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

Products created by artists of the Guatemala Mission to be offered at Spokane-area parishes

by Jerry Monks, for the Inland Register

(From the November 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Guatemalan artisans display their handiwork. Several parishes in the Spokane area will be selling hand-crafted goods, assisting the Guatemalans as they work to become independent. (IR photo courtesy of the Guatemala Commission)

Spokane Diocese parishioners have helped fund self-development training for the Mayan Indians of Northern Guatemala for well over 15 years. During that time, the skill level of the native people has become very highly developed. The result is that weaving, sewing, embroidery and other income-producing activities are now helping support some of the poorest families in the Spokane mission area of the Highlands.

During the next few weeks, seven parishes will be offering a variety of Guatemalan goods to parishioners who would like to show their appreciation and encouragement to those families of the mission who are working so faithfully to improve their lives. Among the items included will be a colorful assortment of woven and embroidered table runners and place mats, plus a variety of purses, belts and other items. A suggested donation will provide income to the artisans who have produced the goods.

Spokane Diocese parishes participating in the Guatemalan goods support program, following their scheduled masses, are:

• Sacred Heart, Spokane: Nov. 17 and 18.

• Assumption, Walla Walla: Dec. 1 and 2.

• Our Lady of Fatima, Spokane: Dec. 1 and 2.

• St. Joseph, Colbert: Dec. 1 and 2.

• Assumption, Spokane: Dec. 9.

• St. Mary, Spokane Valley: Dec. 8 and 9.

• St. Thomas More, Spokane: Dec. 15 and 16.

(Jerry Monks is a member of the diocese’s Guatemala Commission.)

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