev. William M. van Ommeren, superior of Bishop White Seminary and diocesan chancellor, will be in charge of the boys’ summer program. Father George Haspedis of the seminary faculty will serve as their athletic director.

Arrival of the 44 young Cuban refugees from Castro’s Communist Cuba into the highly democratic American Diocese of Spokane raises some questions:

How does a teenager, fresh from Miami, Fla.’s refugee camp feel about his family whom he hasn’t seen for weeks or months; who doesn’t know when he will see them?

Is he wondering about what the foster home will be like to which he goes in September, after the summer’s intensive study of English and Religion? Will he, and the youngster who goes with him, fit into the family? Will they be liked, accepted by their new classmates at the Catholic high school?

What of the teenager’s parents back in Cuba – parents who know Communism at first hand, and in that knowledge of what this ideological and political evil can do to men’s minds – especially young minds – have sent their children to America?

Can an American parent imagine the heartache and worry involved in such a separation from one’s children? Children thousands of miles from home, housed among strangers? Will these young people know what to do if José gets another of his chest colds? Will they know that Maria needs love and encouragement every day of her life? Will they?

But American Catholics of the diocese have accepted the challenge. Homes have been offered for this first crop of young Cuban refugees.

“If more homes are offered,” Father Schiller said, “we can take more youngsters under the Cuban Children’s Program.”

And there are so many, many more –

From the Inland Register
Vol. 44, No. 17
25 Years Ago: June 18, 1987

The Catholic Foundation will hold its fifth annual Grants Awards Ceremony on June 26 in the Chancery, W. 1023 Riverside.

Fifth-nine grants, totaling $76,322, will be awarded to assist in the funding of Catholic programs in parishes, schools and social service agencies throughout the diocese. Bishop Lawrence Welsh will award the grant checks to representatives of each program.

“This is always a most exciting time for the Catholic Foundation,” said Paul Russell, Chairman of the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors. “We’re especially proud that the Foundation, through the generosity of its donors and members, is able to support some real needs in this diocese – needs that might otherwise go unmet.”

Funds given in Catholic Foundation grants are drawn from the Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund, and from the Marycliff Endowment, which is targeted to Catholic schools and religious education of youth throughout the diocese.

In addition to awarding annual grants, the Catholic Foundation also maintains permanent endowments for the benefit of specific Catholic organizations. There are now 33 of these restricted endowments within the Catholic Foundation, providing yearly income and a base of long-term financial support while the principal is allowed to grow.

The 1987 Catholic Foundation grants were awarded to the following:

