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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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‘First Fridays with the Bishop’ continue Feb. 3 at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the January 19, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Jeff Lewis (IR photo courtesy of IHRC)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center invites teens to a new series, “Theology of the Body for Teens,” beginning Thursday, Jan. 19 and continuing on the third Thursday of the month through May 2012. Teens, their parents, youth groups and youth leaders are all welcome. Each session begins at 6 p.m. with a simple supper and ends about 8:30 p.m. Cost per session is $10 per person with family and group rates available.

Based on Blessed Pope John Paul II’s teachings, “Theology of the Body for Teens” will be facilitated by Father Jeff Lewis, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane. Programs are designed to appeal to the teenage heart and to help safeguard teens during their years of formation. It provides teens with guidelines for building pure, chaste relationships until marriage. Each program will consist of full-group and single-gender sessions.

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his series, “First Fridays with the Bishop,” on Friday, Feb. 3, at IHRC with a program titled “Catholic Ethical Directives for Health Care.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute talk by the bishop. The day concludes at 1 p.m. after an informal Q and A session.

The current schedule of First Fridays with the Bishop runs through May 2012. With the exception of April 13, all sessions take place on the first Friday of the month.

Cost is $15 to cover lunch. Advance reservations are required.

• IHRC joins the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington and Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane to present an estate planning seminar titled “Let’s Face It: Setting Things in Order for the End of Life” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2-5 p.m. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Designed to help Catholics and others examine a variety of issues related to estate and end-of-life planning, the seminar will provide information about wills and powers of attorney, avoiding probate and estate taxes, ways to support your parish, school or other organizations in your will, preparing for a funeral Mass and the importance of advance planning for burial.

Seminar panelists, who will present information and answer questions, include Steve Kochar-hook, the Catholic Foundation; Tom Kendall, financial planner with Richards, Merrill and Peterson; Dave Knutson, attorney with Witherspoon Kelly Davenport & Toole; Aileen Fields, Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane; and Father Michael Savelesky, Moderator of the Curia for the Spokane Diocese and pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane.

Father Victor Blazovich (IR file photo)

• Join Father Victor Blazovich, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley, for an Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer on Feb. 22. The day begins with the rosary at 9 a.m., followed by two conferences, the sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and lunch.

Lent is a time to “come away” for a while to take another look at our hearts. IHRC presents this annual Day of Prayer as a peaceful way to begin the Lenten journey toward Easter.

Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Private rooms are available for an additional $10. Advance reservations are required.

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd., Spokane. For more information, or to register for these and other IHRC events, call 448-1224, or visit IHRC’s web site:

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