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IHRC offers programs on ministering to those mourning suicide

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 15, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) is offering two related programs in September to help grieving families and those in ministry face the loss of loved ones through suicide.

• “Beauty from Ashes: Transforming Loss,” a suicide bereavement retreat, will take place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25, directed by Anne Cronin Tyson and C. Karen Covey Moore, D. Min.

Anne Cronin Tyson and C. Karen Covey Moore (IR photo courtesy of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center)

The retreat focuses on using prayer, reflection, journaling, and sharing, in order to help participants remember loved ones, reframe experience with hope, refocus anguish, and integrate pain with joy. The weekend helps people move forward with courage, confidence and faith.

This is the second time Cronin and Moore have presented this retreat at Immaculate Heart, and they have prepared new material for returning participants.

Cost for the weekend (two nights plus five meals) is $185 per person, $280 per couple, or $100 for commuters (meals only).

• On Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tyson and Moore will present a related workshop titled “Suicide Bereavement: What Do I Say?” for pastors, ministers, counselors, youth leaders, spiritual directors, teachers and others who minister to families during times of loss. The new workshop is designed to provide the participants with the tools necessary to guide those who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide. The workshop is $35, including lunch.

• On Tuesday, Sept. 27, IHRC’s series of Catechetical Evenings of Prayer continues with a presentation on marriage by Sister Paschalina Marie of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

Sister Paschalina received her certification on the Sacrament of Marriage at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

The cost is $35.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, two conferences, and time for reflection. The evening ends at 8:45 p.m.

• Another IHRC series will continue in October as well.

Bishop Blase Cupich continues his “First Fridays with the Bishop” series on Friday, Oct. 7. His program is titled “The Lord – and a New Roman Missal – Is Coming.”

The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a talk by the bishop. There will also be time for an question-and-answer exercise Bishop Cupich calls “Stump the Bishop!”

“First Fridays with the Bishop” programs are also scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.

Cost is $15 per person, to cover lunch.

• A weekend healing retreat for women titled “This is Not the Life I Ordered” has been set for the weekend of Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9.

The retreat will be lead by Thea Loughery and Sarah Compton of Transforming Hearts Ministries, which specializes in healing. The combination of the sacraments and Scriptural keys for healing enables participants to take part in a gentle but vigorous renewal. The cost of the retreat is $185 or $100 for commuters.

• Dr. Catherine Tkacz, a Blackfriars Lecturer in Oxford who teaches at Gonzaga University, will lead a Day of Prayer on Thursday, Oct. 13, titled “Theotokos and the Incarnation.” Dr. Tkacz will use insights from the modern biological sciences to show how God may have used the Incarnation, especially during the months Jesus was close to Mary in her womb, to initiate the sanctification of men and women.

The cost of the Day of Prayer is $35. It begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m., followed by two conferences, confessions, lunch, and Mass at 1:30 p.m.

For more information on these and other programs, or to register, call IHRC at 509-448-1224 or visit IHRC’s web site: www.ihrc.net.

The retreat center is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, Spokane.


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