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Holy Week retreats for men, women on IHRC’s schedule

the Inland Register

(From the February 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

In response to the pope’s invitation, Spokane’s Immaculate Heart Retreat Center Spokane, continues its Year of Faith Dinner Series on the last Tuesday of February, September and October this year. The events last from 5-8 p.m., beginning with Mass, followed by dinner, and include a presentation by a variety of speakers.

On Feb. 26, Father Dan Wetzler, a retired priest of the diocese, will present how Blessed Pope John XXIII specified “the opening of a window” that would allow a breeze to blow through the Catholic Church. This breeze became a dominant action allowing the Spirit of God to work more fully in the Church, balancing a hierachical power with the warm renewal and influence of the Holy Spirit.

Father Wetzler was ordained for the Spokane Diocese in 1963. Although he retired in 2002, he continues to serve as the spiritual director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal community in the diocese.

Discussion follows the talk. Cost for the dinner and talk is $25.

Other IHRC events include:

• Bishop Blase Cupich continues his popular series First Fridays with the Bishop on Friday, March 1, with a program titled “Rites of Christian Burial, Cremation and Related Topics.”

The event begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a 30-minute informal talk by the bishop, ending at 1 p.m. after a question-and-answer session.

Cost is $15 per person, to cover lunch. Advance reservations are required.

The bishop will continue his series through June.

• The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, will present a retreat titled “What Happens at Mass” the weekend of Friday-Sunday, March 1-3.

The retreat is based on the book of the same name written by Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll, a monk of Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Ore. The weekend begins after dinner on Friday and extends through lunch on Sunday.

The retreat will focus on understanding the deep integration of Scripture with the prayers of the Mass, and how participants can best appreciate, attend and encounter this sacred ritual, the re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice, and go forth from that event to the daily mass of life. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and chanting of the Liturgy of the Hours will also be offered during the retreat.

Retreat cost is $185 for singles, $280 for couples, or $100 for commuters. Please register in advance.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all faiths, continues on Wednesday, March 20, with Kathy Finley, speaking on “Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary: Taking the Incarnation Seriously.”

Finley has been an adjunct instructor in the Religious Studies Department of Gonzaga University, a freelance speaker and writer, directs a marriage preparation program for St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane, and a spiritual director.

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” programs are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, through May. In April, Deacon Michael Miller will talk on “Art and the Faith: Vacation to the Churches of Europe”; in May, Deacon John Ruscheinsky, the Director of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, will speak on the topic “Covenant Relationships.”

• IHRC welcomes Jesuit Father Frank Case during Holy Week for annual silent retreats for women and men. Both retreats are titled “Preparing for the Paschal Mysteries”

The first will be offered for women on Monday, March 25-Wednesday, March 27. The men’s retreat will begin Holy Thursday, March 28, and continue through Holy Saturday, March 30.

Contemplative prayer, sin and forgiveness, following Christ, and discipleship are among the opening ideas of Father Case’s Holy Week retreat. The Paschal Mystery in all its ambiguity forms the reflective setting upon which the Holy Week Liturgy rests.

Costs for the retreat are $190 per person for overnight accommodations and six meals or $115 for commuters (programs and meals only).

• 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.

The program is led by Father Jeff Lewis, administrator of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, and Springdale, every third Thursday of the month, through May. Evenings are scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m.

All teens age 14–18 are welcome, as are the parents of those attending teens and any youth leaders.

Cost is $10 per session per participant and includes dinner.

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


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