Author Archives: Mary Kay Fairbanks


You are the Church… come, get involved!               

  After all Masses—In the courtyard

Little People’s Church – for children age 3 to 1st Grade                                  Contact Michele Lassiter – 313-7009,

Sacramental Programs – Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist   (babies to teens to adults)

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (and teens)

or just come for informal Q and A gatherings

Contact Michele Lassiter – 313-7009,

Liturgical Ministers – 

We have great need for Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Lectors and Altar Servers.

We need 80 ministers each weekend. If you feel called to minister in this way,

  Contact Solveig Heidberg at 313-7020,

Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

We have 60-70 parishioners we minister to either with liturgical services or individually.

Contact Shareen Elloy – 313-7007 or 455-9465

Parish Social Ministry

Social Justice programs and Volunteer opportunities in a myriad of formats.

There will be Social Ministry books for sale.  Contact Rita Amberg Waldref – 313-7003,

Altar Society

Monthly lunch meetings to coordinate ministry and support to the parish.

Contact Mary Kay Bryan – 487-4632

Knights of Columbus

Men’s ministry, monthly meetings, service projects.

Contact Larry Lyle – 509-724-8588

Eucharistic Adoration

Tuesdays 2:00-6:00 p.m. and Fridays (with rosary) 7:00-7:45 a.m. in the church.

Contact Jackie – 939-7202


Monday mornings in O’Malley Hall—Come help assemble quilts to be

donated to local charities. Contact Mary Kay Bryan – 487-4632

Contemplative Prayer

Thursday mornings in the Parish Center, 10:30-11:30. Come anytime.

Contact Gary – 570-3161

Young Adults – 

 In their 20’s and 30’s – Retreats, Pub Nights1st Monday of every month

Contact Geoff – gewallace at

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Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Children separated from their families
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Spokane River “Book Group” and Spokane River Cleanup Info

Social Ministry Book Group is reading selections from The Spokane River edited by Paul Lindholt

Wednesdays, Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2 

At the Parish Center. Facilitated by Erin Davis.

The Spokane River travels 111 miles through varied and spectacular terrain. This book profiles the River through

personal reflections, history, science and poetry.

RSVP before September 16.  Rita at 313-7003 or

Books available at a reduced priced at Parish Center before 1st session—along with reading assignments.


Spokane River Clean Up

Saturday, September 14, 10:00 – 12:00 Noon
You are invited to join the Caring for Creation Committee and The Lands Council in their  yearly clean-up of the Spokane River near Avista.

Each year volunteers pick up garbage and recyclable materials from public lands along the Spokane River.

For info and to volunteer:  Rita Amberg Waldref, 313-7003 or

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 12.


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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available from 4:30-6:30 every Thursday in the church.

Or by appointment ( call Parish Office 313-5896).

There will be NO confessions heard on August 15th because of the Feast Day Mass.


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Q and A Sessions about the Catholic Faith

For all people and all backgrounds. These Sessions are a safe place to explore your spirituality with people who care. 

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a member of the Catholic Church, or you’re simply interested in learning more about Catholicism, we invite you to join us.    

       August 25 – 9:45-10:45 (between morning Masses)

       September 15 – 12:15-1:15 (after 11:00 Mass)

If you have other questions, feel free to call Michele at 313-7009 or email her at

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Our Parish: Mission, Vision and Values

About us:

St. Aloysius  Parish is staffed by priests who are members of the Society of Jesus, an order of priests and brothers founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola. These priests are referred to as “the Jesuits.”

Vision of the Jesuit Parishes in the Jesuit West province:

To be a community of Jesuits and apostolic partners formed by the Gospel and the Spiritual Exercises to expand Jesus’ ministry of healing, reconciling and teaching in service of the diverse people in our ministries.

As a parish we invited our parishioners to experience the transformative power of God’s love through our weekly liturgies and our pastoral and social ministries.


Responding with intellectual rigor to the most challenging issues of our times.

Employing Ignatian discernment in decision-making.

Caring for the poor, the vulnerable and the earth, our common home.

Serving the Church with creativity and fidelity to the Jesuit tradition.

Bridging societal divides and fostering understanding among diverse people and cultures.

Collaborating regionally, through partnership and in networks, to serve the people of God.

Much of the above is taken from the vision, mission and values statements of the newly formed Jesuits West province which our parish is a parish of.
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Jesuits West statement regarding the release of names

Dear St. Aloysius parish,

I want to inform you today Dec 7, 2018 the USA West Province of the Society of Jesus (“Jesuits West”) published a list of the names of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, dating back to 1950.  The release included a republishing of the list from the 2011 Oregon Province bankruptcy of Jesuits who had allegations that were not able to be investigated or verified.  This list, some FAQs, and a statement and video message from the Provincial Scott Santarosa, S.J., are posted on the province website

Jesuits West Province is one of a number of provinces and regions that make up the worldwide Society of Jesus, its geographical area encompasses the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  The Provincial missions Jesuits to work at institutions in the Spokane region, including St. Aloysius Parish.

There are names of Jesuit priests on this list who may have helped at St. Aloysius while being assigned to Gonzaga U, Gonzaga Prep, or Regis Jesuit Community, which was the Jesuit retirement community and Infirmary located here.  I am encouraged by the Province’s decision to release this list in an effort toward greater transparency and support the Provincial, Fr. Scott Santarosa’s efforts to do so.

St. Aloysius prays for the healing of those who have been abused and victimized by abusive individuals.  We are committed to the protection of our children and the ongoing love and care for them and all members of our community.  We resolve to seek justice with and for them.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at


Fr. Thomas J. Lamanna, S.J.



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