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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘First Friday with the Bishop’ series continues at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the October 18, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center continues the year-long study program, Catholicism, a faith formation for adults based on the videos by Father Robert Barron 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.

The series continues Nov. 27 with “World without End – The Last Things,” and concludes Dec. 18.

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

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his popular series “First Fridays with the Bishop” on Friday, Nov. 2, with a program titled “End of Life Services and Ministries of the Diocese.”

This event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch, the presention, and a question-and-answer session, concluding by 1 p.m. Cost is $15; advance reservations are required.

The December event is scheduled for Dec. 7, with the topic “The Blessing of Catholic Charities.” Bishop Cupich will continue his series through June.

• IHRC hosts a Day of Prayer titled “Food for the Spirit: Holiday Nourishment for Body and Soul,” presented by Gerry Klumb and Sister Marybeth Pederson of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. and will include a hands-on cooking session, confessions, Mass, and lunch. After lunch, Sister Marybeth will give a final conference on the spiritual connections that are forged by preparing and sharing a meal with family and friends. The event will close with Adoration at 3 p.m.

Cost for the Day of Prayer is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

• A men’s healing retreat, “Inner and Generational Healing,” will be offered the weekend of Nov. 9-11 at IHRC, led by Father Dan Wetzler.

Father Wetzler was ordained a priest in 1963. He has served as a teacher, diocesan youth director and as pastor in churches throughout the Spokane Diocese, and is now spiritual director for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Eastern Washington.

The process of healing is usually multi-layered: it includes physical, spiritual, inner and generational and deliverance. All of these layers will be addressed during this retreat, with a special focus on inner healing and generational healing. Father Wetzler will also explore forgiveness, which is at the heart of all healing.

Cost for the retreat are $185 per person for overnight accommodations and five meals or $100 for commuters (meals program only).

• Next month, Nov. 16-18, IHRC welcomes Father Stan Malnar MD and Dr. Jim Shaw for a weekend retreat titled “Living through Grief.”

Assisting with the retreat are Sheryll Shepard and Deacon John Ruscheinsky, IHRC’s director.

Cost 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).

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 is also a physician and serves as director of ethics at Spokane’s Providence Center for Faith and Healing. Deacon Ruscheinsky and Shepard both are chaplains for Hospice of Spokane.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all faiths, continues on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with Deacon John Ruscheinsky speaking on the topic “Covenant Relationships,” including an examination of the covenant of God with his people.

Deacon Ruscheinsky is director of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1999 and offers spiritual direction as retreat director in the Diocese of Spokane.

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” gatherings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at IHRC. Upcoming presentations include “Seasons of Remembrance: Grieving the Holidays,” by Sheryll Shepard, on Dec. 19, and “Prayer and Healing,” by Dr. Jim Shaw, on Jan. 16.

• Parallel series on the “Theology of the Body” are scheduled at IHRC through May of next year.

“Theology of the Body for Single Adults” takes place on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6-8:30 p.m., presented by Father Jeff Core, parochial vicar of the parishes in Walla Walla and chaplain and canonical administrator of the Walla Walla Catholic Schools. The series is especially suited for young adults who are high school graduates and older.

Father Jeff Lewis, pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, and Springdale, presents “Theology of the Body for Teens” on the third Thursday of each month, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. All teens age 14-18 are welcome, as are the parents of those attending and any youth leaders.

Cost is $10 per session per participant, which includes dinner.

For registration and information for these and other IHRC programs, visit the web site:, or call 448-1224. IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

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