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
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(From the February 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Valley parish marks Lent with series of Marian talks

Father Patrick Hartin, a priest of the Spokane Diocese who is professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University and director of spiritual formation at Bishop White Seminary, will give a series of four presentations on the Blessed Mother at St. Mary Parish, 304 S. Adams Rd. in Spokane Valley.

The series begins Wednesday, Feb. 27, and continues for the next three Wednesdays. Father Hartin’s presentations begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the parish’s Adult Center. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The overall theme of the presentations is “Approaching Mary with New Eyes.” Specific talks will be:

• Feb. 27: Mary and the Scriptures
• March 6: Mary and the Tradition of the Church
• March 13: Mary and Vatican II
• March 20: Mary, You and Me

“In these four presentations I invite you to clear your mind of all you know or think or believe about Mary,” wrote Father Hartin in describing the talks. “I’d like to tell her story again so that Mary can speak to us anew at the beginning of the 21st century. In telling the story of Mary anew, I will look at the sources of our knowledge and belief about Mary in the Scriptures and in the Tradition of the Church.”

Father Hartin has taught New Testament Studies at Gonzaga since 1995. He studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and holds two doctorates, in ethics and New Testament, from the University of South Africa (Pretoria).

For more information, call the parish office: 928-3210.

St. Thomas More, Spokane, schedules Lenten observances

St. Thomas More Parish, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way in Spokane, has scheduled a full slate of opportunities for faith enrichment during Lent.

Catholicism DVD: Father Robert Barron’s series Catholicism, using art, music, and other treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate Church teachings, will be viewed and discussed weekly during five weeks of Lent, for 90 minutes each meeting. Each gathering will include an hour-long video and 30 minutes of discussion. The sessions are scheduled several times during the week: Sunday, 1 p.m.; Monday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Another program will gather in small groups to work through the five-part study A Biblical Walk through the Mass. The program explores the Biblical roots of the words and gestures of Mass. Gatherings will either be in parishioners homes or at the church, depending on scheduling. Register through the parish web site – – or by calling the parish office: 466-3811.
• Taizé Prayer, a prayerful time for reflection and meditation, is scheduled on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
• Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday at 7 p.m.

For more information, call the parish office: 466-3811.

St. Aloysius Parish hosts 86th annual Novena of Grace March 9-17

The 86th Annual Novena of Grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier will take place at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, from Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 17.

The daily novena services are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available 45 minutes before each novena service. A blessing with relics of St. Francis Xavier will be available at the end of each service as well. In addition, the 5:15 p.m. service includes celebration of Mass.

Presenting this year’s novena, “Disciples of Jesus,” is Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Yakima.

Bishop Sevilla received his master’s degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University and was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. In 1988 Father Carlos Sevilla was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco. Eight years later, in 1996, he was named the sixth bishop of the Yakima diocese, the first Jesuit to head that diocese. He retired in 2011.

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