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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Upcoming retreat center offerings include Days of Prayer, ‘End of Life Concerns’

the Inland Register

(From the September 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s Year of Faith Dinner Series resumes Sept. 24 and continues on the last Tuesday of each month, 5-8 p.m.

Diocesan leaders will discuss various aspects and blessings of Vatican Council II, including the role of bishops, liturgy, the decree on revelation, and more.

Father Steve Dublinski will begin the new series on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a presentation on liturgy. Father Dublinski was recently appointed pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Spokane, in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as Vicar General of the Spokane Diocese.

Father Dublinski, head of the diocese’s Liturgy Commission, has also served as pastor of St. Mary in Spokane Valley, St. Charles in Spokane, and the parishes of the Palouse. He is a former rector of Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, where he himself studied before continuing his priestly formation at North American College, Rome. He has also completed a master’s degree in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, a talk, and discussion with questions. Cost is $25 per person; advance registration is required.

• On Saturday, Sept. 28, IHRC hosts a day of prayer titled “The Spirituality of the Roman Missal,” presented by Father Darrin Connall. The day is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Father Connall, former rector of Bishop White Seminary, now serves as rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Using the New Roman Missal, Father Connall will highlight texts to deepen appreciation for the Mass and facilitating more meaningful prayer.

Cost $30/person. Advance registration is requested.

• On Wednesday, Oct. 9, IHRC will host an estate planning seminar titled “We All Face It,” featuring information on providing long-term financial support for Catholic institutions and ministries.

The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon. A light lunch will be included; there is no cost to attend.

Presentations include “Spiritual Reasons for Giving,” by Father Mike Savelesky, Inland Register columnist and the diocese’s Moderator of the Curia; “Bequests, Gifts, and Wills….What is the best vehicle for you?” by financial advisor Tom Kendall of Richards, Merrill and Peterson; “Power of Attorney, Probate, and Estate Taxes: How Do You Navigate the Legal Maze?” by attorney Dave Knutson of Witherspoon, Kelly, Davenport, and Toole; and an overview of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington by the Foundation’s chair, Jane Ewers.

Reservations are requested no later than Oct. 1.

• A Day of Prayer titled “Preparing for Eternal Life: A Day of Prayer on End of Life Concerns” has been scheduled at IHRC on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The day will provide the spiritual and practical knowledge needed to ensure lives of the deceased are celebrated within the context of the Catholic faith journey.

Scheduled to present are Jim Falkner, Executive Director of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Spokane; Father Stan Malnar MD of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center; Deacon John Ruscheinsky, Director of IHRC; and Kellie Durgan, a registered nurse and Hospice Chaplain.

Conferences include “Theological Background: Catholic Belief, Traditions and Practices, Liturgical Celebrations,” “The Possibilities: Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home Trends/ Catholic Cemetery Ministry,” “Living and Dying Well: Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Care and Companioning the Dying,” and “Practical Planning for the Final Farewell: Medical Directives/Estate Planning/Pre-Need Planning.”

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. and includes four conferences, lunch, Reconciliation, a Vigil Mass for Sunday, and concludes with dinner. Cost is $40 per person; advance registration is requested.

• Jesuit Father Rick Ganz will be the keynote speaker for IHRC’s annual “Hope Peace Healing” fundraiser.

Father Ganz will speak on “Awaken to the Openness of God” on Saturday, Nov. 2, with presentations beginning at 9 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

The event is designed to directly engage guests in support of IHRC ministries. A light meal will be included.

Father Ganz has been a member of the Society of Jesus for over 40 years. Much of his time has been devoted to retreat ministry and spirituality. His parents were among the founding laity of IHRC.

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

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