Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Serenity retreat, weekend of young adults among IHRC’s offerings

the Inland Register

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

Franciscan Sister Cathy Cahill from Florida will lead a Weekend Serenity Retreat titled “Being Conscious of God’s Contact with Us” Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Spokane’s Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC).

Sister Cathy, a long-time veteran of recovery, will refresh participants by helping them respond to the invitation of God, prayer, meditation, and assistance on the road of life. Both newcomers and past participants are welcome.

The weekend retreat is part of IHRC’s commitment to provide on-going Serenity healing retreats twice a year to the recovery community.

The weekend begins after dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. and extends through lunch on Sunday. Retreat cost is $185 for singles or $280 for couples, and $100 for commuters. Early registration is recommended.

• Next month, IHRC will host an Advent Day of Prayer titled “The Timeless and the Bread of Heaven,” led by Bishop Blase Cupich, on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Bishop Cupich will lead participants in two conferences reflecting at the beginning of the Church Year on the meaning of time for people who live with the timeless in their hearts and who feast on Bread from Heaven.

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. and includes conferences, confessions, Mass and lunch. After lunch there will be Adoration, with Benediction, at 3 p.m. Cost for the Day of Prayer is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

• Bishop Cupich continues his popular series “First Fridays with the Bishop” on Friday, Dec. 7, with a program titled “The Blessing of Catholic Charities.” The event begins with a Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch, a question-and-answer session, and concludes by 1 p.m. Cost is $15. Advance reservations are required.

Bishop Cupich will continue his series through June; however, there will not be a January event.

• Jesuit Father Armand Nigro, a long-time spiritual director and retreat leader, will lead a retreat designed as an introduction to the spiritual practices of St. Ignatius of Loyola the weekend of Dec. 7-9.

Father Nigro has served in spiritual ministry since 1957, giving workshops and working with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius throughout the Northwest. In the Ignatian tradition, Father Nigro will guide sessions on the Exercises, provide spiritual direction and celebrate Mass.

Cost of the retreat is $185 per person or $280 per couple for overnight accommodations and five meals, or $100 for commuters (meals program only).

• This holiday season, IHRC offers “Speak Lord…: A State of Life Discernment Retreat for Young Adults,” under the direction of Father Jeff Core, the weekend of Dec. 28-30.

Father Core will explain how to discover one’s state of life through such practices as the Ignatian discernment of spirits and through deep prayer and meditation.

This retreat is for single men and women, late high school and beyond, who are discerning a state of life. Included among the presentations will be a panel with a married couple, single committed adult, Religious Sister, and a Religious Brother.

Father Core serves as the parochial vicar of the three parishes in Walla Walla, Wash., and as Canonical Administrator of Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

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

For more information and registration for these and other programs, call Immaculate Heart at 509-448-1224; check IHRC’s Facebook page; or visit the web site:

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, Spokane.

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