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Bishops Cupich, Skylstad to give presentations at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the January 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Upcoming evenings at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) include:

• Two related programs in January will help grieving families face the loss of loved ones through suicide and those in ministry and helping professions to discover how to assist those with this loss. “Beauty from Ashes: Transforming Loss,” a suicide bereavement retreat, will take place Jan. 18-20, led by Anne Cronin Tyson and Methodist pastor C. Karen Covey Moore. The retreat focuses on using prayer, reflection, journaling and sharing to help participants remember their loved ones, reframe their experience with hope, refocus anguish and integrate pain with joy.

This is the third time Cronin and Moore have presented this retreat at Immaculate Heart, and they have prepared new material for returning participants.

Cost for the weekend (two nights plus five meals and conferences) is $185 per person, $280 per couple, or $100 for commuters (meals and conferences only).

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tyson and Moore will present a related workshop titled “Suicide Bereavement: Offering Hope/Fostering Healing,” for pastors, ministers, counselors, youth leaders, spiritual directors, teachers and others who minister to families during times of loss. The new workshop is designed to provide the participants with the tools necessary to guide those who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide. The workshop is $35, including lunch.

• IHRC welcomes grandfathers, fathers, sons, and grandsons to a weekend retreat with the theme “The Year of Faith.” Jesuit Father Michael Maher of Gonzaga University will conduct the retreat from Jan. 25-27.

The weekend, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and open to all men, will include praying the rosary, Stations of the Cross, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cost, including meals and lodging, is $185 per person and $100 for commuters. Please register in advance.

The Year of Faith “opens the doors” to the faithful to understand better the value and heart of Catholic identity. Father Maher will open to participants the deep catechetical realities of what our Faith teaches, including the documents of Vatican Council II and retracing the history of the Catholic Faith.

Father Maher brings his decades-long experience as a history professor, Head of Catholic Studies at Gonzaga University, Knights’ chaplain, spiritual and retreat director and a great sense of humor to the table to help retreat participants grow in their spiritual life and move closer to God.

• The last Tuesday evening of the month has been set aside for IHRC’s “Year of Faith Dinner Series,” from 5-8 p.m., in January, February, September, and October 2013.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m., dinner with wine, and a talk on a topic related to the Year of Faith. Discussion follows the talk. Cost of the evening is $25 per person; please register in advance.

On Jan. 29, Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, will present the historical context of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and also bring in three main points about the Catechism as a much-needed compilation of the Church’s teaching in modern times; in this age of information, the Catechism is a wonderful overview of the rich teaching of the Catholic Church; and the Catechism provides a foundational way of looking at all of life.

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his popular series, First Fridays with the Bishop on Friday, Feb. 1, with a program titled “The Healing Ministry of the Church.” The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute informal talk by the bishop and ends at 1 p.m. after a session for questions. Cost is $15 to cover lunch. Advance reservations are required.

Bishop Cupich will continue his series through June.

• IHRC will host a retreat for Rachel’s Vineyard Feb. 1-3, a diocesan ministry whose retreats are designed to offer healing after an abortion experience, and which is found to be effective even years after the event. The atmosphere is warm, inviting, Christ-centered and welcoming with refreshments, meals, and kind, careful help to both men and women. For more information, call (509) 994-4355.

• A weekend prayer retreat for men and women of all faiths is set for Feb. 1-3.

“God Calling: Invitation to Prayer” will be presented by Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton, an ordained Presbyterian minister from Sandpoint, Idaho. The retreat will explore different forms of prayer and spiritual practice, assisting the participant to engage more deeply in the practice of deep, quiet prayer.

Cost for the weekend (two nights plus five meals and conferences) is $185 per person, $280 per couple, or $100 for commuters (five meals and conferences).

This retreat is designed to provide spiritual renewal for men and women through prayer. Dr. Copeland-Payton will use a variety of prayer forms to help participants build and maintain relationship with God through intentional and regular prayer.

Dr. Copeland-Payton is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader who directs Gonzaga University’s training program for spiritual directors. Her training also includes 20 years as a practicing physician.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a series of spiritual discussion and prayer events for people of all faiths, continues on Wednesday, Feb, 20, with Rev. Jeffrey L. Neuberger, a retired Air Force chaplain. His topic will be “Accommodating the Constitution: Military Chaplains and the Free Exercise of Religion.”

Rev. Neuberger, an Episcopal priest, served for 25 years as an Air Force chaplain, ensuring the free exercise of religion for Airmen of all faiths, stateside, overseas and in Iraq. His unique pluralistic background is represented by his former membership in the Lutheran, Southern Baptist and American Baptist denominations. He retired from the Air Force in 2008 after a combined total of 34 years of service in the Navy and Air Force.

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

Advance reservations are requested.

Programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month from September to May. Future presentations include Kathy Finley on “Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary: Taking the Incarnation Seriously” in March; Deacon Michael Miller on “Art and the Faith: Vacation to the Churches of Europe” in April; and Deacon John Ruscheinsky, director of IHRC, on “Covenant Relationships” in May.

• IHRC continues to offer “Theology of the Body for Teens,” a program based on Blessed John Paul II’s teachings from Genesis and Ephesians. This teaching is especially helpful for those who are dating or may be dating in the future. Christian Dating is not a set of rules but an understanding that people may not be used nor treated as a means to an end, but only loved with the respect due to each with proper dignity and reverence.

The program is led by Father Jeff Lewis every third Thursday of the Month (Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. All teens age 14–18 are welcome, as are the parents of those attending teens and youth leaders. Cost is $10 per session per participant and includes dinner.

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


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