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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Deer Park parish’s centennial celebration continues

the Inland Register

(From the July 19, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Cupich blessed representative members of Deer Park’s St. Mary’s Presentation Parish as part of the community’s ongoing centennial celebration. (IR photo courtesy of Fran Hailey)

Bishop Blaise Cupich returned to St. Mary Presentation Parish to celebrate a special Mass as one of the parish’s Centennial celebration of “One Hundred Years of Sacraments.”

St. Mary Presentation Parish’s Centennial Celebration, which began at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 7, will be a year-long event, with activities planned throughout the coming months.

The first Mass celebrated in the parish was April 7, 1912.

Several events have already taken place. The parish has received a papal blessing. The community has hosted an old-fashioned tea for the ladies of the different churches in the area, and celebrated Mother’s Day with the crowning of Our Lady by the children of the parish, many of whom wore old-fashioned dress.

The centennial opening on April 7 was a joyful celebration of the Easter Vigil, welcoming new members into the church family, and the beginning of the parish’s second 100 years.

Bishop Blase Cupich presided at an evening Mass on Tuesday, May 22. At this Mass, with the theme “Celebrating One Hundred Years of Sacraments,” parishioners representing key milestones in the parish’s history were honored and blessed by the bishop. The bishop also confirmed and then welcomed at Eucharist six of the parish’s young members.

The bishop recognized and blessed members of the parish who represented One Hundred Years of Sacraments. Pictured above, from left:

• Patrick and Teresa Binder: most recent validation of marriage at St Mary.
• Scott and Jacey MacGregor: most recent marriage.
• Jack and Linda Schneider: longest to be married in St Mary.
• Toppie and Denie Mills: longest married.
• Robert Schneider: earliest Confirmation at St Mary.
• Jack Thayer: oldest member of the parish.
• Walt Gabor: earliest Baptized and earliest First Eucharist at St Mary.
• John Risenbrough: newest member received into the Church at St Mary.
• Josepine Varner: most recently baptized at St Mary.

Three sons of the parish have been given to the priesthood and Religious life: Fathers Matthew Larsen and Dan Wetzler of the Spokane Diocese, and Cistercian Brother Todd Koesel.

Upcoming events include a pig roast and an old-time parish picnic (with a beard growing contest.) Also planned are the planting of 100 trees and shrubs around the church grounds – some 36 of them have already been planted.

The parish plans to participate in Deer Park’s summer festival – Settlers Day – in late July. There will a new parish directory published, and the parish’s “World Famous” yard sale in September.

A group of parishioners will participate in a centennial pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and Fatima, Portugal, in October. Other activities are still in the planning stage.

For more and updated information about the parish’s centennial events, consult the parish bulletin online at www., or call the church office at (509) 276-2948.

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