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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


Cemeteries’ ministry includes Memorial Day Masses, ‘end of life’ workshop

the Inland Register

(From the April 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Cupich will celebrate an outdoor Memorial Day Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at Holy Cross Cemetery, weather permitting. Please bring your own chairs. If the weather is inclement, Mass will be moved to the Chapel. Holy Cross Cemetery is located at 7200 N. Wall in Spokane.

Also at 10 a.m., an outdoor Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Cemetery, 17825 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley. If weather is inclement, Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 4521 N. Arden Rd., Otis Orchards.

At Queen of Peace Cemetery, Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. in the chapel of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd., Spokane.

• Memorial Day Planter order forms are now available from Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services (CFCS). Order forms were distributed recently by mail; for those who did not receive a form, call the CFCS offices, 467-5496, or visit the web site www.cathcem.org for details.

• Semi-annual cleaning of the Mausoleums at Holy Cross and St. Joseph Cemeteries will begin Wednesday, May 1. All personal décor should be removed for the month. Call the CFCS office at 467-5496 for details.

• St. Mary Parish, 304 S. Adams Rd., Spokane Valley, is hosting an end-of-life workshop titled “A Catholic Approach to Preparing for Eternal Life” on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the parish’s Adult Center.

Sponsored by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS), Father Pat Kerst, St. Mary’s pastor, will provide theological background and speak about religious beliefs, traditions and practices.

Deacon John Ruschiensky, executive director of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and Hospice chaplain, will discuss Pastoral counseling, spiritual care, and companioning the dying.

Kellie Durgan RN will discuss practical considerations, including medical directives and estate planning.

Jim Falkner, executive director of CFCS of Spokane, will discuss Catholic cemetery and funeral home trends, the “final farewell,” and the Catholic cemetery ministry in the Diocese of Spokane.

A light lunch at noon will be provided.

For information and registration, call Jim Falkner at (509) 467-5496.


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