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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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IHRC offers series on faith formation, ‘Theology of the Body’

the Inland Register

(From the September 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC), 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane, continues the year-long study program Catholicism, a faith formation for adults based on the videos by Father Robert Barron. Tuesday, Sept. 25 is titled “The Communion of Saints.” The program continues on Tuesday, Oct. 30 with “Prayer and the Life of the Spirit.” These events begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, end by 8:30 p.m. and are facilitated by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. Join a lively group of adults as the series continues on a monthly basis through December 2012 on the last Tuesday of the month (except Dec. 18).

The cost per session is $20 per person.

• IHRC will be hosting a Day of Prayer titled “The Spirituality of the Roman Missal,” led by Father Darrin Connall (right) on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Understanding the importance of Sacred Scriptures can enrich spirituality. Using the New Roman Missal, Father Connall will highlight texts to deepen appreciation for the Mass, enabling a more meaningful experience of praying the liturgy.

Father Connall serves as the Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. He was ordained a priest May 29, 1992 after studies at Bishop White Seminary and The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He first served the diocese as parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, before being named pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport in 1994. He oversaw construction of a new church in Colville during his time as pastor there. He was named Co-director of Vocations in 1999, and rector of Bishop White Seminary the following year. His tenure as rector of Bishop White saw the construction and dedication of a new seminary complex in 2009.

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

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his popular series “First Fridays with the Bishop” on Friday, Oct. 5 at IHRC with a program titled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”

This particular event (different from the rest of the series) begins with Mass at 9 a.m., followed by breakfast and a 30-minute informal talk by the bishop. The event ends at 11:30 a.m. after a Q-and-A session. Cost is $15 to cover the breakfast. Advance reservations are required.

Bishop Cupich will continue his series through June.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all faiths, continues on Oct. 17, presented by Kathy Finley on the topic “Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary: Taking the Incarnation Seriously.”

Finley is an adjunct instructor in the Religious Studies Department of Gonzaga University and a freelance speaker and writer. She also directs a marriage preparation program for St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane and has worked for many years with individuals in spiritual direction.

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

“Coffee and Contemplation” sessions are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month, September-May.

Upcoming programs include Deacon John Ruscheinsky, “Covenant Relationships” on Nov. 21; Sheryll Shepard, “Seasons of Remembrance: Grieving the Holidays” on Dec. 19; and Jim Shaw MD on “Prayer and Healing” on Jan. 16.

• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will be offering two Theology of the Body programs, based on the teachings of Blessed John Paul II and especially helpful for those who are dating or may be dating in the future.

“Theology of the Body for Single Adults” will be led by Father Jeff Core (right) every third Wednesday of the month from September-May. All single adults (post-high school) are welcome to attend.

Father Core is chaplain of DeSales High School in Walla Walla as well as parochial vicar of Assumption Parish, Walla Walla.

The program lasts from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per session per participant and includes dinner.

Father Jeff Lewis (right), pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, and Springdale, will lead “Theology of the Body for Teens” every third Thursday of the month, September-May, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with the exception of the September event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. All teens age 14-18 are welcome as well as the parents of those attending teens and any youth leaders. Cost is $10 per session per participant and includes dinner.

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

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