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Bishop Cupich, Father Nigro among presenters at IHRC next month

the Inland Register

(From the November 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) completes the 2011 Catechetical Evening of Prayer Series on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a presentation on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with IHRC’s director, Deacon John Ruscheinsky, and Sister Mary Eucharista of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, IHRC’s program coordinator. Deacon Ruscheinsky also serves as chaplain for Hospice of Spokane.

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

The cost is $35.

The program includes a demonstration of how this sacrament is administered and a discussion of many aspects of the sacrament: Christ, the Divine Physician; the institution of the sacrament; the Church’s mission of healing; the effects of the Sacrament; and the meaning of human suffering and Christian service to those who suffer.

• Bishop Cupich continues his First Fridays with the Bishop series at IHRC on Friday, Dec. 2, with a program titled “News from Baltimore: Report from the Annual Bishop’s Conference.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute talk by the bishop. The day ends at 1 p.m. after an informal question-and-answer session.

First Fridays runs most first Fridays through May 2012, with the exception of the January and April 2012 sessions, which will move to those months’ second Friday. The series resumes on Jan. 13, 2012.

Cost is $15 to cover lunch; advance reservations are required.

• On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Blase Cupich will present an IHRC Advent Day of Prayer titled “‘He Who Is to Come’: the Liturgical Name of Jesus.”

The day begins at 9 a.m. with the rosary, followed by two conferences, confessions, lunch and Mass. The day concludes at 2:30 p.m.

Bishop Cupich wrote his doctoral dissertation on Advent.

Advance reservations are required. Cost is $35 per person with an additional $10 charge to reserve a room for the day for reflection, prayer and solitude.

• A Serenity 12-step retreat will be hosted by IHRC Dec. 2-4, with the theme “Being Conscious of God’s Contact with Us.”

Franciscan Sister Catherine Cahill leads this pre-Christmas weekend for those dealing with sobriety. The retreat is designed to allow participants to enjoy greater hope, access to and connection with God.

Sister Cathy has been leading retreats for people in AA and other 12-step programs for more than 25 years. She is a well-received retreat leader who shares her humor, her own experience with sobriety and her Franciscan Religious life to help participants develop greater hope.

The weekend begins after dinner on Friday and extends through lunch on Sunday. Retreat cost is $185 for singles or $280 for couples and $100 for commuters. Early registration is recommended.

• And finally, Jesuit Father Armand Nigro returns to IHRC Dec. 16-18 to lead a silent Ignatian Retreat. The retreat follows the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in a shortened format.

The weekend begins with check-in and a guided program on Friday evening, Dec. 16, and goes through lunch on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Father Nigro is an accomplished spiritual director who has served in spiritual ministry since 1957, giving workshops and working with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius throughout the Northwest. He most recently presented a seven-day Ignation Retreat at IHRC in August.

Father Nigro will guide sessions on the Exercises, provide spiritual direction and celebrate Mass. The weekend also offers time for Eucharistic Adoration, contemplation, writing, meditation and prayer.

Weekend accommodations and meals are $185 for singles and $280 for couples. Commuters are $50 per day. Advance registration is required.

For information and registration for these and other IHRC programs, call 509-448-1224 or visit the web site: www.IHRC.net.


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