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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘First Fridays with the Bishop’ returns to retreat center’s schedule

the Inland Register

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

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will be hosting “Islam: Muslims are Our Neighbors too!” presented by Father Patrick Baraza, PhD on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Father Baraza, a Kenyan priest serving in the Diocese of Spokane, refers to Islam as an “old wine in a new wineskin.” Father was raised with all three of the primary religions of Africa, and served the Pokot, the nomadic people of Kenya. He completed his master’s and doctoral studies in Islam at the University of California-Berkeley, the Graduate Theological Union, and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.

Included in Father Baraza’s Day of Prayer will be such topics as “Assumptions: Ours and Theirs,” “Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam,” “Succession Battles,” “Religious Guidance (Shariah Law),” “Tenets of Islam,” and “Islamization and Arabization of the World.”

Father Baraza presently teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University.

The Day of Prayer begins with the rosary at 9 a.m. and includes conferences, confessions, Mass and lunch. Cost is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

Also coming up at IHRC:

• IHRC will host an informational meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. for those who have questions or would like more information about the upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, scheduled for Sept. 7-9 at IHRC.

Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are designed to offer healing after an abortion experience.

• The year-long study program, Catholicism, faith formation for adults based on the videos by Father Robert Barron, continues on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Aug. 28’s session is titled “The Mystery of the Church’s Sacrament of Worship,” followed on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with “The Communion of Saints.”

The programs, facilitated by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. The series continues on the last Tuesday of the month through December (December’s gathering will be on Dec. 18).

The cost per session is $20 per person. Please register in advance.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer for people of all faiths, begins again on Wednesday, Sept. 19 with a session led by Cliff Evans of the Secular Franciscan Order, titled “St. Francis of Assisi and Poverty of Spirit: Nurturing Your Servant’s Heart.”

Evans completed his Master’s in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University and has since worked in several non-profit leadership roles in the Spokane area. He embraces the sacramental and incarnational spiritualities that have shaped the history and world views of the Franciscan theological tradition. Evans also brings with him extensive background in small-business leadership and travel industry sales and marketing.

The program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10 per session. Advance reservations are requested.

Oct. 17’s program will be presented by Kathy Finley: “Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary: Taking the Incarnation Seriously.”

• The final mid-week “Summer Senior Day” for those age 55 and older has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy lunch, social time, live music, indoor and outdoor games and facility tours. Cost is $10 per person. Individuals and groups are welcome. Registration in advance is requested.

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his popular series “First Fridays with the Bishop” on Friday, Sept. 14 (the second Friday of September) a program titled “Marriage Referendum.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute informal talk by the bishop and then a question-and-answer session. The event concludes by 1 p.m.

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

“First Fridays with the Bishop” will continue monthly through June.

• Two “Theology of the Body” programs will be offered from September-May.

The programs are based on the teachings of Blessed John Paul II.

“Theology of the Body for Single Adults” will be led by Father Jeff Core every third Wednesday of the month, beginning Sept. 19. All post-high-school single adults are welcome to attend.

The program lasts from 6-8:30 p.m.; cost is $20 per session per participant.

“Theology of the Body for Teens” will be led by Father Jeff Lewis every third Thursday of the month, beginning Sept. 20 through May.

The initial gathering, Sept. 20, is scheduled to begin at 4:30. Succeeding programs are from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Teens age 14-18 are welcome, as well as parents of those attending, and youth leaders.

Cost is $10 per session per participant

For more information, or to register for these and other IHRC events, visit the web site:, or call 448-1224.

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

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