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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Scout retreat draws from Washington, Idaho, and Montana

the Inland Register

(From the March 17, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Daly paid a visit to the Scouts and Scout leaders from three states who participated in this year’s Catholic Scout retreat. (IR photo from the Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting)

Catholic Scouts from the Spokane Diocese were joined by Scouts from the Yakima, Boise, and Helena dioceses for a Catholic Scout Retreat held Feb. 26-28 at St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley.

The 18 Scouts and leaders gathered to spend the weekend reflecting on God’s mercy during this Jubilee of Mercy. The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting organized the retreat to serve the Catholic Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the region.

The retreat used the rosary as its theme for talking about God’s mercy. Each Scout made a progressive rosary through the weekend. After assembling each decade, the Scouts would reflect on the various mysteries of each decade. The Scouts shared their thoughts through short skits about each of the mysteries.

The scouts enjoyed a presentation from Erin Loe on her passion for St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American declared a saint by the Catholic Church, and from Stephen Czerwonka, who spoke about the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. They both shared about the mercy that could be found in both of their lives. St. Kateri and Father McGivney were the two spiritual patrons for the weekend.

Saturday saw Bishop Thomas Daly visiting the retreat. Bishop Daly shared his thoughts about the Year of Mercy and the importance of prayer in everyone’s life.

Also joining the group on Saturday was Tim McCandless, the CEO of the Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts. McCandless met Bishop Daly and expressed his support to the bishop in helping to continue to build strong Catholic Boy Scout units in the Diocese of Spokane, as well as the work of the Diocese Committee for Catholic Scouting.

One of the best parts about Scouting is coming home with new patches. The Scouts and leaders each completed their unique rosary, received the official collector’s retreat patch, and the St. Kateri and Venerable Father McGivney patches. All of these are great additions to their Scouting patch collections.

The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting (DCCS) is a group of volunteers who are committed to Catholic Scouting – Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire – by providing opportunities for Catholic Scouts to earn their Catholic Religious Awards and to be advocates for existing Catholic Boy Scout units throughout the Diocese of Spokane. The DCCS is supported by donations. Financial support of the DCCS will enable future development of retreats and workshops and presence at Scouting activities throughout Eastern Washington. Donations can be sent directly to the Diocese of Spokane with DCCS in the check’s memo line.

The next project for the DCCS is to develop a “Guideline to Catholic Scouting” to present to Bishop Daly, and to work with the Knights of Columbus Councils in transferring their Charter Units over to the parishes.

Thank you to all who support Scouting units!

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