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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘Coffee and Contemplation’ debuts next month at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the February 16, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Jeff Lewis, parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, will present the series “Theology of the Body for Teens” on the third Thursday of each month at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC).

The series, based on teachings of Blessed Pope John Paul II, deals with a range of topics including self-esteem, relationship struggles and dating, and provides teens with guidelines for building pure, chaste relationships until marriage. Each program will consist of full-group, single-gender and adult presentations.

The series begins Thursday, Feb. 16, and continues through May of this year.

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; family and group rates are available.

• Father Victor Blazovich, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley, will present a Day of Prayer titled “Why the Cross?” on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, beginning at 9 a.m.

The cross is the sign of God’s love, and each cross we willingly carry has transforming power. The program will also focus on how Mary can help with the Lenten journey.

The day consists of recitation of the rosary, followed by two conferences, the sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and lunch. Cost is $35/person; private rooms are available for an additional $10. Advance reservations are required.

• The year-long study program, “Catholicism,” continues on Tuesday, Feb. 28, with a session titled “The Revelation of God Become Man.” The series continues on a monthly basis through December 2012 on the last Tuesday of the month, with the exceptions of April 17 and Dec. 18.

Developed by Father Robert Barron, the Catholicism DVD series provides commentary and questions on a wide range of topics. Each session at IHRC includes a DVD presentation and discussion facilitated by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. Afternoon sessions begin at noon with lunch and end by 3 p.m.; evening sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and end by 8:30 p.m. Originally developed for PBS, the DVD series was filmed on location in 15 countries.

The cost per session is $20 per person or special pricing of $15 per person prepaid for all 12 sessions. Family rates are available; advance registration is requested.

•`Bishop Blase Cupich continues his series “First Friday with the Bishop” on Friday, March 2 with “Lenten Practices and Traditions.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute informal talk by the bishop, a question-and-answer session with the bishop, and conclusion by 1 p.m.

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

Remaining sessions are scheduled on April 13 (the second Friday of the month) and May 4.

• The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church will present the weekend retreat “What Happens at Mass” March 2-4.

Mother Kathryn Joseph is one of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, presenting a weekend retreat on the Mass in March.

The retreat takes its name and substance from the book by Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. The Sisters will explore the invitations that are extended daily in the mystery of the Mass. The weekend will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and chanting of the Divine Office.

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. Advance registration is requested.

• A new weekday series, “Coffee and Contemplation,” begins at IHRC Wednesday, March 21, with a program facilitated by Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton. Titled “Catching our Breath: Prayer for the Long Run,” the program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls.

Dr. Copeland-Payton (left), an ordained Presbyterian pastor, recently presented an ecumenical prayer retreat at Immaculate Heart. She is an experienced spiritual director and leads Gonzaga Univer-sity’s training program for spiritual directors. She lives in Sand-point, Idaho and leads retreats around the country.

Designed as a spiritual discussion for people of all faiths, “Coffee and Contemplation” continues on April 18 with Sister Sharon Bongiorno of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and on May 16 with Episcopal Bishop James Waggoner Jr.

Cost is $10/session. Advance reservations are requested.

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

(IR photos courtesy of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center)

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