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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Father Pitstick to present Holy Week retreats at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the March 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton kicks off Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s new weekday series “Coffee and Contemplation” on Wednesday, March 21, with a program titled “Catching our Breath: Prayer for the Long Run.” The program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls.

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

Dr. Copeland-Payton, an ordained Presbyterian pastor, leads Gonzaga University’s training program for spiritual directors. She lives in Sandpoint, Idaho and leads retreats around the country.

Designed as a spiritual discussion for people of all faiths, the Coffee and Contemplation series continues on April 18 with Sister Sharon Bongiorno of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, reflecting on Incarnational Spirituality as practiced by St. Francis of Assisi.

Sister Sharon has a master’s degree in theological studies and has served 28 years as a parish pastoral minister. Currently she coordinates Communion visits for home-bound parishioners of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

• IHRC continues two monthly programs focused on formation for adults and youth. For adults, the year-long study program “Catholicism” continues on Tuesday, March 27, with “The Teachings of Jesus.” 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.

Facilitated by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, the series continues on a monthly basis through December 2012 on the last Tuesday of the month except for April 17 and December 18.

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

For teens, their parents, youth groups and youth leaders, the series “Theology of the Body for Teens” continues on April 19, with programs scheduled on the third Thursday of the month through May 2012. Each session begins at 6 p.m. with a simple supper, and ends about 8:30 p.m.

Based on Blessed Pope John Paul II’s teachings, “Theology of the Body for Teens” is facilitated by Father Jeff Lewis, parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.

Cost per session is $10 per person with family and group rates available.

• At the end of March, IHRC welcomes Father Stan Malnar MD and Jim Shaw MD for a weekend retreat titled “Living through Grief,” Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1. Also assisting with the retreat are Sheryll Shepard and IHRC’s director, Deacon John Ruscheinsky, both chaplains with Hospice of Spokane

This retreat provides the opportunity to move through the grieving process to receive hope and healing in life. Retreat conferences will touch on woundedness, recovery from losses, forgiveness, healing and celebrating life. People of all faiths are welcome to attend this retreat.

Father Malnar is a diocesan priest and medical doctor at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Dr. Shaw, also a physician, is director of ethics at Spokane’s Providence Center for Faith and Healing.

Costs for the retreat are $185 per person or $280 per couple for overnight accommodations and five meals or $100 for commuters (programs and meals only).

• The retreat center’s annual silent Holy Week retreats for men and women will be presented this year by Father Rory Pitstick, a priest of the Diocese of Spokane who teaches at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon.

Father Rory Pitstick (left) will present IHRC’s Holy Week retreats this year. (IR file photo)

“Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Understanding the Scripture of Holy Week” will be offered for women Monday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 4, and for men beginning Holy Thursday, April 5 through Holy Saturday, April 7.

Costs for the retreat are $190 per person for overnight accommodations and six meals or $115 for commuters (programs and meals only).

Father Pitstick will invite men and women to enter into the Sacred Scriptures of Holy Week to gain deeper understanding of the Paschal Mystery at the very heart of faith. The retreat format offers the opportunity for reflection, meditation and spiritual renewal.

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his popular series “First Fridays with the Bishop” on Friday, April 13 (the second Friday of the month) at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center with a program titled “Preparing for my Ad Limina Visit to Rome.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a thirty-minute informal talk by the bishop. The day concludes at 1 p.m. after a Q-and-A session.

Every five years, bishops travel to Rome – ad limina, or “to the portal” – to meet with the Holy Father and share with him a report on their dioceses.

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

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane. For more information or to register for these and other IHRC programs, call 509-448-1224 or visit the web site: www.ihrc.net.


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