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 June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – A former Multnomah County social services director is new head of a Catholic Charities outreach to Hispanics.

As manager of Catholic Charities El Programa Hispano, Linda Castillo will oversee Latino family services, rent and home energy assistance, Latino youth school retention, mentoring and community school programs, resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, low-income tax clinic services, Spanish language parenting education, community education services, job placement and mental health services.

Before accepting the position with Catholic Charities, Castillo worked as a program manager of Bienestar de La Familia at Multnomah County, where she spent more than 16 years.

“Linda comes to us with many years of experience in human services and a long and recognized history as an advocate for the Latino community,” said Doug Alles, director of social services for Catholic Charities. Alles says he’s confident that Castillo will strengthen services and carry on the legacy of the late Gloria Wiggins, the longtime El Programa Hispano manager who died late last year.

Castillo says she’s “humbled and excited” to join the Catholic Charities work.

Castillo is vice chair and board member at Latino Network. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1982 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1987. She took on her new responsibilities April 23.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Archdiocese of Seattle

WOODINVILLE – Archbishop Peter Sartain dedicated the archdiocese’s newest church, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, March 25.

The parish was founded in 2004. The new church is located on the site of the former Woodinville Riding Club, and is believed to be the first parish in the United States named in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa.

In the years between founding the parish and dedication of the new church, parishioners have utilized a number of different venues for worship. The first Christmas Mass was celebrated in a barn located on the Riding Club property.

The church measures 14,000 square feet and can seat 600. The structure includes a parish hall that can seat 200, a social hall, two classrooms, and offices.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA – Valentine’s Day was a little brighter this year for 60 low-income elders and adults with disabilities who are clients of Catholic Family & Child Service’s Volunteer Chore Services.

Thanks to the efforts of numerous community organizations and businesses, each client was presented with a brightly decorated box of non-perishable food and toiletries, a grocery bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and individualized items such as a card, scented soap, pair of socks, candy and/or cookies.

Sophomores from La Salle High School helped with decorating and delivering the boxes. Students from St. Paul Cathedral School and St. Joseph/Marquette School helped with food and toiletry collection. Youth from the Church of Latter-Day Saints made Valentine cards. Others who assisted in the effort included: congregations from 12 area churches, two dental offices, a food bank, Johnson Orchards, Rowe Farms, Tree Top, Wray’s Thriftway, and individual volunteers.

“The project takes a lot of hours and a lot of very generous people to put this all together. The wonderful thing is that it helps our clients get through the winter with high utility bills,” said LouAnn Desgrosellier, program coordinator. “Also, a lot of the students don’t realize that there are many people who have needs like this. They go to the houses (with deliveries) and it opens their eyes to needs within our neighborhoods. The clients also realize that they are cared about.”

Volunteer Chore Services has more than 750 clients throughout the upper Yakima Valley. Last year alone, volunteers put in 12,655 hours of service.

— Central Washington Catholic (Diocese of Yakima)

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