Mary/Maryam: A Woman of Two Traditions – Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM

St. Ann’s Father Patrick Baraza is one of the speakers at this interesting interfaith talk being held on Wednesday, April 10, 7pm, Room 143 – Randall Classroom @ Gonzaga University Law School.

Did you know that there is more text about Mary in the Koran than in the Bible? Join us for a presentation and discussion on the important role of Mary/Maryam, mother of Jesus, in the Catholic and Islamic traditions. Because of the important role of Mary/Maryam in Christian and Muslim belief, some suggest that she can be a particularly fruitful starting point for an interfaith dialogue between the two faiths.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.


Bridges Not Walls is a Spokane Catholic group devoted to promoting dialogue and friendship between Muslims and Catholics, and working for an end to Islamophobia.

This event is co-sponsored by Muslims for Community Action and Support, Gonzaga University Mission and Ministry, and the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies.
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Dr. Kawkab Shishani is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Washington State University. She moved from Jordan to Spokane in 2009. Dr. Shishani is a devout Muslim with a deep appreciation for the aesthetic beauty of Islamic culture. Last Ramadan, she spent the month of fasting among Sufis in Istanbul to immerse herself in experiential learning for further spiritual development.

Fr. Patrick Baraza, Ph.D., Lecturer of Religious Studies, is an ordained Catholic priest from the diocese of Kitale, Kenya. He has been teaching African Catholicism and Islamic Civilization in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University since 2005. Baraza studied theology at Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary cum Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana, Rome, Italy (1978-1982). He holds a Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree (1982), Licentiate (S.T.L.) from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1995) and a doctorate in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union cum University of California Berkeley (2002). His area of specialization: Islamic Studies and African Traditional Religions.

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Upcoming Parish Events & Important Dates – March & April, 2019

* Saturday, March 23rd – 10:00 AM – Sunday Lunch Program’s kitchen clean up in the Parish hall.
* Sunday, March 24th – 9:00 AM – Celebratory Mass with Bishop Daly to honor the first official Feast Day of Saint Oscar Romero and the martyrdom of Tanis Orellana Sr.
* Sunday, April 7th – Lenten Reconciliation service following Mass – 10:45 AM
* Saturday, April 13th – Following the 4:00 PM Mass, the Youth Group will be hosting “Cafe Solidarity” in the Parish hall. More details to come!
* Saturday & Sunday, April 13th & 14th – 2nd collection to help those in need in the neighborhood.

* Sunday, April 14th – Palm Sunday, 9:00 AM. Please gather in the Parish hall for the Liturgy of the Palms and procession.
* Thursday, April 18th – 7:00 PM – Holy Thursday Mass
* Friday, April 19th – 7:00 PM – Good Friday Service
* Saturday, April 20th – 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil
* Sunday, April 21st – 9:00 AM – Easter Mass

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Upcoming Parish Events & Important Dates – March 2019

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 9th & 10th – Second Collection to help those in need in the neighborhood.
  • Sunday, March 10th – Last day to sign up & join a small Faith Sharing Group. Please contact Jolie and she can  help you get signed up for a group.
  • Sunday, March 10th – Liturgy Committee Meeting after the 9:00 AM Mass.
  • Week of March 10th-16th – 1st meetings of Lenten Faith Sharing Groups.
  • Sunday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day!
  • Saturday, March 23rd – Parish Council Meeting
  • Sunday, March 24th – Celebratory Mass with Bishop Daly to honor the 1st official Feast of Saint Oscar Romero, and the martyrdom of Tanis Orellana Sr.
  • Sunday, April 7th – Lenten Reconciliation Service at 10:45AM, following 9:00 AM Mass.IMG_20190213_102525 edit 2

“Studios of Love” for Lent!

  • If you have not had a chance to sign up for a group, or you want to form your own group, please let Jolie know.  We currently have groups meeting on Sunday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, Friday morning, and Friday evening.   Groups begin meeting next week, March 10-16.
  • If you haven’t picked up your book yet, you can still get it next weekend at mass.
  • If you are unable to join a group, you can still get a book and pray along with the rest of the parish.
  • Each group should contact each other to set up exact time and place for meeting.  Only a couple people indicated they would lead their group.  So some groups may need someone to take the lead for the first meeting.  Everyone is competent to lead, but if you want a leader’s guide, they are also available with the books.
If you have an questions, don’t hesitate to ask Jolie.  And now, let’s share our wisdom with one another!
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