• $2,000 to Catholic Family Service, Pasco, to hire a bilingual trained assistant for the immigration counselor in CFS Hispanic Services.
• $1,000 to Sacred Heart Church, Brewster, to purchase a photocopy machine and initial supplies for a program to aid Hispanics in obtaining legal residency status.
• $500 to Assumption Church Parish Council, Walla Walla, to provide books for a religious library to serve the people of Assumption Parish.
• $3,500 to Assumption Elementary School, Walla Walla, for tuition assistance for Hispanic families.
• $250 to Assumption Youth Ministry, Spokane, to purchase a radio-cassette recorder for the use of the Youth Ministry program.
• $700 to Cataldo School, Spokane, to provide Slingerland teacher training for three teachers.
• $1,800 to the Sisters of the Holy Names’ Catholic Elementary School Program for Handicapped Students, to subsidize special education tuition for low-income families and children in the program.
• $3,800 to DeSales Junior/Senior High School, Walla Walla, to provide tuition assistance for low-income families; and
• $300 to build a library of current audio-visual materials for use in the Religion Department.
• $300 to Faith and Light, Spokane Region, to provide funds for the establishment of a support group for the physically and/or mentally handicapped and their families.
• $800 to the Office of Religious Education of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, to purchase a TV and equipment table for use in parish religious education.
• $850 to the Parish Council of Immaculate Conception Parish, Republic, to purchase a copier for general parish use; and
• $400 to purchase and install components for a sound system in the parish church.
• $500 to Guardian Angel/St. Boniface School, Colton, to purchase a new set of encyclopedias.
• $824 to Holy Names Music Center, Spokane, to purchase musical instruments for use at five elementary schools served by the Center.
• $850 to the CCD program of Holy Rosary Parish, Pomeroy, to purchase a used copy machine for use in the religious education program for children and adults.
• $350 to Miryam’s House of Transition, Spokane, a resident center for women in transition, to purchase office equipment.
• $1,000 to Nursing Home Visitation Program, Spokane, for expenses and materials in nursing homes in Spokane.
• $400 to the Parish Services Office, Diocese of Spokane, to fund the implementation of the “Caring that Enables” project in five parishes outside Spokane, and
• $1,000 to subsidize a Diocesan Ministry Certification program to train parish ministers at the coordinator level, and
• $2,500 to purchase audio-visual materials for the Parish Services library, to be used by children and youth; and
• $2,878 for scholarships for high school youth to attend Christian Leadership Institute in in August 1987.
• $650 to Catholic Family Service’s Perinatal Volunteer Services, to fund a spiritual and self-esteem retreat for young single mothers.
• $350 to Pure Heart of Mary Parish, Northport, to purchase basic supplies for the CCD program for children, and to fund one special activity for the youth group.
• $1,000 to Retrouvaille/Rediscovery, to provide subsidies for a chaplain for two Retrouvaille weekends.
• $450 to Sacred Heart Parish, Kettle Falls, to purchase equipment and supplies for use in the religious education program and the liturgies of the parish; and
• $400 for the purchase of a freezer to be used for parish activities and the parish food bank.
• $300 to Sacred Heart Mission, Nespelem, to purchase materials for the religious education program for grades K-6, and expenses for starting a youth program.
• $1,160 to Sacred Heart Mission, Wellpinit, for the purchase of a television, videocassette recorder, and stand for use in the religious education of youth and adults of three parishes on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
• $1,000 to the Religious Education Program of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, to purchase a large-screen television monitor for use in religious education on all age levels.
• $855 to the Religious Education Program of St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, to purchase a videocassette recorder, television and stand for use in religious and education programs on all levels.
• $2,250 to St. Aloysius School, Spokane, to fund the remodeling of the basement faciliti3es for use in a new Educare program for children age two-and-a-half to 10; and
• $2,600 for tuition assistance for low-income families with children enrolled in the school.
• $1,400 to St. Charles School, Spokane, to purchase the Sadlier-Oxfort Spelling and Vocabulary Series for grades 1-8; and
• $3,000 to provide full or partial scholarships to needy students for the coming school year.
• $2,700 to St. Francis Educare, Spokane, to purchase supplies and equipment for children in the Latchkey program, ages K-6.
• $1,700 to St. Francis Xavier/Assisi School, Spokane, to purchase equipment needed to extend the existing computer program through the school.
• $480 to the Parish Services Office of St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane, to purchase a filmstrip projector for use in children’s religious education and sacramental preparation programs.
• $500 to St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane, to purchase books and materials for a family counseling service.
• $1,000 to the St. Joseph Youth Group, Spokane, to fund the building of a storage space for the youth grouip and to provide supplies and expenses for youth group events.
• $800 to the CCD program of St. Mary Parish, Deer Park, to purchase new books for use in the religious education program for elementary school students.
• $500 to St. Mary Parish, Chewelah, to purchase supplies and books for the parish library for use by children and adults.
• $1,650 to St. Paschal School, Spokane, for funds to complete the rewiring of the school building; and
• $2,025 to purchase a portable science laboratory for use by all grades of the school.
• $3,000 to St. Patrick Educare, Pasco, for tuition assistance for minority children at the Center.
• $4,000 to St. Patrick School, Pasco, to fund tuition assistance for needy students for the coming school year.
• $3,000 to St. Patrick School, Spokane, for tuition assistance to needy students for the coming year.
• $300 to the Youth Group of St. Patrick Parish, Spokane, to purchase 50 song books.
• $250 to St. Rose of Lima Parish, Keller, to pay travelling expenses for the director of religious education to support and train teachers within the parish.
• $500 to St. Thomas More Newman Center, Pullman, to establish an audio-visual library for religious education needs of WSU students; and
• $300 to purchase books to augment the religious library used by WSU students.
• $500 to Lourdes Volunteer Visiting Program, Spokane, to fund materials and expenses of a visiting program for seniors and handicapped shut-ins.
• $750 to Spokane Catholic Engaged Encounter for expenses and scholarships for Engaged Encounter weekends.
• $900 to the Spokane Catholic Urban Indian Community, to fund education needs of the Urban Indian Pastoral Team, and to fund weekend retreats for the Urban Indian Group.
• $200 to Tri-Catholic Family Service, Kettle Falls, to purchase a file cabinet and other office supplies to insure client confidentiality.
• $3,000 to Trinity Educare Center, Spokane, to fund remodeling and purchase of furniture for the After School Program.
• $4,000 to Trinity School, Spokane, to provide tuition assistance for needy children for the coming year.
• $1,000 to Volunteer Chore Ministry, Catholic Family Service, to provide mileage reimbursement for chore volunteers in rural northern and southern areas of the diocese.
• $1,000 to the Youth Ministry Association, Spokane, to partially cover the expenses of holding a Christian music concert for youth in Spokane.

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

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