Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

St. Michael’s Mission, Inchelium, hosts successful vacation Bible school

the Inland Register

(From the August 16, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Michael’s Mission is located on the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, west of Chewelah and along the Columbia River and Roosevelt Lake, about 100 miles from the city of Spokane. The Reservation is a mix of the 12 bands of natives and other ethnic groups who have settled in the area. The nearest Famer’s Market is 45 minutes away.

Portraying Noah at this year’s Vacation Bible School at St. Michael’s Mission, Inchelium, was Gonzaga Prep senior Nate Kirlin.

This fall the parish’s St. Michael’s Bible Theatre will be adding to Family Faith Formation classes with a Family Saturday Matinee that will offer family movies and popcorn. A Family Friday Night Bingo will have prizes for families of all sizes and shapes.

In addition, St. Michael is forming Lay Ministry Teams, individuals paired and trained for Communion Services and ministry to the sick and dying. The teams form a Monthly Prayer Circle for spiritual support and ongoing training to both the Catholics in the parish as well as any folks in the community who would like visits.

The parish will host a rummage sale Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with a variety of items for sale (cash only, please), including small appliances, furniture, clothes, and even a piano.

Serving as storyteller was parishioner Jan Ryan.

The parish is not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. One of the Catholic community’s greatest needs at the moment is a reliable vehicle for transporting elders and visiting the sick. Many of the area’s roads are unfinished; the weather, often harsh. Many residents use four-wheel- or all-wheel-drive vehicles equipped with cattle guards to protect against collisions with deer.

Unfortunately, the parish van, which had no such protection, was totaled recently after a deer collision.

The parish is in genuine need of a replacement van with easy in-and-out access to be used to transport the elderly for Mass and shopping, as well as for visiting the sick.

To follow life at St. Michael’s Mission, check the parish’s page on Facebook.

The theme of vacation Bible school at St. Michael’s Mission, Inchelium, was “Who Belongs in the Ark?” Over 20 children participated each day, with numbers growing on each successive day, as well as parents and other relatives. (The town’s population is around 400.) Grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles, and lots of cousins showed up for the final boarding into the ark. Who belonged in the ark? animals, relatives, ancestors, and other friends, old and new. Volunteers included Chefs Regina Seastrim and Carmen Fifer and their daughters, Jesuit Volunteer Beth Mueller, and Gonzaga Prep seniors Misty McCorble, Melissa Powell, and Laura Powell. (IR photos courtesy of Dr. Ruth Francis)

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