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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


Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the December 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register – Volume LII, No. 27
Fifty Years Ago: November 3, 1963

First Masses offered in new Holy Family Church

Clarkston, Wash. – First Masses were celebrated in Clarkston’s new Holy Family Church on Sunday, Oct. 11, at its location across the intersection from where the first parish church opened in 1903.

The Rev. Albert F. Austen, pastor, and the Rev. Donald J. Adams, assistant pastor, celebrated the Mass in the new $320,000 structure, begun July 1, 1962.

The church will be dedicated by Bishop Topel when he returns from the current session of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. Bishop Topel laid the cornerstone of the building on May 5, 1963.

With seating in the new church increased to 600 people, four Sunday Masses will substitute for the five Masses scheduled in the old church each Sunday. Masses in the new church will be at 6, 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Weekday Masses will continue at 7 and 8:15 a.m.

Several minor items will be added to the interior of the church before it is complete. Landscaping is proceeding around the paved parking lot. A public opening for the new building will be set later.

Overshadowing the 30-foot high building is a wrought iron spire 60 feet high, topped by a cross.

Prefabricated concrete slabs, which form the outer wall of the church, frame tall, stained-glass panel windows. The windows, made in Chartres, France, by Gabriel Loire, depict the Annunication, the Nativity, the Flight into Egypt and the Finding in the Temple. Other windows illustrate the Glorious Mysteries, the Holy Family and, above the baptistery, the baptism of Christ.

Indirect lighting in the church shows up Stations of the Cross carved in Bavaria of linden wood. The only direct lights in the church beam on the altar, with its cross and linden wood corpus, more than five feet high, carved in Italy.

An Allen organ and Maase-Rowe chimes are installed. The chimes sound before the last two Sunday Masses each week and mark the Angelus and the De Profundis on week days.

The original Holy Family Church, built by parishioners in 1903 for $2,900, was removed from the lot across from the new church in 1915, when the second church took its place. The second church, used until the new structure was ready last month, seated about 280 persons. Plans for its future use are indefinite.

The sanctuary of the new church has gold carpets, extending down the aisles of the church. The rest of the floor is finished in terrazzo tile.

From the Inland Register – Volume 46, No. 7
Twenty-five Years Ago: November 17, 1988

St. John Vianney Parish dedicates newly-constructed church

The new church at St. John Vianney Parish, located at N. 503 Walnut Rd., was filled to capacity the evening of Oct. 26 for the dedication ceremonies.

Hundreds of parishioners were joined by Bishop Welsh and area priests for the evening ceremony. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the project were held last Passion Sunday.

Bishop Lawrence Welsh wrote to the people of the parish:

“The dedication of your new church is a statement of faith and commitment on the part of your parish community. In the tradition of the Church, the church building is a symbol of Christ ... In the anointing of the altar and the walls, the Church and the people who worship there are consecrated anew in Christ.

“I commend the lay leadership of your parish for the labor which has brought you to this night,” Bishop Welsh wrote. “In the name of your community, I acknowledge the work of your priests, Father John (Steiner) and Father Steve (Dublinski), which has certainly shaped this beautiful worship space.

“As Christ is renewed in this joyful event, I pray that all the families of this parish community might be renewed in faith and love.”

The dedication ceremony consisted of four parts: the entrance into the church, the Liturgy of the Word, prayer of dedication and anointing of the altar, and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Homilist for the Mass was Father George Haspedis. Father Haspedis is rector of Bishop White Seminary and was pastor of St. John Vianney Parish from July 1980-May 1985.

The building project manager was Steve Fuller. Kevin Jester was the architect for the new building, and the contractor was Paul Levernier.

(Father Caswell is archivist for the Inland Register, and a frequent contributor to this publication.)


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