St. Aloysius Parish and School letter regarding Cardinal Bea House

Dear parishioners of St. Aloysius church and parents of St. Aloysius Gonzaga grade school,

This past weekend an investigative report entitled “Sins of the Fathers” was aired on the radio and subsequently local news outlets have been reporting on it. The story concerns Jesuits from the former Oregon Province with credible claims of sexual abuse of minors, who had been removed from ministry, and who lived monitored and restricted under Safety Plans, in a Jesuit-owned building, Bea House, across the street from the church.

In 2016, all Jesuits on Safety Plans at Bea House were moved to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. Jesuits West has also released a statement regarding the reports, which can be found here. The report is difficult to take because of the scandalous damage the actions of perpetrators did to innocent people. No Jesuit, if they had been removed from ministry, ever worked or helped out at St. Aloysius. I personally abhor the actions of James Poole, who was prominently featured in the story, and any others who abuse anyone.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga church and grade school are committed to the protection of our children and all who are part of our learning and worshiping community. No Jesuit who has any credible accusation of sexual abuse or misconduct of a minor or vulnerable adult will work or help out at the grade school nor the parish. Our continued commitment is to protect our children by creating and maintaining a safe environment for them and for all. This environment for the protection of children and the prevention of abuse by any employee or volunteer is established and maintained by clear policies and procedures in conjunction with the Diocese of Spokane and the Jesuits West Province.

As a parish we know there is a need for community conversation around so many issues including this one. To that end the parish staff and council is in the early planning stages for a series of listening and feedback sessions. We hope to begin them in Lent.

We continue to hold victims, their families, and all who are injured by abuse in our prayers. The road of healing is never easy but calls for us to continue to turn to Jesus who was and is born into our world because of his great love for us. He always walks the road with us which draws us together. When one in the community is injured the community is injured as well and Jesus responds by drawing closer. Let us take our lead from the Christmas narrative in Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels. Continue to say yes to God’s grace which calls us to purge what is not of God and grow in our knowledge, love, and service.

Sincerely,

Fr. Tom Lamanna, S.J.

Pastor

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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 www.JesuitsWest.org.

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 tlamanna@dioceseofspokane.org.

Sincerely,

Fr. Thomas J. Lamanna, S.J.

Pastor

 

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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

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

(Cancelled for Nov. 1st -GU game- and Nov. 22nd -Thanksgiving).

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

 

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View recorded and live events at St. Aloysius Church

You can view recorded events:

(Masses, Homilies, Bishop Mass, Novenas, Baptisms, Confirmations, etc.), on our website by clicking on the link below.

http://www.stalschurch.org/quick-help/streaming-video/prior-recorded-events/

 

To see live video during an event:

http://www.stalschurch.org/quick-help/streaming-video

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Reflections from Provincial and Bishop on Pennsylvania Grand Jury result

Below are the letters from our Provincial, Scott Santarosa, SJ,  and Bishop Thomas Daly, after the results of the Grand Jury deliberations on sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania became public.

This letter is available in print at the doors of our church.

Provincial’s reflection on PA Grand Jury result concerning Sex Abuse – Pennsylvania

Bishop Daly’s letters concerning Sexual Abuse in PA

 

 

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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.

Values:

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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