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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Bishop Cupich is among IHRC presenters

the Inland Register

(From the October 20, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) continues the 2011 Catechetical Evening of Prayer Series on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with a presentation by Father Patrick Hartin on the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

This is the 10th program in the 2011 series on the sacraments. Father Hartin, a priest of the Spokane Diocese and theologian at Gonzaga University, will cover a range of topics including the Sacraments of Service, the history of the Priesthood, Apostolic Succession, the priestly offices, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, celibacy and the all-male priesthood.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, two conferences, a question-and-answer session, and time for reflection. The program ends about 8:45 p.m. The cost is $35.

Catechetical Evenings of Prayer are presented on the last Tuesday of every month throughout 2011. The Nov. 29 program covers the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, presented by Deacon John Ruscheinsky and Sister Mary Eucharista of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

• Bishop Cupich continues his “First Fridays with the Bishop” at IHRC on Friday, Nov. 4, with a program titled “After the Fall: Challenges of the Church in Eastern Europe.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a half-hour talk by the bishop. The event ends with an information question-and-answer session.

Cost is $15 per person.

Advance reservations are requested.

On Dec. 2, Bishop Cupich’s “First Friday” presentation will be titled “News from Baltimore: Report from the Annual Bishops’ Conference.”

The presentations are scheduled for most first Fridays of the month, through May 2012, with the exception of the January and April, 2012 sessions, which will move to the second Friday.

• On Nov. 12, IHRC will host its annual “Hope, Peace and Healing” breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

The one-hour fundraising event shares the story of IHRC’s mission and programs and features life-changing testimonies from retreat participants. Proceeds support IHRC’s retreat ministries.

There is no charge to attend and the public is welcome.

• Finally, next month IHRC will offer a new weekend retreat for women, “The Dignity and Vocation of Women: Rest and Inspiration for Weary Women and Frazzled Moms,” conducted by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

The retreat, Nov. 18–20, will concentrate on fulfillment in the midst of the challenges of women’s lives in the world and in the Church. Conferences will focus on Blessed John Paul’s Apostolic Letter to women, Mulieris Dignitatem, as well as times of silence, deep prayer and adoration, conversation with other women, singing of the Liturgy of the Hours with the Sisters, and a supportive panel for questions and answers.

The cost is $185, $280 for twin accommodations, and $100 for commuters.

To register for these and other programs, call (509) 448-1224, or visit IHRC’s web site:

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